Teacher: Sn Brahmananda (Narendra Bharwaney)
Breath is prana and prana is life. Without prana, nothing moves, nothing lives.
Breathing in is inspiration, breathing out is letting go. Every moment we are in this exchange with ourselves and our environment.
Our breath affects every cell and system in the body and it is literally right under our nose. Even becoming aware of the natural and spontaneous breath can have quick and profound benefits physically, mentally and emotionally.
Prana literally is ‘that which is in movement’, it is the vital force, the energy that sustains all life. We generally have two sources of prana – food and air. Another is to generate it internally, and this is what the practices of yoga and pranayama can do. In daily life we generate, store, use and waste prana, by bringing simple pranayama practice into our routine we can moderate that whole process.
Pranayama can be understood as both the control and the expansion of prana through working with the breath and other techniques of mudra, bandha and mantra.
The weekend will be an intensive combination of asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha practice. There will also be daily yoga nidra, meditation and karma yoga. The pranayama practices covered will include:
- Natural breath awareness
- Mechanics of breathing and the three-part breath
- Abdominal, thoracic and complete breathing or yogic breath
- Viloma Pranayama – stepped breathing
- Equalising of the breath and extending exhalation
- Hasta Mudra Pranayama – hand mudra sensitizing pranayama sequence
- Breath balancing
- Nadi Shodhana and how to develop the technique
- Bhramari (humming bee breath)
- Systematic development of the classical techniques of Bhastrika and Kapalbhati
- Practicing mudra and bandha with Pranayama
Suitable for practitioners of different levels and teachers alike this will be an opportunity to explore systematic pranayama practice that can be repeated and developed over three to six months in your own sadhana.
Grempoli is in a prana rich natural setting, the food is prana rich home organic grown, it is a place conducive to experiencing depth and substance, that we may carry with us to help manage this life and all that it brings.
We will eat, practice, work and maybe even sing together.
The weekend will be taught in English with Italian translation.
Where: Nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Grempoli is 45 minutes from Florence airport, and 30 minutes from the centre of Florence (easy bus ride from Pisa airport).
When: The retreat will be held from Friday 24th May starting 5pm to Sunday 26th May, finishing by 5pm.
Who: led by Sannyasin Brahmananda
Accommodation and meals: Accommodation is in comfortable, mostly shared rooms (up to three occupants), with shared bathrooms. Nutritious vegetarian meals, using locally grown organic ingredients.
Cost of retreat: Program, meals and accommodation – €180 Program and meals but no accommodation – €140