May 15 -16 (Saturday & Sunday), 3:00 – 5:00 pm, $100

Offered online via Zoom. Open to all.

Pranayama is one of the key practices within the Yoga discipline. In addition to Asanas and Meditation, Pranayama is gaining increasing importance in the present, pandemic-hit world. The availability of ancient literature and modern scientific evidence is sparse on this subtopic of Yoga. Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is a pioneer in the area of salivary biomarkers combining Pranayama practice. He has been researching techniques related to Pranayama from the ancient and unique Siddha tradition. He has published scientific research papers and book on Thirumanthiram, written by the Tamil Saint Thirumoolar. This two day workshop consisting of both theoretical and practical components is unique in combining ancient wisdom with modern science based on his first hand research.

You will be able to:

  1. Get acquainted with the ancient literary excerpts on Pranayama.
  2. Understand the biological and molecular mechanisms of Pranayama.
  3.  Learn the clinical and social applications of Pranayama.
  4. Get to practice key exercises from both the Pranayama tradition and new exercises designed by Dr. Sundar.

This workshop will help anyone who is interested in the area of Pranayama. Participants can learn easy Pranayama techniques to relieve day to day stress and improve overall well-being. Patients and caregivers dealing with chronic illnesses could use Pranayama as a way to symptom management. This is open to all levels.

Requirements: Please do not eat a large meal at least 2 hours before the workshop; seating can be done on the floor, chair, or any comfortable sitting position; no need for mat or Yoga apparels (we are not going to do whole body stretches!); drink adequate water; no electronic recording of the session.

Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is a cell biologist currently studying mechanisms involved in resistance to cancer therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA. He is also a Yoga Biology researcher, and is a pioneer in the scientific study of Pranayama. He was a speaker at TEDx in 2015 and pusblished several books including  “PranaScience: Decoding Yoga Breathing”. He is a member of  the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, and he is an IAYT certified Yoga therapist (C-IAYT). He is the Founder of PranaScience Institute.

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