Pranayama is an essential component of yoga practice, but do we really understand the what, why, and how to practice it? Explore how 3 specific and simple pranayamas—anuloma, kapalabhati, and nadi shodhanam—help us to clear the sinuses, balance the nervous system, and spiritually tap into our essential nature. Learn the practical techniques to a successful pranayama practice, but also how harnessing prana can be as simple as maintaining the awareness of our breathing. Sandra Anderson explains the importance of developing and maintaining a pranayama practice as a gateway to the more subtle areas of raja yoga—pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and ultimately, samadhi.

Techniques for Pranayama

Asana Prep for Pranayama Sequence

Pranayama Practices

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