Pranayama

Introduction

Sunday May 10th

1-3 pm

2020

 

What is it? Why would I do it?

Pranayama is the unique gift of the Yoga tradition. It is the conscious regulation of breath, which directly affects Prana, our energy. It is a way to work directly on our energy system to bring about deep transformation.

Pranayama is the fourth of the eight limbs of yoga (Ashtanga Yoga) as defined by Sage Patanjali. It provides a vital bridge between the body and the mind. By controlling the breath, one can control the mind. When a person is angry or agitated, his breath is fast, disturbed and shallow.

A regular pranayama practice can stimulate the parasympathetic system, countering the overstimulation our bodies go through during the fight or flight response.

The benefits vary from person to person, depending on their constitution, the context and the level of practice; but generally speaking, it is likely to:

  • Improve health and heal diseases

  • Improve concentration and mental focus

  • Bestow joy, peace and happiness

  • Increase intuition

  • Awaken, balance and heal the chakras

  • Increase energy, vitality and awareness

  • Cure insomnia and help break bad habits

  • Help manifest desires and intentions

  • Assist on the journey to Self-Realization​

Specifically, we'll explore​

What asana practices support pranayama practice.

Actual techniques and their variations.

The importance of quality and what that looks like.

Sattvic habits to increase the efficacy of your pranayama

The use of mantra in pranayama.

How to transition into and out of a practice.

Mudras ( hand gestures) that go with pranayama.

The structure of the class

The class will be a mixture of theory and practice and there will be the opportunity to ask questions

Where:  zoom-link given upon registration.

When:  Sunday, May 10th, 1-3 pm 

Cost: $45

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Kate Bendall has been a Yoga practitioner for over 30 years and a teacher for more than 20 years. She has studied extensively in the areas of yoga philosophy, classical hatha yoga. She has helped students in group classes and private sessions to connect deeply with the power of their own healing abilities. She runs workshops and retreats and continues to study herself.

Contraindications...Don't take this course if...

you have high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, have had a stroke or are pregnant.