Pranayama (Breathing Techniques) Instructor/Practitioner Course (PBTIC)

By controlling the act of breathing you can efficiently control the various motions in the body and the different nerve-currents that are running through the body. The breath, directed by thought under the control of the will, is a vitalising, regenerating force which you can utilise consciously for self development and for healing diseases in your system.” – Swami Sivananda

The word ‘Pranayama’ is comprised of two root words: ‘prana’ and ‘ayama’. Prana means ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’, (also known as ‘chi’ in Chinese and ‘ki’ in Japanese). Although its closely related to the air we breathe, it is more subtle than air or oxygen. The word ‘ayama’ means extension or expansion. Hence, ‘Pranayama’ can be translated to expansion of vital energy.


Pranayama should therefore not be considered as mere breathing exercise aimed at introducing extra oxygen into the lungs. 
Pranayama utilizes breathing to influence the flow of prana in the nadis(energy channels) of the pranayama kosha(energy body). The techniques of pranayama provide a method whereby the life force can be activated and regulated in order to go beyond one’s normal boundaries or limitations and attain a higher state of vibratory energy and awareness. 

A slow breathing rate has been proven to keep the heart stronger and better nourished, contributing to a longer life. Deep breathing also increases the absorption of energy and increased oxygenation – enhancing dynamism, vitality and general well being. 

Mudras are gestures and are also defined as a ‘seal’ or ‘short-cut’. Our vital energy is constantly being dissipated and lost to the outside world. By practising mudras, energy is re-directed within and conserved. Bandha means to ‘hold’ or ‘lock’. Bandhas aim to lock the prana in particular areas and redirect the flow to higher yogic practices. 

In this Pranayama Instructors / Practitioners Course, you will be taught total up to almost 100 types of pranayama techniques, mudras, and bandhas. Yoga Instructors will find this course very useful in your teaching as pranayama is an important part of authentic yoga. Practitioners will be able to practice the techniques confidently on their own for the various benefits they choose to master.

Through Pranayama :

• Improve health and heal disease
• Heighten concentration and mental focus
• Bestow joy, peace and happiness
• Awaken, balance and heal the chakras (energy centres)
• Increase energy, vitality and awareness
• Overcome insomnia and help break bad habits
•  Increase metabolism
• Achieve self-realization

What you will learn :

• Physiology and basic principles of pranayama (breathing)
• Mechanism of breathing
• Preparatory, primary, intermediate, and advanced practices of pranayama
• Pranayama and its healing potentials
• Asana based pranayama
• Therapeutic pranayama
• Additional and long lost pranayama techniques

Course Outline:

Introduction

  • Introduction to Pranayama

General

  • Concept of Prana and Pranayama
  • Physiology of Pranayama
  • Genesis of Pranayama
  • Mechanics: What is Pranayama
  • How Pranayama offers therapeutic benefits
  • Rationale of Kumbhaka
  • Pranayama eulogized
  • Effects of Pranayama
  • Scientific Observations

Advanced Practice

  • Preparation for Advanced Practices in Pranayama
  • Dietery considerations
  • Yukta dn Ayukta Pranayama
  • Right Practice of Pranayama
  • Classification of Pranayama

Techniques

  • Pranayama
  • Secret of Pranayama
  • Kumbhaka
  • Mudras & Bandhas Pranayama
  • Asana-based Pranayama
  • Therapeutic/Healing Pranayama
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