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The Energetic Effects of Pranayama

You may have noticed that changing the sequencing of your class changes your students' energetic experience. But there's another way to create different energetic effects—the careful use of breath control.

By Jamie Lindsay


Once you've practiced these tools yourself and experimented with using them in class, you'll realize that the breath can be as profound and powerful tool in shaping your class as any particular asana or sequence.

Jamie Lindsay has been teaching Hatha Yoga in various forms since 1996. He has studied with many senior Ashtanga teachers and spent two years in the Advanced Studies Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. The writings of the Bihar School of Yoga and the techniques of Univeral Yoga have been important influences on his studies, and his current teacher is Andrey Lappa.


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Anon

If you don't know what you're doing... DON'T DO Pranayama!!!! It can permanently damage your vital organs and breathing ability. This comes from personal experience. Once the damage is dones, it is incredibly difficult to repair! What may have taken a single meditation session to destroy, can take many hours to even begin to repair. I am still not the same... Consider this a friendly warning.

preciosa van der vorst

if one has a tendency toward anxiety and is trying to release stress, a breath ratio that emphasizes exhalation will be more helpful. On the other hand, in an individual who tends towards depression or lethargy, the same breath ratio will reinforce these difficulties.

This reads as if anxiety and depression plus lethargy were on opposite ends to eachother - this, of course is incorrect as they frequently are part and parcel of the same condition. Thus, this should be reflected in any Pranayama practise dealing with this issues.

Veena Grover

It is always joy to read the articles especially about teaching pranayama.Thanks.
How to teach peace to the students untill they are ready?

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