It’s all about fully exhaling for the maximum release.

Although the in and out breath have different effects on your mind and body, the quality of each helps bring out the best in the other. That’s why a deep exhalation is important: A release is required in order to usher in oxygenated blood during the inhalation, which gives us a boost of vitality. Here, Tias Little, who leads YJ’s online course Pranayama 101, shares a moving pranayama practice to help you facilitate a full release on the exhale.

Want to learn how to develop basic breath awareness as well as breath-manipulation techniques that will transform your practice? Join Pranayama 101: Breathing Practices for Vital Energy and Deep Relaxation. In this six-week online course, Tias Little, founder of Prajna Yoga and author of Yoga of the Subtle Body, will help you tap into the power of your breath for optimal mind, body, and spiritual well-being and to open energetic pathways for the flow of prana (life force). Learn more and sign up today!


This video is part of Yoga Journal’s National Yoga Month 30-Day calendar of classes to help you recommit to your practice. See the full schedule, and how to enter to win a mat and free online yoga training, here.

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