Pranayama Yoga Intro

A bit more on David Elliott, The Reluctant Healer, and the work (Pranayama Yoga).

The Reluctant Healer

What:Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning “lengthening of the prana or breath”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prāna, life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and “āyāma”, to lengthen or extend. It is often translated as control of the life force (prana). When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as “breath control”.

Treatment: The heart of the pranayama yoga sessions is a breathing meditation that utilizes an ancient rhythmic breathing technique that very quickly shuts down the thinking part of the mind and gets a profound amount of energy moving through the body. Once this energy is accessed, it is used to clear deeply held blocks (of trauma) and helps to open a person to a place of great insight, profound creativity, and the experience of freedom. Sessions are an exhilarating and deeply rejuvenating journey. A progressive journey that goes deeper each time. According to David Elliott, “The moment you unblock, you feel it. The fear you’ve had trapped inside releases. Emotions unravel. You’re brought into the present moment, and can finally stop living in the time you originally experienced your fears…. It is the beginning of your empowerment. “

Ceremony: (Can either be done individually or in a group) The breathwork consists of both an intuitive component and actual guided breathing along with other modalities.

Sessions start with a conversation of where the client is at, which fosters intuitive answers and suggestions from the practitioner; the intuition comes through in the form of clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience and pure intuition.

It is not atypical for the intuition portion to give strong suggestions on changes, sometimes subtle, in a client’s life that can be very profound. This portion of the session may last 15 to 20 minutes.

The next 30 to 45 minutes are spent with the client lying comfortably on a massage table or on the ground and doing the actual breath work according to Pranayama Yoga. This involves breathing out of a client’s mouth for 10 to 15 minutes with two breaths in – one in the abdomen and the next in the chest – followed by an outbreath.

This has the capacity to relax and balance the brain, getting the client out of his or her head and into the body. Along with the breath usually some aromatherapy oils are used to balance any of the seven chakras, which are vortexes of energy located along the spine from the coccyx up to the crown of the head.

Each chakra involves different function of the body and it is very important to have them balanced as much as possible.

Sprays are also used to cleanse the body and the environment immediately around client’s body. Both oils and sprays are very soothing and tend to promote and facilitate further shifts in client’s consciousness to foster positive progress and development for the client.

Other modalities here can be used in the form of sounds or sacred artifacts, both from the client and the practitioner (i.e. the client may let out a shout from his or her mouth which again facilitates any shift in consciousness).

Sage may be burned to clear the air. Stones are usually held in the client’s hands for grounding purposes and further fostering the work of the breath.

In essence, the breathwork gets the client out of his or her head and gives the brain a rest to create a process for the client to reach for his or her highest potentials, by unclogging the system of unwanted energies.

The Practitioner: The practitioner is in charge of holding the space, encouraging the participant to focus on his or her breath, and to go deeper into his or her journey. The practitioner, in addition to employing the three-part breath process, aids a participant’s journey with other tools (sometimes sacred objects, such as animal feathers).

David Elliott: David Elliott, author of The Reluctant Healer, has been facilitating healing using the breath for over a decade and a half.”I help people heal by listening into their souls,” he says. “I sense the many emotions and fears they’re holding inside, which allows me to help them unblock and release the negative energy holding them back.” David is a clairaudient healer, who “hears” purely through his senses. “Sometimes it’s sound and speech like in a regular conversation, but mostly it’s a perception and awareness that lets me focus on the energy a person has locked up inside.” By unburdening individuals of their negative energy, David creates an inspiring moment when an individual wakes up from his or her spiritual crisis with a bright new clarity about his or her life.

David leads groups and healings around the world and has a retreat center outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Every year, he conducts training courses for individuals interested in passing on the breathwork to others.

One Response to Pranayama Yoga Intro
  1. Yoga Retreats
    May 13, 2011 | 6:12 am

    great post thanks for sharing and looking forward for more posts related to yoga.