Prana relates to the flow of life force throughout our energy channels. The most effective way to influence the movement of prana is through the breath. The practice of Pranayama roughly means various breathing techniques. Physically, Pranayama techniques can help to effectively utilise and strengthen the whole range of our respiratory organs.
These 75 minute taster workshops at our Sunderland studio, will vary and change each time, in order to show different aspects of breathing and different techniques – so no two workshops are the same.
A regular Pranayama practice can stimulate the parasympathetic system, countering the overstimulation our bodies go through during the Fight or Flight response.Our breath patterns are closely linked to our emotional states. Our breathing changes when we are angry, excited, tired or nervous.
By the use of appropriate Pranayama techniques, we can actually alter our physical and emotional state – for example using calming, balancing practices like Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) or more stimulating, energising techniques such as Kapalabhati (shining skull cleansing breath).