Monday evenings, 7:30-9PM
Pranayama is the control and expansion of the energies of the body through the breath.
Pranayama has been shown to have a balancing and harmonising effect on the autonomic nervous system, releasing stress and tension on physiological, mental and emotional levels.
Beyond this, the emphasis is energetic and the amplification and harmonisation of the body’s energies opens the gateway to the experience of meditation and the stilling of the mind.
After proper preparation, the classical techniques combine dynamic breathing methods with the bandhas (postural locks) to influence the energy system of the body and mind. It is both subtle and powerful.
In this course we will focus on the classical vitalizing practices of kapalbhati (frontal brain cleansing) and bhastrika (bellows breath).
The three bandhas essential to the practice of pranayama; jalandhara (chin), moola (root) and uddiyana (abdominal), will be systematically developed and combined with pranayama leading to the exploration of kumbhaka (breath suspension), the essence of pranayama practice.
Ujjayi pranayama (the psychic or victorious breath) will also be learnt together with kechari mudra (the tongue lock), a lesser known yet powerful technique from the yogic literature.
Each class will include asana, preparatory pranayama practices and practices of pratyahara and meditation.
Details to apply:
You will be given a systematic pranayama practice to follow in between the classes. At least 30 minutes per day will be needed, ideally in the mornings.
To apply, you will have either completed a previous pranayama course and maintained very regular practice since, or have a good amount of regular practice and experience of pranayama and are seeking to explore deeper pranayama sadhana.
You would need to be familiar and very comfortable at least with Nadi Shodhana 1:2 ratio. Without these requirements you will find following the course difficult.
Please note, maintaining sadhana in between the classes is essential in order to benefit from the course, so please only apply if you are willing and able to do this.
By the end of the course you will have a systematic and progressive pranayama sadhana to follow with an awareness of safety and self-care.
Important - Health Conditions:
Please note, some practices, especially breath retention (a large part of the course), are not helpful when certain medical conditions are present. You will be asked to complete a health form and we may need to discuss the suitability of some of the content, adapting where necessary in the class and with the sadhana.
If interested or to book a place, please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org