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"breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts"  

       - Thich Nhat Hanh

breath

it's free.

it's available 24/7.

it's automatic, yet easily directed.

it's healing.

it's energizing.

it's alive.

it is life!

 

'just breathe and everything will change.'

as we practiced in our classes, the pranayama practices below will help you sit still, focus your mind, and increase your capacity to breathe.

 enjoy the energy!

sama vritti

same length, calms mind

inhale 4...exhale 4

 pauses in breath

explore breath elements

inhale...pause, exhale...pause

bhramari

bee breath, soothing, internal

thumbs close ears, fingers close eyes

listen

ujjayi

victorious breath, audible

constrict throat, inhale...exhale

kapalabhati

breath of fire, cleansing, energy

pump exhale, passive inhale

diaphragmatic

strengthening, healing

inhale~expand belly, ribs, chest

exhale~contract chest, ribs, belly

nadi shodhana

alternating, balancing 

inhale left...exhale right

inhale right...exhale left

viloma

against the grain, interrupted

inhale...divide exhale into thirds

4~7~8

release stress, Dr. Andrew Weil

inhale 4, hold 7, exhale (mouth) 8