Prana is the universal principle of energy or force. "Whatever moves or works or has life, is but an expression or manifestation of prana." Breath is the external manifestation of prana. With the regular practice of pranayama—or controlling prana—you can store this energy in your brain and nerve plexi. You need an abundance of prana to be healthy and strong. Hatha Yoga has developed this to a science.
In this 5-session course, we will introduce and practice kapalabhati and anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing), in addition to sun salutations and relaxation. Learn a safe practice you can do daily, building up the number of rounds over the course of the five weeks at your own pace. Balance and calm the mind. Tone your body, internal organs and digestion. We will look at classic sitting positions, kriyas and anatomy of breathing. Build your awareness of energy, while consciously building, storing, purifying and chanelling prana.
Swami Sivananda says, "A Pranayama practitioner will have a light body free from disease, very fair complexion, a sweet melodious voice, and pleasant smell from his body. He will have good appetite, cheerfulness, a handsome figure, good strength, courage, enthusiasm, a high standard of health, vigour and vitality, and good concentration of mind."
The practice is easy and the benefits immediate. Cultivate the discipline, with the encouragement of the group practice.
The course meets 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings.
After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She was initiated into sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist. She is enrolled in the 800-hour Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training and a 350-hour Pain Care Mentorship Program.