Online CPD 22/25 - Teaching Pranayama to the Less Experienced
Tutor: Philip XERRI
Date: 27th November 2022
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Type of Event: CPD
Places Available: 0
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Teaching Pranayama To The Less Experienced
How to introduce, develop and maintain an ongoing Basic Breathing/Pranayama practice for beginners and the less experienced throughout the the first year.
Pranayama often seems to be ‘relegated’ in the teaching of Yoga to a short time either at the beginning or towards the end of a class. This has always seemed a little ‘odd’ to me as Pranayama, namely the controlled use of breathing in order to influence Prana, stands at the very heart of Yoga practice.
Prana is not only the ‘core’ energy that animates our existence, it is also an immensely powerful Cosmic force, and the breath is our key to unlocking all this potential. Unfortunately, it is because of this inherent power, that teachers have been reluctant to introduce Pranayama at an early stage of a student’s experience
There are two powerful arguments against this stance:
1) As stated, the breath stands at the heart of yoga practice: its controlled use is
essential for meaningful progression.
2) The power of Pranayama is rendered safe if a logical, structured and progressive
approach is applied
Thus, I believe that basic Breathing/Pranayama i.e. working towards maximising the potential and flexibility of the lungs and introducing control, rhythm and harmony into the breathing cycle, can all be introduced in the first year using a wide variety of practices.
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