Pranayama Unlocked: Understanding and Practice

“Breath-centered āsana practice and prāṇāyāma are among the greatest gifts from the yoga tradition to help us maintain our physiological and metabolic health and well being, balance our emotions, and clarify our minds.” --Gary Kraftsow   Prāṇāyāma is considered one of the most powerful practices of yoga. Studies from Harvard,

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“Breath-centered āsana practice and prāṇāyāma are among the greatest gifts from the yoga tradition to help us maintain our physiological and metabolic health and well being, balance our emotions, and clarify our minds.”

–Gary Kraftsow

 

Prāṇāyāma is considered one of the most powerful practices of yoga. Studies from Harvard, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and many others have shown amazing benefits for hypertension, stress, depression, and anxiety.

In this workshop, we will explore the ancient art and science of Prāṇāyāma, understand its practical relevance for our own lives, and learn the fundamental methods of practice.

Each session will include a presentation, time for discussion and Q&A, and a full practice.

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NOTE:  Depending upon Covid conditions, the workshop may be moved online to three Thursdays from 5-8pmPT:  March 17, 24, & 31, 2022, to be determined by February 1, 2022.  Recordings would be available until April 28, 2022.

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Session 1: Saturday, March 19, 2022
10:00am – 1:00pm Pacific Time

  • Understanding Prāṇāyāma
    – Vedic Paradigms of Human Energy
    – Prāṇāyāma and Autonomic Nervous System
  • Understanding Inhalation & Exhalation
    – How and why to vary the directional flow of the breath
    – Learn effective techniques for developing and refining Inhalation & Exhalation:  Anuloma & Viloma Krama

Session 2: Saturday, March 19, 2022
2:30pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time

  • Understanding the art & science of ratio in Prāṇāyāma
    – How and why to modify the proportional relationship between the four parts of the breath: Inhalation, Retention after Inhalation, Exhalation, Suspension after Exhalation:  Bṛṁhaṇa (nourish, build), laṅghana (reduce, eliminate), & samāna (balance)
  • Understanding the relationship between āsana & prāṇāyāma
    – How to use breath adaptation in āsana to prepare for specific prāṇāyāma

Session 3: Sunday, March 20, 2022
10:00am – 1:00pm Pacific Time

  • Understanding the different techniques of prāṇāyāma
    – How to “valve” the flow of breath
    – The energetics of the different methods of practice:  Sūrya (heating) & candra (cooling)

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Prāṇāyāma is considered one of the most powerful practices of yoga.

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