In this practice, we’ll begin with some gentle restorative yoga practice and explore Ujjayi and Nadi Shodhana pranayama. If you haven’t tried restorative yoga before, you’re in for a treat! This practice is slow and deliberate. We will hold each pose for five or so minutes, emphasizing comfort and ease. But let me assure you, there’s nothing “easy” about restorative yoga practice. Yes, the asanas aren’t as intense, but as the body slows down the mind speeds up. The challenge today will be to stay present in your body and with your breath.
Restorative practices rely heavily on props, but you probably have everything you need at home for this one. It’ll be helpful to have a chair and some cushions, pillows, or yoga bolster available.
After our asana practice, we’ll explore the pranayama techniques of Ujjayi and Nadi Shodhana. Pranayama is one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. In yoga philosophy, prana is the universal life force; it flows within and around us. Pranayama practices are breathing techniques which modify the prana within the body. Ujjayi is common in many asana practices – we’ve already practiced it together a few times. But today, I give a short tutorial for those who may be struggling to find their “victorious breath”. Nadi Shodhana is literally alternate nostril breathing but it has a more subtle effect. Nadis are energy channels that carry prana throughout the body. Nadi Shodhana is believed to clear or purify these channels. Some people report feeling calmer, cooler, or even more energized after practicing Nadi Shodana. However, your results may vary. For more on Nadi Shodana, check out this great article by Rolf Solvik: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/joyous-mind
After the tutorials on both Ujjayi and Nadi Shodhana we will combine the two for a short pranayama practice. As always, remember that this is your practice – listen to your body and breath and trust your intuition. If either of these pranayama techniques isn’t right for you, skip it. Also, if you begin to feel dizzy, lightheaded, short of breath, or develop a headache – stop the pranayama and return to your normal breathing.
As always, THANK YOU so much for practicing with me! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about this practice? How did it make you feel? If you have any questions or concerns, please send me a message!