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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 can 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

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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