All pranayama sessions (except Guided Open Classes) are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
pranayama level 1 (P1,500)
This workshop focuses mainly on watching and savoring the breath, soothing the nervous system, and entering the meditative space with ease. We discuss simple pranayama concepts, but we don’t manipulate the breath in any way. Instead we will concentrate on grounding our energy. Total beginners with minimal (or no) yoga/meditation background feel relaxed and at home in this class. Those with more experience seek its calming, restorative effects.
Next workshop: Wednesday, April 19, 245 to 4pm. Please text 0921 315 2644 to reserve a spot.
pranayama level 2 (P2,500)
A two-part course in exploring the internal breath, we cover the gross anatomy of respiration, pranayama preparatory techniques, and a few traditional breathing practices. The course is based on the teachings of pranayama master O.P. Tiwari, director of the Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute in India, with a lot of input from Richard Freeman. Those with a regular yoga asana (or meditation) practice can skip Level 1 and come straight into this workshop.
Next workshop begins in May. See this news link for details.
pranayama level 3
Coming in October 2017, this course is for those who’ve had an established (daily) pranayama practice for a minimum of four months. We’ll be learning breath retentions and how to channel prana through bandha and mudra.
GUIDED OPEN CLASSES (P400)*
It’s challenging to establish a daily pranayama / meditation practice, particularly when you’re surrounded by the typical distractions of home. Very often it helps to surround your practice with the support of other practitioners. Guided Open Classes are for those who have already taken the two-part Level 2 intro course, who wish to benefit from a group’s energy, and for those who want to jumpstart a personal practice.
If you are already familiar with the various pranayama techniques, as taught in the Kaivalyadham tradition, please feel free to drop in for any of our Open Classes. Each class begins promptly, and lasts about an hour and ten minutes. Those who wish to practice asana or meditation after class are welcome to do so at no extra charge.
Next Open Class will be on Tuesday, April 11, Full Moon, 7 to 810am.
*Not for beginners
relax & restore (P500)
Whether you’re coping with erratic moods, stress at work, or a mind that just won’t quit, this class allows you to let it all go for 75 minutes of relief and restoration. Breathing, softening into easy poses, and gentle neurogenic tremoring combine to restore balance to the system and induce deep relaxation. Those who suffer from chronic or acute stress can really benefit from these profoundly restorative sessions.
This class begins in May. Please send us an email if you’re interested in attending.
Restorative Ashtanga (P500)
When practiced with laser-sharp attention to the internal forms of breathing, bandhas, and dristi, an Ashtanga-based practice that includes stillness and time to soften into the present moment can penetrate more deeply than one might have ever imagined. This class will include simple pranayama practices that enhance the ability to go deeply into any asana practice.
This class begins in June. Please send us an email if you’re interested in attending.
morning self-practice (by donation)
We welcome practitioners from all contemplative traditions, and would like meditators and pranayama practitioners to feel they can come and sit quietly alongside asana practitioners. We ask that you put your phones on silent–and that you talk only if necessary. We’re usually open for self-practice every weekday from 630 to 1030am, but on some days the Peace Center might be booked for a private. Also, moon days are reserved for group pranayama practice. Please text or email the day before to find out if it’s ok to drop in.