Pranayama is the fourth limb of classical yoga and its practice is included in all our yoga retreats, alongside mindfulness of breathing practice.

The first step in pranayama is to calm the breath. Once the breath is calmed, the mind becomes still and we can explore the relationship between breath, body and mind. For this reason, many consider the practice of pranayama a necessary step in the development of a serious meditation practice.

Through pranayama practice we also learn to understand and correct unhelpful breathing patterns, to breathe more efficiently, and to develop better concentration.

“Without full awareness of breathing, there can be no development of meditative stability or understanding.”
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

“True man breathes with his heels, the mass of men breathe with their throats.”
(Chang Zu)