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Breath Training and Pranayama

A Two-tier Process

BY Rolf Sovik ON September 26, 2013

“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. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga: Mastering the Basics, and a contributor to Yoga International.

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