Pranayama – The Fundamentals of Breathing
Pranayama involves the use of breathing techniques to help control the flow of energy in the body. Pranayama derives from two Sanskrit words – ‘prana’ (life force) and ‘yama’ (control), and thus implies being able to extend or control the breath to maintain the free flow of the life force within us, ultimately improving and sustaining our physical and mental health throughout our lives.
As the ancient Yogis understood it, the flow of Prana usually flows freely and effortlessly throughout the body. However, prana can become blocked, due to physical tensions that manifest in the body, often created by how we feel about our selves, our emotions, and our mental state.
The practice of Pranayama can help us to get back in touch with the vital energy within.
In this workshop we will start by learning about our breath from an experiential, first person perspective. We will begin to notice how our posture and habitual movement patterns, as well as mental habits affect our breath, and will use simple somatic movement and yoga postures to help free up physical tension whilst encouraging a deeper relaxation and awareness of the natural breath.
We will continue with more subtle breath awareness through simple Pranayama practices, that are a safe, simple and natural way to maintain or improve our health.
The practice of simple breath awareness and Pranayama have many benefits such as
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Lowers / stabilises blood pressure
- Increases energy levels
- Increases muscle relaxation
- Decreases feelings of stress and of being overwhelmed
- Improves physiological functioning of bodily systems e.g. digestion
- Improves sleep patterns
This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience with Yoga.
Eric has been practising Yoga for over 23 years after having initially discovered Yoga whilst travelling in India. He has been teaching now for 13 years and has undertaken various teacher training and workshops with renowned internationally recognised Therapeutic Yoga teachers such as Donna Farhi, Tias Little, A.G. Mohan and Doug Keller. He has studied in depth anatomy with Lesley Dike, and is also currently training in Essential Somatic movement. Eric is a registered and practising Yoga Therapist and is trained specifically to deal with the needs of an individual through 1-1 tuition. He is dedicated to teaching Yoga in a safe, informative and fun manner that is inclusive to all.
Cost £30 / £23 – concessions.
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