Yogic Breathing

The use of mindful practices like meditation, introspection, and yogic breathing has been shown to contribute to the success of leading organizations. Mindful practices support personal and professional growth by enabling employees to gain focus and reduce stress which allows employees to face the myriad of demands and struggles of everyday work life. Several clinical studies, including those by Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian, have shown the health benefits of Yogic breathing. Yogic breathing exercises can improve physical and mental health as well as increase productivity in the workplace by promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

Program & Services

Classes are taught by Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian, a researcher at MUSC studying cancer therapeutics and Yoga. His recent research provides evidence of how Pranayama (Yogic breathing) practices can promote well-being in the context of health and disease. Dr. Balasubramanian is a member of the International Yoga Therapists and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association and is an LAYT-certified Yoga Therapist. He is the Founder and Director of the PranaScience Institute and a speaker of TEDx Charleston 2015. His recent book is “PranaScience: Decoding Yoga Breathing. 

Sample Program: 30 Minute Sessions

During the initial learning phases, group sessions are most effective when the classes contain no more than 30 participants. If you have a larger number of participants, multiple sessions are available. Classes usually meet weekly and at the same time to help the employees adhere to the practice.

  • Yogic Breathing Session 1 – Deep Breathing (Dheerga Swasam)
  • Yogic Breathing Session 2 – Alternate Nostril Breathing (Anuloma Viloma)
  • Yogic Breathing Session 3 – Thirumoolar Pranayamam (TMP, Thirumoolar Breath- holding Exercise)
  • Yogic Breathing Session 4 – Ocean Sound Breathing (Ujjayi)

These Yogic breathing exercises can be combined with chair yoga to help improve the overall health and well-being of employees. They can be done while standing or seated in a chair. No special attire, mats, props, or postures are required. Please drink adequate water and no large meals within the past 2 hours of the session.