Breath Work

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.

 

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  • Meditation: Soft Pause10:00
    Meditation: Soft Pause

    Nikita Akilapa

    In the final part in our Introduction to Meditation Series, we start to watch the top and the bottom of our breath. You'll notice that there are round edges to the inhale and exhale, where each breath gently reaches a peak and then gives rise to the next. Either simply watch these spaces between breaths or gently hold for a moment at the top of each inhale, and pause for a moment at the bottom of the exhale.



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  • Meditation: Exploring the Breath14:09
    Meditation: Exploring the Breath

    Nikita Akilapa

    In the fourth part in our Introduction to Meditation Series with Nikita, we learn how to explore breath patterns as a means to change the way we feel. Allow the exhale to be twice as long as the inhale to give the body a chance of releasing all the old, to make space for the fresh new oxygenated air to flow in fully. Start at an equal breath (e.g. inhale for six seconds and exhale for six seconds) then increase gradually to a ratio of 1:1.5 (e.g. inhaling for six seconds and exhaling for nine seconds). Eventually, breathing to a ratio of 1:2 (e.g. inhaling for six and exhaling for 12 seconds). Maintain for up to about 20 breaths and then return to normal breath. If you are asthmatic, you may find that it's tricky to get to the full 1:2 ratio at first, in which case stay at 1:1.5. This is another great technique you might want to use as a tool to anchor an anxious mind any time you feel overwhelmed.



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  • Meditation: Counting the Breath07:53
    Meditation: Counting the Breath

    Nikita Akilapa

    In the third part in our Introduction to Meditation series, we start to count the breath. Get settled in a comfortable spot, either sitting or lying down, and begin to count your breaths backwards from 20 to 1. Say to yourself mentally, I am breathing in 20, I am breathing out 20. I am breathing in 19, I am breathing out 19, and so on until you reach 1. If you notice your mind has wandered away from this focus, draw it back. If you lose your count, start again. If you manage to get all the way to 1, try starting at 50 next time. You might want to use this exercise as a tool to anchor an anxious mind any time you feel overwhelmed.



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  • Meditation: Feeling the Breath10:16
    Meditation: Feeling the Breath

    Nikita Akilapa

    In the second part in our introduction to meditation class we notice the breath within the body. Notice the body's involuntary response to your inhalations and exhalations; from the most obvious, loudest reactions (like the rise and fall of the chest, the expansion and release of the mid body) - to the more subtle and quieter ones (like the gentle drawing back behind the eyes as you inhale, to the sensation of the palms of the hands as you exhale). Notice how you feel before and after doing this short meditation class, you might be surprised at how effective just a few minutes in meditation can be!



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  • Feel Better Flow27:20
    Feel Better Flow

    Adam Hocke

    The perfect class for when you are not feeling your best and you want to move into a better feeling. This class is great for when your immunity levels are low, you might be recovering from illness or injury or you just feel you need to improve your self-confidence gently. This is a beautiful self-care practice of self-massage, breathwork, gentle movements, and a supported inversion. These gentle practices will stimulate your immune system and then the flow is very gentle, perfect for slower days. Additionally, we will work with the power of intention and visualisation to bring wellness to your physical body.



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  • Five Minute Energy Reset04:28
    Five Minute Energy Reset

    Lucy McCarthy

    A quick, powerful shake-up class to shake off stagnant, negative energy. Includes full body shakedown, lions breath, fountain breath. For whenever you feel like you need to change your energy naturally! Perfect to start the day or to take a short break during the day.



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  • Calming Kundalini21:01
    Calming Kundalini

    Kiranjot

    A quick soothing practice to help relax the body and clear the mind after a busy day. Kirtan Kriya is a key practice with the Kundalini Yoga teachings. It’s a meditation with a mantra and mudra that helps balance the elements of the body and clear the subconscious mind of unnecessary clutter. We prepare the body to sit comfortably with spinal flexes.



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  • Kundalini Kriya55:04
    Kundalini Kriya

    Kiranjot

    A kriya is a specific sequence of postures or actions for a specific purpose. I like to call them recipes, each step works in turn to create a specific effect for your body, mind and spirit. There are hundreds of Kundalini Kriyas, this one is called the Kriya for Elevation. It is a simple practice involving lots of flexing the spine, stretching of the legs and stimulating breath of fire. The practice finishes with a more challenge held meditation Sat Kriya which is a key practice in kundalini Yoga. It encourages circulation of panic life force through all the chakras. It’s a great practice to help relieve symptoms of depression. This sequence has breath of fire to begin with so please watch my introduction to Kundalini Yoga if this is a new practice for you or you haven’t quite mastered it yet. Tune in to this traditional Kundalini yoga class or Kriya, as they are known in the Kundalini tradition. This full Kundalini yoga class involves chanting, mudra and physical hatha yoga poses and a beautiful, long Savasana to finish.



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  • Key Kundalini21:59
    Key Kundalini

    Kiranjot

    This short Kundalini yoga class, explains a couple of key practices of Kundalini to newcomers but also makes a complete short Kundalini class that incorporates movement, breath work and meditation that will relax and release the spine, charge up our energy, and soothe the mind. A grounding practice, very helpful particularly for anxiety and depression.



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  • Awareness practice05:49
    Awareness practice

    Adrianna Zaccardi

    In this short tutorial, Adrianna guides you through an awareness practice that can be used alone, but also before each of the restorative yoga classes. Scan the layers of the body (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual) to listen into what is present in your body right now, so that it may inform our choices as we move into practice, be it poses, or a place in which to anchor our attention during each pose. A really useful short practice to listen to to connect to yourself before any yoga class, but especially useful for Adrianna's restorative classes.



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  • Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) Tutorial13:09
    Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A seated pranayama, or breath-work class on Kapalabhati, otherwise known as skull shining breath. This breath is fabulous for awakening, creating alertness and as an enlivener – as a pick-me-up, maybe instead of your morning coffee or before a vigorous yoga practice. This can be used anytime you need to feel more alert, and can also be used during yoga poses as well. Warning, if you start to feel dizzy, please do return to your normal breath.



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  • Rainbow Vinyasa Yellow(3): Solar Yoga Flow29:08
    Rainbow Vinyasa Yellow(3): Solar Yoga Flow

    Liz Lark

    A perfect morning energiser yoga class. Invigorate with the focus of fire!! This Invigorating vinyasa yoga class starts with breathwork including Kapalbhati breathing. Try some eye yoga, and mudra to centre and clense. Then build tapas (heat and focus), with a creatively sequenced fire practice focusing on backbends, core work and twists.



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  • Manage Anxiety(10): Clear Your Mind With Bumble Breath06:10
    Manage Anxiety(10): Clear Your Mind With Bumble Breath

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    This short class brings a breathing technique called bumble bee breath and brings a tibetan singing bowl to help you to focus on the sound to help you to clarify. It is a great technique to learn to clear the mind.



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  • Manage Anxiety (9): Relax & Sleep Into Greatness26:33
    Manage Anxiety (9): Relax & Sleep Into Greatness

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    A few stretches to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and relax the body, guided relaxation: body scan, breath counting and image visualisation, this yoga nidra is inspired from: Yoga Nidra book by Yoga Publications Trust



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  • Manage Anxiety (6):Moving Through Stress28:34
    Manage Anxiety (6):Moving Through Stress

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    This the practice for when your feeling in the heat of stress. Start by writing everything down that is on our mind, then moving into invigorating movement to let out some adrenaline and frustration. You'll need a pen and paper to write your stresses down before you start. As the video comes to end, we wind down, transforming out state of stress to a state of calm



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  • Manage Anxiety(3) Think It, See It, Believe it, Have It!14:16
    Manage Anxiety(3) Think It, See It, Believe it, Have It!

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    Guided relaxation and visualisation meditation which focuses on the power of manifestation, using the power of positive thinking and visualisation to achieve an outcome you want,whether that be your dream grade or an interview going smoothly. Generate confidence, positivity, success and resilience. Although this class is taught in a traditional seated meditation position, you can do this class anytime, anywhere, particularly is great for when you're lying down to help you to relax before you go to sleep, knowing that you're making the most of the power of your mind to work its magic when you're asleep.



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  • Manage Anxiety(2) Breathwork For Balance & Focus08:03
    Manage Anxiety(2) Breathwork For Balance & Focus

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    A useful breathwork technique to clarify and balance your mind, to help you to relax and keep focused.



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  • Manage Anxiety(1): Fear Is Excitement Without Breath09:47
    Manage Anxiety(1): Fear Is Excitement Without Breath

    Robin Watkins - Davis

    Learn to manage your anxiety through an easy breathwork sequence. Robin talks us through a three part breathing technique to release fear and anxiety. These techniques can be done at any time you are feeling anxious, you don't need to be seated.



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