The Art of Teaching and Practicing Pranayama: October 2015
Date: October 16-18, 2015 (20 Hours)
Location: Twist Yoga, 122 5th Avenue S, Downtown Edmonds, 98020
Registration: Register in person at Twist Yoga, by telephone (425-778-9642), or click here to register online.
An Immersion Training for Yogi’s with Jeanne Heileman
The ancient scriptures teach us that if you positively change the way that you are breathing, it ripples into a positive change in your thoughts, actions and your destiny. In this 20 hour immersion training, you’ll learn about the yogic practice of Pranayama, from the physical techniques to the subtle skills, and feel the powerful effect it brings to your practice. The weekend will cover:
- A detailed explanation of the Anatomy of Breathing, including all of its nuances;
- The Pranavayus, the directions of Prana’s movement that open bodies to become vessels of vitality;
- How to diagnose a deficiency of Prana in a student and remedies to offer for healing
- The Nadis, the thousands of currents that Prana uses to travel, and how to increase or ground energy naturally, using a specific application;
- The powerful technique of applying Bandhas wisely and harnessing their effect
- How to develop your own Pranayama Practice, an advanced form of yoga practice
- How to teach Pranayama to students
- Asana will begin each day and we will weave Pranayama techniques into Asana practices in the afternoons
- The art of establishing Pratyahara, the ability to withdraw the senses from outer stimulation towards a peaceful home within. This is the doorway to meditation.
Friday: 9:30 – 5:00pm
Friday will begin with a 90 minute asana practice with Jeanne. From here, we’ll dive into the anatomy of breathing, followed by the energetics of breathing and the directions of Prana through the Pranavayus. Students will learn how to observe deficiencies of Prana in each other and methods to find balance. We will close with a practice to feel this information in the body and energy.
Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday will begin with a 90-minute yoga class that focuses on the Pranavayus learned from Friday, taking the material further. Mudras will be introduced and students will be given an opportunity to work on their weakest area to bring the system into its fullest state. Using this new information we will explore methods of sequencing and teaching this material in your own practice and classes. We will then study the Nadis, leading us into the techniques of Nadi Sodhana and Pratioloma. The techniques for teaching Pranayama will be covered today. We will close with a longer Pranayama session.
Sunday: 10:30 – 4pm
On Sunday, we’ll complete our Pranic journey with 90-minute asana practice, followed by a 30-minute seated Pranayama session. Following practice, we will study the Bandhas. The art of teaching Pranayama to others will be discussed with attention to the risks that could occur if one is careless. We will close with a longer Pranayama practice taking the students into meditation and a peaceful, glorious ending to the weekend.