Pranayama - Intermediate Level 1 - Kumbhaka
Pranayama, the science of breath, is considered to be yoga’s most accessible, yet transformative practice. It is also called Prana Yoga - Yoga of life force.
The yogic theory states that Pranayama is twenty times more beneficial than physical (asana) practice. However, in the practice of Yoga, the importance of Pranayama is often minimalized and ignored due to a lack of awareness.
Pranayama has a quick & direct impact on the nervous system, thus intermediate level is divided into two parts to gradually transition the practitioner from beginner’s to intermediate level as taught in the Yoga tradition. For this level, you must have experience or knowledge of practicing the basic pranayama.
You will learn intermediate Pranayama (level 1) step by step by focusing on Kumbhaka (breath retention/ suspension), and most importantly how to do it correctly. You will also learn the additional pranayama and its variations which helps and intensifies the experience.
In summary, this workshop includes theory, practice and Q&A session. You will get to understand and practice the following
1. Introduction to Kumbhaka (breath retention/suspension), types and it's uses
2. The correct method of practicing Intermediate level 1 Pranayama
3. Relationship of Prana with Mind
4. Foundational & Supporting Pranayama
5. Intermediate Classical Pranayama with Kumbhaka
These practices and knowledge will become the foundation for the next level.
Required Props: Yoga Mat and Cushion/Blanket
Pre-requisite: Familiar with Pranayama - Beginners Level or Equivalent
Note: These breathing techniques can be easily incorporated into your physical (asana) practice to deepen the experience.