Calming Pranayama Yoga

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.5 (73 votes)
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This pranayama yoga class calms the nervous system using a series of yoga breathing exercises, including deep breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) - which combines the belly, mid-chest and upper chest breaths - and alternate nostril breathing, or Anulom Vilom. The alternate nostril breath is a challenging breathing technique, so don't be surprised if you find it difficult the first few times. This class is great to do before bed or when you need to relax.

Equipment: None
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama Yoga/Pranayama Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety Stress


Sebastiantanner94 9 months ago

I don't think I have ever sweat from a pranayama practice until this one. This was very challenging! I almost made it through without having to do extra breathing! Another challenge I will have to start!
One question, when breathing in you say we should start with the belly, ribs, then chest, is there a way we should be breathing out? In a similar manner or just relax everything?
Thanks, David!

David Procyshyn 9 months ago

Ha! Sounds like you moved some energy!
The breath out doesn't matter - just do it as you like. The important part is exhaling fully.
Onward! :-)

byootie 9 months ago

I love these pranayama videos. I felt very challenged on the 12 count breaths but I know eventually I can improve.

Luna.Fjora 9 months ago

Excellent exercice for our lung capacity but the 12 seconds were challenging for me. I am wondering if we get better with practice? Thank you.

Sharyl M 9 months ago

The 12 seconds was too long for me but I did do it as long as I could and I do feel the benefits of this session.

mmsanford 9 months ago

Could you recommend some type of breathing progression? I have a very difficult time with these exercises. I do not feel like my pulmonary excursion is adequate.

David Procyshyn 9 months ago

A great place to start is my Savitri Breathing audio recording. There are 3 tracks that progress in difficulty and the first one gets you to deepen and lengthen your breath in a careful way. It helps you build your capacity so you can lead up to a class like this one.

Orchidanica 9 months ago

I also had a hard time and had to stop. My back started hurting. I also started noticing soreness and tightness on my left side. I usually have some tightness on my back. But it was a different sort. Is that normal? I’ll try the Savitri breathing.

mmsanford 9 months ago

These exercises are so difficult for me I think I am going to have a chest X-ray . I am an asthmatic with sinus issues but I did not think this would be so difficult.

SarahViolet 9 months ago

Very calming. My ability to focus on and control my breath has definitely grown with these classes.