The aim of this pranayama intro course is to improve your Prana knowledge, expand your Prana and simultaneously work on many layers of Yoga to strengthen your confidence and solidify your inner voice.
This course will focus on the effects of Pranayama on your physical, mental and emotional levels. You will also learn the different techniques of breathing along with their benefits.
It is very easy to be trained and practice yoga posture, follow a diet plan or exercise regime, however very few actually learn and train in Prana science, which is a vital life force.Pranayama is one of Yoga’s most powerful practices, which is ideal to awaken your mind and boost your energy.
What Is Prana
Prana is the vital force that sustains not only in the body, but also creation at every level. The Sanskrit word ‘prana’ is a combination of two syllables pra meaning forth & a meaning movement or to breathe, which explains that this is a force in constant motion.
The science of Pranayama was developed by Yogis through an intuitive and experimental understanding of Prana and its influence on the human mechanism at various levels. The flow of breath was used to access the Pranic field, in order to attain balance in the body and control the mind.
Pranayama is a science which provides methods to understand the signs of Prana and to guide it within oneself as well as the rest of creation.
Swami Sivananda says, “he who has grasped Prana has realised the very core of cosmic life and activity. He who conquered and control this essence is able to control his body and mind, as well as every other body mind and power in this universe.’
Thus, Pranayama is that means by which the yogis realises the cosmic life in this little body and tries to attain perfection.
The medium of Pranayama is breath. The practices involve guiding the respiration beyond its normal limit, stretching it, speeding it up and slowing it down in order to experience the full range of respiration. Once this has been achieved, Prana can be guided further by the practice of Prana Vidya
“As long as there is breath in the body, there is life. When breath departs, so too does life. Therefore, regulate the breath.”
(Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Ch.2: S.3.)
Facts about Prana and Pranayama
Humans can survive without food for about 3 weeks and without water for about 3 to 4 days. However, survival without breath is impossible.
Prana & breathing has a major impact on our system. Few minutes of conscious breathing can affect the entire nervous system
Did you know?
- Pranayama generates static electricity in the body in very minute quantities and there is a feeling of improved energy and dynamism.
- The stomach, pancreas, kidney, liver and bowels are all exercised in pranayama through the massage given to them by the diaphragm and abdominal muscles.
- Diaphragmatic breathing massages the Vagus Nerve and reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.
- If the lungs were open flat, they would cover the entire size of a tennis court!
- The regular practice of Pranayama minimizes the stress put on the cardiac system by day to day life. Breathing with slow, deep and long breaths gives rest to the heart. Many heart conditions can be managed with regular practice pranayama.
- The lungs are the biggest waste removal engine in the body, accounting for the removal of 70% of body wasting the form of Co2 (carbon dioxide) in the air we exhale.
- Severe respiratory conditions like asthma can be successfully managed by increasing O2 levels in the blood.
- Pranayama can help in improve digestion, reduce insomnia, lower stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.
- Breathing can change your blood PH (acid/alkaline) in minutes. No food, exercise or medication acts as quickly.
What are the benefit of this Course?
The purpose of pranayama is to make the respiratory system function at its best. This automatically improves the circulatory system, without which the process of digestion and elimination would suffer. Toxins would accumulate, diseases spread through the body and ill-health become habitual.
The lungs are directly concerned with the disposal of carbon dioxide in the venous blood and preventing ammonia, ketones and aromatic amines from building up to toxic levels. The lungs need to be kept clean and free from bacterial diseases by an efficient circulation of blood and lymph. Pranayama helps here by keeping the lungs pure and by increasing the flow of fresh blood .
Pranayama increases digestion, vigour, vitality, perception and memory. It frees the mind from the grasp of the body, sharpens the intellect and illumines the self.
The rhythmic use of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles in prnayama directly stimulates the peristaltic and segmenting movements of the intestines, as well as promoting intestinal circulation. Thus, it helps the intestine in its functions of absorbing food materials and disposing of solid wastes, mainly unabsorbed food and (he products of our friendly bacteria, the colonic flora, as well as those containing the residue of secretions from the liver (bile), pancreas and intestines.
As wind drives away smoke and impurities from the atmosphere and its inherent quality is to burn and purify the area, pranayama is a divine fire which cleanses the organs, senses, mind, intellect and ego.
Correct Breathing & it’s Effect
Most people breathe incorrectly, using only a small part of their lung capacity. The breathing is then generally shallow, depriving the body of oxygen and prana essential for good health. The first practices taught to pranayama students are preparatory techniques which introduce correct breathing habits. In addition, they help focus the awareness on the breathing process, which is otherwise normally ignored. Although it takes some time to learn, it is possible to control the actions of respiration. Once the breathing has been corrected, one feels much better. When one breathes in, the stomach should inflate; when one breathes out the stomach should contract. Abdominal contraction and abdominal inflation should be synchronized with the breathing process. This is seen in all animals. Observe a dog or cat or any other animal. The breath is both gross and subtle. The gross breath is perceptible and the subtle breath is imperceptible. When the breath becomes subtle it improves the quality of awareness. The ingoing and outgoing breath should be uniform. It should not be thick or thin, broken or in waves.
Before learning pranayama, yoga students must develop sensitivity to the respiratory process and retrain the muscles of the pulmonary cavity, enhancing their vital capacity and preparing them for pranayama. Rhythmic, deep and slow respiration stimulates and is stimulated by calm, content states of mind. Irregular breathing disrupts the rhythms of the brain and leads to physical, emotional and mental blocks. These, in turn, lead to inner conflict, an unbalanced personality, a disordered lifestyle and disease. Pranayama establishes regular breathing patterns, breaking this negative cycle and reversing the debilitating process. It does so by giving one control of the breath and re-establishing the natural, relaxed rhythms of the body and mind.
Deep breathing allows maximum intake for each respiration and slow breathing allows optimum exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Time is required to transfer oxygen from the lungs to the blood, and for carbon dioxide in the blood to be transferred into the lungs for expulsion into the air. If one breathes rapidly, then the optimum oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange is not reached in the lungs. If the respiration is slow then the optimum transfer can be achieved. This is why depth and speed of breathing are so important in relation to each other.
: Pranayama has a two-sided effect. It helps to keep the physical apparatus pure and in good order, and also to control, regulate and channel the mental-emotional being. Pranayama involves controlled, rhythmic and regular breathing. Prana is the gross manifestation in the physical body of the subtle, universal, cosmic force. It is this cosmic energy that gives life to all sentient beings. Pranayama is the technique of conservation and distribution of this life force. While inhaling, oxygen is taken in, and while exhaling carbon dioxide is discharged. Oxygenation of the system makes the body pure, light and active. Unless the science of breathing is properly understood and correctly practised, there is a likelihood of imbalance in breathing, which may result in various types of mental and emotional conflicts and impulsiveness. The world with its innumerable joys and sorrows makes a violent impact upon the individual, and one often fails to find a realistic way of adjusting to life. The effect of prana on the human being and the correlation between the mind and the body are fully realized in yoga.
In addition to influencing the quality of life, the length or quantity of life is also dictated by the rhythm of the respiration. The ancient yogis and rishis studied nature in great detail. They noticed that animals with a slow breath rate such as pythons, elephants and tortoises have long lifespans, whereas those with a fast breathing rate such as birds, dogs and rabbits live for only a few years. From this observation they realized the importance of slow breathing for increasing the human lifespan. Those who breathe in short, quick gasps are likely to have a shorter lifespan than those who breathe slowly and deeply. On the physical level, this is because the respiration is directly related to the heart. A slow breathing rate keeps the heart stronger and better nourished, and contributes to a longer life. Deep breathing also increases the absorption of energy by pranamaya kosha, enhancing dynamism, vitality and general wellbeing.
What will you learn & practice
- 1. Introduction to Pranayama and its utility – Sumit Manav
- 2. What is Prana - Sumit Manav
- 3. Do’s and Don’ts in Pranayama – Sumit Manav
- 4. Nadis or Energy Channels
- 5. Types of Pranayama & How To Practice
- 6. Yogic Physiology of Nostril
- 7. Pranayama is Practice
- 8. What is Swara? Tantric science of Brain Breathing
- 9. Panch Prana or 5-Energy Types
- 10. Therapeutic aspects of Pranayama - Sumit Manav
- 11. Problem in Pranayama technique of dilution
- 12. Open session of Q & A – Sumit Manav
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Live Online Course | 19th March– 1st April , 2021
- Learn to master your energy through pranayama
- Healing the self
- Improve the Lungs Capacity
- Deep relaxation & Stress relief
- Balance the Right & Left Brain
- Reconnect with your self
HOW IT WORKS
- 20-minutes per day x 14 days
- Daily live session (or replay) classes
- Answers to all your questions
- Amazing, supportive community
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- Daily live video session
- Daily live Q&A with Sumit Manav
- Access to full course (for 60-Days)
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