This course is about the science and ancient yogic wisdom behind breathing and the mind body connection. You will learn about pranayama or mindful breathing techniques as well as their benefits with Mackenzie. Included are 6 practices, each about 10 minutes long where she will guide you through:
1. Three Part Breath
2. Breath of Victory
3. Box Breath
4. Calming Breath
5. 2x Breath
6. Relaxation Meditation
In each practice, she will give you a detailed explanation about why, when and how to use each of these yogic breathing techniques, as well as teach you the Sanskrit names for each. Also included is a Relaxation Meditation where you can put your new skills into practice.
Once you've complete this course, you'll have a better understanding of how to apply pranayama in practice and feel more confident about it next time it comes up in a yoga class.
Important things to remember:
-Always follow your own pace, you should never feel rushed.
-Allow for your natural capacity of breath, every body is different, different bodies allow for different volumes of air capacity, trust your own.
-Never allow your breathing to feel forced, stressed or too intense. Remember the point of these exercises is to cultivate calmness, not induce a stress response.
-Although breathing techniques often involve breathing through the nose, it is okay if this is not available to you. You are welcome to breathe in a way that is comfortable and supportive to you.
When are Pranayama exercises not a great idea?
The only time you might want to avoid some of these breathing techniques would be if you have a throat or sinus irritation, inflammation or lung infection.