Prana is the totality of all energy, it is what keeps us alive. To learn to use this essential energy in the best possible way, we can practice Pranayama
— Shri O P Tiwari
Pranayama class at Mysore Yoga Paris: Shri O P Tiwari Pranayama master of the Kaivalyadham lineagephotographed by Kia Naddermier


The division between body and mind is first healed with the breath. Pranayamas are ancient yogic breathing techniques which link the body with the mind. They take our Yoga practice beyond the simply physical aspect to the next level of awareness. The word Pranayama means ‘breath extension’ or ‘expanding the life force’ (Prana). It is the fourth limb of Patanjali‘s eight limbs of Yoga and a central part of any Hatha Yoga practice. These techniques strengthen the lungs, balance and purify the nervous and energy systems in the body and increase vitality. Since the mind (Citta) is closely connected to the breath, observing the breath brings consciousness to stillness. This allows for a meditative state to naturally unfold.

Kia with her beloved teacher  Shri OP Tiwariji  at  Kavalyadhama

Kia with her beloved teacher Shri OP Tiwariji at Kavalyadhama


Kia is a long-time devoted Pranayama practitioner and teacher in the lineage of Kaivalyadhama. She is certified to teach Pranayama directly by her teacher Shri O.P. Tiwari, successor to Swami Kuvalyananda and one of the few remaining masters of Pranayama. She returns to Kavalyadhama several times per year to pursue her studies in advanced Pranayama, Kriyas, Ayurveda, classical scriptures and scientific research of yoga. Her aim is to humbly pass on this invaluable gift as accurately as possible while making the practice and its philosophy accessible in our daily lives as a means for spiritual growth and greater understanding for Yoga as a whole.


On Full Moon days Kia offers a Pranayama class open to everyone at Mysore Yoga Paris. These sessions allow practitioners to deepen their appreciation of the subtleties of breath and its significance in yogic practices and philosophy. New students are introduced to traditional teachings of Pranayama & Kriyas (yogic purification techniques), whilst those with more experience are able to refine and deepen their practice and understanding.

Moon Day Pranayama classes run from 8am-9.30am. Please arrive 10 mins before the class begins to sign in and set up in peace. We advise you to wear comfortable, warm cloths and socks, and to bring a shawl to cover up when we sit in stillness or rest in Savasana.

Moon Day Pranayama Classes 2018*:  Jan 21st / Feb 19th / March 21st / April 19th / June 17th / December 12th

Kia also gives many Pranayama workshops, trainings & retreats internationally.