EnLight Breathwork Course
When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady. But when the breath is steady, mind becomes steady and the Yogi attains the power of stillness. Therefore the breath should be restrained. (Hatha Yoga Pradipika 2.2)
Level 1 Breathwork Course
3 Private Sessions - $150.00
Breathing is such a natural part of our being. Throughout the day, we breathe in and out thousands of times and likely never think about it. When engaging in normal activities, most people take shallow breaths. If you think about the function of the breath, you will begin to understand how intentional/conscious breathing can improve your health.
When we talk about breath, it generally refers to an inhale and exhale. The length of the inhale determines the amount of oxygen that enters your body through the lungs. Oxygen is necessary for the cells to engage in essential metabolic processes. Deprive the cells of oxygen and the cells begin to age, mutate or die. In addition, the length of the exhale determines the amount of waste in the form of carbon dioxide that leaves your body.
If it is not already clear, by increasing your inhalation, you are increasing the amount of oxygen entering your body - promoting rejuvenation and cleansing. Similarly, by increasing your exhalation, you are increasing the amount of carbon dioxide leaving your body - promoting detoxification.
Yogic breathing or pranayama are voluntary and controlled breathing practices that modify your normal breathing process including practices that promote taking longer and deeper breaths. Pranayama is one of the 8 limbs of Yoga.
The power of yogic breathing is not just beneficial for the physical body. It is equally beneficial to the mind. Yogic philosophy views breath and mind as inter-dependant. Understanding that controlling the mind directly can be difficult, ancient yoga masters controlled the breath to indirectly control the mind. “When through continued practice of pranayama the vibrations of breath are silenced, that causes the mind, too, to become completely silent. That is the state of Nirvana.” Just as yoga asanas prepare the body for meditation, yogic breathing prepares the mind. In this way, yogic breathing is especially good for imbalances in the mind (i.e., anxiety, stress, fear, worry, insomnia, headaches) and nervous-related imbalances. With a consistent practice, yogic breathing makes the mind more grounded, sattvic (positive), clear and focused.
Pranayama alleviates certain imbalances of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems including constipation, flatulence, acidity, hypertension, asthma, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, arthritis, diabetes, obesity and postural defects.