This course is for every yoga practitioner who would like to refine and progress their breath-work (pranayama) alongside their physical practice. This course is a journey of self-development and is mainly practical.
The course is also ideal for all yoga and movement teachers who want to integrate safe pranayama and breath techniques into their classes.
In Sanskrit prana means life force or breath and yama is translated as self-restraint or control. Thus pranayama is the study of how to control and observe our breath. Practicing breath-work can have a hugely positive psychological, healing, cleansing, meditative and calming influence on our body and mind. It is used to change old patterns and cultivate vitality. Learning to balance the breath helps us to balance the mind and consequently our lives.
The benefits of breath-work and pranayama techniques are many and varied:
· Indispensable tools that help us build a safe and strong physical practice.
· Develops body awareness, concentration, mindfulness, focus, and stamina.
· Decreases feelings of stress and tension.
· Soothes the nervous system.
· Aids muscle relaxation and pain management.
· Helps oxidize the blood and the respiratory system.
· Slows down the heart rate.
· Lowers and stabilizes blood pressure.
· Reduces anxiety and depression.
· Increases energy levels.
· Helps the fight against insomnia and sleeping disorders.
Topics that will be covered:
The anatomy of the breath / finding and preparing for the breath.
The foundation breath: Mahat yoga pranayama/ prana, mudras and mantras.
The purifying breaths: Bhastrika & kapalbhati. The bandhas (body locks).
The rhythmical breath: Savitri pranayama and holistic development.
The balancing and calming breaths: Nadi shodana, ujjayi and bhramari breaths.
The breath for meditation and relaxation.
The structure of the course is designed to be easily comprehensible and accessible to all levels. You will gain a deep understanding of pranayama in both theory and practice and learn how to integrate it therapeutically during your yoga practice or in your daily life.
The course is based on Dr. Swami Gitananada Saraswati’s yoga system.
Please note that this course takes place on Monday nights, 6.30-7.45pm in studio 2 and is limited to 10 spaces. This course needs to be booked online in full, and there are unfortunately no make up sessions for missed classes.
6.30-7.45pm Monday, 30th July to 20th August – 4 week taster Course £55
6.30-7.45pm Monday, 10th September to 29th October – 8 week full course £110
6.30-7.45pm, Monday 5th November to 17th December – 7 week full course £96