Lift You Up, Balance You Out

Crista Shillington
Instructor Crista Shillington
Average: 4.9 (56 votes)
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Pranayama yoga, or breath work, can lift you out of a funk or times of fatigue, giving you more energy and mental clarity. It can also calm the nervous system, help you sleep and make you feel better. This class is designed to energize you, wake you up, then calm you down and is perfect for anytime of the day.

Equipment: None
Style: Pranayama Yoga/Pranayama Yoga


ag329 8 months ago

New to me - this was really interesting and left me feeling really good. Crista always makes me smile :) Thank you!

nadonado 8 months ago

Thank you Crista. I can feel the benefit of this class and come back to it often. So peaceful and centering. I should practice this anytime things don't go as well as could be.

Irishlove 1 year ago

Love Pranayama. It's challenging, but so worth it. The benefits of a regular practice are amazing. Namaste from Ireland.

mrswright2015 1 year ago

I don't know why I have never done this practice until now, but WOW! This is a class I will likely come back to often. Thanks!

mrst17 1 year ago

Literally almost passed out. I wish you'd warn us before we're about to hold breath for a full or half minute. How hard is it to say "take a big breath in and hold".... or give some kind of heads up that we won't be breathing for a while. Also, super important to be reassuring through these breaths to reassure or encourage when we should or should not be breathing. Many times felt that I should start breathing when in fact, I was still supposed to hold the breath.

David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Hi there. Thanks for the feedback. In some classes the instructor leaves out any preparatory words or cautions in order to allow the class to flow well. This is one of those classes, so I apologize if you felt like it needed more of that. In general, chrismc90 is right, just take it slowly, take breaks when you need to and don't push yourself so hard that you feel pain or any intense discomfort. In terms of breathwork, if holding the breath or doing many repetitions of a certain technique doesn't feel right, stop when you need to for your own comfort. I hope that helps!

mrst17 1 year ago

Thanks for your comment. After my frustrations and your feedback, I've read a bit more about pranayama and it's benefits. I've recently started your program, Yoga for Chronic Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. I've found that the intro videos to that program were very helpful, and by practicing different breathing exercises on a regular basis I am getting much better at this! I can hold my breath longer, and I better understand how to do it properly. I think after another week or two of beginner practice, I'll give this class another try and see if it's easier for me :) Thank you for opening my eyes to new techniques and lessons along my yoga journey.

xjoburg 1 year ago

I’d suggest a great book called Breathe as well. Really helps improve our breathing

chrismc90 1 year ago

You're always encouraged to breathe or rest if you feel you need to, especially if you're new to pranayama and it feels unsafe for you.