The Yogic Breath: Special instructions in Medieval Yoga for the proper technique of Prāṇāyāma

Yogic breathing (prāṇāyāma) has a long and diverse history in religious traditions of India. In this workshop, a brief history on prāṇāyāma will be presented. It will cover the underlying rationale, theory and methods that inform its sophisticated application in late-medieval Haṭhayoga.

Course Information

Dates

Saturday 6th July

9.30am to 5pm with a 90 minute lunch break.

  • Early Bird Cost £80 until 12th May
  • Cost £90
  • Booking Full Details

    The Yogic Breath: Special instructions in Medieval Yoga for the proper technique of Prāṇāyāma

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Yogacampus Finsbury Park
  • Location London
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    Open to all with an interest in the history of yoga and prāṇāyāma

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 28

    Number of hours: 6 hours

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Yogic breathing (prāṇāyāma) has a long and diverse history in religious traditions of India. Its purpose and practice has been documented at great length throughout the second millennium, thus providing a valuable source of information for teachers and students of yoga.

In this workshop, a brief history on prāṇāyāma will be presented. It will cover the underlying rationale, theory and methods that inform its sophisticated application in late-medieval Haṭhayoga.

The extraordinary way of breathing described in the 15th-century Haṭhapradīpikā will be the central focus of the practical sessions. Through demonstration and experimentation, the bellows breath (bhastrī) and alternate nostril breathing with and without retentions (kumbhaka) will be discussed and practised, with a view to understanding how these methods can simultaneously invigorate and relax, while quietening the mind for meditation.

The following questions will be addressed:

  • What is yogic breathing (prāṇāyāma) and its role in Yoga?
  • How has the practice developed over the centuries?
  • What are the distinct features of yogic breathing (prāṇāyāma) in Haṭha Yoga?
  • Are there requisites for the practice, such as diet, posture and cleansing techniques?
  • Are there any contraindications and ill-effects?
  • How are internal locks (bandha) and rhythms applied?
  • What are the traditional signs of success in the practice?

To conclude, a number of suggestions will be made on how prāṇāyāma techniques can be integrated with other components of Yoga, such as postural practice and meditation, so as to meet the needs of contemporary practitioners and its therapeutic application in modern times.

The programme will include the reading of primary sources in Sanskrit (with English translations) accompanied by illustrated manuscripts, photographs, visual demonstrations and practical experiments.

All are welcome to attend.

Certification

You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of attendance.

What our students say

Thank you for the Hathabhyasapaddhati workshop. Can't really thank enough Jacqueline Hargreaves and Dr Jason Birch for running this inspiring day and sharing their work. And I really enjoyed practicing Iron Bar Pose and Pawing the Leg like a Bull Pose with my students smile Irene Campbell on Hathabhyasapaddhati: A Precursor of Modern Yoga, June 2018

Course Information

Dates

Saturday 6th July

9.30am to 5pm with a 90 minute lunch break.

  • Early Bird Cost £80 until 12th May
  • Cost £90
  • Booking Full Details

    The Yogic Breath: Special instructions in Medieval Yoga for the proper technique of Prāṇāyāma

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Yogacampus Finsbury Park
  • Location London
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    Open to all with an interest in the history of yoga and prāṇāyāma

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 28

    Number of hours: 6 hours

Book Now