This 4-week course will introduce the participant to a wide variety of pranayams in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. After a short introduction to the more elementary pranayams that are commonly taught in many different yoga lineages, the more advanced pranayams will be taught and practiced together in the class. We will provide time for comments, questions, and answers throughout.
Each of the 4 classes will cover a different selection of the advanced pranayams. While the more advanced pranayams pose a greater challenge to practice, due to their inherent difficulties, they also provide a more profound immediate effect and overall benefit. Some are easier to practice for daily maintenance and stress reduction that can also be used for treating psychiatric disorders, and some are much more powerful and can more quickly lead to higher states of consciousness and the ability to perform miracles. These techniques were kept secret for the last 3000 years until Yogi Bhajan shared them with the west during the years of 1969 to 2004. Some of the techniques include only specific breath patterns with eye and hand postures, and some include mantras and postures for the hands and arms. However, all the pranayams are highly structured and the breathing patterns vary greatly. The respective difficulties vary with each technique. These techniques can ultimately be used to achieve a state of God-consciousness, incredible bliss, mastery of the self and the mind, and for maximum development of the brain.
This course can be useful for people who have never practiced yoga or meditation, to those with very little experience, and for the more advanced practitioners. These techniques can be practiced while sitting erect in a chair or on the floor. Food should be avoided for at least 2-3 hours prior to the course.
David Shannahoff-Khalsa is the Director of The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) BioCircuits Institute, and a member of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to coming to UCSD in 1994 he spent 23 years at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, first working on the building blocks of the genetic code, and then pioneering novel studies in the neurosciences. He has discovered a novel step in the evolution of the nervous system that gives new insights to mind-body (psychophysiological) states, and how these states can be controlled. He has published widely in scientific journals and conducted three clinical trials using Kundalini Yoga meditation techniques specific for treating obsessive-compulsive disorders and OC spectrum disorders. He has pioneered the use of whole-head magnetoencephalography brain imaging to study these yogic meditation techniques. He has taught Kundalini Yoga Meditation protocols specific for treating various psychiatric disorders at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meetings 13 times (including 11 full day CME courses). He has authored four books that include 100+ different meditation techniques, and multipart disorder-specific protocols for all of the major psychiatric disorders. His 3 books published by W. W. Norton and Co. include: Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders, Couples Therapy, and Personal Growth, 2006; Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Complex Psychiatric Disorders: Techniques Specific for Treating the Psychoses, Personality, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, 2010; and Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health, 2012. His 4th book is Psychophysiological States: The Ultradian Dynamics of Mind-Body Interactions, In the series ÒInternational Review of Neurobiology,Ó Academic Press (Elsevier Scientific Publications), vol 80, 2008.