Every Thursday, 10th September to 1st October 2020 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm (four weekly 90-minute masterclasses)
Limited spaces available
Online masterclass via Zoom
Alongside asana and meditation, pranayama and breathwork are core essentials of a well-rounded yoga practice. Prana means energy, life force or breath and yama is translated as restraint or control.
In the yogic tradition pranayama is considered one of the highest forms of purification and self-discipline for the mind and body. Through pranayama a combination of physical, breath and meditative work comes together in order to access a place of growth and self-knowledge. Pranayama is an art and a science which takes time to master but which can have many positive effects on our health and wellbeing.
In this 4-week long series, you will be gently and gradually introduced to pranayama and breathwork by exploring the various stages towards this essential technique and practice.
Together, we will establish a strong foundation which allows us to step smoothly into the world of pranayama.
Laurent’s approach is a practical mix of traditional and contemporary theory and method. His work is informed by many years of teaching and observing yoga and breathwork classes and is always uniquely adjusted to the specific needs of every student.
This series is perfect for people who would like to start a pranayama and breathwork practice with or without previous yoga knowledge, people who would like to revisit the foundations of pranayama in more depth, people who want to attend the Yoga Tools for Life series: Masterclasses for Stress and Anxiety, teachers or healthcare providers who want to share pranayama knowledge with their clients or students and anyone else with an interest in pranayama.
Masterclass 1: The anatomy of the breath: preparing for pranayama and breathwork.
- The distinct role of the breath in our lives and practices
- Why and how do we breathe? Getting to know the respiratory system
- How to prepare the body and mind for a pranayama and breathwork session
- The diaphragm: preparing and conditioning
- Learning about our different breathing patterns
- What is prana?
Masterclass 2: The mechanics: introduction to sectional breathing
- Pre-pranayama session: breathing techniques to warm up the respiratory system
- Connecting with 3-part breathing: diaphragmatic, thoracic, and clavicular breathing
- Diaphragmatic breathing: different techniques
- Learning about deep breathing: full yogic breath
Masterclass 3: Sectional breathing: expanding and opening to better breath awareness.
- The great breath: 9-part breathing – extended version.
- Sectional breathing during relaxation: kaya kriya
Masterclass 4: Rhythmic breaths: finding balance, equality, and expansion.
- How to balance and equalise the breath: square breathing
- Breath retention: why? how?
- Other techniques with ratios: lengthening the exhalation and the calming breath
- Introduction to alternate nostril breathing and adding the ratios
After each masterclass, you will receive a selection of recordings and handouts for you to use in your own practice.
Laurent Roure has been practicing and studying pranayama in the style of Dr. Swami Gitananda Saraswati’s yoga system for many years. He is an advocate for the Gitananda system due to its strong emphasis on physical therapeutics. Laurent’s approach to pranayama also utilises breathing techniques from outside the traditional yogic system and seamlessly embeds them into his practice and teaching. Laurent’s approach is thus finely tuned to be relevant and applicable to our twenty-first-century lives.
Who is this course for?
This course is for everyone – yogis and non-yogis who want to keep healthy and happy!
Study hours & timescale
Thursday 10th – 17th – 24th September – 1st October 2020
6:30 to 8:00pm.
Weekly 90-minute masterclass for 6 hours.
Online master class via Zoom
Please be ready for the workshop:
- Note paper and pen.
- Yoga mat, blanket, 1 x bolster or big cushion, block or a big book any additional props that you might need to support your practice: extra cushions for your head or when you lie down, a chair to sit on or to lean on if you can’t go on the floor.
- For health and safety, make sure that you are practicing in a wide space, away from any furniture or object who might cause injuries.
- Please note that it is necessary that you contact Laurent directly and let him know about any health issues, ailments, pregnancy or about anything else that you think needs to mentioned.
Laurent Roure’s meticulous and mindful approach to teaching yoga combines elements of the classical and contemporary. Through Hatha yoga, Pranayama and breathwork, and Meditation, Laurent offers a therapeutic practice suitable for all levels and abilities.