Pranayama



3-week Pranayama course available at our center.

The Techniques listed below will be taught in the program.

Course material will also be given

The Sanskrit term pranayama comprises two components: prana (life force) and ayama (extension). Therefore, the word pranayama literally translates as "the extension of life force."From ancient times forward, we've understood that breathing docs even more than supply the body with necessary oxygen for life. When controlled, the inhalation andexhalation of breath purifies and cleanses an individual-and it can calm the agitated mind or energize the overexerted body.

Breathing Essentials
Breathing consciously is your first step to a more refined and energy-filled life. It is essential that you become very aware of your breathing habits
to ensure that you are breathing correctly.

WITNESSING YOUR NATURAL BREATH

Begin a conscious analysis of your breathing right now. Close your eyes and take a moment
or two to observe your breath as you mentally answer these questions

I.Are you inhaling through your nose or
your mouth?
2. Do your chest and stomach expand or
contract when you breathe in?
3. Does your in-breath travel deeply into
your abdomen or does it finalize in your
chest?
4. What do you feel as life-giving oxygen
enters and exits your body?

Energy Enhancing Breaths
Bringing large amounts of oxygen into your body in a rapid and controlled fashion is not only the most efficient way to instantly
increase your energy level, but it is also the healthiest. Whereas all forms of artificial energy stimulation have their side effects,
breathing is one hundred percent natural.It is nature's way of giving you the energy boost you need, with no artificial stimuli.
All that is required is a few conscious breaths.

1.Kapalabhati
In Sanskrit, kapalabhati (ka' -pa'la'-bha' -tee) means "skull shining."
Benefits: This exercise is an ancient breath control technique that, when used properly, will not
only instantly revitalize your body but will also highly accelerate the degree of your mental awareness.

2.Bhastrika(Bellows Breathing)
The Sanskrit word bastrika (bastreak-a) means "bellows." This word is used in reference to the
tool a blacksmith uses to enhancehis fire.
Benefits: The benefits of bastrika are rapid energy revitalization and enhanced blood circulation.
It also helps your body warm up when you are cold.


3.Murcha(The retaining Breath)
The Sanskrit word murcha(mur-cha') means "to retain."
Benefits: The pranayamic technique of murcha is
designed to enhance your mental energy and to
provide you with a subtle sensation of euphoria.

4.Ujayyi(The Hissing Breath)
In Sanskrit, ujjayi (u-jai-yee)means "hissing," the sound you make when performing this technique.
Benefits: Ujjayi is designed to subtly enhance your energy and leave you feeling not only more
invigorated hut also more mentally focused.From a metaphysical perspective, ujjayi cures
the body of respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis.

Calming Breaths
When you begin the practice of pranayama,remember that enhancing the overall energy
of your body does not only occur when you are feeling invigorated. At times, calming down is the best way to focus and
regenerate your energy. Perform the followingpranayamic exercises when you needto become more insightful and subtly rejuvenate
your energy.

1.Sithali

In Sanskrit, sithali (sit-ha' -lee) is the "cooling breath."
Benefits: Use this pranayama exercise to physically cool down your body when it is exposed
to high temperatures. It is also used to remove the desire for food, water, and sleep when they can
not be had.

2.Sithkari
In Sanskrit, sitkari (sit-kar' -ee)means "sipping," the sound you
make performing this technique.
Benefits: Sitkari is a breath control technique designed to quickly calm your body and mind
while invigorating your mental capacity. Sitkari is a cleansing breath, as is the previously detailed
sithali-it keeps you from experiencing cold,hunger, and thirst, while providing you with
additional energy.

3.Bhramari (The Humming breath)
In Sanskrit, brahmari (bra' -ma'r-ree)means "the humming breath." This
refers to the sound you make as this pranayamic technique is performed.
Benefits: Brahmari is a calming breath control technique that quickly steadies a troubled mind.
Brahmari also activates the higher realms of the personal self. It is a great exercise to perform
prior to meditation as it enables the mind to become very dear and focused.

4.Nadi Sudhhi(The nerve purifying Breath)
In Sanskrit, nadi sudi (na' -dee suit-ee) means "the nerve-purifyingbreath."
Benefits: Nadi sudi is the essential body and mind calming exercise. There is no pranayamic technique
more well suited to quickly calm the racing mind and slow the accelerated heart rate.