Yoga Sutras – Pranayama Philosophy & Theory

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we examine the fourth limb of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, pranayama (breath practices).


Become familiar with the meaning and deeper philosophical perspectives on the purpose and effects of pranayama (breath practices).


Describe how pranayama is presented in The Yoga Sutras. Describe the context from which pranayama is best understood. Define the Sanskrit word, pranayama. Provide a succinct and practical description of the philosophy behind pranayama. Describe ways that life force energy is received and ways that it’s expended, and how pranayama relates to life force energy. Describe, from a philosophical perspective, the result of successful pranayama practice.

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