PRACTICE AND THEORY OF PRANAYAMA with Swami Shivabhaktananda

pranayama

Control of the breath means control of the mind. Proper breathing increases our will power and allows us to be a master of our own mind. When we master our mind, we can master the challenges that life presents. This is why pranayama is one of the five points recommended by Swami Vishnu-devananda.

First time participants will learn breathing techniques and experience directly the increased energy of proper breathing. Experienced practitioners will deepen their practice, and benefit from the energy of combined group practice.

Programme in addition to regular schedule:

Saturday 12:00pm: Hip opening workshop
Saturday 2:00pm: Workshop with Swami Shivabhaktananda on “How, What, and Why” of Pranayama
Saturday 4:00pm: Yoga class with Swami Shivabhaktananda
Sunday morning 6:00 – 7:30am: Advanced Pranayama Practice followed by short meditation with Swami Shivabhaktananda (optional) or silent walk
Sunday 8:00-10:00am: Asana only class with Swami Shivabhaktananda

Why breathing is so important to Yogis, according to our teachers:

“If one controls the breath or Prana, the mind also is controlled. He who has controlled his mind has also controlled his breath. If one is suspended, the other is also suspended. If the mind and Prana are both controlled one gets liberation from the round of births and deaths and attains immortality”.
-Swami Sivananda

“To breathe means to live and to live means to breathe. Every living thing depends upon breathing and cessation of breathing is cessation of life itself. From the first cry of the infant to the last gasp of a dying man there is nothing but a series of breaths. Yogis count life not by number of years but number of breaths. We constantly drain our life force or pranic energy by our thinking, willing, acting, etc. Every though, every act of will, or motion of muscles uses up this life force and in consequence constant replenishing is necessary, which is possible mainly through breathing alone.”

-”The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga”, Swami Vishnu-devananda

Cost:

Staying/Resident guests – Free of charge

Visitors coming only to attend the course – $30 per day (workshop,one yoga class, one meal and Satsang all inclusive)

Open to all levels and all ages.