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Pranakriya Yoga


Healing and Balance

Pranakriya Yoga was developed by Yoganand Michael Carrol, a well-known and recognized Master-Level teacher of the Kripalu Yoga tradition. He spent more than thirty years rigorously studying yoga both in India and North America. In the beginning, he immersed himself in many Kripalu yoga texts and techniques while practicing them in his everyday life. Because of this experience, he became skilled in extracting and translating cryptic texts and techniques of yoga.

In the years 1998 to 2006, he oversaw the Kripalu Basic YTT, located at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. He also headed the Kripalu Professional Level 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training from 2001-2005. When the summer of 2005 came, the Kripalu Center recognized Yoganand Michael Carrol’s improvements to the system, and supported as he took those developments and established a new type of yoga, which was then known as Pranakriya.

How Pranakriya Yoga Is Done

The practice of Pranakriya yoga concentrates on breathing (pranayama), postures (asana), and meditation. It emphasizes on the creation of a calm mind and strengthening of both the spirit and the physical body.

Practicing Pranakriya yoga is said to develop and improve our life force energy (prana), and produce change (kriya), in our physical body. It also helps practitioners develop spiritual awareness and overall understanding allowing them to begin their journey towards enlightenment.

Proponents of Pranakriya yoga believe that the body and mind is similar to that of a vessel, which should be made strong and secure. When that is achieved, then we can begin to load it with energy from the practices and we can bring that energy along as we journey through life in a sensitive, finely-tuned state of aliveness.

Aside from regular Pranakriya yoga classes, the school of Pranakriya yoga also teaches the following classes, among others:

•Meditation Classes – This is a class on deep meditation. It focuses on some of the most ancient forms of meditation, which have served as roots for Buddhist, Hindu and Jain mediation.

•Advanced Pranayama – This class teaches the yogic science of breath control which practitioners can incorporate in any yoga practice.

•Advanced Asana – This class teaches 20 advanced asanas with focus on alignment, variations, props and modifications.

•Understanding the Bhagavad Gita – This offers deeper insight on the contents of the 2500 year old Sanskrit text and how they can be made meaningful in today’s modern times.

• Understanding the Hatha Yoga Pradipika - This offers deep insight on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, an ancient text that dates back to the 15th century.

•Functional Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga – This course teaches students about major anatomical regions, their functions and how they relate to yoga practice. The class involves observation and hands-on exercises help practitioners fully maximize their yoga practice to for body strengthening and healing.

•Musculoskeletal Assessment – This class provides techniques that allow teachers to “read” their students’ bodies through asanas. This course helps teachers design a yoga program to address musculoskeletal dysfunctions and restore balance in the body.

What Makes Pranakriya Yoga Unique?

Pranakriya Yoga merges the practices of modern medicine, psychological techniques and the ancient principles of yoga. The combination of the three brings the mind and body to balance. It makes use of different postures, meditation, and breathing techniques, combining them to form a healing process. For those who aim to create a stronger body and a better mind to live a more energetic, lively life - Pranakriya yoga is strongly recommended.

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