Pranayama

Mind Body Soul Breathing

What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is the purposeful direction of PRANA. 

Since we are in fact vibrational energy, it should be of no surprise that the physical, mental and emotional bodies can all be influenced and altered through intentional breath. Prana is life force energy. Prana is the breath that sustains life and the force to live. 

How we use and direct PRANA, passively or with intention, informs the intelligent design of our existence. We can consciously choose to direct our breathing. With guided Pranayama practice we can heal and live life with purposeful intention.

What is Prana?

PRANA is often loosely translated as breath because life doesn’t exist without breath. Many western teachers use a term called “breathwork”.  However it is important to understand that all vibrating energies are PRANA.

PRANA is vital energy. So it plays a crucial role in enhancing any activity or endeavor in our lives. Since is the hidden or potential energy in all beings, it’s also released to the fullest in times of danger. As the prime mover of all activity, it  is the life force within us. PRANA is physical, mental, intellectual, sexual, spiritual and cosmic energy.[1]

Benefits

Distribution of PRANA energizes our being. The breath is a mode of transport for energy and, with the practice of Pranayama we can transmit and store energy through the body, thereby increasing energy and stamina. Daily practice of Pranayama yields:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved digestion
  • Mental clarity
  • Quality sleep
  • Optimized health
  • Elimination of headaches
  • Expansion of calmness, quietude and ease
  • Regulation of hormones
  • Elimination of chronic illness
  • Increased confidence

[1] BKS Iyengar, Light on Pranayama

 

Breath is the vehicle of consciousness and so, by its slow measured observation and distribution, we learn to tug our attention away from external desires toward a judicious, intelligent awareness.

– BKS IYENGAR –

Ujjayi Quadratic Breathing

We begin all of our Pranayama courses with a thorough assessment of your mental, physical and emotional health. All of our practices are non-aggressive and respectful of each individual’s sacred progression. 

Learn this simple technique and observe life-affirming changes with just 21 days of discipline and commitment.

Life of intention, clarity, ease and positive growth

  • Are you shaken, fed up and tired of chronic illness?
  • Are you fed up with the negativity in your life?
  • Are you ready for change?
  • What if there is a 20-minute daily practice that could reconnect you with your body and your passion for life?

 

8-Breath Pranayama

Through a combination of eight powerful breathing techniques, integrated into a daily practice, this sequence is designed to heal, realign, focus and empower. 

You will master a non-aggressive method of pranic breathing that is measured and sequenced to achieve gradual and safe results. We will honor and adjust in accordance with your body’s receptivity and readiness. With proper guidance, training and dedication you will safely correct imbalance, disease, stress and disorder. 

In addition to her Iyengar Yoga training, Maya Michelle also apprenticed for one year with Sushma Kunwar of New Delhi, who trained under the direct descendent of the Yogacharya architect of this highly treasured, yet little known 8-breath pranic sequence.

Iyengar Pranayama

In our Iyengar Yoga programs Maya Michelle dedicates one week to teaching Iyengar Pranayama each month. In the May 2002 issue of Dipika, the Iyengar Yoga Maida Journal, Dr Geeta S. Iyengar was interviewed to speak about yoga students practicing pranayama. She understands how the focus on breathing can seem  monotonous for the beginner student. The practice of pranayama is an inward-going process. It is very subtle and more challenging to the mind, when comparing to the more out-ward focused practice of the Asana postural practice. But with the practice and education to yoga, with time, patience and dedication one can develop the required intra-vision. 

Since the effects of pranayama are not often seen or felt instantaneously, the first sessions of pranayama might seem pointless or frustrating. But pranayama practice is essential to the yogic journey. As the student gets closer to their breath, the mind begins to settle and the cellular body begins to settle. Then they can come into contact with their inner energy. It is like planting a seed in the soil. It takes time, but the sprouting eventually does occur. 
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Relevant Certifications & Trainings

MIND BODY THERAPY

2012 Body Balancing Biodynamic Massage Therapy. SHIASTU SCUOLA, OSHO DIVINE HEALING ARTS. MILAN, ITALY

2010 Ayurvedic, Swedish, Shiatsu techniques (200 hours). RELAXATION MASSAGE THERAPY with Marc Nouvellot. NICE, FRANCE

2007-2008 Network Spinal Analysis Therapy with Dr Daniel Blewitt. MILAN. ITALY

2007 Pranayama Breathing Techniques Ashram Delhi, India with Sushma Kanwar. MILAN, ITALY

2003-2007 5th Level Ji, Tai Chi Chuan Yang Style. PROFESSIONAL WUSHU KUNG FU ASSOCIATION with Diego Zanon & Walter Lorini. MILAN, ITALY

 

IYENGAR YOGA

2019 Junior Intermediate I & II Training IYENGAR YOGA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT with Olop Arpipi. BALI, INDONESIA

2015 Junior Intermediate I & II Training. IYENGAR YOGA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT  with Carole Beillargeon. BALI, INDONESIA

2014 Yoganusasanam with Geeta Iyengar. RAMAMANI IYENGAR MEMORIAL YOGA INSTITUTE. PUNE, INDIA

2013 Certified Iyengar®Yoga Instructor, Introductory II (880 hours). ANUTTARA INSTITUT DE YOGA IYENGAR with Christian Pisano & June Whittaker. NICE, FRANCE

2012 Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Base II (880 hours). ANUTTARA INSTITUT DE YOGA IYENGAR with Christian Pisano & June Whittaker. NICE, FRANCE

2011 Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Base I (880 hours). ANUTTARA INSTITUT DE YOGA IYENGAR with Christian Pisano & June Whittaker. NICE, FRANCE