Breath Work + Pranayama
(breath of life workshop)
40 //60 //100 HRS £75 - £250
With Vicki Shields (SYT) COURSE DIRECTOR
Change your Breath, Change your Mind.
Awaken to your Full Potential with Vicki Shields.
Combining wisdom from a living Tradition taught directly to Vicki Shields by Yogic Master Sri OP Tiwariji as well as the most up to date scientific research.
How can we change a mind that is prone to discontent, constantly fluctuating from the stories of the past and anxious about the future? According to Yogic science and philosophy the solution lies in the management of your breath. Why? Because mind and breath are interconnected.
Discover simple breath work techniques that can progress onto the deeply therapeutic and awakening practice of Pranayama, simply called the ‘Breath of Life’ because it animates the life force flowing through the energetic pathways of your body.
Pranayama is the extension, suspension & untying of this life-force. When it is liberated it can awaken deep states of consciousness which we experience as stillness and an alert presence. The awakening of this subtle force when directed inwards can lead us towards the potential and true greatness of our being, beyond the limited conditioned self. This is the state of 'Yoga' described in Patanjali's sutras. A deep meditative state of 'being' not doing.
This workshop utilises simple but powerful techniques to open, manage and then expand the breath quickly shifting your body from stressed to a more relaxed state.
The effective management of your breath helps develop emotional strength and balance in our very stressful world. How we breathe also impacts on the function of every cell in our body and so our health and wellbeing.
These weekend workshops are perfect for practitioners and teachers wanting to deepen their knowledge and experience the power of their breath as a way to relax body and mind, as well as using the breath as an essential tool for meditation.
Combine 3 consecutive weekends to attain 40 hrs of Further Training
Certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals
_AUG 1ST & 2ND
_OCT 17TH & 18TH
_JAN 23RD 24TH
_ MAY 1ST 2ND
_JULY 24TH & 25TH
_OCT 23RD & 24TH
THREE WEEKEND TRAINING £250
ONE WEEKEND £75
Also available: 100 hrs training Pranayama + The Subtle Body which includes a 4 day residential retreat
Space limited to 12 students booking of both days will take priority.
What can I expect from the weekends?
We begin each morning with setting a positive intention for the mind, and then we wake up the body and release tension built up in the diaphragm, abdomen and jaw, using the preparatory exercises (Kriyas) to help liberate the breath and the life force energy.
In depth study of the importance of deep breathing, management of the breath and how it affects the nervous system.
Introduction of simple pranayama practice (or advancing practice for experienced students).
The science of the breath and philosophy of the 8 limbs of Yoga. We will also cover differing topics listed under the syllabus content below.
We end the day with a long Yoga Nidra.
FULL DAY £40
Building on the understanding of Day One with lots of repetition to help grasp mudras such as Mula and Uddiana bandha essential to the practice of pranayama .
Advancing practice for existing students and regular pulse readings.
Asana practice and understanding which Asana helps restore the nervous system and help the Pranic movement of energy through the spinal column. Mantra recitation working with the Subtle Pranic energies to further deepen the meditative experience of the weekend. Raja Yoga.
Ending with a Yoga Nidra, yoga sleep to experience the stillness of body and mind.
FULL DAY £40
You will learn how working with the breath is an important foundation of any practice. Pranayama can be a both a tool for health and also in mastering the mind. It is correct and effective breathing that aids yoga asana, reduces stress and much more. With step by step instruction you will develop a self practice. You will learn the importance of preparatory exercises together with 6 of the classic techniques.
Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the:
Inhale, Exhale, and Retention
Difference between simple breathing and Pranayama
Therapeutic & spiritual value of each Pranayama
Preps and Kriyas
The importance and anatomy of the pelvic floor
Science of the breath and its affect on the nervous system
Bandhas Mudras and Mantras
Correct performance of each Pranayama
How to guide someone in basic breathing
The 8 limbs of Patanjali Yoga
Hatha Yoga -The process of Sun and Moon
Kundalini, What is it how do we access it?
With step by step instruction you will be guided through a self practice and will therefore be encouraged to teach Pranayama from your own experience.
You will be required to develop a self practice journal, additional reading and will be mentored through practice, attendance of 3 weekends is required with additional home practice and reading.
You will receive a comprehensive manual full of the science, philosophy and detailed instructions of how to practice and instruct others in Simple Breath work and the practices of Pranayama outlined in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, directly translated by Sri OP Tiwariji one of the few living Masters of Pranayama in the world today.
Full cost £250
The practice of Pranayama; the ability to prolong and control the physical act of breathing, it is deeply therapeutic, and can be considered a tool to help you bring about physical health, increased awareness, calmness and clarity over one’s mind. It is the 4th limb of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga and therefore stands at the very heart of Yoga, and yet it is little understood and rarely taught in any depth in regular weekly classes. Asana alone is rarely enough to achieve the state of “Yoga”.
The practice of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation should be integrated, they should inform and complement one another.
This Pranayama Further Training is across 3 weekends and is a rolling programme so you begin at any month and complete the 3 separate weekends as a progressive journey over three consecutive weekends in a total of 9 months to gain the Yoga Alliance Professionals Further Training Certification and CPD hours towards your 500 hours.
You will be registered with YAP on the date you commence and graduate after completing all three weekends in succession, this is non-transferable and non-refundable ( once commenced) .
We are now offering Further Training
100hrs Pranayama + The Subtle Body a 4 day residential which can be built into our 500hrs Teacher Training Programme. See below for details.
(click this link for details)
" Studying how to manage the breath & Pranayama
has not only changed my approach to Yoga Asana, but also become a valuable tool for stress management in my everyday life.
Vicki’s wealth of knowledge and nurturing approach to teaching,
creates a safe and encouraging environment in which to explore the subtleties
of our body. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in anxiety /stress management and also yoga practitioners interested in moving their practice to a deeper level."