Online Pranayama Course (6 sessions in-depth intensive)

Monday, 12. April – Friday, 23. April
(in English)

In this 6 session pranayama online course you will learn various key pranayama techniques (kapālabhāti, ujjāyī, viloma, nāḍiśodhana, etc.). Moreover you will understand the effect of those breath modifications on your nervous system.

Prāṇāyāma helps us going inward, so we become aware of and be able to control the normally autonomous process of “breathing”. The techniques known as prāṇāyāma direct our attention to subtle, experiential processes, which are referred to as prāṇa or vāyus (five main vāyus: prāṇa, apāna, udāna, samāna, vyāna).

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In this 6 session pranayama online course you will learn various key pranayama techniques (kapālabhāti, ujjāyī, viloma, nāḍiśodhana, etc.). Moreover you will understand the effect of those breath modifications on your nervous system. Prāṇāyāma helps us going inward, so we become aware of and be able to control the normally autonomous process of "breathing". The techniques known as prāṇāyāma direct our attention to subtle, experiential processes, which are referred to as prāṇa or vāyus (five main vāyus: prāṇa, apāna, udāna, samāna, vyāna). By concentrating on their qualities, we get direct access to the essence of the incredible, self-sustaining energy generation that we call life. Following recipes based on numbers and patterns is helpful for beginners. But the true purpose of pranayama is creating experience, "a yogic mind and fitness for concentration". In yoga practice, too, only quality counts, but it cannot be found in forcefully holding the breath. Each class has a different focus, and regular attendance at all dates is highly recommended. Prior knowledge is not required. Patanjali's Yoga Sūtra on Prāṇāyāma: || II.49 || tasmin-sati-śvāsa-praśvāsayoḥ gati-vicchedaḥ prāṇāyāmaḥ In it (āsana) prāṇāyāma is the division of the movement of inhalation and exhalation. || II.50 || bāhya-ābhyantara-stambha-vṛttiḥ deṣa-kāla-saṃkhyābhiḥ paridṛṣṭaḥ dīrgha-sūkṣmaḥ The modification (vṛttiḥ) of the external, internal and arrested, observation of place, time and number. Long-subtle. || II.51 || bāhya-ābhyantara-viṣaya-ākṣepī caturthaḥ The withdrawal from external and internal conditions is "the fourth". || II.52 || tataḥ kṣīyate prakāśa prakāśa-āvaraṇam From this the covering of the light dissolves ... || II.53 ||| dhāraṇāsu ca yogyatā manasaḥ ... and in concentration (dhāraṇāsu loc.) "yogic mind". From II.49 it follows that āsana is only a preparation for prāṇāyāma. But of course that doesn't make it any less important, because only perfect posture allows prāṇāyāma.