The foundation for breath work and Pranayama for yoga and life • Amsterdam
Saturday January 19th, 2019 • 12:30 - 17:15
With asana and meditation, breath work and Pranayama are predominant facets of yoga and is often incorporated into one’s practice alongside the aforementioned elements. Furthermore, pranayama is also considered to be one of the highest forms of purification and self-discipline for the mind and the body. The physical work is essentially used to open and prepare the body to achieve an easier and more comfortable practice with advanced breathing techniques and meditative practices. It is crucial and vital to unify the three elements together to achieve the goal of growth and happiness within ourselves.
Prana means energy, life force or breath and Yama is translated as restraint or control. Pranayama is a science and for many of us, difficult to grasp and understand. Among the other yoga tools, pranayama has a very important place and should be practiced as often as possible in order to restore and maintain health and wellbeing.
In this 4.5-hour workshop, we will be gently, simply and gradually introduced to breath work and pranayama by exploring various stages and steps towards a safe pursuit of these essential techniques and practices.
- The anatomy of breath
- Techniques for warming-up and how to prepare. Asanas, movement for breathwork etc
- The mechanics of breath and how to connect with it.
- Rhythm and equalising of breath
- Holistic and energetic development of breath
- Introduction and practice of the 8 classical breaths of pranayama
- The breath for everyday life.
- The breath for meditation and relaxation (yoga Nidra)
Laurent Roure, has been practicing and studying pranayama in the style of Dr. Swami Gitananda Saraswati’s yoga system for many years. He is an advocate for the Gitananda system due to its strong emphasis on physical therapeutics. Laurent’s approach to pranayama and breath work also utilises breathing techniques from outside the traditional yogic system and seamlessly embeds them into his practice and teaching. Laurent’s approach is thus finely tuned to be relevant and applicable to our twenty-first century lives.