HOW TO INTRODUCE, MAINTAIN and DEVELOP A PRANAYAMA PRACTICE from DAY 1, UP TO THE END OF YEAR 3
A 2 Day comprehensive course that will give a week by week detailed plan on how to start the process of Teaching Pranayama from the first day a student walks into your class to the end of the third year. The course is both practical and theoretical and comes with a an illustrated Manual covering all practices undertaken.
Pranayama Foundation Course – 6 days spread over 9 months begins October 12. Exploring the whole process of Pranayama from its beginnings, up to, and including its Classical expression.
Tutor PHILIP XERRI
Venue LIGHT CENTRE, VICTORIA SW1W9LX
Date 8/9 JUNE 2019
PRANAYAMA often seems to be ‘relegated’ in the teaching of Yoga to a short time either at the beginning or towards the end of a class. This has always seemed ‘odd’ to me as Pranayama stands at the very heart of Yoga practice. Prana is the core energy that animates our existence. It is also an immensely powerful cosmic force, and it is the breath that is our key to unlocking this potential. Unfortunately, it is because of its inherent power that Pranayama has largely been avoided, especially at an early stage of a student’s experience. However, this ‘power’ is rendered safe if a logical, structured and progressive approach is applied.
This Two Day Course will give you the confidence and skills to apply this progressive approach from Day 1 of a student’s journey into Yoga. It will amalgamate, refine, and extend my two other Courses on Teaching Pranayama: the One Day Course that focuses on the first year, and the weekend Course that looks generally at years two and three.
I have spent a considerable amount of time refining these two days so that the structure now best represents a twofold approach that recognises a way that is suitable for general Pranayama teaching, and its immense physical benefits; and a way more suitable for in depth teaching which also recognises its potential for spiritual development.
This combination also gives a way towards teaching mixed ability classes.
The Course is geared towards integrating the practices for 10—20 minutes of a 90 minute class, and will progress through 120 weeks of practice, or approximately three years of teaching.
My concern has always been to render Pranayama accessible to all, without losing any of its power and poignancy. Practices are therefore, structured and progressive, moving logically from one step to the next. This structure creates a series of stepping stones that are used, not only to progress, but also to give students somewhere to ‘step back’ if problems arise — a safety net, if you like.
I have also devised a number of movement sequences, based around Asana practice, that aim to develop the capacity and flexibility of the lungs. They allow students to focus more easily on the various sections of the lungs. This is especially so with beginners, as if simply told to ‘sit and breathe’ a sort of ‘panic’ can be induced. Sharing the focus with movement is more easily accepted. It helps to maintain interest and enthusiasm for the practice.
A variety of relaxations based on the breath will also be explored.
The Course comes with a bound and illustrated Manual that covers all practices undertaken.
It is set out in a way that explores each section of practice sequentially.
Philip has been teaching Yoga and Pranayama for over 30 years. He has spent many of those years establishing a coherent system Pranayama practice that is accessible to all. He studied with Swami Gitananda in India in 1980, and founded Yoga Quests in 1984.
His teaching is pragmatic, and grounded, without ever losing touch with the power and poignancy inherent in the practice.
His teaching is, as always, delivered with a sense of reverent humour.
TIMNG Saturday 10—4.30pm Sunday 10.00—4.00pm
£50 deposit with booking please.
To book please email Phillip directly