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This series of four sessions, each of an hour and a quarter, introduces the foundations of pranayama practice, with the support of a highly experienced teacher. It is similar to the course presented in November 2017. Ros is an Intermediate Senior Level 3 teacher, who has been teaching Iyengar yoga for forty years. She has made visits to our parent Institute in Pune, and learned pranayama with BKS Iyengar himself, as well as with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar and other senior teachers in India and in the UK.
These four classes will cover the basics of lying and sitting for pranayama, as well as the practice of breathing itself. Pranayama means more than just 'breathing exercises'; it is about controlling and directing our energy. We will look at the technicalities of breathing, follow different breathing patterns and methods, and feel the connections between body, breath and mind. The sessions will also include some appropriate asana practice, postures to open the chest, to prepare for sitting, and to bring quietness.
This set of four classes are designed to be taken together, as a developing series, so you cannot book for individual sessions (the price shown here covers all four, so is very good value). It is open to anyone, at any level of yoga experience other than complete beginner, though you should have a steady body and be able to sit upright in a stable fashion, so at least a few months of regular yoga asana practice is recommended. Experienced yoga practitioners and teachers are also welcome (but please note that we are also offering a series of classes for non-beginners on the same dates - see elsewhere on this website). If you have a serious medical condition, or have any other concerns or queries, please contact us first so that this can be discussed with the teacher.
This is a foundation course, a basis for continuing practice of pranayama. Numbers are limited, and advance booking is essential, so please complete your booking as soon as you can. If you attended November's course, you are welcome to book on this one, to refresh and consolidate your learning; however, you might prefer to attend the continuation course held on the same dates.
The studio is warm, quiet and fully equipped. There is local street parking, and nearby public transport. To book your place, just click on 'Buy tickets' for secure payment online.