Power through Pranayama & Bandhas

CPD Points: 3.5

When: 1.30pm - 5.00pm, Saturday, 07 Nov 2020

Where: Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 Ernest Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065

Member's Price: A$75 / Non-members: A$85
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In this practical, interactive workshop, we’ll learn and experience the purpose and power of Pranayama (breathing techniques) and integrate some Bandhas (energy locks). This workshop is designed to flow on from the September/October workshops that Gyan offered, but he’ll be introducing different practices so it’s not a problem if you didn’t come to the previous workshop, and if you did come, you’ll be learning something new!

We’ll review a range of yogic breathing practices, including when they are beneficial, and when to avoid them.

We’ll explore a simple 3-step framework for practising Pranayama incorporating Bandhas. You’ll experience a set of vitalising, balancing and cooling tranquillising techniques and have the opportunity to get some feedback on your practice.

You’ll also receive a handout of these techniques for your reference.

Outcomes:

  • Experience the effects of Pranayama practices and when they should and shouldn’t be used
  • Understand the purpose of and differentiate between vitalising, balancing and tranquilising techniques
  • Learn a simple, balanced framework for practicing Pranayama
  • Practice techniques such as Bhastrika (bellows breath), nadi shodhana with bandhas (alternate nostril breathing), sheetali, sheetkari, and kaki cooling breaths.

Benefits:

  • Knowing why and when to practice and teach each type of Pranayama and when to avoid it depending on physical and mental conditions
  • Feeling more confident in practicing and teaching Pranayama
  • Observing the effects of a range of Pranayama practices on your state of mind, body and energy
  • Deepening meditation by using Pranayama as a preparatory practice

Principal Presenter: Gregory Morrison (Gyan)

Gyan was first introduced to yoga in the early 1990s when a health practitioner handed him a cassette tape of yoga nidra relaxation practices to help him sleep during a stressful period of his life. He began doing asana and pranayama classes regularly with Simon Borg-Olivier in the late 1990s.

In 2002 Gyan went to Mangrove Ashram for a meditation weekend workshop and became enamoured of the whole ashram experience. He realised that many of the aspects of his life that had not been serving him had just effortlessly fallen away with regular yoga practice. Hence he decided to commence Yogic Studies at Mangrove to understand why yoga had been so beneficial for him. He completed the 3 year Satyananda teacher training program in 2007 under master teachers such as David Burgess, Shankardev, and Satyadharma. He ended up immersing himself in ashram life for another 3 years, where he worked tirelessly on the farm, teaching courses and supervising projects. Gyan has attended ashrams in India, and he periodically undertakes month-long Kriya Yoga retreats at the Scandinavian School of Yoga and Meditation.

From his deep experience of traditional yoga, Gyan has developed an informed, regular, and systematic personal practice, which he draws from in his teaching. He was a dedicated teacher at Manly Yoga, and now continues to teach his holistic style at Qi Freshwater, where students experience a range of asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation practices in every class. His instruction style is down-to-earth and spacious, allowing students to connect with their physical and inner experience throughout.

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