Prana, as my teachers define it, is space dust – the ions, ores and minerals in the universe.
Pranayama is a technique used to consciously extract these minerals from the atmosphere and to transmute this universal energy into food for the body and mind. Using the breath as the focus of the meditative experience, different breathing techniques are engaged with the goal of increasing elasticity of the lungs, breath capacity, awareness and efficiency. Pranayama is the heart of the hatha practice. The refinement of breathing ultimately informs and transforms the mind and body.
The importance of a personal practice reflects a clear understanding of the mechanics of the body while encouraging increased awareness of our inner self. We practice alignment and the revealing of how and why it is so beneficial to incorporate it into your daily life.