Yoga Practice and Philosophy – Pranayama

Pranayama is the 4th limb of the 8 limbs of Yoga and means Breath/Energy Control.  The topic is broad and deep so a good starting point is an introduction!  In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali tells us that we can regulate the breath by location, season and number; and then into a fourth state of transcendence.  We must remember that the breath is tied directly to the emotions (nervous system) and the mind.  Often in our Pranayama practices we stir up some very uncomfortable feelings.  This is not a reason to stop practice, but to push on!  Our Pranayama practice destroys the shroud to our inner effulgence and shows us our inner light.While we can teach about 100 Pranayama techniques at Ripple Yoga, we limit them to what the students is ready and prepared to practice.  When the student is ready, the teacher and the practice will appear!

In Unity and Love,

Sarvesh (Gary)

* – Photo taken at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India