Pranayama: Evolution, Tradition and Scientific Approach

Facilitator: Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit 

Medium of Communication: English 

Duration of Program: 2.15 hours session each day (with 15 mint of pause after the first hour) 

Date: 3 Series (each series has 3 sessions)

Series 1 –  20th, 21st, 22nd November 2020

Series 2 – 18th, 19th, 20th December 2020

Series 3 – 22nd, 23rd, 24th January 2021

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:45 pm (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT) 

Fees:

  • All 3 series 7500 /- INR
  • Individual series: 3000/- INR (per series)

Medium: Zoom meeting

 

Importance of Pranayama:

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 steps of the Ashtanga Yoga. Pranayama is both traditional and scientific technique which balances the mind, body, emotions and the soul ultimately. Its therapeutic benefits have been gaining popularity all over the world, encouraging people from different professions to practice and master the art of Pranayama.

What is Pranayama?

Yoga is an art of establishing “harmony between individual existences with cosmic existence” and Pranayama is an application of this “art” through which one develops an awareness of one’s Prana (vital life force). The soul of Pranayama lays in controlled inhalation, retention and controlled exhalation of the breath. It not only extends and empowers the Prana, but it also revitalises and soothes the vital energy so that the body can harness it.

Pranayama extends and empowers the Prana, but it also revitalises and soothes the vital energy so that the body can harness it. The soul of Pranayama lays in controlled inhalation, retention and controlled exhalation of the breath.

3rd sutra of chapter 2 of Hathapradipika says :

“yavadvayuh sthito dehe tavajjivanamucyate/

maranam tasya niskrantistato vayum nirodhayet” //3//

“As long as Prana (vayu) is flowing in the body, life exists. Death ascends as soon as Prana (vayu) is drawn out from the body. Therefore Vayu should be regulated and Pranayama should be practiced”

The workshop will be conducted in three consecutive series over a period of 3 months. Each series will focus on pre-requisites and preparatory practices leading to practice of Pranayama. The learner will gain in depth knowledge of Pranayama from scratch in a progressive way.

About the Facilitator:

  • Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit is one of the senior most teachers in Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala.
  • She has an experience of 37 years in the field of yoga. She has actively conducted workshops and training camps at national and international levels.
  • Her recent 10 days online workshop series in March 2020 ‘Yoga for senior citizens’ collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush was applauded and acknowledged by thousands of people. People like her style of teaching with a simple and practical approach.
Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit
Facilitator

SERIES 1    

Day 1: 20th November, 2020

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 1: Definition of Yoga, principles and benefits of asanas according to Hathapradipika and Patanjali Yoga sutra; Meditative asanas (Siddhasana, Padmasana, Svastikasana and Samasana); Om chanting; hands-on practice

(after 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: 21st November, 2020

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 2: History and evolution of Pranayama; Pranayama according to Hathapradipika; key points to reap the best benefits of Pranayama; basic pattern of Pranayamic breathing ( Puraka, Kumbhaka and Recaka)

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

Day 3: 22nd November, 2020 

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session  3: Exclusive hands-on practical session on all the above mentioned practices.

(after break): Summary, concluding remarks, scientific viewpoints of Pranayama and question & answer. 

SERIES 2

Day 1: 18th December, 2020

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 1: 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

(after 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: 19th December, 2020

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 2:  Introduction to different kinds of Prana; concept of Nadis; concept, theory , benefits and practice of Shitali pranayama.

(after break): Concept, theory and benefits of Bhastrika and Brahmari pranayama according to Hathapradipika and Gheranda-Samhita; Mantra chanting

Day 3: 20th December, 2020

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 3: Exclusive hands-on practical session on all Pranayama with Kumbhaka 1:1:2

(after break): Summary; concluding remarks and question & answer.

SERIES 3   

Day 1: 22nd January, 2021

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 1: 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

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

Day 2: 23rd January, 2021

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 2: Types of Bhastrika Pranayama according to swami Kuvalyanandaji; its 4 variations; techniques, limitations and benefits; hands-on practice session

(after break): Variations of Bhramari pranayama according to Shiva-Samhita; introduction to Trataka (Dharana); hands-on practice

Day 3: 24th January, 2021

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm

Session 3: Extensive practice on all the Pranayama with preparatory practices following the ratio of 1:1:2 (with bandhas)

(after break): Summary, concluding remarks and Meditation session; question & answer hour.

Note:

  • Instructions to Learners registering for the workshop: Please be seated in a well-ventilated place during the workshop for comfort during the practice session. Keep yourself hydrated throughout.
  • Instructions for Meals before/after the practice: If you have consumed heavy meal, kindly practice after 4 hours. After snacking moderate foods like (solids/liquids) practice after 1 hour. A meal can be taken after 30 minutes of practice.

Recordings for each Series will be available till 1 month. Please be mindful that we are sharing the recording/s in a good faith to support you in your practices or study. Please honor its intellectual property rights by not downloading it on your device or forward it to any other person.

Participation Certificate: At the end of the workshop you will get a certification of participation. Please register with the name you would like to receive certificate with. Please note that we will not change the name on your certificate after it will be issued to you. Thank you.

Registration

Requirement

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

Fees

All 3 Series
INR 7500/-

Each of the Series fee is INR 3000/- (each)

Date and Timings

Series 1 –  20th, 21st, 22nd November 2020

Series 2 – 18th, 19th, 20th December 2020

Series 3 – 22nd, 23rd, 24th January 2021

Time – 4:30 pm to 6:45 pm (Each Day)

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Series 1  Pranayama

Rs. 3000/- 

Series 2  Pranayama

Rs. 3000/- 

Series 3  Pranayama

Rs. 3000/- 

Full Program (All 3 Series)

Rs. 7500 /- 

Note: Registration is open till 18th Dec 2020. Till this date, if you wish to register for all 3 series or 1 series you will be able to do that. Please note that If you register after 20th Nov 2020 we will be providing you with the recordings (as it is) which you have missed out.

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