Pranayama: Conscious Breathing for the Body and Soul

Tradition, Technique, and Science

Facilitator: Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit 

Medium of Communication: English 

Duration of Program: 3 series over 3 months 

Dates: 

Series 1 – 15th(Saturday), 16th(Sunday), 17th(Monday) May 2021

Series 2 – 12th(Saturday), 13th(Sunday), 14th(Monday) June 2021

Series 3 – 3rd (Saturday), 4th(Sunday), 5th(Monday) July 2021

Timings: Each sessions times are 16:30 to 18:45 (IST) with 15 mint break

Fees:

  • 9000 INR is a full payment for all 3 series
  • 4000 INR per each series

Medium: Online/ E-learning

Application: Zoom

Pracchardanvidharanabhyam va pranasya

As the vital force of energy (prana) required for one’s existence,
the very purpose of Pranayama is attaining a pristine mind.

– Patanjali Yogasutra, I.34

What:

As an ancient and popular Yoga practice, Pranayama finds mention in Vedic literature, Patanjali’s Yogasutras, and Hatha Yoga texts. Classification of traditional Ashtanga Yoga recommends the practice of Pranayama, as one of the eight limbs of Yoga (The Yamas and Niyamas). Being the fourth limb, it refers to the conscious control or regulation of one’s breath for purifying the body and cleansing the mind. 

What:

As an ancient and popular Yoga practice, Pranayama finds mention in Vedic literature, Patanjali’s Yogasutras, and Hatha Yoga texts. Classification of traditional Ashtanga Yoga recommends the practice of Pranayama, as one of the eight limbs of Yoga (The Yamas and Niyamas). Being the fourth limb, it refers to the conscious control or regulation of one’s breath for purifying the body and cleansing the mind. 

Why

  • Yoga stimulates the body, mind, and soul for achieving cosmic balance.
  • As a critical component of Yoga involving the nervous system, Pranayama teaches the art of respiratory rhythm and movement for achieving this harmony.
  • Regular and disciplined practice of Pranayama can bring immense positivity, increased clarity, renewed vigour, and heightened inner awareness in overall emotion, thought, and behaviour.
  • By steering the right energy channels and deeper dimensions, it ensures the removal of toxins, facilitates relaxation, and boosts immunity.
  • Apart from being therapeutic, Pranayama enhances one’s ability to focus, meditate, and concentrate.
  • It is also known to be one of the prerequisites for achieving ultimate knowledge and self-realisation.

How

  • The essence of Pranayama is in controlled inhalation, retention, and controlled exhalation of the breath.
  • Pranayama extends and empowers the Prana, and further revitalises and soothes this vital energy for the body to harness it.
  • Best achieved by following the appropriate posture and technique, Pranayama helps a Yogic practitioner to control and change the timing and length of the breath as required.
  • This Pranayama workshop by Kaivalyadhama – one of the oldest Yoga Institutes in the world, blends theory, chanting, and experiential knowledge to be conducted in three consecutive series over a period of 3 months.
  • The course curriculum focuses on the science and methods of Inhalation and Exhalation, as alterations to regular breathing.
  • With in-depth insights into Pranayama from a highly experienced Yoga master, each series will cover both the pre-requisites and preparatory practices for the practice of Pranayama.

Key Takeaways

  • What is Yoga: Definition & Concept
  • Principles and benefits of asanas
  • History and evolution of Pranayama: science, theory, techniques, benefits
  • Overview of traditions as described in Hathapradeepika and Patanjali yoga sutra
  • Pranayama: various asanas, patterns and practices
  • Significance of bandhas in pranayama
  • Kinds of prana and nadis
  • Concept of chakras
  • Yogic concept of Ahaar (diet)
  • Mantra chanting
  • Pranayama hands-on practice (with preparatory practices)

(for details, please see Schedule)

Key Takeaways

  • What is Yoga: Definition & Concept
  • Principles and benefits of asanas
  • History and evolution of Pranayama: science, theory, techniques, benefits
  • Overview of traditions as described in Hathapradeepika and Patanjali yoga sutra
  • Pranayama: various asanas, patterns and practices
  • Significance of bandhas in pranayama
  • Kinds of prana and nadis
  • Concept of chakras
  • Yogic concept of Ahaar (diet)
  • Mantra chanting
  • Pranayama hands-on practice (with preparatory practices)

(for details, please see Schedule)

About the Facilitator:

Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit is one of the senior-most teacher in Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla. She has experience of 39 years in the field of yoga. She has actively conducted workshops and training camps at national and international levels. Her 10 days online workshops series in March 2020 ‘Yoga for senior citizens’ collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush was applauded and acknowledged by thousands of people. Her Pranayama online workshops have been successful since June 2020. Workshop participants love her style of teachings. She recently is awarded Swami Kuvalayananda Yoga Puraskar 2020 for her dedicated, committed and extraordinary work in the field of Yoga. 

Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit
Facilitator

SERIES 1

Timing: 16:30 to 18.45(IST), on all days

Day and Date

Session Topics

Day 1: 15th May 2021, Saturday

Definition of Yoga, principles and benefits of asanas according to Hathapradeepika and Patanjali yoga sutra; Meditative asanas (Siddhasana, Padmasana, Svastikasana and Samasana);

Om chanting; hands-on practice

(Break)
Different kinds of breathing pattern; introduction to Shat Karmas; technique, concepts and benefits of Kapalbhati; preparatory practices (Simhamudra, Jihva bandha and Brahmamudra); Om Stavana; hands-on practice

Day 2: 16th May 2021 , Sunday

History and evolution of Pranayama; Pranayama according to Hathapradeepika; key points to reap the best benefits of Pranayama;

pattern of Pranayamic breathing ( Puraka, Kumbhaka and Recaka)

(Break)
Concepts, techniques and benefits of Anulom-vilom, Suryabhedana, Ujjayi and Shitkari; thorough hands-on practice of the same

Day 3: 17th May 2021, Monday  

Exclusive hands-on practical session on all the above-mentioned practices.

(Break)
Summary, concluding remarks, scientific viewpoints of Pranayama and question & answer.

SERIES 2

Timing:
16:30 to 18.45(IST), on all days

Day and Date

Session Topics

Day 1: 12th June 2021, Saturday

Patanjali’s ashtanga yoga; concepts, principles and theories of Pranayama according to Patanjali Yoga sutra; introduction to Agnisar Kriya; hands-on practice; recap session of Kapalbhati, Simhamudra, Jihva bandha and Brahamamudra

(Break)
Significance of bandhas in pranayama; techniques, benefits and concept of Mulabandha, Jalandharabandha and Uddiyyanbandha; thorough practice of Kumbhaka in different Pranayama in the ratio of 1:1:2 (with bandhas)

Day 2:  13th June 2021, Sunday

Introduction to different kinds of Prana; concept of Nadis; concept, theory, benefits and practice of Shitali pranayama.

(Break)
Concept, theory and benefits of Bhastrika and Brahmari pranayama according to Hathapradeepika and Gheranda-Samhita; Mantra chanting

Day 3: 14th June 2021, Monday

Exclusive hands-on practical session on all Pranayama with Kumbhaka 1:1:2

(Break)
Summary; concluding remarks and question & answer

SERIES 3

Timing:
16:30 to 18.45(IST), on all days

Day and Date

Session Topics

Day 1: 3rd July 2021, Saturday

Overview of Pranayama according to different traditions (Hathapradeepika and Patanjali yoga sutra); introduction of Pranayama according to Gheranda-samhita (sagarbha and nigarbha); hands-on practice of Pranayama from series 1 and series 2

(Break)
Concept of Chakras (Energy centres); progression in Kumbhaka following the ratio of 1:1:2; Yogic concept of Ahaar (diet)

Day 2: 4th July 2021, Sunday

Types of Bhastrika Pranayama according to Swami Kuvalyanandaji; its 4 variations; techniques, limitations and benefits; hands-on practice session

(Break)
Variations of Bhramari pranayama according to Shiva-samhita; introduction to Trataka (Dharana); hands-on practice

Day 3: 5th July 2021, Monday

Extensive practice on all the Pranayama with preparatory practices following the ratio of 1:1:2 (with bandhas)

(Break)
Summary, concluding remarks and Meditation session; question & answer hour.

Note:

Instructions for Workshop Registration

  • Please be seated in a well-ventilated place during the workshop, especially for comfort during the practice sessions.
  • Keep yourself hydrated throughout.

Instructions for Meals before/after the practice:

  • In case you have consumed a heavy meal, kindly practice after a gap of at least 4 hours.
  • After snacking moderate foods (solids/liquids), practice after a gap of at least 1 hour.
  • A meal can be taken after 30 minutes of practice.

Recordings

  • Recordings for each Series will be available for 1 month. Please note that in any circumstances the recording viewing duration will not be change, so kindly view the recording as per the given time frame.
  • Please be mindful that recording/s are being shared in good faith to support you in your practices or study.
  • Kindly honor its intellectual property rights by not downloading it on your device or forwarding it to any other person.

Certificate of Participation

  • A certification of participation will be provided for this series of workshop.
  • Please register with the name you would like to have it on the certificate.
  • Kindly note that requests for change of name will not be entertained after the certificate has been issued.

Registration

Requirement

Zoom app downloaded on your tab, smartphone or PC / Laptop with internet connection.

Fees

For India

9,000 INR is a full payment for all 3 series

4,000 INR per each series

For International

$120 is a full payment for all 3 series

$55 per each series

Date and Timings

Series 1 15th, 16th, 17th May 2021

Series 2 12th, 13th, 14th June 2021

Series 3 3rd, 4th, 5th July 2021

Time – 16:30 to 18:45 (IST)

For Indian Participants

Full Series Pranayama

Rs. 9,000/- 

Series 1  Pranayama

Rs. 4,000/- 

Series 2  Pranayama

Rs. 4,000/- 

Series 3  Pranayama

Rs. 4,000/- 

For International Participants

Full Series Pranayama

$120

Series 1  Pranayama

$55

Series 2  Pranayama

$55

Series 3  Pranayama

$55

No refund policy

Please pay and book your spot through the link above. We will send you email instructions with credentials post registration.

Query for this workshop? Please email us – onlineworkshops@kdham.com

Participant Testimonials:

This was an excellent workshop. Better than any workshop I have done on pranayama. The teacher was so knowledgeable and kind. The course was quite informative and extensive and comprehensive in all aspects of technique, practicing, benefits, contraindications, historical value etc. highly recommend!

Bonnie Tanney (Participant of Nov 2020 to Jan 2021 3 Series workshop) From New York, USA

Yogacharya Sandhya ji is excellent Yoga teacher. The workshop covers the traditional practice techniques of Pranayama according to Hathapradeepika, Gheranda-samhita and Shiva-samhita. Also gives us the concept of Pranayama as well as the benefits and contra-indications for each Pranayama.

Yiwen Yang (Participant of Nov 2020 to Jan 2021 3 Series workshop) Shanghai, China

It is much more than the theory about Pranayama. The experience of practice is essential and even on line it has been a very special and spiritual experience. I would repeat it again. Every time the learning is deeper and I will always need a proper guide, in order to remember the essential of Pranayama without distortions... Thanks a lot. I will always be grateful to you (all the team).

Isabel María López Aguayo (Participant of Nov 2020 to Jan 2021 3 Series workshop) La Rioja, Spain

It was clear and accurate She was so benevolent It was a pleasure to assist at the pranayama session

Carole Courtade (Participant of Nov 2020 to Jan 2021 3 Series workshop) France

Sandya Ji is a wonderful presenter, wise, patient and extremely knowledgeable. I wish to meet her in person one day.

Orsi Plutzer (Participant of Nov 2020 to Jan 2021 3 Series workshop) Budapest, Hungary

I only took part to the part 3, it was excellent explanation and practice. Thank you so much. Also I'm interested in future online works with Ms. Sandhya. As I understood the recording is available to 1 month, thank you this is very useful; it gives me the opportunity to write notes an re-listen to each lesson.

Sima Baldisserri (Participant of Nov 2020 to Jan 2021 3 Series workshop) The Netherlands