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Introduction to Pranayama (Yogic Breathwork): Change Your Breath, Change Your Mind

with Nicole Pitcher

Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm
4 weeks – $80
Drop-in – $25

Upcoming Dates: TBA

 

Prānā (life force energy)
Yāmā (to gain control)

For centuries the practice of pranayama, or breath awareness exercises, have been used by yogis as tools to shift their mental and physical state. When the otherwise subtle, unconscious flow of breath is observed and controlled by the breather, the breather is empowered to regulate their own nervous system. When practiced regularly, breath awareness exercises can help to lower feelings of stress, fatigue, and uncertainty and increase feelings of calm, clarity and rest.

Join Nicole for a four-week introductory workshop exploring the fundamental yogic breathing exercises. Participants will learn practical exercises that can easily be incorporated into daily life as tools to use as needed. Each week we will explore breath through a combination of seated practice, theory, discussion and a longer practice from a restorative shape. Recordings and informational slides will be sent to participants after each session.

The area of focus each week are as follows:

Week 1 – The Path of the Breath
What is breath?
What is prãnã?
Diaphragmatic breathing exercises

Week 2 – Exhale. Relax. Release
What is the Autonomic Nervous System?
What’s the difference between the sympathetic & parasympathetic responses?
Ratio breathing exercises

Week 3– Breath & Balance
Pranayama in yoga philosophy and history
Sama Vritti, or box breathing
Nadi Shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing

Week 4– Prānāmāya Kosha
Review of fundamental practices
The 5 Koshas
A nourishing, accumulative Yoga Nidra practice