Pranayama is the conscious awareness of breath: the life force that both energizes and relaxes the body. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, prana, meaning “life force,” and ayama, meaning “extension” or quite literally “control of the prana”.
In this workshop, we will explore the origins of these ancient breathing techniques as well as their benefits which include relief of congestion and improved lung capacity.
We will practice a range of pranayama such as the Ujjayi breath and Kapalabhati which can build heat in the body and Nadi Shodhana which strengthens the respiratory system and balances the nervous system, which can reduce tension headaches and ease anxiety.
The practice of Pranayama dates back to ancient India and the origins of Yoga, around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. Pranayama is mentioned in early Yoga texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
This is part of Yoga for Everybody so an excellent way to deepen and strengthen your Yoga practice but also a wonderful entry into the world of Yoga if you are complete a beginner and in need of a place to start!
About the facilitator:
Sophie is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher as well a contemporary dancer with professional training and experience in somatic practises. She teaches regular Yoga for Everybody open level classes at Open Source Arts and across Leeds. Her passion lies in connecting people through movement. Her classes aim to provide a safe and accessible practise for all.
PLEASE NOTE: Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing. It is best to practice pranayama in the morning on an empty stomach. For this reason, we will practise for one hour and you will be treated with a delicious and nutritious homecooked vegan daal afterwards. All included in the workshop cost.
Certain kinds of pranayama are not recommended if you are pregnant or have digestive problems because they involve abdominal contractions with an upward motion. Pranayama with fast rhythms or breath retention should not be practiced if you have asthma, heart disease, hypertension or are pregnant. This is not a complete list of precautions, if you have a specific health condition please speak with your health professional or contact Sophie directly with any questions before booking at firstname.lastname@example.org