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WHAT IS PRANAYAMA?
We all breathe every minute of every day – but are we doing it properly?
‘Pranayama’ is the practise of breath awareness and control. The Sanskrit words 'Pran' and 'Ayam' translate as 'management' and 'enhancement' of breath. 'Pran' can also be interpreted as life force or vital energy.
Why is it so important to learn how to breathe?
Breathing is naturally cleansing: it increases the flow of oxygen around the body, giving us the energy to function, whilst simultaneously flushing out toxins. It is also used to develop concentration and to steady the mind, which is key to asana (physical movement/yoga poses) and to meditation.
The value of attending a pranayama (All In The Breath) session
Time spent in guided practice will teach you to breathe in fresh ways and to optimal capacity. Although there is much information in books and on the internet surrounding the breath, the value of personal, step-by-step hands on guidance is essential.
Pranayama is as much a fine art as a precise science. Each pranayama technique has a unique effect. It is like taking a different medicine every time. Mastery of technique is therefore important for ensuring the effects are maximised and safe.
My pranayama (All In The Breath) sessions are tailored to the specific needs and experiences of the group – so whether you are new to pranayama or are seeking to develop an established practice, you will have the chance to develop your knowledge and to take your understanding to a higher level.
What will be covered?
– we will (re)visit the fundamentals,
– this will include traditional preparatory practices to prepare the body, plus key breathing techniques as per the original yogic texts.
– you will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive expert guidance, whether one-to-one or in a small group class
– you will be guided as to when and how to include pranayama in your daily life, in your yoga practice, and in meditation (and/or in your own yoga teaching)
– you will learn to use breath as a tool for meditation, and as a practice of purification for spiritual growth as suits your interests and experience
These practical, experiential classes offer a unique opportunity to focus on breathing, something that is rarely covered in such depth in a regular yoga class, yet is fundamental to your yoga practise.
About my pranayama training and experience:
I am a qualified pranayama and yoga teacher from the Kaivalaydhama Institute in Lonavla, India. Over the last 20 years I have practiced and been taught personally under the guidance of my teacher Sri O.P Tiwari, one of the most respected pranayama masters in India today. Alongside my UK training, I have also completed advanced pranayama courses at the Kaivalyadhama Institute, over which Sri O.P Tiwari presides.
I have also studied for over a decade with my other teacher, Dr Ananda Balayogi, medical doctor, yoga therapist and yogi from a revered lineage. He is the founder of the CYTER Centre of Yoga Therapy Education and Research and is one of the foremost professionals in the advance of Yoga Therapy today.
I like to synthesise my experience and knowledge of working with these teachers.
Pranayama has been an integral part of MaxineYoga classes for over a decade.
Up until now I have taught it mainly privately, and one-to-one. Now you have the opportunity to learn and to delve deeper into your own practice in the focussed and relaxed environment of my small group pranayama workshops.
Next MaxineYoga Breathwork Pranayama Workshops:
Sundays Nov 17, 24, March 8, 15, & Wednesday May 20
Contact me to discuss your requirements / arrange a bespoke session