New to Yoga

At Pranamaya we aspire to offer the most conducive space for your practice. Our studios are equipped with everything you need; yoga mats, props, water and a supportive community. All you need is comfortable clothes and an open heart and mind. Our classes run 7 days a week giving you many options to find the right time and teacher.

There are many different styles of yoga practice, diverse methods, and individual lineages. There is not one single yoga philosophy. Yoga is an umbrella term that covers many traditions and practices. Formally, Yoga is one of the six schools of Indian philosophy called darshanas. It is a Sanskrit word that is translated as follows: ‘to yoke’, “to unite” or “union”. The practice of yoga encourages an experiential understanding of the interconnected nature of life.  It is a path of self-transformation, self-exploration, and awakening. Each class is an invitation to open up and touch the essence of life.

What does Pranamaya mean?

Pranamaya is a word that describes the system of prana in the human body. The Pranamaya kosha is part of the pancha kosha system in Yoga, which describes the human being as an entity composed of layers. The Pranamaya layer is the subtle energetic layer within the body. This Pranic energy is in constant motion throughout life. Life is in a constant state of ebb and flow. This creative, organic change that happens in every moment is prana.  Pranamaya is this system of movement and energy within your own body.  Yoga practice makes your energy move and expand. The reason why you feel good at the end of a class isn’t because you can finally stand on your head! You feel good because you’ve charged yourself with the essence of life! You’ve touched your prana and turned it on!  You’ve touched the power of self-transformation. Yoga practice is an experiential understanding of this truth. Yoga invites you to find your inner power and cultivate this wonderful system called your human nature! Here at Pranamaya we believe that practice will transform you and that yoga will give you tools to see all parts of yourself with compassion and awareness.

In Nepali maya means love. The essence of life is Prana. It is the stuff that makes life move and the most refined and pure expression of prana is LOVE.
prana = the life force = love

The ultimate experience of yoga is unconditional expansive love! This is our goal at Pranamaya! Be Love !

Our classes, yogi days, workshops, and retreats are tools for you to work with yourself. Everything you need to achieve happiness is already within; all you need to do is practice!

A few more benefits from practicing yoga:

  • Decreases stress
  • Relaxes an overactive mind
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Improves digestion
  • Supports circulation
  • Increases serotonin levels
  • Encourages deep relaxation
  • Peace of mind

Common questions from new students

What to bring?

We have mats, blocks, straps, and water. You don’t need to bring anything except your beautiful open heart and mind. If you think you’ll sweat you can bring a towel.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move. Comfy pants, leggings, t-shirts, and tank tops are all suitable.  Yoga is practiced barefoot.

How often should I take Yoga classes?

As often as you like. Every day is great if you have the time. Like all complex and transformational pursuits, Yoga’s full benefits come only with regular practice. We believe that practice makes prana. “Prana” is “ life” the more you practice the more you will touch the essence of life. But don’t believe me because I say so. Believe it because you have felt it for yourself!

The yoga sutras give the following advise in regard to practice;

Sah tu dirgha-kāla-nairantarya-satkārāsevito drdha-bhūmih

Becoming firmly established in Yoga and its benefits comes only when Yoga is practiced repeatedly, sincerely, and for a long time.

Which class should I take?

As a beginner, we suggest trying as many different styles and Teachers as possible. Speak with our Teachers and ask for advice on what style is best for you. It’s always good to let your teacher know if it’s your first class.

Should I eat before class?

It is recommended to practice on an empty stomach, or at least 2 1/2 hours after eating. If you need to eat, eat lightly.

What is I’m late?

Its ok if you’re a few minutes late. We understand the unpredictable nature of traffic in kathmandu! We would rather you get some practice then none.

Why should I practice at Pranamaya?

Our yoga space is focused on supporting the community of practitioners. We are dedicated to our students’ needs and strive to offer programs that nourish self-transformations and growth. Our intention is to provide a sanctuary in Kathmandu. A welcoming space to know your-self with compassion and awareness.