DOUBLE MODULE: Prana & Pranayama with Meditation & The Mind
April 16 - April 27| $1700 if you register AND pay in full by February 12; $2100 thereafter due by March 12
Prana & Pranayama
Ancient sages have long known that the breath is the link that connects the mind body and spirit and that its power cannot be underestimated. In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali the practice of pranayama is said to dissolve the veils that cover our inner light. It is the secret power within yoga and yet is so often misunderstood and under-utilized by modern practitioners.
Yogis understand prana as the vehicle or the medium of consciousness. Without prana consciousness would be unable to express itself. There is prana everywhere; it permeates every subtlety of the living Universe. All movement requires prana, and through it, one becomes aware of new dimensions of existence.
Pran is life force, ayaama means stretching, extending, restraining, expansion. Thus pranayama is a practice designed to extend and overcome one’s normal limitations, it is used to change old patterns, cultivate vitality and balance the mind.
This 60-hour certification course offers an in-depth look at prana and pranayama. It is an immersion into the application and practice of the sacred science of the breath. Participants will learn the correct use of pranayama, and its potential for increasing vitality and longevity, to calm and focus the mind, cleanse physical, emotional and mental disturbances and above all, to connect one to their spiritual heart. They will explore the experiences delivered through certain breathing techniques and learn how to integrate them into their own practice and life and how to safely share these practices with their students.
Prana & Pranayama Course Goals
- To deepen your practice of pranayama
- Explore the science of Prana Vidya
- Identify and understand the correct application of pranayama, including working with bhandas, mudras and mantra
- Experience a variety of different practices and their aims
- Build a ‘tool-box’ of pranayama techniques
- Understand the systematic application of pranayama to dissolve old patterns and reveal our inner light
- Apply these principles of prana and pranayama in our own practice and teaching
Themes Covered in Prana & Pranayama
- Overview of yogic subtle anatomy
- Prana: the secret power of the universe
- The five sub pranas and endless forms most beautiful
- Practices to sensitize one to the flow of prana
- Prana and the play of the gunas
- The purpose, benefits and core components of pranayama
- Asana, pranayama, bhanda and mudra – the ultimate combination
- Specialty blends – incorporating mudra and mantra
- The connection between mind and breath as discussed in the scriptures
- Kriyas to enhance purification of the nadis and awakening of consciousness
- Detailed Pranayama Techniques and durations
- Prana and Kundalini
- Kumbhaka – correct practices to create state and system change.
- Pranic healing practices
- Incorporating optimal pranayama techniques into your classes
- The practice of pranayama as a road to true freedom and liberation
Meditation & the Mind
Meditation is the royal road to understanding your mind and cycles of thinking. Through the practices of meditation we develop an ability to concentrate and penetrate beneath the surface thoughts into greater states of awareness and bliss. The true aim of meditation practices is to induce the spontaneous state of meditation. As a practice, meditation can be used to train the mind, to allow neutrality in the face of any circumstances, and to attain certain states of consciousness.
Meditation has been practiced in many sacred traditions, but also it has become very rooted and proven in secular applications without the necessity of one particular philosophy or religion. All meditation traditions seek to help students know their innermost nature.
Meditation carries different meaning in different contexts. In classical and Kundalini yoga, meditation is a process that brings us into relationship with ourselves, and helps us to build a bridge between the outer and inner worlds. The true fruits of life begin to ripen when we learn to be still, when we gain control of our thoughts, sensations, emotions, and urges. We learn to cultivate our discriminative power that enables us to navigate both our inner and outer world with skill and grace.
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, meditation is described as the controlling of the thought waves of mind in order to sit established in our own ‘self essence.’ This self-essence is often referred to as our spiritual heart, or center of oneness. It is here we recognize what the Vedic Sages called ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ which translates as ‘The Ultimate Reality is you’, or ‘thou art thou’.
This 60-hour certification offers an in-depth look at the yogic model of the mind and the practice and application of meditation. It explores different forms of meditation that establish a relationship to the mind and ways to experience the Radiant Self. Participants will explore the experience delivered through certain meditation techniques and learn how to share these practices with their students.
Meditation & the Mind Course Goals
- Deepen your practice of meditation
- Understand the structure of meditation and the mind
- Understand your own mental intrigues and develop your capacity to be neutral and one-pointed
- Explore practices to awaken your power of discernment, your spiritual heart and intuitive mind
- Experience a variety of meditations and discover their purpose
- Apply these ideas and principles of mediation in our own practice, life and teaching.
$1700 if you register AND pay in full by February 12, 2018; $2100 thereafter due by March 12. Lodging is available at Mount Madonna Center starting from $1260 to $1960. Sign up Early to reserve your space. This training will fill up fast.