Yoga classes dedicated to easing stress, promoting relaxation and mastering conscious breathing.

Pranayama: master the respiratory process

The word pranayama is made up of two Sanskrit words. Prana means breath, energy, life force and vitality. Ayama means, control, restraint, extension or expansion.

Pranayama is the practice of controlling or conditioning the breath. It lies at the heart of Patanjali’s yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras where pranayama is the fourth limb of ashtanga yoga.

It consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process while recognising the connection between your breath, mind and emotions. Pranayama is conscious breathing rather than deep breathing, and requires an approach based on self-observation.

Classically, pranayama is said to be the transition between the outer and the inner world — the vehicle through which we internalise, feel the body, and experience our inner life. It is quieter and more subtle work than asana practice.

We currently offer two livestream Pranayama classes suitable for students with at least two years regular Iyengar practice.

Click on the ‘Book’ button below for you preferred date. You will then be prompted to create an account on the Iyengar Yoga London booking system at MindBody (or log-in if you already have a MindBody account).

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Class prices

60-minute livestream yoga classes are £6.50 for members and £4 for concessions.

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When am I ready to start Pranayama?

The Iyengar tradition takes seriously Patanjali’s counsel that pranayama should be introduced only after a student is firmly grounded in asana. This is because the physical postures develop the concentration, strength and stability needed to work with the breath.

In Light on Pranayama B.K.S. Iyengar says that the practitioner needs two essential things: a stable spine and a still and alert mind. Both of these are built up with a strong asana practice. Students should also be able to practise deep relaxation in Savasana with a calm and attentive mind without falling asleep.

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Geeta Iyengar