Yoga Class for Your Breath
Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White
“The sound of your breath is considered a sacred mantra that is capable of revealing many secrets” Ganga White, Yoga Beyond Belief
Yogis believe that there is a direct relationship between the vigor of your breath and your life force and personal power. Breathing marks your entry into this life and the end of our breath delineates your departure from it. Your breathing reflects your state of mind and your emotional well-being. Not only does your breath reflect your mental and emotional well-being, but it can also influence your mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual being.
Prana means life force and yama means control, self-restraint, self-control and discipline.
Pranayama is the study of our breath and life force.
The interesting thing about your breath is that it is both conscious and unconscious. Breathing is something that is done unconsciously most of the time, but as soon as you bring it into your conscious awareness you are once again influencing it and bringing it back under your conscious control. As soon as you begin to think about your breath, you are controlling it. It is impossible to stop controlling your breath once you start thinking about it.
When we practice yoga postures or asanas, we are always practicing pranayama, breath control. The question is whether this breath practice is done consciously or unconsciously. Even when you are not paying attention the yoga posture itself will create a different breathing pattern in each yoga posture. However it is a far more advanced yoga practitioner who will pay attention and observe their breathing, experimenting with it in each yoga posture. Am I breathing softly or strongly, actively or passively, freely or using ujjayi breath? By practicing pranayama and tuning into your breath, your pranic and bioenergetic system you are tuning into a whole host of information about yourself.
Props needed: Yoga Blanket, Blocks, Bolster
Yoga Asanas/Postures: Reclined Side Bend/Supta Ardha Candrāsana, Knees Bent Pelvic Rocking, Apanasana/Knee to chest pose, reclined twist/Jathara Parivartanasana, Marjaryasana/Cat, Gate/Parighasana, Standing Forward Fold/Uttanasana, Downward facing dog/Adho Mukha Śvānāsana, Sharira Hand Body Mudra Series, Salamba Baddha Koṇāsana/Supported Bound Angle
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