Pranayama (Breath Control)
Every Yoga Classes begins with 20 minutes of pranayama or control of breath. By controlling the breath we are able to control the subtle nerve currents that run through the nervous system and in turn control the mind and the thoughts and emotions. We start with 3 rounds of Kapalabhati or 60-80 abdominal pumping followed by short breath retentions from 30 seconds to one minute. This is followed by 8-10 rounds of Anuloma Viloma or alternate nostril breathing (inhaling for 4, retaining for 16, and exhaling for 8). This practice is for intermediate students. Beginners will want to start by learning the deep abdominal breathing.