Pranayama (Yogic Breathwork) for Yoga Students & Teachers
What you'll learn
- Enhance your personal pranayama practice
- Develop an understanding of Pranayama and it's place along the 8 Limbed Path
- Learn the traditional yogic breathing techniques as described the the Vedic texts
- Learn the anatomy of the breath and it's relationship with the autonomic nervous system
- Learn the application of pranayama in an asana, breath work, or meditation style class
- No experience necessary, although some understanding of yoga may be helpful.
I'm so glad that you've found your way to this course. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that can be loosely translated to mean "control of the life force", or as we know it, breath control exercises. The use of breath manipulation has become a therapeutic practice recognized by modern psychology--but breathwork is an ancient tried-and-true practice that predates modern science. The practice of pranayama was first written about in the Vedic era (1500-600 BCE) and was likely practiced for thousands of years prior, by many different pre-historic civilizations.
Pranayama serves many purposes. It is the vehicle for meditation. It is used to balance the Ayurvedic doshas (biological humors). In modern medical terms, the breath is a way of accessing the autonomic nervous system. The breath is a profound tool that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at all times. The breath is an automatic function--it is always there whether we are aware of it or not. This course is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to develop an awareness of the power of respiration. Students will learn the depth of the practice. Teachers of yoga and breath will deepen their understanding of its application.
In this course, you will learn:
How to practice and teach 9 classical Pranayama practices, as described in Yogic & Vedic text
The anatomy of breathing
The relationship between the breath and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
How to facilitate pranayama for others
The significance of Pranayama in relation to the 8 Limbed Path of Yoga as described by Patanjali
Prana & the subtle body
This course is for you if:
You would like to deepen your understanding of the function of the breath
You are looking to develop a breathwork practice
You are a yoga teacher that is looking to deepen their understanding of pranayama and yoga theory for your classes
Who this course is for:
- You are looking to develop a breathwork practice
- Students & teachers of yoga looking to deepen their own practice, or learn to share the practice with a larger audience.
Caroline is an E-RYT 500, YACEP, Aerial Yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Yoga Therapist-In-Training. Caroline is known for having a unique blend of interests as it relates to yoga. Above all else, she values the importance of honoring the practice as it was originally intended: to transcend the human experience and to become one with the Divine.
Caroline has a deep reverence for the knowledge that has been passed down for millennia through the Vedas. Her Ayurvedic studies have taken her all the way to India to study at Dr D. Y. Patil University in Pune, Maharashtra, an invaluable experience which has given her a deep love and appreciation for all of the wisdom traditions derived from Mother India.
In the finishing stages of an comprehensive 1000-Hour specialized Yoga Therapy training program, Caroline has done extensive training in classical application of pranayama, mudras, asana, meditation, kriyas, Ayurvedic lifestyle modifications, marma point therapy and just about everything else that might fall under the umbrella of our modern Hatha Yoga practice. Caroline is trained in Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Aerial Yoga, Yin, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga for Mood Management & Trauma. She is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to hold space for students.