Pranayama & Yogic Philosophy Workshop

With PROF. G.S. SAHAY | 20 - 26th March, 2017
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About Prof. G.S Sahay

Prof. G.S. Sahay ,M.A.(Sanskrit Gold Medalist), born on 2nd July 1951, joined the World renowned Yoga Research Institute in the year 1976 and worked as Research Officer in Philosophico-Literary Department, Kaivalyadhama (Lonavla) till his retirement in July 2011.

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Prof. Sahay has around 34 years of Teaching experience to the post graduate students at G.S. college of Yoga and cultural synthesis Lonavla , and taught Indian philosophy, Patanjali Yoga sutras, and Traditional Yogic texts .He has also delivered lectures in different re-orientation programs organized for the teachers from the schools of Maharashtra and Central Govt. He has conducted various yoga camps and workshops on yoga in India as well as visited Seoul South Korea to conduct yoga courses.

Prof. Sahay is a member of Advisory board, Board of studies and distinguished visiting faculty to various Universities and Institutions in India and abroad. He has authored more than 35 Research papers published in Yoga Mimamsa as well as in Indian and foreign journals. He has attended various national and international conferences on yoga and allied subjects. Prof. Sahay has been recognized as Eminent Yoga Expert for T.K.D.L. project, A joint project by CSIR, Ministry of Health, Department of AYUSH, Govt.of India and MDNIY. The TKDL Project is meant to digitalize the traditional knowledge well documented in Indian scriptures.

Prof. Sahay has the credit of editing (jointly) around 12 books and all of them are published by Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. He has translated with special notes the book Hatha Yoga Pradipika – an authentic text on Hatha Yoga and the same was published in China in Chinese language. Its English edition was published in India, first from MDNIY, New Delhi in 2013 and then by Yogic Heritage , Lonavala. in 2016. He also worked as Managing editor of the Yoga Mimamsa- a world renowned Yoga research quarterly.

Prof. Sahay has devoted his entire life to study the literary aspect of Yoga and impart the teachings of Indian philosophy and traditional yoga to younger generation in a very simple and precise manner. He continues to inspire the students of Yoga through his writings and live lectures.

One Week Practical Intensive

Session : One Week Practical Intensive – Exploring Daily Pranayama Practice (Suitable for all levels)

20 – 24 March 2017 (Monday – Friday) 7:15am – 8:30am

25 & 26 March 2017 (Saturday – Sunday) 8:00am – 9:30am

This intensive is for those seeking an authentic experience on the Practice of Pranayama but do not know how and where to start. This workshop undoubtedly confirms that a good theoretical knowledge on the practice of Pranayama and associated breathing exercises available in Yoga Texts will be imparted to the Participants (theory will be conducted on weekends). So far as practice is concerned, participants will get a good glimpse of understanding and insight. Should they choose to pursue the practice further, right techniques will help them reap the benefits accordingly.

The Practitioner who wishes to maintain a healthy body will find that Pranayama cleanses, purges and purifies the respiratory system, whilst retraining the body to breathe better, deeper and correctly.

Those who have been suffering from respiratory or other medical conditions and are constantly looking for alternative form of natural healing will find these sessions extremely beneficial.

For the serious Practitioners of Yoga, these concepts would not be new, but there is seldom room for exploration or proper understanding. Pranayama practice is essential in every Yoga aspirant’s progress as it transcends beyond the physical into the subtle realm, helping to purify and clear the energetic pathways for better conduit of energy. This purified state lightens and enlivens one’s state of mind and prepares one for the main purpose of Pranayama – the opening of the central energetic pathway, the doorway to the infinite – unlocking a creative life that is of fullest potential.


Workshop Series

Session 1: Theory of Pranayama – Foundations & Tools for Advancing Pranayama

25 March 2017 (Saturday) 10:00am – 12:30pm


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During this session, an overall view on Pranayama and the emphasis on the importance of Breathing exercises and techniques will be introduced.

Role of Pranayama in Hatha Yoga. Even though Pranayama is an essential limb of Hatha Yoga, it has not been given enough importance by practitioners. In fact, the term Hatha Yoga is nearer to Pranayama as the practice of hatha (tha representing the pranic/vital force and ha representing the mental energy) seeks to unite the pranic and mental forces. Pranayama is considered to be best means for controlling the mind. We shall try to understand its importance from physiological point of view as well.

The prerequisites of Pranayama will be discussed. Types and components of Pranayama will be introduced, with attention given to the various types of Kumbhakas (retention) – 8 varieties in total. This session will also explore and understand of the concept of Nadi and Prana Vayu. Nadi is a subtle channel for energy flow within the body, or a ‘force’ that moves throughout the body and Vayu the wind or pranic air current.

Session 2: Introduction to Yoga Philosophy – YOGIC ANATOMY

25 March 2017 (Saturday) 1:30pm – 4:30pm


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In modern times we have given importance to the learning of Modern anatomy of yogic practices. This has happened because we have given more importance to the physical aspect and effects of yogic practices and it is modern anatomy that helps in understanding them. But Yoga being an esoteric practice has its essential relationship with some such concepts of human body which can be termed specifically Yogic. These yogic concepts cannot be understood with the help of Modern anatomy as they have no physical existence though many researchers and yoga practitioners are trying to explain them on modern lines. However, answers to such subtle aspects of human existence cannot be available in modern science as they are more experiential rather than anatomical in structure. Thus this part of the lecture will include understanding of –

  1. 72000 Nadis and Kanda
  2. 7 Chakras, Granthi, Concept and their application
  3. Kosha, Pancha Prana, Concept and their application
  4. Gunas, Concept and their application

Session 3: Introduction to Yoga Philosophy – HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA

26 March 2017 (Sunday) 10:00 – 12:30pm


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The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a classical text describing Hatha Yoga said to be the oldest surviving text on Hatha Yoga. While the text describes asanas (postures), purifying practices (shatkarma), mudras (finger and hand positions), bandhas (locks), and pranayama (breath exercises), it also explains that the purpose of Hatha Yoga is the awakening of kundalini (subtle energy), advancement to Raja Yoga, and the experience of deep meditative absorption known as samadhi.

This class will expound on commonly used terms Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and Kundalini, as described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Explanation of the three Bandhas (psychomuscular energy lock), which are essential components of Kumbhaka and most importantly, when to apply them.

Session 4: Introduction to Yoga Philosophy – YOGA SUTRA OF PATANJALI

26 March 2017 (Sunday) 1:30pm – 4:30pm


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Patanjali was not the founder or originator of Yoga rather he was a great compiler and he used all the concepts and practices related with spirituality/spiritual practice available before him, summarised in an extremely organized and terse way and presented the YOGA SUTRA – a masterpiece work which has maintained its relevance even today.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali succinctly outlines the art and science of Yoga meditation for Self-Realisation. It is a process of systematically encountering, examining, and transcending each of the various gross and subtle levels of false identity in the mind field, until the jewel of the true Self comes shining through.

20-Hour CET Pranayama Intensive + Workshop Series

This is for Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers. As part of the requirement for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT), RYTs are required to log a minimum of 30 hours of yoga related training every 3 years from your initial date of registration.

Here, we are offering 20 hours of Continuing Education relating to of Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP), Anatomy and Physiology (AP) and Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics (YPLE).

Teaching or training hours prior to registration do not count as Continuing Education.

To find out more, click on the link below:

Continuing Education Requirements by Yoga Alliance

Participants who register for CET(Continuing Education Training) will be issued with a Certificate of Participation and can clock in the hours under Yoga Alliance CET.

Course Fees

A. One Week Pranayama Intensive

All Sessions (7 days)

  • Early Bird Price: $250 (Ends 10 March)
  • Regular Price: $350 (From 11 March)

Any 1 Session

  • Early Bird Price: $50 (Ends 10 March)
  • Regular Price: $60 (From 11 March)

B. Workshop Series

4 Sessions (2 days)

  • Early Bird Price: $250 (Ends 10 March)
  • Regular Price: $300 (From 11 March)

Any 1 Session

  • Early Bird Price: $70 (Ends 10 March)
  • Regular Price: $90 (From 11 March)

C. Pranayama Intensive + Workshop Series

  • Early Bird Price: $400 (Ends 10 March)
  • Regular Price: $650 (From 11 March)

D. 20 Hours CET Pranayama Intensive + Workshop Series

  • Early Bird Price: $550 (Ends 10 March)
  • Regular Price: $750 (From 11 March)

**Yoga Mala Yoga Teacher Training Graduates/Incoming YTT Students: 15% discount

**Yoga Mala Members: 10% discount


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Corona Advisory


 Mask to be worn at all times, except during class. 


For hygiene reasons, please bring your own yoga towel to line the mat in class. You may rent for $1 from the studio.


Safe distancing to be observed at all times during class. Online classes are offered in addition to onsite classes. 


Please be responsible and take the necessary precautions for the well-being of all.


Due to reduced class sizes, the cancellation window is now 2 hours before.


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