“To breathe Paris preserves the soul.” —Victor Hugo
Here are a few ideas for those of you looking to expand on every breath you take. By learning Pranayama—“extension of the prana, or breath”—you acquire tools which are not only useful during a yoga practice, but also essential when out and about in a busy city like Paris. Caissière at Monoprix got you down? Experiment with 1:2 breathing. Feeling a bit foggy? Try a couple of rounds of Kapalabhati. There are practically as many Pranayama techniques as there are reasons for practicing them.
The Parisian studios below offer Pranayama. Please be sure to check that classes are still in session as many studios will have abridged schedules over the holidays! And note that many will also revise or change their schedules in the new year.
If you’re still mystified by Pranayama, here is yoga teacher Annie Carpenter (who will be at Beyoga in 2013!) with a very clear explanation, and a demonstration of 3-part breath, one of the most common techniques.