“Mechanisms and Applications of Pranayama,” an in-person weekend workshop with Sundar Balasubramanian, Ph.D., C-IAYT, will be held at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville from  February 24 – 26, 2023. Pranayama, also called yogic breathing, is one of the key practices within the discipline of Yoga. Next to asanas (postures) and meditation, pranayama is gaining increasing importance in the Western world. The availability of ancient literature and modern scientific evidence is sparse on this subtopic of Yoga. Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is one of the very few connecting the ancient Siddha tradition and modern science in regard to pranayama. He is a pioneer in the research of the effects of pranayama practice on salivary biomarkers and he has also been researching techniques related to pranayama from the ancient and unique Siddha tradition.

Learn more about pranayama and deepen your personal practice during this experiential workshop which combines ancient wisdom with modern science based on the presenter’s firsthand research. This program enables participants to get acquainted with the ancient literary references to pranayama, practice key pranayama exercises from both the ancient tradition and new exercises designed by the teacher, as well as understand the physiological, emotional, and biological mechanisms of pranayama based on the presenter’s research.

You will also learn:
  • Easy pranayama techniques to relieve day-to-day stress
  • How to incorporate pranayama for a healthy living as a lifestyle modification
  • How Yoga teachers can incorporate pranayama into their regular classes or practice
  • How to use pranayama for symptom management of chronic illness

This workshop will briefly touch upon diet with reference to what foods could impact the practice of pranayama and in turn how pranayama could promote healthy eating. This workshop will also briefly touch upon subtle aspects of Yoga, including koshas, chakras, and nadis with special reference to pranayama. More info and registration here.