Led by Sn Brahmananda Pranayama is the gateway to meditation. The second part of the pranayama sadhana course will explore the vitalising practices of pranayama and the use of bandhas, postural locks.Foundations of practice must be solid to not only be able to physically do these practices but to assimilate their benefits. Kapalbhati and bhastrika are the classical vitalising practices and combined with bandhas and retention of breath they seek to amplify and channel prana. These techniques are not only to harmonise the pranas of the body, creating health and strength in the nervous system, but also to open the doorway to meditation. The control and expansion of the pranic field is a bridge leading to suspension of breath, or silagra, where the yogi seeks to become aware of the suspension of mind and thus become open to deeper experience. It has been said that prana should be tamed more slowly than a lion or an elephant, hence this course is only open to those who have attended the first part and have been practicing... read more.