About our workshops:

Workshops are usually 4 – 5 hrs long. Don’t be deterred by the length of these classes, especially if you are a beginner – beginners workshops are for you! It’s the slow but steady nature of this practice that gives the strength and stamina for which yoga so well known. The workshop environment allows time to explore some of the deeper aspects of yoga practice. You will notice themes developing which will feed into your regular classes and practice (if you don’t practise at home yet, ask your teacher how to get started). Different levels of experience will be catered for – the level of experience required will be made clear.


Next workshop with Sam:

Pranayama workshop (1 of 2) – Saturday 2nd of November 2019

13.00 – 17.00 pm at Bristol Shambhala meditation centre, Lower Redland road, BS66TB.

I hope we can explore together in this first workshop of two series the following specific types of pranayama: 

Ujjayi pranayama: The prefix ud attached to verbs and nouns, means upwards or superiority in rank. It also means blowing or expanding. It conveys the sense of pre-eminence and power. Jaya means conquest, victory, triumph or success. Looked at from another point of view it implies restraint or curbing. Ujjayi is the process in which the lungs are fully expanded and the chest puffed out like that of a powerful conqueror.

Viloma, Anuloma and Pratiloma Pranayamas: These pranayamas are concerned with the methods and techniques of inhalation and exhalation. In Viloma the inhalation or exhalation is not of a continuous process but its done gradually with several pauses. In Anuloma the inhalation is through both nostrils and exhalation is alternate through either nostril. In Pratiloma the inhalation is through either nostril while the exhalation through both.

No need to bring any equipment as everything will be provided. Although the workshop is aimed at intermediate students, beginners will be also encouraged to attend given that they have at least a year of Iyengar yoga regular practice established.


Q: Pranayama is not easily taken up by students to practise. Could you describe the importance of a pranayama practice and how to develop it?

A: Geeta Iyengar –I understand the problem. I think students feel pranayama is of one type just depending on the breathing process and therefore monotonous. To get interested in the subject is difficult and one really has to go deeper inside whereas with asana it is not necessary for a beginner to go straight away into oneself. That means a beginning is made from outside in. Therefore, a beginner as an extrovert can easily start doing some kind of practice. Whereas for pranayama , one really requires the inward-going process. Not only does one have to become an extrovert, but one needs intra-vision. Patanjali very clearly indicated that pranayama has to come after asana is conquered. In the asana there is a process of going from outside in. Making the body to understand, getting the sensitivity, the feeling of equilibrium, inner alignments, etc. If that understanding comes, then the pranayama begins.