Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
One of yoga's foremost practices for balancing our energetic system
A Self-Study Course
With Swami Krishnapremananda
This course offers a systematic introduction to the theory and practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, providing a direct and reliable pathway into this core yogic practice.
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About Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
The Sanskrit word nadi means 'psychic pathway'. The word shodhana means 'purification'. Nadi Shodhana can therefore be understood to be a practice that purifies our subtle, psychic pathways, allowing the energy of prana to flow more freely and in a more balanced way through our energetic system.
Traditionally Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is considered to be a valuable technique for restoring and promoting health and wellbeing at all levels of our being.
It is also an excellent preparation for meditation techniques, in general by bringing calm and an introspective attitude to the mind, and more specifically by bringing balance to the ida and pingala nadis which leads to a centering of the pranic flow in the shushumna nadi - the central channel.
About This Course
This course contains a thorough introduction to the theory and practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, enabling the student to safely and confidently begin and develop their practice.
Starting with a introductory section giving an overview of the practice and the course, including details on how to pace your practice, you will then be guided through the main technicalities of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, before moving into a series of carefully structured practices. The final section then takes you deeper and points the way towards ongoing development.
Each step of the way clear instructions will make the process of learning and acclimatising to the practice easy, and throughout emphasis is placed on safety and gradual development. In pranayama, this is so important and can often be overlooked.
The goal isn't to rush towards extended exhalations or retentions, but to cultivate a deep relationship with the breath and a feel for the subtle energetics of the practice. Only from there can you begin to build a genuinely balanced and stable Nadi Shodhana practice that will nourish you for many years to come.Start today
The course is designed to provide both an intellectual understanding of the practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayame and a carefully guided pathway for developing your practice.
Section 1 – Introduction
Outlining what Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is, its many benefits, and how to make the most of this course, including advice on pacing.
Section 2 – Preparation
Physical positioning of body/arm/hand • How to unblock a nostril• Ida and Pingala nadis • A brief discussion around Swara Yoga • The purpose of count and ratio in Nadi Shodhana Pranayama • Initial practice of 5 breaths in either nostril.
Section 3 – Practice
Explanation of the pathway and initial practice • Initial practice no count no ratio ~ 8 minutes • Explanation of 1:1 ratio • Practice of 1:1 ratio ~ 10 mins • Explanation of 1:2 ratio • Practice of 1:2 ratio ~ 10 mins • Role of Visualisation • Explanation of longer practice using 1:2 ratio • Longer practice ~20 mins.
Section 4 – Going Deeper
The role of breath retention in Nadi Shodhana • Explanation of 1:1:2 ratio • Practice of 1:1:2 ratio • Explanation of Anuloma Viloma Prana Shuddhi • Practice of Anuloma Viloma Prana Shuddhi.
Section 5 – Conclusion
Pointing the way towards ongoing practice.
Some of the explanatory lessons you will only need to view once, while you will probably want to return to the practice sessions and follow along with the instructions many times over.
All of the teachings and practices are presented via video tutorials recorded at the Ashram which you can watch and revisit as many times as you wish.
All of the practices themselves are also available as mp3 audio downloads, so you can put them on your device and follow along at any time.
" The course was excellent and the environment inspiring. I had a wonderful visit - powerful, joyful and profound." - Ciara
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"Exactly what my soul needed! It was all so nourishing and supporting. I feel back to life and in my power once again." - Nichole