Pranayama is a practice related to the control and regulation of breathing through specific breathing techniques and exercises. Pranayama exercises help us to eliminate physical and emotional blockages or obstacles in the body so that breathing and prana can flow freely. The practice of breathing awakens the vital force and opens the door to deep meditation. Deepen your knowledge and master the teaching of pranayama and explore the philosophy that gave rise to these techniques in training designed to revitalize your physical and energetic body.
Pranayama is the aspect of yoga related to breathing and breath control. Longtime yogis tend to appreciate this ancient practice, but it can be very difficult for newer students to understand. Even experienced practitioners can experience multiple false starts when trying to establish an ongoing practice. Now online, Kripalu offers a variety of trainings and certifications for teachers to deepen their practice and share their passion with the world.
While attention to breathing is a central part of any yoga practice, pranayama involves specific breathing exercises that can be practiced alone or as part of a Hatha yoga (physical yoga) practice. Pranayama is mentioned in early yoga texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita, The Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Christopher Holmes, Kripalu Yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist, has experience in anatomy and physiology for yoga and bodywork, and in healing chronic pain patterns.