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Pranayama


Solid foundations of understanding the physical actions and movements of the breath and the muscles, lungs diaphragm, ribcage etc. will be taught along with deeper awareness processes of the flow of energy. This uninterrupted study of the breath, followed by intuitive awareness of prana through sound forms is called “breath-sensitivity culture” by Sri Prashant Iyengar.

The Sanskrit word pranayama has been translated as such and is composed of:

Prana: breath of life, all vibrating energies and entities, that what infinitive IS, aliveness…
Ayama: prolongation, extension, regulation, control and restraint of breath.

Pranayama is the 4th aspect of the 8 interrelated limbs of Astanga Yoga, defined by Sri Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras II.49-52. The Yoga Chudamani Upanishad authenticates that there is no higher discipline than pranayama. It is the royal road to well-being, freedom and bliss. ”It destroys illusion, consisting of ignorance, desire and delusion which obscure intelligence and allows the inner light of wisdom to shine”. (Guruji, B.K.S Iyengar)

The health benefits of a regular pranayama practice are incredibly high; through regulation of the breath we increase the volume of the lungs so more oxygen can enter the bloodstream; it strengthens the immune system and is influential on high and low blood pressure; through a longer and deeper exhalation we purify our systems, improvements in your asana practice find quickly evidence. The practice on the subtleties soothes the nerves and the nervous system; we sensitize the breath for an insightful contact with our body, emotions, psyche and spirituality. Relaxation and a sense of well-being are the positive outcomes of thoughtful, no greedy breathing skills. The analyzing frontal brain is pacified, the fluctuations of the mind diminish and an increasing wakefulness of the spiritual element of our being shines forth.

Please join this class to explore and benefit from these ancient techniques.


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