Pranayama roughly translates from Sanskrit as “extension of prana (breath/life force)”. The breath is our main source of life energy and in yoga, pranayama techniques are used to raise, balance, and expand the field of that energy. In these classes you will have the opportunity to learn more about the practice and purpose of diverse pranayama techniques, such as Anuloma Viloma, Kapalabhati, and Brahmaree, each with their own unique benefits ranging from calming to cleansing and energizing. You will come away with more confidence to include pranayama in your home practice.
Ujjayi Breathing is a pranayama practice focused on the expansion of the lungs. This breathing practice builds heat in your body, encouraging the opening of all areas of the body. It is effective on its own as a meditative practice or when combined with an asana practice. Before beginning an Ujjayi Breathing practice, you are encouraged to first practice Abdominal Breathing.
Join Vishva-ji for a lesson in Brahmaree breath, a relaxing and grounding breathing technique. Filmed atop the former meditation huts at The Beatles Ashram in India, this breathing exercise is a wonderful preparatory practice for meditation. Brahmaree Breath is the addition of the sound or buzz of a honey bee on the exhale. This soothing breath creates a vibration which works on the pineal gland to facilitate meditation, and improve sleep issues and concentration.
Abdominal Breathing is one of the foundational techniques for a growing pranayama practice. This practice calms the mind and reduces stress to aid in bringing the body back to its natural state. This Abdominal Breathing practice is ideal before going to bed and is especially beneficial for those suffering from insomnia. Vishva-ji’s encouragement and the peaceful flow of the Ganges River will ease you into peaceful sleep.
Many people find it hard to just calm down, quiet the mind and dive right into meditation. Alternate nostril breathing is one of the most calming and integrating pranayama techniques. It combines the slow exhalation, activating our rest and digest response with the balancing of our right and left halves, our solar and lunar energies. It's rhythmic meter is also soothing and helps draw the mind to one point. All together, these qualities make it a great tool for starting a meditation or moving towards a restful sleep.
Anuloma Viloma is a pranayama technique also known as alternate nostril breathing. By guiding your breath and alternating between your nostrils, this practices enables focus of your lunar and solar energies. This breath balances these energies in the body as well as your hormones, five elements, and all chakras, thus cleansing your entire body. Use this pranayama practice on its own to release any negative thoughts or before meditation or asana to deepen these practices.
In this video, Vishva-ji thoroughly explains the technique and benefits of Kapalabhati, the Shining skull breath. It is a powerful detoxification technique, while also boosting your immune system and improving lung capacity and vital energy. Kapalabhati is also recommended for help in quitting smoking. In just 15 minutes, feel more radiant and notice the glow in your skin.
Practice Kapalabhati in three rounds at the intermediate level with bandhas and breath retention. This pranayama is a very powerful detoxifyer and also imports a lot of vital energy into your system. Start your day with a bang in less than 15 minutes!
Join Vishva-ji for this extended Kapalabhati practice including the bandhas and breath retention on the inhalation and exhalation. This is a great practice for intermediate and advanced practitioners who want to purify the root chakra and uplift their vital energy.
A great start to your day, practice three rounds of the powerful Bhastrika pranayama with Vishva-ji including breath retention and a brief meditation. Get inspired and revitalized in under 15 minutes with a technique that helps to banish depression and shift stagnant energy.
Join Vishva-ji alongside the Ganges River for this Pranayama class. This class combines the breathing techniques of Kapalbhati (shining skull breath) and Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing). The combination of these two pranayama practices is intended to purify the body and calm the mind. In this video, you may notice the Shiva Lingam statue next to Vishva-ji. For those in need of additional stamina, focus on the Shiva Lingam, said to be a symbol of energy.
Join Vishva-ji alongside the Ganges River for this Pranayama class. This class combines the breathing techniques of Kapalbhati (shining skull breath), Bhastrika (bellows breathing), Surya Bhedana (single nostril breathing), Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing), and Brahmaree (honeybee breathing). This combination is intended to energize and align all five koshas (layers) of your being. You will complete this practice with a sense of balanced calm and energized alertness.
Join in this live-recorded class at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. This class begins before dawn by candle light, and will start with a short posture sequence and then move into an extended pranayama practice. The focus will be on the navel and the radiant, prana rich sun with the theme Om Bhaskaraye Namaha, I bow to the radiant sun.