Pranayama, also known as the art of yogic breathing, is an integral part of the practice of yoga – preceded by asana, or the physical practice. Pranayama is an inseparable part of the Yoga tradition. Translated literally as ‘prana’ = vital force or breath and ‘ayama’ = extension, stretching, lengthening: pranayama = extension of breath.
At Aham Yoga, we offer regular, high-quality pranayama or yogic breathing classes. This series runs for 6 consecutive weeks every season. And is ideal for anyone looking to gain better health, well-being and take their yoga to the next Practising pranayama will help you live more mindfully and develop a meditation practice. Pranayama also increases one’s longevity. This ancient practice is a step beyond the physical practice of asanas. And requires the mentality of a mature, well-informed yoga student and yoga teacher.
Our pranayama classes are a combination of a seated and reclining practice where you will be guided through a series of breathing techniques in a structured manner by our founder, Arundhati Baitmangalkar. She has been steadily teaching and practicing pranayama for the past few years at Aham Yoga. The class is interactive and practice oriented.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR FALL PRANAYAMA:
- To practice pranayama, the student must have a well-developed asana, or physical practice, in order to sit comfortably for an extended period of time, and stay focused and concentrated on their breath.
- Wear comfortable yoga clothing, and come to class with a relatively empty stomach. Tea or juice is okay. Excessive caffeine may interfere with the practice.
- Bring your own yoga mat, or rent one at the studio.
- Rest well the night prior to class.
- Inform your instructor of any health issues or injuries that may prevent you from sitting comfortably throughout.
- Arrive at the studio early, especially if you are new, to check in and get settled.
BENEFITS OF PRANAYAMA:
- Enhances lung capacity
- Improves respiration
- Increases oxygen intake
- Helps to expel toxins
- Regulates internal body temperature
- Boosts immunity and resistance to infections
- Improves overall health and well-being
- Good for the spine and pelvis
- Increases body awareness
All classes are led by our founder, Arundhati Baitmangalkar. She is one of the leading yoga teachers in the area, and the only one who offers pranayama classes regularly. Having learned pranayama back in India from her masters, her classes year after year are well attended. Students find that they are able to follow the instructions easily, that their questions are answered, and modifications are offered as needed.
How to Enroll:
When is it?
Thursdays, September 14th to October 18th, 2017.
06:45pm to 07:45pm
- We recommend signing up for the entire 6-week series; $110 (early bird price $100)
- Drop-in’s available as space permits: $20 at the door. First come, first serve. Full series enrollments take priority.
Please note: class series expires on October 18th and cannot be transferred, shared, refunded, or carried over to other classes or events.