“Creating peace within the community, by creating peace within ourselves.” -’Ohana Yoga

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WHY 'OHANA? 

     Whether your a seasoned traveler or your journey has just begun, 'Ohana intends to be your drawing board for the story we call life. 'Ohana provides a peaceful environment enabling students to further their journey to self exploration and enlightened consciousness. Absorbing the benefits of the individual energy, as well as the collective energy, we guarantee soul satisfying guidance.  Improving our human experience through silence we become alive and through movement we become one. 'Ohana means family and family is what we are. 

 


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Pranayama

Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. Ancient Buddhist Monks believed we were all born with a predetermined number of breaths, if we could learn to deepen and control the breath we could achieve longevity. Listed below are techniques to get you started on your journey!


Consious Breath:

This is an umbrella term for therapeutic breathing techniques that involve the direct awareness of the breath. Breathing as you know can happen both consciously and unconsciously. When we bring the awareness to the breath we can cultivate a sense of calmness aiding in stress reduction.

Ujjayi:

Ujjayi or Victorious Breath is one of the most common pranayama techniques. Usually used in accompaniment with an asanas practice, however Ujjayi can also be done on its own. Ujjayi is also referred to as “Oceans Breath” due to the sound the exhalation creates. Inhaling through the nostrils and as you exhale, slowly drawing out the breath with a slight constriction in the back of the throat.

Nadi shodhana:

Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Side Nostril Breathing, is the practice of alternating between the right and left nostrils as you inhale and exhale. This unblocks and purifies the nadis, which in yogic belief are energy passages that carry the life force and cosmic energy through the body.

Kumbhaka:

Kumbhaka or Breath Retention is a more advance technique and should be avoided for those with blood pressure issues. In this practice you will inhale fully, pause for 10 seconds then inhale again, holding for as long as you can before slowly drawing out the exhale. Holding your breath increases pressure inside the lungs and gives them time to expand, increasing their capacity. as a result, the blood that travels to the heart, brain and muscles becomes more oxygenated.

Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati Breath or Breath of Fire, is a rapid breath technique which energizes and activates the sympathetic nervous system. This can increase focus but for an individual experiencing stress, Breath of Fire, is not a good technique as it would be like “throwing gasoline on the flames”. Inhale swiftly through the nose and follow by a swift and short exhale. Both inhales and exhales are forced and powerful.