Victoria Roper



Pranayama:  Breath from the Yogic Perspective
Sunday, June 27; 3:45 - 5:00 p.m; Movement Studio

This session will rely on ancient (Hatha Yoga Pradipika) and recent texts (Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar and user-friendly Richard Rosen texts) to guide us through an assortment of pranayama preparations and practices.  You do not need to have a background in yoga to participate.  Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sit (in a chair, on the floor) and recline for the various exercises.

Pranayama techniques, beneficial in a multitude of ways, generally serve the following four functions:
    To further calm the “fluctuations” of the physical body
    To collect and then redirect awareness away from the outside world toward the breath and the Self
    To absorb awareness in the breath, and to monitor its flow and increase its range and evenness
    To alter (and altar!) consciousness by altering the ratio or rhythm of the breath

Victoria Roper was first introduced to yoga in 1969 and it has become a constant unifying thread in her life.  She began teaching yoga in 1997, and delights in sharing the benefits of yoga, believing that yoga is accessible to all.  She has had the good fortune to study with a wide range of teachers. With a Hatha Blend style, Victoria has taught in southern Idaho and the Bay Area, joining the Wood River yoga community in 2006.  She especially relishes teaching pranayama, the yoga of the breath.