Presented by Smitha Mallaiah, MD Anderson Cancer Center and VYASA Houston

Breathing is life. This fundamental human function is an important link between the mind and body. Pranayama, or breathing practice—the fourth limb of Ashtanga yoga—ensures that more oxygen enters the bloodstream, energizing both body and mind, and helping to control prana, or vital life energy. Pranayama yoga, when united with the asanas (yoga postures), is considered the highest form of purification and self-discipline.

Join Smitha Mallaiah for a presentation on the health benefits of controlled breathing, and a session of Pranayama yoga practice. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to bring yoga mats.

About the Presenter
Smitha Mallaiah received her yoga-therapy training from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) in Bangalore, India. As a mind-body intervention specialist for MD Anderson's integrative medicine program, she designs and teaches yoga interventions for different cancer populations. Mallaiah has studied Ayurveda, naturopathy, and psychology toward a holistic approach to patient care and has presented at conferences internationally.

This program is free! Drop in to participate. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.