Calming Pranayama Yoga

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.5 (77 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


shyone 1 year ago

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

NicRoy 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 ...

nadonado 2 years ago

Thank you. Great short class to help relax and mediate. I will definitely do this one again and again.

Nikki Marie 2 years ago

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 3 years ago

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.


kleigh6 3 years ago

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