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 Introduction to Pranayama 

Pranayama is the practice of ancient breathing techniques in which prana is harnesses and tamed first to make it slow, subtle, rhythmic, and deep and then deeper and subtler practices are taught. 

Prana is not just breath, Prana is the life-force, and bio-energy permeating the universe at all levels. It is cosmic energy. Breath is only the manifestation of prana. Ayama is extension, expansion, length, breadth and regularisation of this prana. 

These practices of conscious, systematic breath control enhances the flow of energy in the body giving more mental clarity, deeper self-understanding that is conductive for meditation.


When the prana level is high and its flow is continuous, smooth and steady, then the mind is calm, positive and enthusiastic. 

It creates a state of balance and health within the entire system. It removes stress from deeper layers of our being, calms and strengths the nervous system and mind becomes fresh, focussed and strong to handle the everyday and long term challenges of life. 

 In this workshop you will learn the following: 

  • How to prepare body and mind so they become receptive to absorb cosmic energy 

  • Learn and practice basic pranayama techniques to access and awaken energy system 

  • Recognise the connection between breath and mental state 

  • Principles of Pranayama 

  • Stages of pranayama 

  • Understand the yogic philosophy behind pranayama 

  • How to make pranayama your daily routine for a healthier and happy life. 

The above workshop will be taught by Beena Parekh who has been teaching Yoga and Yogic philosophy for nearly 20 years. She holds an Intermediate Junior 2 certificate In Iyengar Yoga.


Beena is a dedicated student of yoga and travels regularly to India, Pune to study at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. During these trips she also studies regularly with renowned Iyengar yoga teacher, Zubin Zarthostimanesh. She also holds a teaching certificate from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai where the foundation for study of Yoga sutras of Patanjali was laid for which she is ever grateful. 

June 23, 2019

Sunday 11:30-1:30