Seats are limited to 15.
In Yoga tradition when we talk of breath, we immediately talk of Prana – the life force, the inherent energy that rides on our breath. But prana is not the breath, which sometimes we are led to believe. It is subtler than air or oxygen. So even when we are breathing we may be deprived of prana. Pranayama refers to increasing and mastering that life force inside us through the skillful manipulation of breath.
Most of us under utilize the capacities of our respiratory system, using only a fraction of our lungs. Our bodies do not get enough oxygen or adequately expel the impurities, resulting in fatigue, compromised immunity and premature aging. It also negatively impacts the central nervous system, allowing depression, anger, fear and worry to manifest frequently. Pranayama enables us to engage all parts of our respiratory system to absorb the optimal amount of oxygen and dispel the necessary carbon dioxide until the lungs are empty and free of toxins. With the increase of oxygen levels in the blood, the cellular function becomes more efficient and energy levels start to build.
Apart from the physical, pranayama also has physiological and psychological benefits, for instance, the way it stimulates our parasympathetic system and motivates us to respond more mindfully to situations. The action of our lungs is constantly corresponding to and collaborating with our state of being. While we cannot change our circumstances, we can, to a fair extent, control them through our breath.
We are all aware that our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual selves are intrinsically linked and when we practice pranayama, we are simultaneously working on all these levels, growing and harmonizing them further. The success in all these areas leads to self-awareness, confidence and independence. There is nothing that can replace the feeling of ‘well-being’ – one that comes to us not from the external and the material, but from within.
Last, but not the least, to regularly combat pollutants, Pranayama is one of the most powerful techniques that you can use to not only clear the lungs of poisonous gases, but also slowly strengthen them to prevent illnesses and damage associated with this condition.
The workshop will include:
1. A guided Savasana
2. Stretches to warm up the limbs and spine
3. Understanding the four types of breathing – Clavicular, Thoracic, Diaphragmatic, Full Yogic Breath (combining all three)
4. The Sanskrit definition of Pranayama – breaking down the term/syllables
5. What happens to the body, in the body, when you do Pranayama?
6. Why do Pranayama? The physiological and psychological benefits
7. Air pollution – can Pranayama do something?
8. The preparation and the process
9. Learning the technique in detail: Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma & Udgitha Pranayama
10. General notes for the practitioner for personal practice
11. Yoga asanas to strengthen the lungs
12. Necessary handouts given at the end of the session
Please note that if it’s a day with bad air quality, there will be an air purifier used in the studio during this workshop.
About the teacher:
Madhavi is a certified RYT 200 (International Yoga Alliance) teacher and is extensively trained in the asana, pranayama and surya namaskara practices. She holds the title of ‘Yoga Siromani’ from The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Kerala. She teaches classical Hatha Yoga, which is recognized worldwide as an authentic system that has preserved its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. The training, known for its therapeutic and healing approach, aims to enhance and maintain the natural vitality of the body and decrease chances of disease. With a deep understanding of human anatomy and psychology, Madhavi focuses not only on building strength and flexibility, but also correct alignment and technique.
Time & date:
4.30pm to 6.00pm, 14th January 2018, Sunday
Registration & pricing:
Pre-registration price: INR 1000 per person.
Drop-in price: INR 1250 per person
We have limited space (available on first come first serve basis) at the studio so book your mat space at earliest!
Last date to register:
12th January 2018, 6pm
To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, contact number and date of birth. We reply back with payment details.
Kindly note, without prior registration, drop-in charges will apply. We will be writing back to you to confirm your registration.