Yoga respects that every body is different and unique. Therefore our asana practices are not meant to be merely physical exercises and doing complicated postures but are sensible and well structured practices. Our focus is not on how good we can develop a practitioner at one posture nor on how they perform in comparison to others but to help each practitioner develop, progress and sustain a long-term practice at their pace by continually refining and making them work on the minute details of the postures and the breathing involved.
At yogasannidhi, breathing practices for each individual are given based on their initial capacity of breath. We begin pranayama practices gradually with shorter breaths, steadily building up to longer breaths. As their breathing capacity and quality improves by regular practice we help the individuals focus on achieving the qualities of dirga which means breaths that are long, steady and sukshma which means breaths that are fine, subtle. Regular practice of pranayama reduces the obstacles that inhibit clear perception and thus calms, prepares and focuses the mind for the process of Dhyana or meditation.
Dhyana is when one becomes involved with a particular point of focus, hence a link is established between self and the object. The deeper the link is established, quietness, stillness, and subtlety are much easier to experience in the state of dhyana. The harmonizing effects of pranayama and the calming meditative techniques can provide lasting transformation on every individual, practising them.