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, the science of controlled, conscious expansion of Prana (the life force), is the fourth limb of classical Yoga. It is a combination of breathing practices and symbolic gestures for both calming and energizing the systems of the body. It has immense therapeutic potential in 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. We will explore in a methodical way, with both theory and practice, many of the practices from this classical text.
We will furthermore look at the anatomy and physiology of the breath, with 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, we have the more recent book Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami Satyananda, that gives a more detailed explanation with diagrams. Both books can be downloaded as a PDF, or ordered online. (See the resources link above).

Practices covered during the course:
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.

Many of the practices involve extended periods of sitting but a chair and other accessories are also available.

This twenty hours training provides teachers and practitioners the fundamental principles and practices of essential Pranayama techniques, and will give an understanding of how to incorporate them in a class setting. A 54 page handbook for the course is included.