Workshop - Introduction to Pranayama

19th and 20th May 2020 | Taught by Sandhya Dixit

Pranayama is one of the most renowned ancient and popular practices of yoga. Its practice has been mentioned in the Rigaveda, Yajurvaveda and Atharvaveda and its existence dates back to Patanjali Yoga sutra written in 200 B.C. It encompasses one of the most crucial step of the Ashtanga Yoga. 

Benefits of Pranayama

Practising pranayama cures the diseases of Vaata (air), Pitta (bile), Kapha (cough) and enhances the gastric fire in one’s body. One who regularly practices Pranayama is able to experience slimness of the body, lustrous face, clarity of voice, brightness of eyes, freedom from diseases like Asthma, Sinusitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Heart Diseases, Indigestion and many more. It helps in the management of reproductive disorders, degenerative diseases like Fibromyalgia, reduces the metabolic strain on kidneys and most importantly increases the blood supply to the cortex in the Brain. It improves one’s mental health and cures many personality disorders. Pranayama has a tremendous power to revert back the ageing process. It has an inherent power to boost the immune system. Mastery over the art of Pranayama helps in the purification of Nadis (channels through which Prana flows), and through determined practice one may also awaken the Kundalini Shakti. The Prana tends to move along the principle Nadi- Sushumna; the individual starts experiencing higher levels of consciousness, ultimately culminating a transcendental state.

What will you learn from this workshop?

  • Introduction to Pranayama, Traditional and Scientific Approach.
  • Theory and Concepts of Pranayama, Effects and its Benefits
  • Introduction to Preparatory practices of Pranayama like Uddiyana bandha (raising of the diaphragm), Jalandhara bandha (chin lock), Mula bandha (anal contraction), Simha Mudra (Lion’s symbol), Jihva bandha (tongue lock), Brahma Mudra and Kapalbhati.
  • Different types of Pranayama like Anulom-vilom, Suryabhedana, Ujjayi, Shitali, Sitkari, Bhramari and Bhastrika.
  • Thorough hands-on training on different types of Pranayama and its preparatory practices.
  • Introduction to basic mantra chanting, significance, benefits and hands-on training on mantra chanting.


The Teacher

Sandhya Dixit

Mrs. Sandhya Dixit a Yogacharya by profession, is one the Seniormost Yoga Teachers in Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. She has an experience of 37 years in the field of Yoga. She is a direct disciple of swami Digambarji and has learned the art of Mantra Chanting and has been spiritually trained by Swamiji himself. She has actively conducted workshops and training camps at National and International Platforms across the Globe.


Day 1

16:30 – 17:30

  • Introduction to Pranayama according to Patanjali Yogasutra and Hathapradeepika
  • Theory, Concepts of Pranayama, its Effects and Benefits.
  • Introduction to Preparatory practices with hands-on training.

Break – 17:30 – 17:45

17:45 – 18:45

Different types of Pranayama, technique, significance and benefits-

  • Anulom vilom
  • Suryabhedan
  • Ujjayi

Day 2

16:30 – 17:30
Different types of Pranayama, technique, significance and benefits-

  • Sheetli
  • Shitkari
  • Brahamri
  • Bhastrika

Break – 17:30 – 17:45 pm

17:45 – 18:45

  • Awareness of Breath
  • Introduction to Mantra Chanting, Ways of Mantra Chanting- significance and Benefits
  • Hands on practice of Mantra Chanting
  • Question and Answer session.



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Rs. 2000

Date and Timings

19th - 20th May 2020
16:30 - 18:45 both days (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT)