Pranayama is the practice of controlling your breath, which is a vital source of our lifeforce (prana).
Factors contributing to our busy lives – like; lack of exercise, stress and tension – can create both physical and energetic blockages. Our breath can become shallow restricting the flow of energy through our body.
Pranayama breathing exercises draw in and free the life energy within us. With regular practice, you can energise, relax and heal your entire body.
Breathing patterns are linked with our emotions. We breath in different ways when we are stressed, excited, nervous or tired. The great thing is, it works the other way too. By changing our breathing patterns we can calm or energize ourselves. Just being aware of our breath can alter our emotional states. As the body is oxygenated the muscles relax, as the muscles relax, the mind is calmed.
In my sessions, I go through several breathing techniques. The most fundamental being Ujjayi Breath which is used throughout the asana practise.