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Pranayama is about controlling the breath for the benefit of the body and mind.

Prana = life force, yama = control, ayama = expansion in Sanskrit. The practice of pranayama dates back to ancient India and the origins of yoga, believed to be around sixth and fifth centuries BCE, and involves controlled inhalation, exhalation, and retention.

Why Practice Breath Work?

Breath work is performed to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. It has the power to promote both deep relaxation and also a state of feeling energized.

Different types of Pranayama have specific benefits. Some breathing exercises, such as Kapalabhati Pranayama (Skull Shining Breath) or Chit Shakti Prakriya Pranayama (Energy & Consciousness Awakening Breath) are energizing and detoxifying. They use strong abdominal contractions, strong breathing, and help to increase the blood flow in the body.

Other types of Pranayama are balancing or relaxing like Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) or Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath or Ocean Breathing) where inhalations and exhalations are slower and more gentle.

What to Expect

Pranayama sessions are mainly one-to-one, couples or families, and are conducted online via video link from the comfort of your home, or in person in our clinic in Warwickshire (CV36) (currently there is a maximum of two people per family per session for in-person visits). You will complete a survey in advance and the session will be tailored to you.

Sessions will start with a brief warm up to open the breathing centre, warm up the muscles, and begin the flow of breath. The warm up includes elements of Qi Gong and Tai Chi and are suitable for all abilities.

Following the warm up there will be guided breath work exercises followed by a brief meditation to end the session.

You will be guided on a journey throughout the session and be left feeling calm and relaxed.

Control the Breath, Control the Mind

Learn to manipulate the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems through breath. The method and rate of which we breathe directly affects the mind, including proper oxygenation and stillness and control of thoughts.


£50, 45 minutes approximately

Benefits of Breath work:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Improved immunity
  • Processing of emotions, encourage healing
  • Increased joy and gratefulness
  • Improved mental clarity and concentration
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved cardiovascular health and circulation
  • Improved body detoxification

Breath work can improve a range of issues:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Lung disorders (eg asthma, allergic bronchitis)
  • Athletic performance and endurance
  • Insomnia

“Pranayama is the link between the mental and physical disciplines. While the action is physical, the effect is to make the mind calm, lucid, and steady.”
~ Swami Vishnu-Devananda (a disciple of Sivananda Saraswati)

Typical Sessions

Sessions can be tailored to your level of experience with breath work.

Beginner sessions typically include instruction on three stage breathing – how to breathe properly – as well as some simple breath work exercises like ujjayi breathing or alternate nostril breathing which can help calm the mind and body and prepare you for meditation.

Intermediate and advanced sessions typically include energetic breath work, like kapalbhati, along with breath holds and working with bandhas.

You will have an opportunity before your session to discuss your wishes so that you get the most out of our time together.

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