* This course is ideal for those to who wish to get established in
pranayama, either getting into it or continuing it. It is both practical
and technical. If new to pranayama this should be taken before joining
the Tiwarji course. It qualifies for 100 hours continuing-education
credit toward Yoga Alliance 500- and Centered Yoga 1100-hour training
About the Training Course
This course is inspired and blessed by Tiwariji, Paul’s direct teacher
and one of the few living knowledgeable authorities on Pranayama and its
place in the field of yoga today. It is a living tradition. Paul has
learnt the full practice in a special one-to-one capacity over the past
15+ years with Tiwariji. Tiwariji learnt directly from his teacher,
Swami Kuvalayananda, who was an adept and highly accomplished in
Pranayama and the science of yoga. He was also a devotee and spent his
years in practice and training with his teacher, Madhavadas, on the
banks of the Narmada river, also being taught this exact practice of
Pranayama. In this way it has been passed on very personally and
effectively. Such a tradition survives all books as it is only
experience that ultimately counts. Over the years of study and
introspection with Tiwariji and in this practice Paul has had the
opportunity to better understand it from direct experience and how to
help pass it on and help others to practice and teach it better. This
course is designed to help you practice more effectively, understand
Pranayama techniques to a deeper degree based on the information given
and the depth of practice being done in a purpose-built, dedicated
environment. Based on this you can improve as a practitioner and
teacher. This course does not claim to develop Pranayama teachers but
rather to stimulate and increase the base and understanding of practice.
The past two years have covered elements of both practice and
physiology and this course will continue in that vein, to cover a
synthesis of practice, techniques, physiology and philosophy, as below.
Further topics will be covered in 2016. It aims to combine traditional
practice and wisdom with scientific and psychological understanding.
The key focus is on your practice and gaining experience. The morning
session will be devoted to a 90-minute Pranayama practice and a
tripartite 30-minute sitting meditation. This will be followed by Asana
practice. If your practice is other than Ashtanga you are still welcome.
If you do not have a dedicated Asana practice then we will teach you
the basics of the Ashtanga method. The afternoon will focus on Pranayama
practice along with Pranava and Mantra recitation to help still the
mental activity and trigger a shift in the autonomic nervous system
thereby enabling one to get more internally connected, really touch
something inside that leads to real transformation. Within this time
will be the lecture focus for the day coupled with your questions and
answers to the best of the teacher’s ability. In the evening will be a
mixture of personal time, related videos, further practice and chanting.
Typically Paul is not present for the evening programs but one of the
team leads them. Through repeated practice and greater understanding it
can grow within. Pranayama is a true gift and holds a power to really
transform one’s state and behavior if practiced with faith and
dedication over time. This program is dedicated to encourage that in
you. It is recommended you continue into the next two-week program with
Tiwariji and Paul to further your pranayama practice.
Paul is a senior teacher of Pranayama, Asana and the
meditative art and science of Yoga. He has been a dedicated student
since the late 1990s of both Sri O.P.Tiwari, one of the few remaining
classical yogis and masters of Pranayama, and the late Sri K. Pattabhi
Jois in ashtanga vinyasa. Both of these great teachers have personally certified Paul
in these practices, a unique position as the only one to receive this
double honor. Paul continues with Mantra practice from the yoga lineage
and meditative approaches, influenced by the Thai Forest tradition. This
combination of practice and study through dedication and devotion has
helped him gain some understanding of practice and to apply this
appropriately in Asana, Pranayama, Mantra recitation and Meditation for
the different level of students he has the privilege to share the
teaching with. He continues his studies in health, philosophy, anatomy
and physiology. Paul is also conducting PhD research on the yoga
practices at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. One of his main gifts is
to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the
modern seeker. He does not take life or yoga too seriously and as a
result the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and
humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and
Paul is the happy father of two lovely boys and the founder of Centered Yoga and Samahita Retreat. For more please see his full bio.
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a
group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day. The schedule is
subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|6:00 am||Deva Yajna – Fire Ceremony (not everyday – optional to attend)|
|6:30 – 8:30 am||Mantra and Pranava Japa, Meditation techniques, and Pranayama practice with pulse analysis with Paul|
|8:30 am||Mysore Style Self Practice with occasional Led Explorative classes
to deepen the understanding of the material covered with Paul.
|10:00 am – 1:00 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3:00 – 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|3:00 – 3:30 pm||Chanting practice with Elonne|
|3:30 – 6:00 pm||Lecture on Pranayama, physiology and energetic theory, Q&A, Pranayama practice and Pranava Japa|
|6:00 – 8:00 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available|
|6:00 – 8:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|7:30 pm||Evening program – video, meditation, private time|
Please arrive by 4pm for a program welcome on the first day.
Departure is by 12 noon on the last day. You are welcome to arrive early
or stay on, check our residential stay rates Saturday is free from formal group Pranayama practice. Enjoy the morning to rest.