What is Pranayama ? Pranayama are breathing exercises which clear the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana – life energy. Through a regular and sustained practice of pranayama you can supercharge your whole body!
The way that we move, think, act and especially breathe contributes to the flow and vitality of prana – the universal energy that runs through us and everything around us.
The Importance of the Breath
The breath is a sure-fire way way to to know we are alive in this world ! It’s the first thing and last thing we do in our lives. The one constant thing we all have.
Daily stressors, tensions and physical habits can create physical and energetic obstacles in our bodies. Without even noticing it our breathing can become gradually more shallow or stilted, we develop unconscious breathing patterns restricting the flow of breath and prana.
When we work on the freeing the breath through pranayama (breathing exercises) we are also working on letting the life energy flow through the body. It has the effect of energising, relaxing and healing the body, letting everything fall into place.
Benefits of Pranayama
With a regular and sustained practice of pranayama you can supercharge your whole body! You will tap into a store of energy you never thought existed and that which will penetrate through your entire being. And couldn’t we all use a bit more of that – imagine how different your life would be with a constant flow of vitality…
On a physical level by using pranayama techniques we can utilise and strengthen the whole range of our respiratory organs. We explore the lower, middle and upper parts of the breath and regulate the inhalation, retention and exhalation of the breath.
A regular pranayama practice can stimulate the parasympathetic system, countering the over stimulation our bodies go through during times of stress and when our ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered.
Our breathing patterns are also very closely linked to our emotional states. If you become aware of your breath you will notice that you breathe differently when you are angry, you breath differently when you are relaxed and you breath differently when you are excited. By practicing pranayama exercises we learn to become more aware of breath which can help us to alter our emotional states.
A Four-Week Pranayama Series will be commencing in February 2018. Register your Interest HERE.
Here you will discover practical breathing techinques, their benefits and also take home instructions to help set you up for a life long practice in the comfort of your own home.