The foundation of Pranayama and breath work • Kent
Saturday 29th September • 13:00 - 16:00£35
With asana and meditation, pranayama and breath work 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 form 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 3-hour CPD workshop, we will be gently and gradually introduced to pranayama and breath work by exploring various stages and steps towards a safe pursuit of this essential technique and practice.
We will be exploring:
- The anatomy of the breath.
- The distinct roles of the breath in our practice and our life.
- How to prepare body and mind for a breath work/pranayama session.
- The mechanics and physical practices: 3-part breathing & 9-part breathing: Mahat yoga pranayama (The great breath).
- How to balance and equalise the breath: Sukha Purvakha pranayama / Loma & Viloma.
- Brief introduction to the 8 classical breaths / 8 Kumbhakas
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 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.