‘In the third chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swatmarama states that as long as the breath and prana are still, the chitta is steady and there can be no discharge of semen. In time the sadhaka’s increased vigour is sublimated for higher and nobler pursuits. He then attains the state of urdhva-retas, one who has sublimated his sexual energy and his chitta to merge in pure consciousness’.Iyengar BKS, Light on Pranayama p.13.
Prana means life force or energy. In P-01 we explore the principles that underpin the way pranayama is introduced to students. Vayus, Kosas and teaching state are all explored along with the pragmatics of practice.
This subject is presented in parts and contains articles, videos, and quotes. It is advisable to immerse yourself in the subject, consuming the content thoroughly. Apply a reflective mode, where you might read an article prior to, or immediately after practice. Keep a reflective journal to note your experiences as you engage through the Learn, Study, Practise modes offered throughout this subject. Quotes are often accompanied by an extract of the text. Take the time to engage deeply with the extracts provided. More importantly, support the authors by purchasing the publications for your own library. Articles and book extracts are provided for student study material only and comply with copyright laws. Access to P-01 is for 10 weeks.
Organise your learning into weekly parts where you review an article more than once, watch the video extract and make notes, then practice along with the instruction, and finally participate in the recorded hour long class to consolidate your learning.
The material in this subject is not intended as a replacement for a teacher but brings together a diverse range of material including articles and video extracts from conventions to deliver a literature review along with experiential knowledge gained through practice.