An Introduction to Pranayama and Mudras in Yoga

Anandana Nadhavajhala
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To celebrate the International Day of Yoga, we will be hosting a beginners’ yoga class, to explore the harmonious blend of physical postures, breath control, and meditative gestures.

The session will focus on pranayamas and mudras, two essential components of yoga that enhance our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being along with short beginner’s asanas.
Pranayamas are breathing techniques that help regulate and control the breath, leading to increased energy, mental clarity, and emotional stability.
Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing): This practice balances the nervous system and promotes calmness.
Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath): A powerful cleansing breath that energizes the body and clears the mind.
Bhramari (Bee Breath): A calming breath that soothes the mind and reduces stress.

Mudras are hand gestures that channel the flow of energy within the body and enhance meditation. These subtle yet powerful gestures can significantly influence our state of mind. With a focus on:

Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge): Enhances concentration and wisdom.

Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life): Increases vitality and reduces fatigue.

Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal): Promotes respect, balance, and connection.

Throughout the class, these pranayama and mudras will be integrated into our yoga practice to deepen our experience and achieve a state of holistic harmony.