Pranayama is a meditation on the breath. Breathing is so simple we often take it for granted, ignoring the power it has to affect body, mind and spirit. Each inhale brings oxygen into the body and each exhale purges the body toxic waste. Breathing is intimately connected to the autonomic nervous system. Its purpose is the relax the body, regulate our nervous system and quiet the mind. Breathing can make us excited or calm, tense or relaxed. It can make our thinking confused or clear.
Pranayama is loosely translated as prana or breath control. The ancient yogis developed many breathing techniques to maximize the benefits of prana. Pranayama is used in yoga as a separate practice to help clear and cleanse the body and mind. It is also used in preparation for meditation to help maximize the benefits of the practice, and focus the mind.
Shanti Shanbom, Holistic Massage Therapist and meditation practitioner, will offer a guided meditation class at Acupuncture Healthcare Associates. Using different styles of pranayama techniques, each class will consist of two twenty minute sittings with discussion on the benefits of pranayama and meditation.
Class dates: September 10th, 17th 24th, October 1st
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan, Inc.
Cost: $40.00 for 4 classes