What is Pranayama? 






Pranayama means 'extension of the life force' and offers a range of controlled breathing techniques which help calm, connect and rebalance body and mind. It can be used within a practice driven by yoga poses, as a way of deepening your practice and energising the body, and as a stand-alone practice to create calm. Pranayama is especially useful in dealing with stress and anxiety.


Go to Pranayama if you want: 

Breathing exercises 


Emotionally restorative yoga 

Energy flow 

Breath-synchronised movement 

Watch a Pranayama intro 

Watch a Pranayama class 

Who was Pranayama founded by? 

Pranayama is a traditional practice, and an integral part of the ancient yoga tradition in both Hindu and Buddhist texts. 

When was Pranayama founded? 

Pranayama has been practiced for millennia and has been passed down for generations in the oral tradition, so its specific origins are unknown. 

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