Get our free Pranayama class → Connecting Breath & Movement:
“Without the breath there is no yoga!” This saying emphasizes the importance of working with the breath in entering the deeper aspects of our being. Breath work has two stages—breath training and pranayama. Rolf describes the three steps within breath training that prepare us for pranayama: awareness of the breath, a relaxed sense of the mechanics of breathing, and the mind relaxing and becoming the observer of our own relaxed nervous system. He concludes by mentioning some of the types and benefits of pranayama.
ABOUT ROLF SOVIK:
President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987.
★ Become a Yoga International member:
★ Shop the YI Boutique:
About Yoga International:
Yoga International is a leading online learning and lifestyle brand serving yoga, meditation and holistic living communities across the globe. Free and paid subscriptions provide web + mobile app access to exclusive multi-media content, boasting thousands of premium, expert-led classes, workshops and articles.
Subscribe to YI’s YouTube channel:
Join us on social: