Prāņāyāma (breathing techniques) positively affects our physiology, calms/focuses the mind, invokes the relaxation response and captures our attention away from an extraordinarily busy world that keeps us living externally as we meet the many converging demands of family, employers, and society. Prāņāyāma takes us from the external world to an inner personal space and focus.
I say to my students during breathing exercises and relaxation – “Soften into your breath, allow your breath to deepen and lengthen; hear the stillness within you; that stillness is with you where ever you go; this is your internal environment. Know that this stillness is a place where you can go to connect with your inner wisdom, innate intelligence and unique self. Enjoy this stillness and access this space through the connection with your breath whenever there is a need to do so, to replenish, refocus and rejuvenate.”
In addition to learning breathing techniques in group classes, I lead workshops that teach skills to improve breathing capacity.