I know that breathing exercises can be challenging to understand and integrate into our yoga practice, but we have to remember that asanas, like life, begin and end with the breath. This is why each class starts with deep breathing followed by the kriya (cleansing technique) Kapalabhati to cleanse the sinuses, open the energy channels of the subtle body (nadis) and refresh the air circulating in our brain, bringing more vitality to our systems and also delineating the time we practice from whatever was going on before we stepped onto the mat.
Here is a little inspiration to start practicing kriya / pranayama at home. No music, no asanas, just breath as a warm-up before class Tuesday night. For step-by-step instructions, follow the link below for an article on Yoga Journal. Take your time and go easy at first, building your concentration on the breath slow and steady. Have a blessed day!
life, peace, and prosperity through movement.