Nadi sodhana

Pranayama

What is it?

Pranayama classes are open to those practitioners who want to deepen their yoga practice by learning to regulate breathing and prana or vital energy. They are active classes in the morning that seek to change our mental state and induce us to the meditative state. We will work bhandas (energy closures), mudras (gestures), preparatory techniques and major pranayamas, to gradually introduce us to the retentions and their effects.

The relationship between breathing and yoga is so close that you could say that yoga is breathing and breathing is yoga. Through breathing the yogi changes his state and approaches the state of yoga, the ability to direct the mind to a point without any distraction. The wise Patañjali, more than two thousand years ago, describes it to us in his Yoga Sutras,when he presents the pranayama or the discipline of conscious regulation of breathing. The yoga link.

“Prana is the sum total of all the energies contained in the Universe.” – Swami Sivananda Saraswati.

Prana is defined as subtle vital energy, pure energy in the natural state. It is the life force that not only sustains the body, but also creation at all levels. Yogis identify prana with life, vitality, consider that the cosmos is alive and full of prana.

Through the techniques of pranayama we regulate the prana within us, through breathing exercises with the following objectives:

  • Improve vitality, recharge energy.
  • Increase will and strength.
  • Cure diseases.
  • Drive your own capabilities and efficiency.
  • Change our mental state.
  • Evolve into a higher consciousness.

Thanks to these breathing techniques we will approach a state where our mind is focused, focused and without distraction, this state that will lead us to connect with our deepest essence. A new state of sensitivity and attention.

Contraindications

People with chronic diseases of any kind should consult with their doctor or specialist physician about the ideonity of pranayama. Especially people with

cardiovascular and lung diseases should seek advice from a doctor before starting practices, as most techniques are contraindicated.

Whenever practiced within the capacity of each one, without imitating, forcing, or competing, every healthy person can practice the techniques since they do not have many contraindications, except practices with very long retentions.

Benefits

  • Improves the respiratory system by increasing oxygen uptake and increasing lung capacity.
  • Purifies blood by improving blood circulation. It tones the heart.
  • Tones the nervous system, spinal cord and brain.
  • It helps the immune system, increasing defenses.
  • The massage of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles is accentuated by improving the functions of the digestive organs.
  • Increases vitality. Increases the energy level or prana throughout the body.
  • Clean the nadis, channels through which vital energy circulates.
  • Rebalance the chakras, vortíces of energy.
  • Stimulates intellectual performance and improves memory. It provides calm, serenity and mental clarity.
  • Induces a favorable mental state for concentration, internalization and meditation. It minimizes mental dispersion and pacifies emotions.
  • Develop a higher consciousness.
  • It connects us to our inner being. It seeks to achieve inner stillness, transcendent vision, and spiritual emancipation.

 

Teacher

Silvia Gallego