Follow along with Ronald and Kumiko through this typical pranayama practice from the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. This is an excellent practice for quieting the mind, and can help us to draw our focus inward as opposed to feeling lost in the whirlwind of daily life.
You will be guided through the practice in a gentle way so that anyone can experience the benefits of the breathing exercises. Ronald guides you through each exercise and explains each technique in detail.
Minute 0: Introduction to the practice
Minute 1:40: Mantra - Bhadram Shanti
Minute 4:01: Mindful deep breathing - discovering the 4-areas of breath
Minute 6:22: Begin Rechaka Kumbhaka - Pausing the breath at the bottom of an exhale
Minute 13:00: Begin Puraka Kumbhaka - Pausing the breath at the top of an inhale
Minute 16:47: Rechaka Puraka Kumbhaka Pranayama - Pausing the breath at the top of an inhale and at the bottom of an exhale.
Minute 21:21: Visama Vrtti Pranayama + explanation of mudra - Begin with Surya Visama Vrtti Pranayama
Minute 26:43: Begin with Chandra Visama Vrtti Pranayama
Minute 30:17: Begin with alternate nostril breathing - Sama Vrtti Pranayama - This practice ends with the final exhale through the left nostril
Minute 37:20: Begin Bhastrika Pranayama
Minute 45:05: Kevala Kumbhaka - The final breath exercise of the practice
Minute 53:42: Mantra
Why we recommend this video
The breathing exercises shown in the video benefit your mind and body on four levels:
- Cardiovascular system (i.e. EPO secretion, increase of blood volume, increase of lung volume)
- Psyche (reduces stress, improved heart rate variability)
- Harmonize and integrate the two halves of the brain
- Bringing calm and clarity to the mind
That's why we are so pleased to share this practice video with you. We invite you to feel the peaceful comfort of this truly embodying practice on your way to discovering svatma, your own true nature.
Many thanks to OGNX for the apparel (teacher and student).