Pranayama: Breathing lessons

Our next step on the eight fold path is pranayama. Literally pranayama means control of energy. In some yoga classes, pranayama isn’t taught as a part of the yogic experience. Of course the asanas can be done without focus on the movement of breath or the linking of breath with the movement. Patanjali’s yoga considers pranayama so important that it is a limb of yoga unto itself. Pranayama can be practiced by itself. It adds a powerful dimension to asana practice when coordinated with movement.
Where ever the breath flows, so flows energy and life. We cannot exist for long without adequate breathing. We can learn to control our nervous system, our heart rate and our muscular tension/relaxation, by simply focusing attention on our breath. What a tool we have to work with and we generally pay so little attention to it!
So, let’s bring our attention to our breath while we practice together at The UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial Ave in Clovis. We meet Monday, April 11 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the sanctuary. Come breath with us!

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