Far from being simply a physical exercise, yoga encompasses a wide range of techniques and practices. On this page we are building up a range of tutorials to develop and perfect your skills in the yogic arts of pranayama (breathing techniques) With time these practices will serve to deepen and enrich your work on the mat and broaden your outlook on life.
Breath Challenge (10): The Peace of No Breath
Breath Challenge (9): Energising Breath
Sometimes we are just feeling tired, burnt out, uninspired or uncreative and stuck. We need a bit more fire to stimulate us. Today we have the perfect breathwork practice exercise to help with creating energy in your body and mind. For this we focus on the opposite to the calming breath, here we want to make the inhale longer than the exhale and we hold the inhaled breath.
Breath Challenge (8): Breathing for Anxiety and Stress Part 2
Focus on Mindful walking - especially useful when we feel that we just can't sit and keep the mind still. This walking meditation / mindfulness class is great for when you're anxious as it makes a strong connection between the mind and body. This is a great 'stealth' practice. You can do this anytime you're out and about, or just before you go into any stressful event and nobody would know you're doing your mindfulness breathwork practice!!
Breath Challenge (7): Breathing for Anxiety and Stress Pt. 1
Find calm through your breath. Our breath is a monitor of our emotional state. In today's class we find how different breathing patterns can really change how we feel and can invoke a feeling of calm. Learn how to use this breathwork pattern to trick the body into thinking we are calm and relaxed even when we aren't! A fabulous technique to use for all stressful situations.
Breath Challenge (6): Slowing the Breath Slowing the Mind
There is an old saying that we all have the same number of breaths in our lifetime, so we'd better slow our breaths to extend our lives! A rapid breath tells the brain that we are under stress and it reacts correspondingly. In this class you'll learn how to regulate the speed of your breath and why we'd want to do that!
Breath Challenge (5): The Complete Effortless Breath
Learn to breathe fully with this exercise in which you'll learn how to fully empty and fill the lungs to capacity with the Complete Breath Pump Breath. As with all of the breathing exercises, please don't do these if you feel any discomfort or dizziness at all, and this exercise is not appropriate for pregnancy.
Breath Challenge (4): Effortless Breath pt.2 Finding Space in the Ribcage and Upper Chest
Breath Challenge (3): Effortless Breath Pt 1
Breath Challenge (2): Understanding Your Breathing Habits
We can't fix the problem until we know what it is! In this class, the second of our breathwork course, we look at understanding chest breathing, hyperventilation and breath holding, using the mouth to breathe and accessory muscles which we shouldn't use and how this relates to stress. Note down your daily habits. From 10 minutes, we include breathing exercises from the Russian system, Systema.
Breath Challenge: Daily Breathing Exercises
These introductory breath work exercises should be done every day on the Ten Day Breath Challenge. They are a superb preparation for deeper pranayama practices and for teaching the body and mind to relax with the breath. Also recommended for beginners to yoga who are looking to understand the important breath work limb of yoga.
Breath Challenge (1): The Anatomy and Physiology of Breathing and Preparatory Exercises
The introduction to the breathwork challenge starts with a fascinating tutorial on the anatomy and physiology of how and why we breathe. This class is a stand-alone, must-view for all yoga teachers, for everyone who is suffering from anxiety, or those who would like to improve their breathwork for overall health. At nine minutes, we move onto exercises for the diaphragm and ribcage, breathing in and out through the nose or in through nose and out through the mouth to regulate breath. Happy breathing!
Breathwork for Health, Calm, Immunity and Migraines
Breathwork - the secret to great health and moving you from 'doing OK' to living your most vibrant life. In this class, Naomi leads us through some powerful breath practices which can radically help your life. The first practice serves to open up the breath through the lungs and the entire system - shifting any kind of erratic breath patterns or involuntary breath holds but also supporting immune function. The second is a beautifully calming breath that works to balance the chemistry of the body. If this is your second viewing of the video and you'd like the practices without the explanation, the practices start at 8 minutes. Do not practice this class if you are pregnant (although you can practice the second technique) and for some sufferers of anxiety, it may be useful to practice with a knowledgable teacher at first. Breathwork is more powerful than you may think!
Begin (again) 1: Just Breathe
The first in our beginners yoga class series. This short and simple introduction to yoga flow by means of feeling and employing the self-care tool of breath, the essential tool in our yoga journey and our ongoing journey of life! Learn the basics of a half sun salutation and cat/cow postures. For beginners or refreshers.
Breath and Peace
A chilled and relaxing short breathing yoga class perfect for Christmas day, or whenever your life is busy and a bit overwhelming. With this class you'll be able to take some time out for yourself and return your breath back to a natural efficient pattern, preparing you for the challenges that the day and that the festive period can bring.
Breath and Bandhas De-Mystified
Yoga Fundamentals: Journey through the Breath and Bandhas
Live at Yoga Garden Party: Rebalance with the Prana Vayus
This class on the Prana-Vayus is an experiential exploration into your breath-work. A must for all practitioners! Prana is lifeforce and Vayus mean the vehicle to experience the lifeforce. Starting with a short talk on the role of prana in the body, the class moves into some slow, steady vinyasa and then further breath-work followed by a long guided meditation. A truly balancing, calming and energising class, deeply rooted in the origins of yoga, perfect for finding out more about this beautiful practice. Suitable for all levels.
Pick Me Up Energy Enhancer