Lift You Up, Balance You Out

Intermediate I

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.

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ag329
March 2, 2019
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New to me - this was really interesting and left me feeling really good. Crista always makes me smile :) Thank you!

nadonado
February 16, 2019
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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
June 4, 2018
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Love Pranayama. It's challenging, but so worth it. The benefits of a regular practice are amazing. Namaste from Ireland.

mrswright2015
January 21, 2018
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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
December 25, 2017
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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
December 27, 2017
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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
February 5, 2018
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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.

HeatherSue
November 13, 2017
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This is the first time that I've ever practiced pranayama yoga and I think I'm hooked! This was a very welcome change of pace to my usual evening vinyasa/power classes, and I'm excited to delve deeper into this other (equally important) aspect of yoga. Thank you :)

Cindy76
January 10, 2017
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Love, it works very well. Thank you!! Might need to purchase and do in my daily practice. :)

vaness
September 21, 2016
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Thank you! This class helped me calm my racing mind and eased me into a good nights sleep.

kevinfcarter
October 27, 2016
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I'll have to start using this class as my go-to when I awaken in the middle of the night with a racing mind.

ama1031
September 13, 2016
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I am not sure why I feel a contradiction of anxiety and some relaxation while doing this breathing. Is that a normal beginner sensation/experience? Thank you.

Crista Shillington
September 13, 2016
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Hi, thank you for your question!
Kapalabhati (the first one) is a stimulating, invigorating breathing exercise. If it causes you to feel anxiety at this time, I would recommend skipping it and just doing the second breathing exercise, alternate nostril breathing. Alternate nostril breathing is calming and grounding, so should help to alleviate any feelings of anxiety. Hope that helps! Thank you

David Procyshyn
September 12, 2016
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Sorry, everyone. It looks like it hasn't caused any problem, but this class was mistakenly labelled as a beginner class. We've changed it to intermediate now.

DebD
August 29, 2016
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As the description stated, Pranayama Yoga, even on the beginner level, lifted me completely out of a funk. I am relaxed.

karinxum
August 29, 2016
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This video teaches techniques central to Kundalini Yoga and is a good way to learn or meditate. Performed at 6:45AM, and I feel great!