Fundamental Program on Prana and Pranayama


The classic yogic practices of pranayama have been known in India for over 4000 years. In the Bhagavad Gita, a text dated to the Mahabharata period, references to pranayama indicate that the practices were as commonly known during that period as was Yajna, Fire Sacrifice. Many Upanishads written in the Pre-Buddhist Period also refer to techniques of Pranayama (to attain higher states of consciousness). However it is in the Hatha Yoga Text such as Hathayoga Pradeepika, Gheranda Samhita and Hataratnavali, written between the sixth and fifteenth centuries AD that we find a detailed prescription of the practices.

A need is felt yet again in the twenty first century to reinstate the original intent and experience of the practices of pranayama. The yogic renaissance witnessed in the last few decades has made asana and pranayama into house hold terms, but the essence and depth of the practices remain unexplored for most practitioners. Pranayama Training in Chennai provides a complete description of the science of pranayama as presented in the classical texts and as taught according to different yoga traditions such as Satyananda, Iyengar etc..Prana and Pranayama are taught as philosophy, physiology and practice.

The course is divided into three parts.

Part One explains the theory of Prana and related yogic concepts such as koshas, chakras, nadis and mantra. Part Two describes respiratory physiology as relevant in understanding yogic and pranic physiology, the process of pranayama and the research undertaken by science on pranayama and related practices.

Part Three provides the guidelines for practicing pranayama, the preparatory and classical practices of Pranayama. Pranayama training or Pranayama course in Chennai is facilitated by a group of trainers with extensive experience in this domain.