Pranayama is essentially the science of quieting the mind and nervous system through various breathing practices. The yogic texts say that stress and all the associated problems with stress are basically from the speed of the mind. When the mind is speeding along, stress accumulates, and our breathing gets faster as well. By slowing the breath, we slow the speed of the mind. With a calm mind, our yoga becomes more refined, and our minds become clear, organized, energized, and focused.This 50-minute class includes 20 minutes of preparatory asanas, followed by an energizing pranayama practice that will include breath holds. It is important to take Level 1 a few times before trying this class. If you have a problem with breath holds, then it is best to stick to Level 1.