Prana means ‘life force’ and yama means to ‘restrain’ for the purpose of cultivation.
Pranayama is a method used to manipulate the life force in your body. With concentrated practice you will be able to absorb more prana for mental clarity and physical vitality. Our prana travels with the breath - they are not the same thing; rather the breath is the chariot for our energy. It is the force that animates the body and brings it to life!
What is the course about?
This workshop is about learning and practicing pranayama techniques to heal, revitalize and recharge both body and mind. Learn about the anatomy of the breath both physical and energetic, exercises for various ailments, meditation and chanting.
Anatomy of Breathing (physical)
Expand your knowledge of anatomy and learn the mechanics of breathing. Study the four diaphragms in the body and all the synergist muscles utilized in breathing. Learn how to strengthen and stretch these muscles to increase your oxygen uptake. Great for athletes!
Fascia and the Breath
Familiarize yourself with the Deep Front Line (DFL). A continuous chain of tension that begins in the upper neck and travels down the central channel of your body to the inner arches of the feet. Made up of muscles and fascia the DFL encompasses three of the breathing diaphragm and our flight or fight response mechanism. Understanding the relationship between breath and this central channel will help you to release the emotional residue of past traumas. Pranayama is an very effective way to work with old pains and hurts to heal and restore a natural equilibrium through out the autonomic nervous system.
Turning breath into sound is a natural progression and powerful way to experience a deep connection with the wholeness and totality of the universe. You will be given a chant book, we will discuss their philosophical significance and then practice them through call and response (satsung). If you wish to just listen and not chant that is totally OK! Deep healing and a sense of connection can be established by listening and being present.
Knowing where all four diaphragms are in the body and how to consciously manipulate them through bandha practice will propel both your pranayama and your asana practice forward.
Anatomy of Breathing (energetic)
Grasp the elusive and mystical world of prana by understanding the nature of energy, where it comes from, how it circulates and how to cultivate it.
Discover the five sheathes that make up a human being called koshas and become of aware of the 5 different types of prana (vayus ‘winds’) that move through the pranamaya kosha.
Meditation flows naturally after pranayama practice. Often we feel grounded, relaxed and yet highly attentive. We are alert and the mind is bright while feeling peaceful at the same time. Sitting with these seemingly opposite sensations, being intensely alive and yet quiet and still, helps us to understand that behind the dichotomies of life lies a universal oneness. We can experience first hand our connection to each other and realize the potential of universal love, compassion and kindness.
What does this course do for you?
This course will provide you with:
Greater Oxygen Uptake
The practice of Pranayama will slowly make the muscles you use to breath stronger and more malleable. This translates to a bigger breath where you will be able to deliver more oxygen to your body with each and every inhalation. If you are an athlete your will have more power and endurance if you can increase your oxygen uptake and your overall performance will noticeably improve.
Detoxifies the Body
These days many of us are interested in detoxing. Our environment, food and water supply has been seriously compromised and cleaning our bodies or excess toxic build up is important for longevity. Every breath you take detoxes the body! If you can build the capacity to take breaths that are longer, slower and more full there will be a greater exchange of gases with each breath.
Balance the Autonomic Nervous System
Stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (our flight, fight and freeze response). When the sympathetic nervous system is dominant our digestion is compromised, our heart is taxed, sugar levels spike and if these circumstances persist we are putting ourselves at risk of potentially debilitating diseases and conditions. High blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, acid reflux, constipation, cold hands and cold feet, irritable bowl syndrome and a host of other autonomic nervous system problems can be eradicated just by learning simple, easy to practice pranayama techniques that are FREE, can be practised by anyone, anywhere and who's only side effects is a calm and relaxed body and mind.
Heals Past Traumas
Whether you work as a healer or you have your own history of trauma that you would like to integrate into your life in a way that makes sense and sets you free to experience the joy of you today the practice of pranayama will help you to inhabit your body in a way that is loving, connected and whole. The disassociation with the body that is associated with trauma can be bridged with the breath. After all - it is the breath that connects mind and body! No breath, no connection. By working with the breath we can recalibrate the relationship between mind and body. We can learn to live in the present moment and set ourselves free from memories and feelings of the past.
Prana is absorbed into your energetic body with each and every breath you take! If you want to feel alive, strong, vibrant and attentive then add pranayama to your daily routine. Remember age is just a number! It is how we feel that determines our outlook and productivity as we get older. Keep that life force flowing with a daily pranayama practice and feel young no matter what stage of your life you are in!
- Anatomy breakdown of the breath both physical and energetic.
- Breathing techniques
- Abandha Breath
- Diaphragm Breathing
- Nadi Sodhana
- Rechaka and Kumbaka
With the information in this course you will be able to reset the rhythms of your body. The breath acts as a type of metronome for the body. The heart that controls your blood pressure and heart beat, the glands that excrete hormones and the brain that controls the way that your neurones fire are all influenced by the pace of your breath. With regular practice you can expect improved health both mental and physical which will translate to a happier life. Realizing your connection to the cosmos and all the life around you will leave you feeling whole, complete and content with your self as you are.
Hours and Certification
This workshop is a one day, 6 hour intensive and counts as Continuing Education with the American Yoga Alliance for Certified Yoga Teachers seeking to further their studies and accreditations. A certificate will be provided.