8 Limbs – Pranayama – Breathing Techniques

We are working our way through the 8 limbs of Yoga. These are suggested steps to practice Yoga to attain the state of Yoga, according to Patanjali who wrote the Yoga Sutras. The first limb is the Yamas, 5 ethical guidelines to have more intimate relationships with the world around you and others. The second limb is the Niyamas, 5 observances to have more of an intimate relationship to yourself. The third limb is Asana, posture. As stated in our last session to practice Asana you just need to create Sthira and Sukham, steadiness and comfort in your posture so you can focus the mind on something specific becoming more effortless in your practice. This session we are focusing on the fourth limb, Pranayama, breathing techniques or exercises.

Why do we want to do want to focus on Pranayama? Well, we all want to feel more vital, energised, productive, healthy and creative. These are all fuelled by Prana, your life force or vital energy that animates, supports our homeostasis and it’s said to sustain our life and longevity.

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Published on June 3, 2024