Summer Pranayama Series in Redmond
June 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| $120
Pranayama, or the art of yogic breathing, is an integral part in the practice of yoga – fourth in the 8 limbs of yoga (preceded by asana, or the physical practice). Translated literally as ‘prana’ = vital force or breath and ‘ayama’ = extension, stretching, lengthening: pranayama = extension of breath.
We are introducing our fourth season of pranayama with our Summer Pranayama Series, beginning Saturday, June 24th for 6 consecutive weeks. This is a seated practice where you will be guided through a series of breathing techniques in a structured manner by our lead teacher and founder, Arundhati Baitmangalkar. This series is designed to build upon what has been taught and practiced in our previous pranayama series (fall, winter, and spring), and is a practice that needs to be cultivated with time, dedication, and maturity – helping serious yoga students and teachers understand the practice at depth so as to apply it to their life and yoga practice.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR SUMMER PRANAYAMA:
- To practice pranayama, the student must have a well-developed asana, or physical practice, in order to sit comfortably for an extended period of time, and stay focused and concentrated on their breath.
- Wear comfortable yoga clothing, and come to class with a relatively empty stomach. Tea or juice is okay. Caffeine may interfere.
- Bring your own yoga mat, or rent one from the studio.
- Rest well the night prior to class.
- Inform your instructor of any health issues or injuries that may prevent you from sitting comfortably throughout.
- Arrive to the studio early, especially if you are new, to check in and get settled.
BENEFITS OF PRANAYAMA:
- Enhances lung capacity
- Improves respiration
- Increases oxygen intake
- Helps to expel toxins
- Regulates internal body temperature
- Boosts immunity and resistance to infections
- Improves overall health and well-being
- Good for the spine and pelvis
- Increases body awareness
All classes are led by our founder, Arundhati Baitmangalkar. She is one of the leading yoga teachers in the area, and the only one who offers pranayama classes regularly. Having learned pranayama back in India from her masters, her classes year after year are well attended. Students find that they are able to follow the instructions easily, that their questions are answered, and modifications are offered as needed.
When is it? Saturdays, June 24 – July 29, 2017.
What time? 9:15 – 10:15am
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