The Flow of Prana: Respiratory and Immune Health
Experience the expansive and uplifting energy of your breath, body, mind, and heart.
When: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 am -11:30 am (Eastern Time Zone)
The Flow of Prana: Respiratory and Immune Health
In need of an energy boost?
Come join us for this uplifting yoga practice!
Tap into the wellspring of vital energy.
Feel relaxed, expansive, light, and free!
This practice benefits the health of the respiratory tract, that includes the nasal passageway, throat, lymph glands, lungs, and blood that inadvertently enhances the immune system.
The pranayama, asanas, and restoratives in this class targets spinal alignment and uplifting energy. We release constriction in the breath, lungs, and musculature of the neck and shoulders. We uplift and align the upper body, so we breathe deeper. We release energetic obstructions, so the natural wellspring of our vital energy flows freely through the ida, pingala, and sushumna energy channels (nadi’s).
Stress and the Immune Response
In times of stress or hyper-vigilance our body, mind, and emotions can trigger the “fight, flight, or freeze” response of the sympathetic nervous system. If stress or trauma becomes chronic the body, mind, and emotions may become imbalanced or weakened and health may become compromised.
This yoga practice “interrupts” this chronic cycle and re-calibrates the body’s natural healing response to “rest and digest” (engaging the parasympathetic nervous system) that restores the body, mind, and emotions to a balanced state of homeostasis (calm energy).
Scientific research studies in the medical and yoga communities are demonstrating how the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation decreases stress and inflammation in the body. When we experience feelings of joy, forgiveness, and gratitude in combination with our yoga practice the body’s overall immune system improves. .
Asansa: We hold poses longer in this class to increase blood circulation throughout the body and improve the health and vitality of the respiratory and immune systems. Asanas include supported forward folds, downward facing dog, wide leg forward flexion, supported inversions, heart openers, bridge, shoulder stand, and restoratives.
Pranayama: Each yoga class incorporates pranayama techniques, such as alternate nostril breathing and diaphragmatic (belly) breathing, to calm the mind, soothe the nervous system, and optimize the body’s natural healing capacity.
Pranayma (breath work) maintains healthy lungs where gas exchange occurs (oxygen from the air is transported to the blood and carbon dioxide is eliminated from the blood into the air) and connects us to prana, where vital- life energy is exchanged with the trees where oxygen is received and carbon dioxide is given.
Try This Fun and Uplifting Pranayama Practice!
Practice this guided Wim Hof breathing technique.
Healing Injury? For those who have a history of injury or trauma and notice that the effects of the minor/major injuries are beginning to interfere with your everyday lives, please note that all of the yoga classes are naturally healing.
Each yoga class is designed to help release stored pain, anxiety, stress, or tension you may be experiencing so that vital, healing energy – prana – can move freely through the entire body. When vital energy is flowing freely (not obstructed), you experience positive emotions, revitalized energy, mental clarity, lightness, pain relief, and an overall sense of well-being.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Whether you have attended any of my yoga classes in the past or not, you are welcome to attend any or all of these classes.
Beginner – with at least 6 months of yoga experience
One yoga mat
Two firm blankets
Two firm bolsters
Two yoga blocks
One yoga belt
Two or three sandbags, if you have
Dharma wheel, if you have one
“The three factors that seem to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are our ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.” ―
I had the distinct pleasure of studying yoga and taking classes with Roger and Kari in Madison for around four years. I learned volumes! As another student put it, their method of teaching is like the “philosopher’s stone” applied to yoga. Classes were both insightful and delightful on account of Kari’s whimsical sense of humor. The vibe was intense and focused yet without taking anything too seriously. We had fun while devoting ourselves to precise alignment. I highly recommend their Iyengar-style technique and Kari‘s personal teaching style!"
I met Kari on my travels in Pai, (Thailand). I was so lucky to have the chance to practice with her on my morning sessions. Kari showed me with a few words and gentle adjustments the way to open my heart. But more valuable to integrate & strengthen that open heart. Kari is an authentic,natural born teacher who shares her experience from deep down in her beautiful heart! Everlasting gratitude."
I have known Kari for a number of years. She is unequaled in her dedication to using yoga as a vehicle to understand her place in the world and make an impact in the lives of those she encounters. She has a deep knowledge of the workings of the human body – derived from her personal practice and her many years of teaching. She approaches each individual as a unique person and treats all with respect. Besides that, she has a great sense of humor and an assured yet gentle manner."
Kari Tomashik is a true and kind teacher of Eischens Yoga. She has taken Roger Eischen’s groundbreaking work much further. Kari is both a very clear communicator who can help the uninitiated and experienced practitioner to learn about their body/mind/spirit, and an experimenter who keeps her ego out of the way of her focus on the learner.