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Classes / Pranayama
Aharana & Samikarana Pranayama (All Levels)
The mind is deeply entwined with prana, our vital energy. Shari Friedrichsen introduces two gentle pranayama practices to harness and balance our energy, so that we can focus and stabilize our mind. Bring home your scattered energies with aharana and equalize them with samikarana—for a profound experience of inner peace and wholeness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 27 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Guided Nadi Shodhana Practice
Nadi shodhana—alternate nostril breathing—is the primary practice for clearing the energy channels (nadis) of impurities that might impede concentration. Sandra Anderson guides this cleansing pranayama, which involves inhaling and exhaling through one nostril at a time. Experience how opening the flow of energy along the nadis helps you calm and strengthen your nervous system and deepen self-awareness—making it an excellent preparation for meditation. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 4 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Pranayama
Seated Aharana Pranayama (All Levels)
Aharana is a pranayama practice that brings us back to our deepest self. In this short and sweet yoga class, Judy Moulton guides gentle movements and a seated aharana sequence suitable for morning or evening practice. Learn how you can use this form of breath work to strengthen your diaphragm, relax tension in your body, and bring peace to your mind. Format: Video with audio download Length: 17 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Anuloma Pranayama Practice (Level 2)
Anuloma is a vigorous form of pranayama that is especially effective at clearing congestion, both physically and energetically. As Sandra Anderson demonstrates in this three-part yoga class, anuloma also increases inner focus and nasal sensitivity—important as you prepare for meditation—while setting the stage for more advanced practices. Listen to a brief lecture and learn the process of anuloma, then join in a complete yoga practice that includes this vital form of breathwork. Format: Video with audio download Length: 61 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Three Essential Breaths (Gentle/All Levels)
Our breath is our access point to the subtle vibration of prana. Shari Friedrichsen demonstrates how, through simple breathing techniques, we can use the breath to identify and heal emotional scars, release old habits, and relax deeply. Move mindfully through crocodile pose, deep breathing with a breath pillow, and nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), and learn how these cleansing and nourishing practices can lead to a fuller, richer life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 31 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Bhastrika Pranayama: Bellows Breath (Level 2)
Bhastrika (bellows) breathing is one of the most important and powerful pranayamas. In addition to its health benefits of an overall increase in vitality, it is potent on a subtle level in preparing and developing a meditative mind, and for this reason, it is particularly treasured in the Himalayan Tradition. In this class, Sandra Anderson explains the benefits, requirements, and contraindications for this advanced pranayama, gives a detailed explanation of the technique, and leads a short sequence of helpful, preparatory asana postures, ending with the practice of bhastrika. Format: Video with audio download Length: 56 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Pranayama Essentials
Pranayama is an essential component of yoga practice, but do we really understand the what, why, and how to practice it? Explore how 3 specific and simple pranayamas—anuloma, kapalabhati, and nadi shodhanam—help us to clear the sinuses, balance the nervous system, and spiritually tap into our essential nature. Learn the practical techniques to a successful pranayama practice, but also how harnessing prana ican be as simple as maintaining the awareness of our breathing. Sandra Anderson explains the importance of developing and maintaining a pranayama practice as a gateway to the more subtle areas of Raja yoga—pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and ultimately, samadhi. Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 46 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Foundations of Yogic Breathing
“How can I breathe like a yogi?” It’s simple—breath training. Optimal diaphragmatic breathing is the foundation for any asana, meditation, or pranayama practice. Yogic breathing has many other profound benefits, too: it relaxes our nervous system, reduces stress and anxiety, eases our body’s fatigue and pain, and calms our mind. Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr 14 mins
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Judy Moulton