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


Jimbob 10 months ago

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 10 months ago

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

NicRoy 10 months ago

I loved the beginning of this 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 1 year ago

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?


Deborah Lilly 1 year ago

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