Pranayama refers to seated breathwork or breathing techniques in yoga to control, regulate, and expand the life force within us. Hatha Yoga Pradipika says "without it all yoga poses are hollow and lifeless". We hope this can become your go-to resource for pranayama, one that you can share with your friends, family, and yoga community.
Part One: Basics
Our Preparatory Series is designed to help new practitioners understand the aspects of breathing in the context of yoga. These lessons will prepare you for pranayama and should be mastered before attempting advanced practices.
Observe the breath
Understand all aspects of the breath
Experience prana in the body
Strengthen lung function and capacity
Anuloma | अनुलोम
Interrupted Breathing in Yoga
Calming | Cooling Pranayama
Sitkari pranayama (pronounced sheet-kaa-ree) is better known as the Cooling Breath - a yoga breathing technique to soothe the mind and cool the body.
Sheetali (pronounced she-ta-lee) is the Hissing Breath - a yoga breathing technique with similar benefits that can be used as an alternative to Sheetali.
Warming | Energizing Pranayama
Kapalabhati pranayama is known as the Skull Shining Breath and Breath of Fire. It is a Hatha Yoga purification technique that involves short, forceful breathing to clear the sinuses and brighten the mind.
Bhastrika (pronounced bha-STRI-kaah) is Bellows Breathing. It's a yoga cleansing technique that involves breathing in and out while making a sound similar to a blacksmith's bellows. Use it to energize and clear the nasal passages.