Pranayama : Breath is the king of the mind with Marianne Jacuzzi

Pranayama : Breath is the king of the mind with Marianne Jacuzzi
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Breath serves as a bridge between body and spirit. On the physical plane, breath is the life force that sustains every cell. On the astral plane, it is the vehicle of prana, universal primal energy that forms mind and soul. Pranayama practice serves as a bridge too. It links asana to the internal practices of higher yoga, which culminate in ultimate liberation. For an authentic yoga practice, pranayama is not optional.No matter how you may have neglected pranayama in the past, this module will kick-start your practice. You will learn (and practice!) all the classical pranayama techniques, both basic and advanced. You will understand their purpose according to classical texts and contemporary science. Pranayama belongs to the very essence of yoga, revealed as far back as the Rig Veda and elucidated in the Upanishads, Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Though this module will ground your understanding of essential theory, its focus is practice. Over the two days, the practices will build in strength and intensity. You will learn how to design a pranayama practice just right for you. You will learn how, what, why, when (and when not!) of introducing pranayama into your classes.

Strong pranayama is like fire. Its essence is a transformation of the highest order. But misused it can destroy whatever it touches. Learn how to practise pranayama correctly to expand your consciousness into realms beyond.

For breath is also a gateway. You enter this life on an inhalation; you leave it on an exhalation, and in between, you are never far away from the oscillation between those two—no matter how far and wide your mind may roam and try to convince you otherwise.

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Practise Classical Pranayamas: Complete Yogic Breath, Ujjayi, Surya Bhedha, Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Sithali/Sitkari, Bhramari, Samanu, Viloma Ujjayi)
  • Apply bandhas, mudras, and modern hybrid techniques to the basic pranayamas, understanding the benefits and contraindications of every practice
  • Practise and teach the “Four Purifications”: An elegant series of kriyas to cleanse and balance the subtle energy body, suitable for everyone
  • Integrate asana, pranayama and meditation to create the optimal practice for yourself and your students
  • Work with the principles of anatomy, both physical and subtle (nadis, chakras, prana and kundalini) for a safe and effective pranayama practice
  • Understand the esoteric purpose of pranayama according to the teachings of the Yoga Sutras
  • Guide students with physical challenges so as to safely integrate pranayama into your yoga classes
  • Develop your own style of presentation in teaching pranayama, based upon a few core principles

About Marianne Jacuzzi

Marianne teaches at Seven Winds Yoga and Jyotish, which she founded in 2000. She leads retreats and workshops, both abroad and in Ireland. She has taught philosophy for various teacher-training courses. A spiritual counsellor and Vedic astrologer, she assists clients in understanding the unique karmic forces active in their lives and channelling that power to realise their highest potential.

Yoga Alliance registered at E-RYT 500, she trained for many years in the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda traditions. Her own practice and teaching have evolved with these influences into a practice she calls Shakti Rasa, a fluid approach adapted to the individual that incorporates breath, visualisation and moving meditation into powerful asana work. This year, she began training with the last disciple of Krishnamacharya, Srivatsa Ramaswami. She has studied in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, V. Venkatesh, Vinay Kumar, Yogi Manmoyanand and BNS Iyengar, and often returns to India to revitalise her yoga practice, which she maintains daily.

Marianne’s interest in Eastern philosophy began nearly 50 years ago in San Francisco, where she was born. In 1968, she began meditating with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She studied Eastern philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Initially, yoga was for her an entirely spiritual practice. With a strong background in dance, she soon discovered the power of asana practice.

In the UK, she became immersed in Buddhism through Dharmavidya (a.k.a. David Brazier) of the Amida Order, where she did many retreats. She trained in Buddhist psychotherapy and qualified with an Advanced Certificate in Buddhist Psychology. With eminent yoga scholar, Georg Feuerstein, she completed over 1000 hours of certified course work in yoga philosophy and history. She also studied Shamanic practices for many years with the Sacred Trust in the UK. A spiritual counselling practice developed out of these modalities. Seeking clarity both for herself and her clients, she discovered Jyotish and its power to illuminate the deeper cosmic patterns at work in our lives. At the NW Institute of Vedic Sciences, she studied under the mentorship of the eminent Vedic astrologer, Dennis Flaherty, qualifying with the Council of Vedic Astrology in the USA. She has a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of California and has taught at both secondary and third levels. She had a novel published in 2008.

In 2003, Marianne met her guru, Ramesh S. Balsekar, who accepted her as his disciple in 2005. Until his mahasamadhi in 2009, she travelled regularly to Bombay to the satsangs he gave from his flat. His teaching of Advaita Vedanta, so profound and at the same time so simple, transformed her. It informs her teaching, her practice and her personal life. A lifetime of seeking found its resolution at the feet of Ramesh, and to him, she is eternally grateful.

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About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

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