In this first class of our her four-part pranayama series, Rachel introduces you to the simple counted breath. Simple counted breath is a profound technique that helps you quell anxiety and cultivate calm. Remember: pranayama should never create anxiety. If you feel short of breath or anxious, then leave the counted practice and return to an easeful, natural breath. You may want to have something to sit on like a block, chair, or bolster. After completing this class, you may want to check out the next class in Rachel's pranayama series Prana 2: Counted Breath and Partial Retention.