At the end of the year, as daylight wanes, we bring light to the rhythm of our breath. In this month of practice we dedicate our study to the ever-changing motion of the breath – sometimes expanding, sometimes softening and sometimes becoming still. In each practice we combine breath with movement to foster intimacy, a sense of immediacy, and flowing spontaneity.
Please note all live classes take place from 10am – 11:30am Mountain Time.
Each of us has a baseline breath, an inherent respiratory rhythm that is the expression of our lung’s unique motion. In this class we practice somatic movements and postures not to engineer or manipulate the breath, but to allow our breath to “breathe of its own accord.”
The inhalation is the life-giving breath, sustaining all tissues in the body. In this class we bring sensitivity to the movement of inhalation in all postures, to generate elasticity and lightness in the rib, diaphragm, and lung.
The exhalation is the “letting go” breath, one that actively discharges strain from the body. In this class we emphasize the emptying phase of the breath in all poses. In pranayama, we expel the breath to purify and flush the lungs.
In this class we use the whole body to exercise alternate nostril breathing, linking the right “solar” side of the body with the right nostril and the left “lunar” side with the left nostril. By alternating the pathway of the breath, we harmonize the solar and lunar, active and passive, and right and left brain hemispheres in all poses.
The interrupted breath strengthens local segments of the ribs, intercostal muscles and lungs. We combine this breath with our somatic movement and yoga poses as we move and pause, move and pause. We build the interrupted breath on both inhale and exhale.
This breath generates heat and an internal glow within all tissues of the body. In the practice of asana and somatic movement, we use Breath of Fire to rinse, cleanse and flush the many airways of the lungs and to bring energy and luminosity to the mind-heart.
Cost: $100 + tax