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Pranayama: the practice of breath regulation.


In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Pranayama is the 4th of the 8 limbs of yoga (ashtanga yoga). In Sanskrit, “prana” means life energy and “yama” means control. The practice of pranayama involves breathing exercises and awareness of our breathing patterns. Through this awareness we can start to guide and control our breathing, calming the body and mind.

This attention to the breath is a powerful meditation technique, as it can help us to stay in the present moment. With the mind focused on the present, the worries of the past and fears of the future melts away. 

 

Here a sample class flow, for beginners and intermediate - use Breathing App: Eddie Stern Apple App Store

 

Stages to full breath: Lying down:

• abdominal breathing: hands on belly – 2 min

• intercostal breathing: hands on ribs – 2 min

• thoracic breathing: hands on chest – 2 min

• Repeat 1-3 seated position – 2 min

• Resonance Breathing – 2 min @ 6:6

• Single nostril breathing -2 min @ 6:6

• Alternate nostril resonance breathing – 2 min 6:6

 

Kapalabhati Kriya – 10 pumps, Resonance, 3x

Building heat

Kaki mudra (crow)

sithali pranayama inhale (pursed lips )

blow cheeks out, hold breath 2x

Cooling

 

Theory: Kumbhaka - Breath retention:

• Antara Kumbhaka - inhale retain the breath inside 

• Bahya Kumbhaka - exhale retain the breath outside

 

 3x Bastrika – bellows breath

Heat

 

1x round: Ajagari  (python – that has just eaten)

• Udara Bandha – push belly out

• Udyana Bandha - pull belly in and up

 

Shanmukhi Mudra (close the senses)

Bhramari – female bee’s breath

3x in your own time

  

Shavasana

 

 Retreats & Events 


2023 Aug-Oct Jivamukti 75h Foundation Course in BYOGA Basel  with Schalk Viljoen & Clare Nicholls

  • August 17th and 18th,
  • 31st August and September 1st,
  • September 14th and 15th,
  • September 28th and 29th,
  • October 12th and 13th.

Schalk's Teaching Schedule:

 

 

 

February 

24.2 09:30-11:00 Pure Ashtanga Yoga > Darmstadt 

25.2 09:30-11:00 Pure Ashtanga Yoga > Darmstadt 

27.2 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

28.2 19:45-20:45 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

 

March

01.03 18:30-19:30 Jivamukti Digital Live 

02.03 11:00 BYoga > Basel 

16.03 Common Yoga > Wiesbaden 

19.3 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

20.3.2 19:45-20:45 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

24.03 - 11:30 BYoga Indigo > Basel

24.03 - 13:00 BYoga Indigo > Basel

26.3 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

27.3.2 19:45-20:45 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

 

April  

09.04 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

10-4.2 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

14.04 10:00-11:30 CityYoga Sunday : Schedule > Darmstadt

16.04 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

17-4.2 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

30.04 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

 

May

01.05 10:00-11:30  CityYoga Special : Schedule > Darmstadt

05.05 10:00-11:30 CityYoga Sunday : Schedule > Darmstadt

07.05 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

08.05 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

19.05 10:00-11:30 CityYoga Sunday : Schedule > Darmstadt

21.05 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

22.05 19:45-20:45 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

28.05 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

29.05 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

 

June

04.06 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

05.06 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

09.06 10:00-11:30 CityYoga Sunday: Schedule > Darmstadt

04.06 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

05.06 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

09.06 10:00-11:30 CityYoga Sunday : Schedule > Darmstadt

11.06 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

12.06 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

18.06 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

19.06 17:30-18:30 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

23.06 10:00-11:30 CityYoga Sunday : Schedule > Darmstadt 

25.06 20:00-21:99 CityYoga Jivamukti : Schedule > Darmstadt

26.06 19:45-20:45 CityYoga Pranayama: Schedule > Darmstadt

 

July

Schalk not in town 

August - October 

Jivamukti 75h Foundation Course in BYOGA Basel  with Schalk Viljoen & Clare Nicholls

 

These Studios offer Online Classes

Darmstadt: Cityoga . Pure Ashtanga Yoga

Basel: B.Yoga

Jivamukti Digital : Schalk's classes on Jivamukti Digital - use discount code DBA25SCHALK 

 

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