Asana and Pranayama for Anxiety and Concentration

November 1, 2013    BY Kathy Ornish

Increase concentration, reduce anxiety, and enhance right-left integration of body and mind with this unique practice, which uses asymmetrical arm and leg movements in postures to increase mental focus. You will also work with the breath—extending the length of the breath and briefly retaining the breath—in some of the asana and in ujjayi pranayama (pranayama done with a slight constriction of the throat). The sequence includes standing, forward-bending, and back-bending postures, twists, and floor work, as well as pranayama.

Props: cushion or chair for seated pranayama.

Audio and video downloads are available for Digital Members.

Kathy Ornish
Kathy Ornish is a certified yoga therapist and teacher through the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI), where she is a faculty member for the Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy. She is also a certified ParaYoga teacher, and a consultant at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in California. K.O. is Owner and Director at Good Space Yoga in East Lansing, Michigan where she has a yoga therapy practice and teaches group classes. Her primary emphasis is on teaching the... Read more>>


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