Friday Kumbhaka Pranayama Workshop

This Friday June 11, from 8:00 to 8:30am PT, we will have a pranayama workshop on kumbhaka (breath retention) on Zoom.

During the last segment of our daily pranayama session, we practice a few minutes of sama-vritti (equal time) breaths, including antar-kumbhaka (inhale retention) and bahya-kumbhaka (exhale retention). In this workshop we will examine:

  • the use of the 3 bandhas: mula-bandha (root lock), uddiyana-bandha (upward lock) and jalandhara-bandha (chin lock)
  • posture and inner focus
  • controlling the flow of air and transitional moments between breaths and retentions
  • lengthening the breath

The workshop is free. It is not recommended for complete beginners to pranayama and postural yoga.

You can sign up at by choosing the Friday June 11 8:00 am pranayama class.

Greg Nardi Podcast with Harmony

“I think that the idea that as teachers we are here to teach our students lessons is one of those things I hope goes away. I think that we are there to support our students in learning what they need to learn, not what we think they need to learn. And I do think that there’s this thing that happens for teachers, where we say ‘oh they can do better’, ‘oh they need to learn patience’ or ‘oh their ego is too strong’. You know what, I don’t think that’s my place to use my authority and power to make those decisions for the student.”

Schedule update

I am taking a two week vacation to rest and recharge. Meantime all the classes will be self-practice. On Monday and Wednesday you can practice in the park with Anne and Thoa, 7:30-9am. Come for even just a little bit of a practice in a beautiful park, surrounded by green trees and singing birds, have some chai and spend time with your yoga buddies. On Tuesday and Thursday there will be still self practice on Zoom 6:30-8am. Keep practicing and I will see you in a couple of weeks. – Beata

Sutra Study Series: The practice

I will hold the lecture presentation on the first topic in this Sutra Study Series, titled “The Practice”. It will be held on Sat., Jun. 12, 2021. 10:30AM Pacific time, USA . I have uploaded the presentation material in this page. I will provide the video link next week. Please kindly register here so that I know approximately how many will attend. It is ok if you don’t attend. I just need to be prepared for the worst case should many people attend.

Schedule changes

As Heraclitus wisely said and Sabina reminded it recently ‘The only constant in life is change’ so is our schedule. Because of approaching summer, warmer weather, sharing spaces with the dance class, different schedules and some vacation travels (What?!) our practice schedule will have to be adjusted as well. Is it set in stone? No. It will keep changing as our lives do. So thank you for your flexibility and understanding. But for the nearest future…

Starting this week on Monday and Wednesday we will have earlier Mysore practice in the park 7:30-9am. The timing is set loosely. If you need to come early or bit later that’s ok. Just keep in mind that on Monday the dance class starts at 9am unless you like upbeat music for Shavasana;-)

On Zoom we will have only self practice, Monday through Thursday. I apologize to those who can’t come to park and join us for in person practice. I will try to come up with some way to help you with your practice but meantime that’s what it is. If you are practicing on Zoom and have a question or a concern about your practice please contact me and I will try to help you somehow. Meantime let’s see how it goes.

Thank you for sticking around, for your dedication and support of our program. I hope we all meet in the studio very soon. Stay healthy!