Prāṇa Vāyus 1 day workshop is on Saturday 23rd October 10am – 3pm and includes a vegetarian lunch. Cost is $110 (book early, $90 Earlybird price concludes COB 30 Sept)
Workshop limited to 20 CoVid Safe places. Please wear your mask upon entry and when moving around the Studio.
The breathing process is a bridge between the layers of consciousness. To a certain extent everyone can control their breath – lengthening, shortening, deepening, stopping, quickening, holding our breath. Yet at the same time it is a process that, in order for us to live, continues even if we are not consciously aware of it.
Thus, in the breath we have a rare tool – one that we can work with quantitatively, physically feeling the process – which at the same time affects us deeply on subconscious levels and influences our state of mind.
Yoga envisages simple breath as an integral part of the movement of subtle energy called prāṇa into and out of the body. This energy is imbibed, cleansed, digested and absorbed into our being through 5 aspects known as the prāṇa vāyus, or the winds of subtle energy. These 5 prāṇa vāyus, when vibrant and balanced create a harmony and accord within our bodies which uplifts and re-energises our subtle and physical being.
Taking a moment to sit still, with eyes closed, absorbed in the process of breathing already leads to a transformation of consciousness.
This workshop explores the 5 prāṇa vāyus:
- prāṇa (the vitalising breath),
- apāna (cleansing breath)
- samāna (digestive, assimilating breath)
- vyāna (expansive breath)
- udāna (expressive breath).
The program includes:
- Detailed explanations of each vāyu, their role in the body, their importance for general well-being and for successful yoga and meditation practice.
- Short theory sessions on each vāyufollowed by practice of prāṇāyāma (yogic breathing) techniques focused specifically on the vāyu.
- Tips on how knowledge of the prāṇa vāyuscan be used to improve yoga practice and daily life.
- A concluding meditation practice incorporating knowledge of the prāṇa vāyusto create peace, harmony and balance.
The workshop is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioner, from beginners to advanced yogis seeking to explore new aspects of yoga practice. Around half of the workshop will be dedicated to practice of prāṇāyāma (breathing) and meditation techniques related to the prāṇa vāyus.
Your teacher Mm Swami Jasraj Puri is a renowned senior yoga & meditation teacher who has been teaching Yoga since 1995. He spent 20 years living in an Ashram in India, studying and teaching yoga and yoga philosophy. Swami Jasraj Puri has managed the Yoga in Daily Life ashram in Rajasthan which includes a school for 1500 pupils, a hospital, an animal shelter and a research centre.
In 2010 he became the first western Swami to be awarded the title of Mahamandaleshwar (scholarly saint) of the Mahanirvani Akhara, the highest title of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela order of monks. He is friendly and approachable and is keen to answer your questions and discuss your experiences.