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Raja Yoga & Breathwork

Pranayama Pravaha

For building resilience

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About the practice workshop

What practice will I learn

Shankar offers a transformative practice centered on Breathwork. This comprehensive offering guides participants through various pranayama techniques to explore and experience prana or life force. Shankar's  method focuses on the utility of breath in everyday activities, leading to deeper states of yoga including Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. Participants learn to control their body and mind, moving towards dissolving the mind itself. The course is designed to be experiential, with each session providing practical techniques for immediate application.

Benefits of this practice

By focusing on breathwork and the inward journey of yoga, participants can achieve a stress-free mind, enhanced energy, and immunity, leading to increased productivity and a deeper understanding of life's broader perspectives. The ancient practice, once reserved for those seeking spiritual advancement and liberation, now offers modern seekers the tools for self-awareness, resilience, and a balanced state of being. This holistic approach not only addresses physical well-being but also fosters mental clarity, emotional balance, and spiritual growth.

Incorporating in my life

To incorporate Shankar's teachings into daily routines, participants are encouraged to practice the learned breathing techniques regularly. The structured progression from basic breathing exercises to advanced states of meditation ensures a grounded and practical approach. Daily practice, even for a few minutes, can significantly enhance one's capacity for focus, emotional stability, and resilience.

About the specialist

Shankar, fondly referred to as the Happy Yogi, embodies the serenity and dynamism characteristic of a seasoned yogi. He has dedicated over two decades to practicing and teaching yoga, drawing inspiration and guidance from his Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji. His journey in yoga has been deeply influenced by the desire to delve into the self and comprehend life's broader purpose. Shankar stands out for his experiential teaching approach, ensuring that his students not only learn but also integrate yoga into their daily lives. His expertise has reached thousands, nurturing and certifying over 2000 certified yoga teachers, and emphasizing the ancient yet timeless wisdom of yoga for self-development.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

Charaka Samhita (6th century BCE)

Context: Charaka Samhita is one of the oldest and most authoritative texts on Ayurveda

Mention of Pranayama: Pranayama is mentioned in Charaka Samhita as a practice integral to maintaining overall health and wellbeing. It is described as a method to regulate the breath, balance the doshas (energies), and promote mental clarity and vitality.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika (15th century CE)

Context: Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a classic text on Hatha Yoga, attributed to Swami Svatmarama

Mention of Pranayama: Pranayama is extensively discussed in Hatha Yoga Pradipika as one of the key practices for physical and mental purification. It is said to enhance vitality, increase longevity, and promote overall wellbeing by regulating the flow of prana (life force) in the body.

Modern research & publications

Research paper: Exploring the Therapeutic Benefits of Pranayama (Yogic Breathing): A Systematic Review

Main author: R. Jayawardena

Date of publishing: 2020

Abstract: This systematic review investigates the health benefits of pranayama, noting significant effects on cardiorespiratory functions and quality of life improvements in patients with bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It suggests pranayama's potential in aiding individuals with cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Research paper: Effects of yogic breath regulation: A narrative review of scientific evidence

Main author: A. Saoji

Date of publishing: 2018

Abstract: Provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific literature on yogic breathing, highlighting its beneficial effects on neurocognitive, psychophysiological, respiratory, biochemical, and metabolic functions in healthy individuals and its utility in managing various clinical conditions.

Introductory practice workshop

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop with Siva Sankaran.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for intro session

Start with simple stretches and movements to release tension and promote relaxation followed by a short meditation focusing on breath awareness

Get a brief explaination of pranayama as the practice of breath control and its benefits for mental and emotional wellbeing

Get a quick overview on pranayama techniques

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Pre-requisites for the intro session

It is advisable for you to wait 2-3 hours after consuming a heavy meal before participating in this session

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the practice workshop for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this practice workshop in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online practice workshops
10 sessions
Duration of each session
45 mins
Twice a week
Course price

Session 1 & 2

Understanding Breath
  • Get a detailed introduction to the course and to the importance of breath
  • Learn about various breathing techniques and ratios associated
  • Experience the connection between the mind and breath

Session 3-5

Useful Breathing Practices for Day-to-Day Activities
  • Learn breathing technique for when you are:
  • Active
  • Relaxing
  • Sleeping
  • Aiding digestion
  • Aiding weight loss
  • And performing movements or postures

Session 6-8

Pranayama Pravaha (Flow of Breath Control)
  • Learn about the concept of Prana (life force energy) & Pancha Koshas (Five Sheaths)
  • Discover how to control Prana through different methods of food , mudras , and chanting
  • Deep dive into understanding and experience of Prana
  • Learning advanced pranayama techniques for more profound control and balance
  • Explore breath retention techniques to enhance your meditation practice, integrating Prana control for increased energetic and mental effects.

Session 9

Antaranga Pravaha (Inner Vibrations of the Flow of Energy)
  • Delve into the inner flow of energy and consciousness. Learn to feel the body & emotional vibrations of energy
  • Learn the art of connecting with the subtle aspects of the self through pranayama and meditation

Session 10

Recap & Way Forward
  • Review key learnings from the course
  • Focus on going inward and making your yoga and breathing practice more personal
  • Learn how to use pranayama in your daily life and make a plan for ongoing practice and improvement

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Conducted by

Siva Sankaran

Experienced Yoga Instructor & Breathwork Specialist

Course price
10 sessions • Twice a week
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