Teaching Pranayama with Melissa Shah

Season #2

According to the yoga teachings, pranayama is among the most powerful practice we have. Yet, many of the common breathing practices are taught in ways that are not accessible or trauma-informed. How can teachers make pranayama more accessible to their students?

In this episode Jivana and guest, Melissa Shah, offer advice for creating a safe and nurturing environment for the practice of pranayama. They discuss the significance of understanding the "why" behind each breath practice, and how this knowledge can profoundly impact teaching methods to bring the transformative power of breath to all students. 

Topics include:

  1. Understanding the energy and functionality of breathing practices
  2. Breath awareness and progressive techniques
  3. Exploring variations
  4. The importance of observing students and preparing them for practices
  5. Handling negative reactions and trauma sensitivity
  6. Learning how to move with breath


Check out Jivana’s new book, The Teacher’s Guide to Accessible Yoga, and get more information about the book on his website.

Connect with Jivana:

www.jivanaheyman.com@jivanaheyman   |  facebook.com/jivanaheyman

Melissa Shah (she/they) is an Indian-American yoga therapist who skillfully adapts yoga and Ayurveda to the individual. She grew up practicing yoga and believes that yoga doesn't need to be stripped of its culture and history in order for it to be palatable and beneficial to others. She is dedicated to the intersection of yoga and social justice and works to make feeling well accessible to all. With over 2000 hrs in training, they currently offer group and 1:1 yoga therapy and mentorships, retreats, and an online membership for those who want to practice anytime, anywhere. 

Connect with Melissa:

www.findyourbreath.net  |  @findyourbreath


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