Facilitated by Alex Ryberg.
Mindful breathing enhances productivity and focus tremendously. Though this knowledge is becoming more mainstream, quite often we are not breathing to the fullest capacity our bodies allow. The breathe is shallow. Tension in our chest, back and abdomen inhibit full breathing. The nervous system may be in a chronic state of stress due to the shallow breath and tension; our cells and organs are deprived of oxygen; atrophy begins to occur in hidden places internally affecting our overall immune system and sense of well-being. Pranayama is an ancient yogic practice, prana means breath, yama means restraint or control, that trains one how to control his or her breath to meet a desired effect on the body & mind. This intelligent system provides a spectrum of breathing techniques to utilize, ranging from beginner level skills to more advanced. A daily or weekly practice of pranayama re-educates the body how to breath, eventually making the practice second nature.
In this class, we will practice techniques specifically from Richard Rosen's system of reclined pranayama in his book "The Yoga of Breath." Each week will consist of precise guided techniques (mostly lying down with prop support) that will inherently build upon each other week by week, personal feedback, and group discussion. Some movement and yoga postures will be integrated as a frame of reference for your progress. You will undoubtedly see shifts in your level of focus, clarity and self confidence as a person. The practices are accessible for all levels and easily applicable at home.
You will need your own yoga mat, a journal, and if available but not required, your own yoga strap.