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Pranayama

Pranayama is the traditional technique of yogic breath control which has been practiced in India since the beginnings of recorded history as a vehicle for health, vitality and liberation.

In Jivan Chakra’s Pranayama Course, our experienced teachers will carefully and safely guide students through a variety of breathing techniques which have been shown to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, lower the heart rate and blood pressure, calm the body and focus the mind. The health benefits of Pranayama also include; purifying the blood, reducing stress and anxiety levels,  purging negative emotions, preventing disease, removing toxins and strengthening the immune system.

The Sanskrit word “Prana” refers to the life-force or vital energy that flows throughout the body. It is the spiritual link between the body, mind and consciousness. Through the manipulation of the breath we learn to control this flow and work towards purification and balance of the physical and energetic bodies.

“Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining respiration, the Yogi gets steadiness of mind”. – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Courses are held in either Lonavala or Rishikesh (see more information below) under the guidance of Shri G. S. Sahay, the author / editor of several yoga books. His book Hathayogapradipika is now available on Kindle and Smashwords

Registration Fee: 200 USD


Theory Course / Program

Lectures on Hatha Yoga:

  • Pranayama In Hatha yoga

  • The Evolution of Pranayama

  • Mitahara / Balanced diet

  • The Three Bandhas of Pranayama/Kumbhaka

  • Kundalini; Arousal, Method and Location.

  • The Yogic Evaluation of Cleansing

  • Attitudes and the Importance of our Approach to Yogic Practices

  •  Lectures on Patanjala yoga

  • Introduction to Patanjali and Yogasutra

  • Klesha in Yogasutra

  • Mental Modifications (Cittavritti), Concomitants of a Distracted Mind ( vikshepa sahabhuva) and Distraction of the Mind (cittavikshepa or antaraya)

  • Cittaaprasadana

  • Concept of Ashtanga Yoga (Yamas and Niyamas)

Other lectures

  • Intro about Shiva-Svarodaya

  • Yoga texts with special reference to Pranayama

  • Physiological considerations of Pranayama

The program is 8 hours a day including 1 hrs of self reflection. Students will also have a variety of assignments to complete.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Basic English language skills. The course is conducted in English.

  • Prior experience or some knowledge of Yoga is key. More important is an open mind and an eagerness to learn.

  • Good physical condition and a daily Pranayama self practice.

  • 100% attendance is mandatory.

  • Places are awarded on both eligibility and on a first paid, first served basis.

  • Fees include accommodation and meals.