Intro Videos for Group Meditation
Welcome! We're happy you've joined one of our Group Meditation Classes.
We know how intimidating it can be to be in a class where everyone else seems to know what they're doing and it's all new to you—I'll be honest, I've been known to give up and not go back in situations like that—we don't want that for you!
To help you feel more comfortable we've created this page with tutorials for the Pranayamas– breathing techniques– we use regularly. They are short. If you have the time to watch, or listen, to them even once, it will be most beneficial. Feel free to bookmark the page, but we do ask that you not share the link. This page is intended for your personal use only.
Enjoy! If you have any questions or need clarification about the techniques below, feel free to ask in class! A review is always good for everyone.
Benefits: Builds awareness of the present moment. Trains us to release what no longer serves us and breathe into a new beginning.Watch Video
Benefits: Also known as deep abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, tradition says the benefits of this breath include heavy oxidation of the blood—which is extremely beneficial for overall health—and purifying the blood and body (especially the nose, throat and lungs.)
Yogi’s say the vital prana, or life-force, contained in the air we breathe is absorbed into the body with this technique which helps to calm and stabilize both physical and emotional sensations in the body.
Other traditional benefits of this simple breath include: strengthens the liver and stomach—which improves digestion, brings agility to the body, and markedly increases life-span.Watch Video
Benefits: Soothes the nerves; reduces blood pressure, and trains us to relax the body at will—which is essential for reducing stress and improving sleep.Watch Video
Benefits: Takes us out of the thoughts in our heads and brings us completely into the present moment. Excellent for calming the mind, alleviating fear, worry and anxiety. Reduces blood pressure.Watch Video
Benefits: Activates the liver, reduces phlegm and bile, and improves digestion. Relieves cravings, hunger and thirst. Cools the body. Prevents high blood pressure (but doesn’t cure it).
Sipping Breath is also a preliminary technique used to train the body and mind to recognize, and be at ease in, the “breathless state.”Watch Video
Benefits: Brings calm and quiet to the mind. Increases intuition.Watch Video
Benefits: Blood system is oxidized. Prana is circulated through the body’s main energy channels to purify and balance the nervous system. Invigorates the entire body and bring alertness to the mind. Produces lightness of body. Balances the appetite. Improves sleep. Brings a feeling of deep peace.Watch Video