“Pranayama involves subtle focusing of attention and a management of posture and the body’s processes of breathing. It unites the more obvious physical activity of doing yoga postures with an exploration of subtle internal body-mind phenomena.”
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Pranayama.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit term for the expansion and restraint of the breath and the vital energies. B.K.S. Iyengar says in Light on Pranayama that pranayama is a vast subject with illimitable potentialities. It is psychosomatic, since it explores the intimate relationship between the body and the mind. It may appear quite simple and easy, but the moment one settles practice, one quickly realizes that it is a difficult and yet profound art.
Through the practice of pranayama is a powerful practice that helps us move inward, quieten the mind, restore and strengthen the nervous system, and give us new insight into the subtle workings of our own energetic body and mind.
In this course, we work on the foundation in simple asanas to prepare the lungs and the mind, moving toward the basic supine pranayamas, and finally building up to seated pranayamas. This course will build slowly and systematically to welcome you to this profound practice, and help you move forward in your own practice of pranayama and meditation.
Requirement: Minimum of 3 months of Iyengar Yoga. Join anytime if you have met this requirement.
$65 for five classes; $60 for repeating/continuing students. (no drop-ins.)