Jógastöðin Yogavin,
Grensásvegi 16, efsta hæð,
108 Reykjavík

Dates & Times:
31. August – 4. September 2022

Wednesday 31. August 13.00-17.00
Thursday 1. September 13.00-17.00
Friday 2. September 13.00-17.00
Saturday 3. September 13.00-17.00
Sunday 4. September 13.00-17.00

Pranayama is the science of controlled, conscious expansion of Prana (the life force) and is considered the fourth limb of classical Yoga. It combines breathing practices and symbolic gestures to calm and energize the systems of the body. Pranayama has immense therapeutic potential in treating a wide range of psychosomatic disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Svatmarama is one of the oldest surviving texts on hatha yoga, and all modern styles of yoga are based on it. In this course, we will explore many of the practices from this classical text in a methodical way, incorporating both theory and practice.
Moreover, we will delve into the anatomy and physiology of the breath, using the latest scientific research and discoveries, to broaden our understanding of the breathing mechanism and it’s relationship with the mind.

As a supplement to the Hatha Yoga Pradapika, there is the more recent book Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami Satyananda, which provides a detailed explanation of Pranayama practices with diagrams. Both books can be downloaded as a PDF or ordered online (see the resources link above).

During the course, we will cover the following practices:
Preparatory processes of Shatkarmas:
Neti, Agnisara, Nauli, Kapalabhati, Trataka, Nadi Shodhana.
Breathing practices of Pranayama:
Surya Bheda, Ujaayi, Sitali, Bhastrika, Bhramari, Kevala.
Symbolic gestures of Mudras and Bandhas:
Jnana, Chin, Bhairava, Hridaya, Shambhavi, Khechari, Kaki, Shanmukhi, Vipareeta Karani, Maha Mudra, Ashwini, Sahajoli, Uddiyana, Jalandhara, Mulabandha, Mahabandha.
The pranic body: five pranas, three main Nadi and six main chakras, and their role in pranayama.

While many of the practices involve extended periods of sitting, a chair and other accessories are available

This 20-hour training is designed to provide teachers and practitioners with the fundamental principles and practices of essential Pranayama techniques, and an understanding of how to incorporate them into a class setting. A 54 page handbook for the course is included.