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PRANAYAMA: ESSENTIAL YOGA BREATHING
An Online Course with Michael Stone

Learn the physical, psychological and therapeutic benefits of pranayama practice. This course is designed to be an experiential and in-depth study appropriate for intermediate students. In it you will learn:

  • How to develop a daily practice
  • How to refine therapeutic breathing practices
  • How to work with hindrances that arise in pranayama practice
  • How to use pranayama to stabilize emotions and distractedness
  • Details of anatomy and esoteric physiology that help bring basic breathing patterns to life

 

We will cover the following pranayama practices: Ujayyi Pranayama, Bandhas, Viloma Pranayama,  Kevala Kumbhaka, Sama Vrtti, Vishama Vrtii, Nadi Shodhana, Tadaka Mudra, Savasana and Kapalabhati.

 

This six-week home immersion is a powerful and transformative curriculum of breathing practices that lead to meditative insight, emotional stability, concentration and joy. Pranayama can also be used to regulate imbalances in the nervous system, immune system and the mind.

How it works:

  • Each Monday you will receive a video that you can watch at your leisure. The video covers one or two techniques for each week.
  • You will commit to a daily pranayama practice using the techniques covered in the videos.
  • Each Friday you will have the option of attending a live chat with Michael Stone to discuss what’s arising in your practice. Live chats will be recorded for those attendees unable to participate.
 

START DATE:

MON, MAR 3, 2014

Live chats are an optional component of the course and will be hosted by Andrea Russell on Fridays at 11am (EST) on the following dates: Mar 7, 14, 21, 27, Apr 4.

COST:

$300 plus HST

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Video Breakdown

In the first pranayama video Michael lays the foundations for beginning a pranayama practice. He goes into detail about posture, attitude and includes:

  • A definition of pranayama
  • Techniques to establish an optimal seated posture
  • Instruction for cultivating mindfulness within the pranayama practice
  • Definitions of the internal patterns of respiration and prana
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Ujjayi Pranayama
  • A guided savasana practice for deep integration

In the second pranayama video Michael speaks of how pranayama practice allows one to train the mind towards greater clarity and includes:

  • A review of Ujjayi Pranayama
  • A demonstration, detailed instruction, and a led practice of Viloma and
  • Kumbhaka Pranayamas
  • The many benefits of a consistent daily pranayama practice
  • How to work with samskaras that may arise in pranayama practice
  • An explanation of mulabandha
  • Instruction on Fish pose to support the practice of Viloma Pranayama
  • A guided savasana practice for deep integration

In the third video Michael describes how pranayama can deepen your practice beyond that of an asana-only practice and offers insights on developing non-reactivity and compassion. Video three includes:

  • A definition of the nadis: sushumna, ida and pingala
  • A review of pranic and apanic patterns
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Visama Pranayama
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Nadi Shodhana
  • A guided savasana practice for deep integration

In the fourth video Michael explains how through pranayama practice the breath touches deeper psychological and emotional holding patterns and offers insights in how to work with these patterns.  Video four includes:

  • A review and a deepening of pranic and apanic patterns
  • Techniques for cultivating mulabandha
  • An explanation of the energy patterns associated with the breath and pranayama practice
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Ubhaya Kumbhaka
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Visama Vritti
  • Techniques for working with samskaras and granthis
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Tadaga Mudra
  • A guided savasana practice for deep integration

In the fifth video Michael offers helpful practices to continue deepening the pranayama practice.  Video five includes:

  • Yoga postures to prepare the body for pranayama
  • Instructions for a mulabandha exhale
  • An explanation of brahma granthi and kundalini
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Kapalbhati
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Tadaga Mudra
  • A guided savasana practice for deep integration

In the sixth video Michael speaks of the important distinction between mindfulness and self-consciousness and offers encouragement for internalizing the pranayama practice. Video six includes:

  • Techniques to draw the breath from the skull nostrils to the ‘groin’ nostrils
  • The detailed muscular actions of uddiyanabandha and mulabandha
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Nadi Shodhana
  • A technique to expand Vishnumudra
  • Detailed instructions and a led practice of Tadaga Mudra
  • How to develop viveka
  • Tips for directing prana and ending a pranayama practice for the greatest benefits
  • A guided savasana practice for deep integration
 

Shôken Michael Stone

Michael Stone is the director of Centre of Gravity, as well as a psychotherapist, Buddhist teacher, yoga teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. The components of his practice include yoga postures, breathing technique, meditation and textual study. Over the years, his goal has been to cultivate long-term relationships with people who want to deepen their understanding of yoga and Buddhist teachings and practice. He also maintains a dedicated workshop and retreat schedule in communities in Canada and abroad. Michael is a father and lives in Toronto with his partner Carina Lof, his newborn Olin, and his 9 year old son Arlyn. These days you can find him working on a documentary film called "Reactor," a new book of the same title, teaching, and also giving talks at conferences and in community.



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