Pranayama: Evolution, Tradition and Scientific Approach

Facilitator – Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit

Time – 4:30pm to 6:45pm 

3 Series of 9 Sessions (each Series has 3 sessions)

Series 1 –  25th, 26th, 27th July 2020

Series 2 – 22nd, 23rd, 24th August 2020

Series 3 – 19th, 20th, 21st September 2020

yavadvayuh sthito dehe tavajjivanamucyate/

maranam tasya niskrantistato vayum nirodhayet//3//

                               3rd sutra of chapter 2 of Hathapradeepika

“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”

Pranayama is an “art” through which one develops an awareness of one’s Prana (vital life force). Pranayama extends and empowers the Prana, also revitalises and soothes the vital energy into your body and harnesses your body. The soul of Pranayama lies in controlled inhalation, retention and controlled exhalation of the breath. There is no doubt that its therapeutic benefits have been stirring popularity all over the world in the modern era.

This workshop has been arranged to go deep into the practice of Pranayama-

  • It 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 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.

Sandhya Dixit kaivalyadhama
Yogacharya Sandhya Dixit


SERIES 1        (Session 1 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm > 15 min pause > Session 2 from 5:45pm to 6:45pm)

Day 1   

25th July, 2020


Session 1:  Definition of Yoga, principles and benefits of asanas according to Hathapradeepika and Patanjali yoga sutra; Meditative asanas (Siddhasana, Padmasana, Svastikasana and Samasana); cultural asanas pre-requisite for practicing Pranayama (Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana and Parvatasana); Om chanting; hands-on practice.

Session 2:  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   

26th July, 2020

Session 3: History and evolution of Pranayama; Pranayama according to Hathapradeepika; key points to reap the best benefits of Pranayama; basic pattern of Pranayamic breathing (Puraka, Kumbhaka and Recaka)

Session 4: Concepts, techniques and benefits of Anulom-vilom, Suryabhedana, Ujjayi and Shitkari; thorough hands-on practice of the same

Day 3

27th July, 2020

Session 5:  Exclusive hands-on practical session on all the above mentioned practices.

Session 6 – Summary, concluding remarks, scientific viewpoints of Pranayama and question hour.


SERIES 2   (Session 1 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm > 15 min pause >  Session 2 from 5:45pm to 6:45pm)

Day 1

22nd August, 2020

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

Session 2- 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

23rd August, 2020


Session 3- Introduction to different kinds of Prana; concept of Nadis; hands-on practice session; concept, theory and benefits of Shitali pranayama; Mantra chanting

Session 4- Concept, theory and benefits of Bhastrika and Brahmari pranayama according to Hathapradeepika and Gheranda-Samhita; Mantra chanting

Day 3

24th August, 2020


Session 5- Exclusive hands-on practical session on all Pranayama with Kumbhaka 1:1:2

Session 6 – Summary; concluding remarks and question hour.

SERIES 3 (Session 1 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm > 15 min pause > Session 2 from 5:45pm to 6:45pm)

Day 1

19th Sept 2020

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

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

Day 2

20th Sept 2020

Session 3- Types of Bhastrika Pranayama according to swami Kuvalyanandaji; its 4 variations; techniques, limitations and benefits; hands-on practice session

Session 4 – Variations of Bhramari pranayama according to Shiva-samhita; introduction to Trataka (Dharana); hands-on practice

Day 3

21st Sept 2020

Session 5- Extensive practice on all the Pranayama with preparatory practices following the ratio of 1:2:2 (with bandhas)

Session 6- Summary, concluding remarks and Meditation session; question hour.


  • 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 a 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.

  • Unlimited access for each Series recording will be available for 1 month for your practice; in the case if you are not able to attend the session/s for some reason you can catch up with the recording.

    Certification of participation will be given at the end of each Series.




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All 3 Series (which includes 9 sessions) INR 7500/-

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

Date and Timings

Series 1 –  25th, 26th, 27th July 2020   

Series 2 – 22nd, 23rd, 24th August 2020 

Series 3 – 19th, 20th, 21st September 2020

Time – 4:30pm to 6:45pm

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Series 3  Pranayama

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