[caption id="attachment_2417" align="alignleft" width="200"] Yoga Portraits at JR Studio on August 03, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra)[/caption] Prana, also known as vital life force, is the energy that composes everything in the tangible and intangible world. Pranayama is one technique out of the eight limbs of yoga and is an aspect that deals only with the breath. Your breath can control the currents of prana (energy) in your physical body. It is a very subtle practice and in this workshop we will explore tangible techniques to raise your energy levels. Breath controls your emotionality and through the practice of pranayama you can create a grounded, stable feeling. An example is when you are afraid you hold your breath, versus if you listen to a sleeping person their breath is long and deep, very relaxed. So through breath control awareness one can regulate the fluctuations of the mind. Doubt, fear, stress can all be worked through in this practice. There are different ways that one gets energy. There is prana in food. Through being outside you can gain prana from the sun. The company you keep, positive vibes from your tribe, can invigorate you. Moving your body in the asana practice creates energy. However breath is the purest and most subtle way to gain energy. Overeating and over booked social schedules can indicate a strained desire for energy. Learn pranayama and balance out the effects of a modern day life. I am grateful to Sri Dharma Mittra and all of my teachers at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York that helped me learn these techniques and I am excited to share them with you.