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Pranayama Yoga to Wake Up

Beginner II

Wake-up and clear your head with this short, but full, pranayama yoga class. It's the perfect combination of breathing exercises, including deep abdominal breathing, kapalabhati pranayama (the skull cleanser) and meditation. The diaphragmatic breathing helps calm your nerves before moving into the breathing techniques that wake you up. If you like this class, the next step is David's Pranayama Yoga To Move Energy.

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jscopes66
jscopes66
May 13, 2022
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Gets easier with practice! This was so difficult for me a month ago.

Jen Salmon
Jen Salmon
April 13, 2022
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What a lovely practice! It's been a while so thanks for reminding me how good pranayama feels

cselle
cselle
April 12, 2022
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David: How totally devastating my morning routine I was locked 🔒 out
I was concerned but just sign back in and now I can do my breathing pranayama exercises wow I would miss this daily thank you

Gwengrrrl
Gwengrrrl
November 17, 2021
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I really love this class as well as the other breathing classes. I recommend also trying the 'Skull cleanser' practices if you like this particular breath. Personally, I love it for when I have a headache, clears it right up. From the comments below I gather some people expect more 'proper' excercises, but it is all about breathing.

carolynariel@gmail.com
carolynariel@gmail.com
November 10, 2020
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Thank you. It’s difficult, but leaves me feeling very good afterwards. I’ll keep trying this.

SMZalokar
SMZalokar
September 26, 2020
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What a great 90 minutes of alignment and breathing practice. I’ve book marked these to pull up and revisit from time to time. Thank you.

Jimbob
Jimbob
February 1, 2019
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Thanks to this class I am now woke. :)

I don’t know why, but I liked it. Where could I find some information on the purpose, or rationale for this exercise?

I found it interesting the relaxation, particularly around my jaw when I was doing this at speed, and not breathing in but letting the “in breath” do it’s own thing.

Decorbeck
Decorbeck
January 29, 2019
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Went straight in for day 4 after day 3 as wanted to do a longer class. Struggled to keep up with the breathing but still felt much clearer in my breath afterwards

Mamanp
Mamanp
January 29, 2019
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Not my favorite. Don’t really get the fast breathing.

Amazon2010
Amazon2010
January 25, 2019
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Was totally confused by this practice. Could not understand the short breath exercise and am not sure I was breathing correctly bud did the best I could.

Marilyn K-M
Marilyn K-M
January 21, 2019
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I have only tried this once before but am interested in trying more

gmichaelw
gmichaelw
January 17, 2019
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Starting to get the hang of it - more practice needed.

ksvonnegut
ksvonnegut
January 11, 2019
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Ok; but need a bit more challenge beyond breath work

JenandAndy
JenandAndy
January 9, 2019
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Hard to do with a cold... breathed out of my mouth.

cgoldhaw
cgoldhaw
January 9, 2019
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Wonderful little short practice to get light and energized in the morning.

MillyB
MillyB
January 8, 2019
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Much harder then it looks. Got to 40 - couldn't do the 50. :)

Jeopardy58
Jeopardy58
January 8, 2019
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Thanks David, I've tried this in the past and found it very difficult. Your demonstration of the correct technique was really helpful.

Jgferrario
Jgferrario
January 8, 2019
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I have never done that before - interesting but good exercise

Jgferrario
Jgferrario
January 8, 2019
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I have never done that before - interesting but good exercise

Evee
Evee
January 8, 2019
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This session woke me up. Thanks

Solacvert
Solacvert
January 7, 2019
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As usual David you are a revelation. This is the best explanation of pranayama breathing that I have ever had. I used to hate it as I would get dizzy and my lips would go numb. Now I get it!

perfecta25
perfecta25
January 7, 2019
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Thanks for the wake up, David! Nice breathe work. :)

maryjaynekennedy
maryjaynekennedy
January 7, 2019
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Wasn’t sure at first but after completing really did feel more energized. Thank you!!

Sharyl M
Sharyl M
January 6, 2019
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Interesting! Never done this before. Not my favorite thing....but interesting :)

mmsanford
mmsanford
January 6, 2019
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I am an asthmatic who takes 1 oral medicine and uses a steroid inhaler twice each day. I also use a rescue inhaler a few times a week. I am hoping these breathing exercises help my pulmonary function.

Child of Light
Child of Light
January 6, 2019
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I did this right after getting out of bed this morning! I feel energized and aware of my body. Normally I feel groggy in the mornings.

mtngirl
mtngirl
January 5, 2019
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Interesting, challenging and energizing

dstorey821
dstorey821
January 5, 2019
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This one definitely needs practicing. As always love the thorough instructions David provides. The proper pronunciation of the Sanskrit names is wonderful and very helpful.

neubie78
neubie78
January 5, 2019
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An invigorating way to wake up and feel energized!

DeeCoop
DeeCoop
January 5, 2019
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Really interesting - I have never tried this before

LydiaMS
LydiaMS
January 5, 2019
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Not one I am going to repeat, felt quite dispirited by the end.

MC Lessard
MC Lessard
January 5, 2019
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Interesting... I can see the deeper, more subtle, spaces of my body being revealed.

LydiaMS
LydiaMS
January 5, 2019
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Found this really hard. Could you do a video where you have a beginner doing the exercises as an achievable example?

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
January 6, 2019
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Hi Lydia.
Thank for the feedback. Did you find it difficult to do the breath in general, or to do it quickly? Sometimes if you stick with a slow pace, that's the way to build your body up to being able to increase the pace gradually, while keeping the body relaxed.
I will also look into filming a beginner tutorial video.