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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

For over 25 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga practice and theory with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice. With a background in the natural sciences and studies in classical Sanskrit, along with frequent pilgrimages to India, Sandy has a rare capacity to eloquently convey the richness of spiritual life in our contemporary world. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and was a contributing editor and columnist for Yoga International magazine. She is now a frequent contributor to YogaInternational.com, offering instructional videos, workshops, and articles. Sandy leads trainings and retreats both nationally and internationally, and at the headquarters of the Himalayan Institute.

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