He will promote discussion on ways in which we can cultivate a certain attitude to work with the breath, which will make Asana and Pranayama practice more focused and effective. We will also consider mantra and how it can be incorporated in Pranayama to facilitate clearing and focusing the mind.
The session will reference the teachings of Krishnamacharya, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and how the skilful application of Ujjayi and mantra can enhance and deepen our experience of concentration, meditation and pranayama.
It may be useful, but not essential, to study Chapter 6 of Desikachars Heart of Yoga.
In 1986, I obtained my BWY Diploma, met Sri Desikachar and began teaching weekly classes according to his methodology.
I underwent further teacher-training with Paul Harvey in 1987-90. During this time I was also his personal student, began daily pranayama practice and began to learn and teach mantra.
From 1990-2002, I continued to teach classes and private students, attended three 2-week trainings with Sri Desikachar (one in India), underwent 2 years of higher-level teacher-training with Paul Harvey and attended annual Mantra retreats with Muz Murray. I also taught four short courses in Viniyoga.
In 2003, I began training as a BWY DCT and by 2013 had tutored 4 Foundation Courses and two Diploma Courses. In the same period I attended several 2-week courses with Sri Desikachar (two in India). I also organised over 20 open Yoga Days in my Region, teaching many of them personally.
In 2016, I attended a further 2 weeks of training in India and the 1st World Yoga Festival and I taught pranayama at the 2nd World Yoga Festival in 2017.