Pranayama is an ancient and integral part of Yoga – the yogic art of breathing. An ancient yoga practice that draws our focus inwards towards the breath, enabling us with various techniques that improve respiration, invigorates the lungs, improves brain function, feeds all other bodily systems, and helps to create longevity in our lives. Think of it as “poses” for the subtle body. Breathing classes are offered at regular intervals at Aham Yoga. And this season, we are adding restorative yoga to the mix. If you are always on the go, come indulge and restore yourself with our Pranayama and Restorative Yoga series with Arundhati Baitmangalkar.
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama is a seated practice where one intentionally, rhythmically, and rigorously works with the breath through guided instruction. The word pranayama means ‘extension of breath’ (prana = breath & ayama = extension). It is an inseparable part of yoga and is preceded by asana or the physical practice. To be able to achieve success in the practice one needs to have an established practice of asana. To get started with your physical practice, click here. The practice is subtle yet powerful, leading to numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits.
What is Restorative Yoga?
We work very hard and fast in our everyday lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to “rest”. Restorative yoga poses help you learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.
Restorative yoga poses are typically done with the help of yoga props. Restorative yoga is not about strengthening or stretching. It is about receiving. It’s very important in a culture that suggests doing all the time to understand what it means to be simple, quiet, still and at ease within ourselves.
So come join us for this 5-hour exploration of it means to truly restore, rejuvenate and relax deeply.
To truly understand and experience the benefits it is best to sign up for the entire series. We are limiting the series to 12 participants only as restorative yoga will require intense propping. Drop-ins are available but only closer to the series if there is availability.
Date: May 8th to June 12th, Tuesdays 08:15 pm to 09:15 pm (the series is 5 weeks long, we have added an additional day in case people are out for memorial day long weekend)
Location: Aham Yoga
Tuition: $75 early bird for full series (valid till April 25th, 2018)
Pranayama & Restorative Yoga is for…
- Anyone who is on the go all the time
- Your work leaves you mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day
- You wake up feeling tired every day
- Looking to live more holistically
- Busy moms
- New moms or dads
- People with insomnia
- Pregnant women
- Women with fertility issues
- Women looking to conceive
- Yoga teachers looking to explore more aspects of the practice
Things to know about Pranayama & Restorative Yoga Series…
- Be on an empty stomach 2 or 3 hours before class. It is okay to have a light snack or a non-alcoholic beverage 90 minutes before class. An empty stomach will help you breath better and stay alert
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for this class
- There is no physical practice in this class. So keep up your asana or yoga practice as it will help you sit more comfortably in the pranayama practice. And will increase your ability to relax more deeply and thoroughly
- Only 12 spots available. So sign up early.
Your Yoga Instructor…
The series will be led by Arundhati Baitmangalkar. One of the few yoga teachers who teach pranayama regularly in the area. And is now studying and specializing in restorative yoga. Arundhati is the lead yoga teacher and founder of Aham Yoga. She is known for her attention to detail, providing personalized attention and making the practice more accessible to all. You can read her full bio here…