Working on Prana in Yoga Teacher Training Rishikesh
Proper nutrition brings about the increase of Prana on a physical level. This also requires proper elimination. In Ayurvedic thought, the Prana from the food is absorbed in the large intestine, particularly in the upper two- thirds of this organ, which in not simply an organ of elimination. For this reasons, Apana Vayu is the most important Prana for physical health.
The Vedas say that mortals eat food with Apana, while the Gods eat food with Prana. The mortals are the physical tissues. The immortals are the senses. These takes in food via Prana factors like contact with nature, but also practices like rituals and visualizations are important, as well as sensory therapies involving color, sounds or aromas.
In our Yoga Teacher training programs in Rishikesh, the main method for working on Prana is Pranayama or Yogic breathing exercises. Yoga emphasizes purification of the body ( deha suddhi ) and purifications of the mind (chitta suddhi) as the mean to self-realization. For this reason, Yoga emphasizes a vegetarian diet rish in Prana or foods full of life-force and a mind rooted in ethical values like truthfulness and non-violence.
An impure, toxic or disturbed body and mind cannot realize the higher self. However, the key to purifying body and mind is Prana. For this purpose, the main method is purification of the nadis or channels through which Prana flows (Nadi-Sodhana).
During the session of Yoga ttc in Rishikesh While all Pranayama aids in this regard, the most important is alternate nostril breathing, which aids in the balance of the right and left Prana currents. According to the Yogic system, the body and all of its channels follow a right or left predominance. The right side of the body is masculine or solar in nature. The left side is feminine or lunar in nature. The left or the lunar nadi, is Kapha or water predominant, and increases energy on the left side of the body. It aids in such activities as rest, sleep, relaxation. The right or solar nadi is Pitta or fire predominant and increases energy on the right side. It aids in such activities as digestion, work and concentration.
During the Practice of kriya Regular alternate nostril breathing is the most important method for keeping our Pranas or energies in balance. Another method is uniting Prana or Apana. Apana, which is aligned with the force of gravity, usually moves downward resulting not only in disease and death but in the downward movement of consciousness. Prana, on the other hand, tends to disperse upward thought the mind and sense, as it is our opening to the energies above.
Yogic practices in Yoga TTC Program Rishikesh require bringing Apana up. Prana must be brought down to unit with Apana. This helps unit and balance all the Pranas. In doing so the inner fire or Kundalini gets kindled in the region of the navel. Mula bandha is an important practice in this regard.