When Is a Student Ready to Begin Pranayama Practice?

November 14, 2013    BY Rolf Sovik

A student should have 3 things in place before moving from breath training to a pranayama practice: diaphragmatic breathing, an understanding of how the breath relaxes the nervous system, and an understanding of how the breath enhances concentration. Developing this understanding and awareness of one’s own natural breath can take a good deal of time—perhaps 6 months.

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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:... Read more>>


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