Beginner's Guide to Pranayama

In the yoga tradition, the breath is said to carry a person's life force. Learn how to tap into yours.
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In the yoga tradition, the breath is said to carry a person's life force. Learn how to tap into yours.
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Some yoga gurus rank pranayama over asana as the most important part of the practice. If you're new to it, you may be wondering what exactly it is and how to get started.

Definition of Pranayama

Prana means life force or breath sustaining the body; Ayama translates as "to extend or draw out." Together two mean breath extension or control.

Pranayama for Beginners

Breathing Lessons

Find out why pranayama is such an integral part of the yogic tradition.

What is Ujjayi?

Victorious Breath is one of the most common pranayama techniques. But to gain the full benefits, you have to do it properly.

Prescriptions for Pranayama

Learn how the different yoga traditions use breathwork before, during, and after asana practice.

Inhale, Exhale, Relax

Learn how breath practice can help relieve minor fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

Explore more pranayama techniques.