Instructor: Rachel Scott
Yoga is excellent for stretching and strengthening the whole body, however, one area that is commonly overlooked is the side body! In this class, Rachel brings focus to the lateral body. Opening the side body promotes rib mobility, increases your capacity for breath support, and can help provide lower back relief.
In the first installment of this four-part series, Rachel introduces the technique of simple, counted breathing. Simple counted breath helps alleviate anxiety and cultivate a sense of calm.
In this second class of her pranayama series, Rachel supplements the technique covered in Prana 1: Simple Counted Breath, adding a brief retention of the breathe after inhalation.
In the third class of the pranayama series, Rachel teaches you a “box” breath, in which you inhale, retain, exhale, and retain in equal parts. Breath retention is a powerful technique for easing the nervous system and calming the body, but, if you feel anxious or short of breath, leave the counted breath practice and return to a natural breath.
Rachel's final class in her four-part pranayama series teaches you one of her favorite pranayama practices: Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. This practice stimulates both the masculine and feminine energetic channels within the body, resulting in a sense of balance and deep calm.