Pranayama is breathwork, an exercise for physical and mental wellness. In Sanskrit, “Prana” means life energy, and “Yama” means control.
In yoga, pranayama is used with other practices like physical postures (asanas) and meditation (dhyana)
Pranayama: Golden Thread • Ally Hines • 12 minutes
Asthanga: Pranayama • Didi von Deck • 12 min
This Ashtanga breathing sequence will focus your attention inward to quiet your mind. Short breath retentions will keep the mind steady. This practice can be a prelude for sitting meditation or as a meditation in itself.
Suggested props: whatever would make you comfortable sitting
Pranayama: Physiological Sighs • David Magone • 5 min
Literally translated as "expansion of the life-force", pranayama practices utilize a variety of guided breathing exercises in order to enhance mental and physical health and well-being.