Pranayama means … Write something here about the guiding principle behind all the classes. All sessions (except open classes) are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
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.
*Not for beginners
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 a couple of simple pranayama concepts, but in this workshop we don’t try and manipulate the breath. Instead we 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.
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.
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.
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.
Restorative Ashtanga (P500)
It may sound like a contradiction in terms to have restorative and Ashtanga in the same sentence, however when practiced in conjunction with the internal forms of breathing, bandhas, and dristi we find that an Ashtanga based practice that includes stillness and time to soften into the present moment can be profoundly restorative. This class will also include simple pranayama practices that enhance the ability to go deeply into any asana practice.