Fundamentals of Pranayama

Why practice pranayama?

Tantric vinyasa yoga teacher Jim Bennitt explains that when you can learn to control the breath, you can learn to control the mind. Prana means "vital life force" and yama means "to constrain or control." The practice of pranayama is about modifying the breath to control the life force which in turn helps to control the mind.


This workshop, Fundamentals of Pranayama, is excellent for beginners, teachers who want a refresher on how to teach a variety of breathing techniques, and the experienced practitioner who wants to be guided through their pranayama practice.


Learn pranayama that you can use to energize, calm, or cool yourself, and to get centered. After completing each breath practice, take the time to feel the effects it had on your nervous system and your mind.

For example, you may discover that energizing breaths are best to practice in the morning and can prepare you for more active yoga classes, and that the calming breaths are better to practice in the evening and can prepare you for restorative classes. By taking inventory at the end of each pranayama practice, you can become more attuned to the needs of your body and the quality of your thoughts.

Jim Bennitt

Jim teaches Tantric Vinyasa Yoga: an authentic, comprehensive practice influenced by ParaYoga, Universal Yoga, the Himalayan Institute, and the Krishnamacharya lineage. Based in Chicago and co-founder of Tejas Yoga Studio, Jim's inspired teachings and demos are sought after at many conferences and studios across the country.