Breathing regulation is one of the key practices within the Yoga discipline. Often called Pranayama or Yogic breathing this practice is gaining increasing importance in the Western 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 Saint Thirumoolar. This workshop consisting of both theoretical and practical components is unique in combining ancient wisdom with modern science based on the teacher’s first-hand experience and research. The attendees will be able to
1. Get acquainted with the ancient literary excerpts on Yogic breathing
2. Get to practice key breathing exercises from an ancient tradition
3. Understand the physiological, emotional and biological mechanisms of Pranayama based on the research work done by the presenter
4. Learn the clinical and social applications of Pranayama
This program is designed for students of all levels. Participants can learn easy exercises to relieve day-to-day stress, and to improve overall wellness. No need for Yoga mats or Yoga attire. Participants can practice seated on chairs with campus/office attire. No large meal within 2 hours prior to the session. Drink adequate fluid.
Session timings: Lecture - First 30 minutes; Q/A-10 minutes; Practice-50 minutes (questions allowed if they are about the exercises being practiced).