In the Stillness of Breath Home-Study Course
Praanaayaam (Pranayam) for Meditators and Teachers
by Brijendra, Robert William Eaton
The Stillness of Breath: Praanaayaam for Meditators Home Study Course came to me at the exact time I needed it. I will be teaching a class of exercises and meditation. I intended to also use breathing techniques so this course gave me a 'wide breath' of information filling in the gaps of my knowledge. I particularly like the last paragraph on page 215, this is a lesson in and of itself. Thank you so much for this and for the ease of use of the program. Richard Miceli, Bayside, NY
— Excerpt from In the Stillness of Breath: Praanaayaam for Meditators, by Brijendra, Robert William Eaton
Praanaayaam techniques focus the yogi's attention because in order to practice them one must be attentive to the technique. It will appear during practice that one is mastering a technique of breathing, and that is true; but the deeper aspect of practicing the various techniques is that the attention becomes focused through the use of the technique. While it appears that it is the technique that is being mastered, the longer term benefit is that you are developing your own attention and awareness. (pg. 215)
Brijendra offers a complete program for studying praanaayaam, yogic breath work, in the comfort of your own home. This course provides the novice as well as the advanced practitioner a full program of both the foundation and intermediate levels. This will enable you to master the practice of praanaayaam for yourself and to teach it to others. Praanaayaam, is the fourth limb in Patanjali's system of Ashtaang Yog (Ashtanga Yoga), the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Praanaayaam practice comes right after aasan (asana), or the physical postures of yoga, called hatha yoga.
Benefits of pranayam according to recent scientific research:
Several researchers have reported that pranayam techniques are beneficial in treating stress-related disorders . Pranayam as been shown to improve autonomic functions, relieve symptoms of asthma and reduce the signs of oxidative stress. Practitioners report that the practice of pranayam develops a steady mind, strong willpower, and sound judgement, and also claims that sustained pranayam practice reduces depression and anxiety, improves cardiopulmonary function and lowers the systolic blood pressure and respiratory rate, extends life and enhances perception. (see wikipedia pranayam)
This home study course uses, the In the Stillness of Breath, Praanaayaam for Meditatiors book, by Brijendra as the course textbook. The full course includes this textbook as a downloadable ebook, the pdf manuals with the course outlines and quiz, and two downloadable CDs (in mp3 format). The printed textbook can be ordered separately.
The Foundation Praanayaam Course Manuals includes:
Lesson plans providing course instruction for the six session Foundation Course with specific step-by- step daily guidance for each session.
Complete abridged instructions of all the praanaayaam techniques for the Core Seven Session and Eight Kumbhaks Session as well as some of the variation as well as with the kumbhaks, bandhs, and ratios, that can be used as an easy to follow practice sheet while you are doing these techniques.
Ten Minute Core Seven Session Includes:
- Deergh Praanaayaam, Complete Breath - 5 rounds
- Bhastrikaa, Bellows Breathing - 1 round
- Kapaal Bhaati, Breath of Light, Brain Shiner Breath - 2 minutes
- Anulom Vilom, Alternate Nostril Breathing - 3 rounds
- Bhramaree, Humming Breath - 3 rounds
- Kayval Kumbhak, Breath of Stillness - 1 round
- Praan Chintan, Praan Awareness - 1 minute
Intermediate Praanaayaam Course Manual includes:
- A thirty questions multiple choice quiz. Upon completion you will reveive a certificate of achievement from Transformation Meditation sent via email.
Lesson plans providing course instruction for the six session Intermediate Series with specific step-by-step daily guidance for each session.
Complete abridged instructions of all the praanaayaam techniques for Eight Kumbhaks Session that can be used as an easy to follow practice sheet while you are doing these techniques.
Techniques for Awakening Kundalini - the yogi fire of realization, Meditation on Agya Chakra - the Third Eye Center, Technique of Meditation and some other praanaayaams.
Ten Minute Eight Kumbhaks Session Includes:
- Sooraj Bhaydee Kumbhak - Sun Vitality Kumbhak
- Ujjaaee Kumbhak - Shining Victory Kumbhak - 3 rounds
- Sheetkaar Kumbhak - Calming Kumbhak - 3 rounds
- Sheetalee Kumbhak - Cooling Kumbhak - 2 rounds
- Bhastrikaa Kumbhak - Bellows Breathing Kumbhak - 1 round
- Bhramaree Kumbhak - Humming Bee Kumbhak - 3 rounds
- Moorchhaa Kumbhak - Expansive Peace Kumbhak - 3 rounds
- Kayval Kumbhak – Breath of Stillness Kumbhak - 1 round
- A thirty questions multiple choice quiz. Upon completion you will reveive a certificate of achievement from Transformation Meditation via email.
With step by step instruction to guide you in each individual praanaayaam techniques and the full Core Seven Session and Eight Kumbhaks.
CD 1: Includes 15 tracks including the iIntroduction to the Core Seven Session, each of the Ten Minute Core Seven praanaayaam techniques, ratios and bandhs and a full guided program of all ten together.
CD 2: Includes 10 tracks including the introduction to the Eight Kumbhak Session, individual guidance for each of the Ten Minute Core Seven praanaayaam techniques and a full guided program of all eight together.
Download an MP3 sound clip (size: 8 MB)
Read the intro and an excerpt from the Textbook
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