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The nectar of Prāṇāyāma
Advanced online teaching immersion

Our study immersion meets online weekly 
September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 4th October 9.30am - 12.30pm

 

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What teachers say about our immersions 

Clare Lovelace | creative director | soul tribe studio

"I've been blessed enough to study with Rachel over the last year. I absolutely love the flexibility of studying online via Zoom with Rachel. The current Pranayama course I'm taking is extremely practical, thorough and enjoyable. I'm learning the power of this practice for myself, and I'm also able to transfer this to my students to teach more effectively. Rachel is an incredibly knowledgeable, integral teacher. Her warmth, passion and enthusiasm are infectious. I love studying on Zoom as I don't have to travel. The sessions flow really well and there's a good mix of practical, theory and group work. Highly recommend!"

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Yoga teachers you are invited to join me for this month-long immersion into the wisdom of Prāṇāyāma. Please join me in my quest to share and demystify these important and effective practices of Prāṇāyāma.  Each week we will meet online to experience an uplifting combination of practice, techniques and the principles of Prāṇāyāma. 

 

You will gain a deeper understanding of the hows and the why’s of Prāṇāyāma so that you can confidently lead specific breath classes, and expand this into your current classes and private sessions.  My hope is that you will also refine and expand your ability to design and teach a well thought out and effective Prāṇāyāma practice with a particular goal in mind.

 

As my teacher, Dr Candrasekaran says “ Every technique in Yoga is like clay. Whatever product comes out of a lump of clay is entirely in the hand of the potter. In the same way, whatever effect comes out of a Yoga technique is entirely in the hands and teaching methodology of the teacher.” 

 

We will unpack some of the ancient text. In Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras he defines Prāṇāyāma, (2;49), he gives a method (2.50) and the benefits/fruits of practice (2.51 & 2.52). In this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the classical Prāṇāyāmas as taught in the Krishnamaracya tradition. We will chant and reflect on Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras, some quotes from the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā, Bhairava Tantra and Bhagavad Gītā. These ancient texts invite us into the symbolism, intention and results of a committed Prāṇāyāma practice. 

 

“Practice Prāṇāyāma with attention, then when the breath
becomes long and smooth, the mind is ready for meditation”
Krishnamacharya 

 

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There is only one way to reach the mind, through the breath as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika Says

"Cale vate calam cittam

Niscale miscall bhavet"

If the breath wanders, so does the mind.

When the breath is calmed, the mind is also calmed. So the breath is the way to reach the mind.

Techniques we will cover:

  • Pūraka Prāṇāyāma 

  • Recaka Prāṇāyāma 

  • Kumbhaka 

  • Ujjāyī

  • Anuloma ujjāyī

  • Viloma ujjāyī

  • Candra bedana

  • Sūrya bedana

  • Nadi śodhana

  • Sītali

  • Kapālabhāti

 

Principles of Prāṇāyāma covered 

  • Three gates of awareness Prāṇāyāma -Desa (place/technique)- Kala (time/rhythm) - Samkhya (repetition/number)

  • Vinyasa of Prāṇāyāma - the order we work in

  • Energetics / kleśa / Prāna / Agni / Mala

  • Brmhana, langhana, Samana 

  • Āsana considerations in preparation for Prāṇāyāma 

  • 1;1 breath assessment & coaching

  • Teaching techniques, breaking things down, modifications 

  • Application - what and when to teach 

  • Breath ratios in sitting & in āsana (Visamavrtti / Samavrtti)

  • Mantra & Bhavana in prāṇāyāma

  • Bandha as an extension of Prāṇāyāma

  • The art and science of class design 

 

 

Dates, timings and inclusions

  • Five, three-hour lectures LIVE online 9.30 am - 12.30 pm on September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 4th October  

  • Integration day retreat to complete the 25 hours. This will take place at Ray of light in Bulli on Saturday 4th June, 9 am - 4 pm 

  • The retreat includes a delicious menu held at our rainforest studio in Bulli on the South Coast of NSW.

  • An electronic PDF manual will be emailed to those who don’t have the ROL YTT manual. 

  • Certificates and CPD points are available for those with memberships to Yoga Australia or Yoga Alliance. 

Investment

LIVE online lectures + 1 mentoring session - $1300 for (Payment plan $500 deposit + 3 x$300 paid monthly)

 

 

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