A beginners' guide to Pranayama

It can seem the world of yoga is dominated by postures and physical exercises. Pranayama is the art of breath awareness and breath control. The breath is the bridge between the body and the mind, so what affects the breath affects both body and mind. This beginners' introduction is suitable for everyone, no matter how long you have been practicing yoga. Starting with simple breath awareness, Andrew invites you to lie down on the mat and physically feel the three parts of the breath using your hands. This leads to a breath coordinated arm movement in three different stages, again to increase breath and body awareness. Moving up into seated position upon the mat (or a chair) Andrew introduces the Ujjayi breath and the Savitri ratio. The practice finishes with a brief relaxation back down upon the mat.


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