This workshop will explore this vast subject from a variety of approaches and below is an example of the content of the day.
This day accrues 7.5 CPD points.
Expect a day that is rich in content with experienced tutor Phillip Xerri
This approach is based on Swami Gitananda’s classic practice of the Pranava AUM.
basic practice combines sectional breathing, the Prana Mudras and healing mantras to infuse
the whole body with a powerful therapeutic force.
Sectional Breathing is the physical component.
This practice can deliver benefits to the
intestinal tract, the abdominal organs, heart and lungs through increased blood supply,
movement and massage.
The Prana Mudras are the subtle component. They can add an intensified flow of prana to
all those areas mentioned above and also extend that flow to incorporate the rest of the body.
The Mantras are the vibrational component. They add the therapeutic sound associated with
the three main areas of the body: Ahh, everything below the navel; Ooo, centre of the body,
navel to collar bones; Mmm, everything above the collar bones.
As stated, this basic practice culminates in the Pranava AUM.
Directional Healing extends this basic practice with the addition of a further mudra–
Shunya Mudra. This enables the practitioner to become far more precise in being able to
direct that flow of pranic energy and vibration to any location in the body.
This is based on the assumption that Prana is the life force, the core energy of the body and
the substance that animates our existence. According to the philosophy that underpins
Pranayama there are many ways that a practitioner can influence this core energy by
adopting certain breathing techniques. One of the most straightforward ways of doing this is
by introducing various ratios or rhythms into the breathing cycle. This is a vast part of
Pranayama: there are many, many rhythms that relate to all levels of being— physical,
emotional, mental and spiritual. We shall be exploring a general Pranayama (Savitri) whose
rhythms touch on all those levels and a specific Pranayama (Panch Sahita) whose ratios
relate to particular organs in the body.
To some extent all the classic Kumbhakas have a healing or therapeutic undercurrent. However, the main focus of these classic breaths is their effect upon the subtle anatomy. One of
these breaths is Bhastrika Pranayama: its main focus is on intensifying the ’storehouse’ of
prana situated in Manipura Chakra. To achieve this subtle outcome an intense vibration is
set up throughout the body, especially in the abdomen, chest and head, and it is this vibration, this intense pulse, that is used in the healing form of Bhastrika—Kushala Pranayama.
This breath enables the practitioner to focus that vibration and be able to direct it to any
location in the body as a powerful healing force.
Nadi Shodhana also features in the classic texts as a powerful purification practice for Surya
and Chandra Nadis: this practice involves a difficult rhythm and use of the bandhas. In some
of its more basic forms it can also be used to nourish and balance the nervous system. To this
end we will look at two specific practices using equal rhythms (balancing) and split rhythms
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