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Calming Pranayama Yoga

Beginner II

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.

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Jimbob
Jimbob
January 18, 2019
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Hmmm. Interesting.

Strangely, I found it easier to breath, hold and exhale using one nostril rather than both. Also, I find it much more relaxing to just let the breath happen on it’s own (which can take a bit of practice itself) rather than controling it. I guess it is a matter of practice. I think I will investigate these breathing techniques a bit further. Thanks.

shyone
shyone
January 17, 2019
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I have trouble breathing in for the full 12 count and then too slow to let it out in 12 : )

NicRoy
NicRoy
January 16, 2019
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I loved the beginning of this class...it really gave me insight as to how to teach Pranayama. Nadi Shodana was a bit hard for me to follow as it was an advanced version.

dharmadog
dharmadog
July 10, 2018
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Hi David, I really like this practice session. I've not done the alternate nostril breath with as long a breath and holdings. I've also been away from a pranayama practice for some time. My question is about the focus of attention on the in breath, is it to stay with the 3 part breath and if so, should I focus more on the side I am inhaling ? I really like your teaching. I'm wondering if you teach retreats?

Charlie

Deborah Lilly
Deborah Lilly
April 7, 2018
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Thanks (again) David - my chest feels quite expanded. Such a good practice to improve my singing voice. Oh, and my posture, immunity, sinuses, etc ...

nadonado
nadonado
December 20, 2017
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Thank you. Great short class to help relax and mediate. I will definitely do this one again and again.

Nikki Marie
Nikki Marie
October 8, 2017
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I needed self-care fast, as anxiety was taking over. This was challenging in a way that made me feel so much better afterward. I can breath better and no more nervous energy.

ensojourney
ensojourney
August 27, 2017
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I suffer from anxiety and this is one of the many videos and meditations I turn to in DYWM. Thank you so much David and the DYWM team, a blessing indeed!!

During the holding part of the breath, I feel like my breath seem to be "rolling" around in my torso/belly. Is that unusual? I am new to yoga and pranayama, and I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong.

Please help correct me if I'm doing it wrongly.

Namaste

kleigh6
kleigh6
February 8, 2017
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Amazing calming results, both for myself and to teach others in my work. Thank you for the new skills and personal peace practice.

Helen Alford
Helen Alford
September 8, 2016
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Thank you for making this available. After a tough day with my step-daughter I was frazzled and this really calmed and centred me. I will be practicing again and hopefully my lung capacity will improve too!

karinxum
karinxum
August 29, 2016
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Great video. Tougher if you are new to these types of breathing. But it helped me mediate and should be very helpful for practice in kundalini yoga

DeWaat
DeWaat
August 3, 2016
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Wow.. my body was so unused to these slow breathing frequencies that immediately after the exercise my busy life just rebooted and it was very hard for me to remember these slow movements with my body and integrate them into my normal life. But it felt so good while it lasted. Looks like this is a video Ill revisit some times in the future :)

Thank you so much David and crew! Your videos have helped and still are helping me through tough times of my life. Seriously. Its wonderful what you do, and so much needed for many...

ruth.joyce
ruth.joyce
July 13, 2016
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This was very relaxing. I'm finishing up grad school right now and I'm tense at night - I did this before bedtime and it was perfect. I slept without waking up! I will definitely need to practice the alternate nostril breath, but I was getting the hang of it by the end. Thank you!

As a side note - I really enjoy the videos designed primarily for relaxation, stretching, or getting in tune with our bodies. A good, sweaty workout from some dedicated power yoga is all well and fine - but the videos that have helped me the most? Those that are designed for stress-relief, or pain-relief, etc. I love them all. Thank you, DYWM - this online resource is invaluable for those of us that don't want to or can't always attend normal yoga studios.

lily2610
lily2610
July 13, 2016
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This is indeed very smoothing, I must admit I'm still struggling to sync my breath while practicing yoga and this video not only brought me calm but also it seems I came to a better understanding on how to control my breath, even if I will need more practice to enjoy the benefits fully.Thank you David for your generosity through this class and your amazing website.

Ecalosso
Ecalosso
July 11, 2016
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Thank you so much David for creating this website and making these wonderful yoga videos accesible to everybody. They are excellent. I enjoy them a lot.