Breath-Work (Pranayama) & Meditation 12-week course
This 12-week course, starting Monday 16th April, 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 will focus on practice, with some theory.
The course is also ideal for all yoga and movement teachers who want to integrate safe pranayama and breath techniques into their classes. The course will also count towards your CPD hours.
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
12-week course is £156
Topics covered over the 12 weeks:
- 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