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Pranayama: The Breath of Life

Sun, Moon, and Fire: Philosophy of Hatha Yoga

Is it possible to change how we deal with our circumstances by gaining greater awareness of and control over the breath? Pranayama is the most powerful of all of the hatha yoga practices, Sandra Anderson explains, because it allows us to work most directly with prana. By using these breathing techniques and cultivating relaxed breathing in our life, we can access the link between body and mind, balance the nervous system, and transform our mental state.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 8 mins

About the Teacher

Sandra Anderson

Senior faculty at the Himalayan Institute, Sandy teaches yoga, meditation, and philosophy, and is a key instructor in the Institute's teacher training programs. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and a frequent contributor to the Himalayan Institute's online Wisdom Library. Her work draws on her immersion in the living oral tradition, traditional texts of hatha yoga and tantra, training in Sanskrit, and her background in environmental science. A long-time resident at the Himalayan Institute with a diverse background and life experience, Sandy has a unique capacity to convey the richness of spiritual life in the contemporary world.

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