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Why Practice Pranayama?

Samahita Retreat is one of the few places in the world where you can find both quality breath work, taught in a practical way that fits into your daily life, and pranayama as it was taught in the classical Hatha and Tantric yoga traditions.

Swami Kuvalayananda taught the science of breath and the practice of pranayama in the most accurate yet accessible way, while he pioneered research on the subject. Subsequently, he established correct and precise practice methods. Kuvalayananda established the Kaivalyadhama Institute (India) in 1924 to do the research that led to a worldwide respect and growth in yoga practice. His great legacy was the wealth of knowledge around the breath and the practice of pranayama, as they fit within the meditative process. It is a practice that was meant to be used for both practical life purposes and personal spiritual pursuit.

Direct from this rich history of practice and¬†teaching, Swami Kuvalayananda’s primary student, Sri O.P.¬†Tiwari, continues to share the process. Paul Dallaghan,¬†Samahita’s founder, has become Tiwariji’s most¬†dedicated¬†student and most active teacher of the breath and pranayama¬†worldwide.All the teachers at Samahita have trained in pranayama and¬†its related practices, and they have a dedicated personal¬†practice, as well as their own experience, to draw from.¬†Additionally, Tiwariji and Paul Dallaghan¬†offer courses at¬†certain times of the year.

To help you connect with your breath, establish a practice, and/or learn pranyama, we offer three options for you, each working on the breath with increasing levels of involvement and skill. Samahita Retreat is unique in this respect, as a dedicated center that teaches breathwork and pranayama safely, step-by-step for every level of student.

Our Options

1. Programs:
During our ongoing Daily Yoga and Wellness programs, we teach the basics of breath work and encourage students to continue practicing after leaving.

2. Retreats:
During our in-house, and some of our guest teacher, retreats we teach the basics of breath, kriyas, and an introduction to pranayama. This is an excellent start to a pranayama practice!

3. Courses/Education:
During our trainings and continuing education courses, we focus on pranayama practice. These courses offer students a way to learn the practice in detail and an opportunity to progress with the practice over time.

Benefits of Pranayama and Proper Breathing

  1. In terms of overall healthy living, pranayama and correct breathing have countless benefits, including:
    • Positively affects other autonomic functions in the body — lowers resting heart rate, improves digestion and circulation, improves sleep, etc.
    • Strengthens the nervous system, helping you manage the stress in your life in a healthy manner and increasing your capacity for dealing with stress
    • Ensures¬†the whole body is nourished by an extra supply of oxygen
    • Efficiently¬†expels CO2 and purifies blood of toxins
    • Stimulates¬†brain centers to work nearer to their optimum capacity
    • Supports¬†clarity of thought, concentration, focus and productivity
  2. As a continued practice over time, pranayama has specific mental effects, since the practice helps you work directly with the mind, reversing negative thought patterns and behaviors. There are energetic effects as well, as you learn how to work directly with prana/energy in the body. And other longterm and lasting effects follow a regular and continued pranayama practice.