At a glance:

Date: 9 Sep - 23 Mar 2016 (Every Wednesday)
Activities: Yoga
Venue: Singapore
Event day schedule:
Module I - September 2015: Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:30 pm (dates: 9/9, 16/9, 23/9, 30/9)
Module II - November 2015: Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:30 pm (dates: 4/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11)
Module III - February – March 2016: Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:30 pm (dates: 17/2, 24/2, 2/3, 9/3, 16/3, 23/3)
* Note: the three modules are progressive, each module is a pre-requisite for the next.
Each Wednesday session will include a two-hour presentation and a half hour pranayama practice.

  What to expect:

The fourth part or “limb” in Patanjali’s classical yoga system, pranayama is a vast discipline that enable yoga practitioners to access the deep layer of energy within the self. Ancient yogis described a number of techniques, but not all of them should be practiced by everyone at all times.

This course will give you an understanding of the following:

– What is pranayama?

– What is prana?

– What is the yogic breath and what are its benefits?

– Why is pranayama regarded as “the most important practice”?

– What are its purposes?

You will also learn:

– How to practice 11 techniques of pranayama

– About ratios, kramas and bandhas in pranayama

– How to assess a student’s breath

– The use of mantras in pranayama

– How to evolve in the practice of pranayama

There will be three modules, for a total of 35 hours:

Module I: the basics: 10 hours, 4 weeks

– Concept of prana

– Definitions of pranayama in classical texts

– Anatomy of breathing (from the modern perspective)

– Preparation and pre-requisites

– General purposes and effects of pranayama

– Presentation of the yogic breath

– The components of pranayama

Module II: the techniques (part 1): 10 hours, 4 weeks

– More about the yogic breath

– “Normal” techniques and “special” techniques (overview)

– Mrgi-mudra and the nostril control technique

– Study of 8 pranayama techniques (benefits, effects, contra-indications, etc.)

Module III: the techniques (part 2): 15 hours, 6 weeks

– Three more pranayama techniques

– Two types of ratios in pranayama

– How to assess a student’s breath

– Samantraka-pranayama: mantras in pranayama

– The three bandhas… and a fourth

–  Progression in pranayama practice

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