Why Pranayama is Important
When I first began a meditation practice, my goal was to sit for 10 minutes with a quiet mind. Not too hard, right? Well, let's just say it wasn't anything even close to the calming experience I was hoping for that morning. After 1 minute, I would have sworn an hour had passed, but I was determined to find out how to have a beneficial meditation practice. Even though I kept a daily routine for several weeks, it was a difficult passage in just trying to sit still. It wasn't until I began meditation with pranayama that meditation became an important part of my yoga practice. Now, with a daily practice of yoga and pranayama, meditation is the most peaceful part of each day.
Traditional pranayama methods increase lung capacity, calm the central nervous system, and stimulate all internal organs to function properly. Once the body and mind are settled through these few minutes of controlled breathing, a peaceful entry into meditation can begin.
A consistent practice of pranayama before meditation significantly impacts how our bodies and minds build defense against the ravaging effects of stress. WAY Studio will begin offering Saturday morning classes on January 16 at 10:00a.m. to include, after an hour of yoga, a weekly variety of pranayama and 20 minutes of guided meditation.