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YOGANAND PRANAKRIYA

Yoganand Michael Carroll

While studying with Kripalu Yoga masters in India and America, Yoganand taught at the Kripalu Center for more than 15 years before founding Pranakriya Yoga, which he developed from the original teachings of Swami Kripalavanandaji and reconfigured to meet the needs of Western yogis in today’s world without taking away from the authenticity and power of the ancient teachings.

Yoganand founded the Pranakriya School of Yogic Healing Arts in 2005, and serves as its Dean of Curriculum. He leads trainings and retreats internationally and works to keep the understanding and practice of Tantric Hatha Yoga alive.

Students find that Yoganand teaches from a place of deep experience and learning born out of his many years of study and practice, and he shares his understanding in ways that allow them to cultivate and experience greater depths of practice in their own lives. Yoganand is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 level teacher.

Pranakriya means to ‘quicken or intensify the lifeforce (prana).’ Pranakriya Yoga focuses on raising our aliveness level through the practice of common and esoteric yoga techniques, and then carrying that aliveness out into the world. Experiencing each situation with an increased level of aliveness lets us see new opportunities and possibilities to be more present to learn, heal and grow. The Pranakriya approach to yoga teaches us to live each moment fully, without the ’filler’ of wasted time and energy.

PRODUCTS TO SUPPORT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

PRANAKRIYA MEDITATIVE POSTURE CLASS

A 78 minute professionally recorded class led by Yoganand. This class was designed to serve as an intermediate level foundational practice class for all Pranakriya Yoga students.

Includes: Dirgha, Ujjayi and Kapalabhati breathing, a warm up sequence, a variety of mat and standing postures, cool down postures and relaxation. Digital download or CD disc from cdbaby.com

PRANAKRIYA YOGA WORKOUT CLASS

A 78 minute Professionally recorded class led by Yoganand and available as a digital download. This class was designed as a Vinyasa style athletic class for Pranakriya students.

The class begins with meditation and Pranayama including Kapalabhati, followed by a brief warm up routine and 3 Surya Namaskars containing a variety of postures. The class ends with a cool down flow, relaxation and closing meditation. Digital download or CD disc from  cdbaby.com

PRANAYAMA: THE PRANAKRIYA APPROACH TO YOGIC BREATHING

Beginner Level Instruction and Practice

A 2-disc digital download including instruction in: Sitting for Pranayama, Dirgha, Ujjayi, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana and Anuloma Viloma Pranayamas.
The second disc contains a 48 minute Pranayama experience with each Pranayama on a separate track so you can create a customized practice. Digital download or CD disk from cdbaby.com

PRANAYAMA: THE PRANAKRIYA APPROACH TO YOGIC BREATHING

Intermediate Level Practice

Written instruction is included for Dirgha, Ujjayi and Kapalabhati breathing. Instructional tracks teach Bhastrika and Parvatasana breathing. The practice sessions is 43 minutes long and ends with a 22 minute guided Asana experience with emphasis on Yogic breathing. CD disk available from pranakriya.com/pk-shop/.

PRANAYAMA: A PATH TO HEALING AND FREEDOM (BOOK)

From the Dean of the acclaimed Kripalu School of Yoga and founder of Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts come the wisdom and tools to help you leverage your yoga practice as a vehicle for profound self-growth. Pranayama (yogic breathwork) is a journey of self-discovery that is, above all, about being authentic. It invites you to shed ideas of who you think you should be, in order to open to the person you really are. Yoga master Yoganand Michael Carroll and his longtime student Allison Gemmel Laframboise dive deep into the mystery and techniques of the ancient hatha yoga traditions to reclaim valuable teachings that have been lost to contemporary practitioners. What’s uncovered is pranayama as a system for increased healing, vibrancy, and liberation. If you want to get more from your yoga, Pranayama: A Path to Healing and Freedom is your guide to living from your truth, with complete acceptance and ultimate vitality.

A PRANAKRIYA COMPANION TO PRACTICE: THE ASHTAVAKA GITA

Verses from the 14th century Vedanta text Ashtavakra Gita spoken by Yoganand with a music background appropriate for Yoga practice by Rudeyna.

Deepen your asana, pranayama, and meditation practice by contemplating these ancient teachings from the Ashtavakra Gita.
This recording is intended to be played during your personal practice of asanas, pranayamas, and meditation. As you flow through your practice, let the music and verses wash over you. Try to feel the verses rather than understand them. Let any insight that emerges carry you deeper into your practice. Available as a Digital download from Rudeyna's website.

A MEDITATION FRIEND

The Pranakriya Companion to Practice music without the verses

Rudeyna's 75 minute meditative sound track without the verses from the Ashtavakra Gita. Available as a Digital download from Rudeyna's website.

PRANAYAMA: A PATH TO HEALING AND FREEDOM (BOOK)

From the Dean of the acclaimed Kripalu School of Yoga and founder of Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts come the wisdom and tools to help you leverage your yoga practice as a vehicle for profound self-growth. Pranayama (yogic breathwork) is a journey of self-discovery that is, above all, about being authentic. It invites you to shed ideas of who you think you should be, in order to open to the person you really are. Yoga master Yoganand Michael Carroll and his longtime student Allison Gemmel Laframboise dive deep into the mystery and techniques of the ancient hatha yoga traditions to reclaim valuable teachings that have been lost to contemporary practitioners. What’s uncovered is pranayama as a system for increased healing, vibrancy, and liberation. If you want to get more from your yoga, Pranayama: A Path to Healing and Freedom is your guide to living from your truth, with complete acceptance and ultimate vitality.

A PRANAKRIYA COMPANION TO PRACTICE: THE ASHTAVAKA GITA

Verses from the 14th century Vedanta text Ashtavakra Gita spoken by Yoganand with a music background appropriate for Yoga practice by Rudeyna.

Deepen your asana, pranayama, and meditation practice by contemplating these ancient teachings from the Ashtavakra Gita.
This recording is intended to be played during your personal practice of asanas, pranayamas, and meditation. As you flow through your practice, let the music and verses wash over you. Try to feel the verses rather than understand them. Let any insight that emerges carry you deeper into your practice. Available as a Digital download from Rudeyna's website.

A MEDITATION FRIEND

The Pranakriya Companion to Practice music without the verses

Rudeyna's 75 minute meditative sound track without the verses from the Ashtavakra Gita. Available as a Digital download from Rudeyna's website.

Dharma Then Moksha: The Untold Story of Swami Kripalu

by Richard Faulds (Author)

Swami Kripalu (1913-1981) was one of the most accomplished yogis of the 20th century. As a young man, he overcame poverty to distinguish himself in the fields of literature and music. In midlife he became a swami and gained renown as a teacher and inspirational speaker. Using his fame to serve society, he was recognized as one of India's great humanitarian saints. His last three decades were dedicated to intensive practice, pursuing the end stages of yoga as described in the ancient texts but seldom attempted by modern practitioners. He came to the United States in 1977, where he spent his final four years in residence at the original Kripalu ashram in Pennsylvania and played an instrumental role in bringing yoga to the West. This book sheds new light on the person behind all these accomplishments - whose remarkable life bridges the myth and mysticism of traditional India with the secular and scientific West.

IMMERSIONS AND RETREATS WITH YOGANAND

Yoganand leads weekend and longer retreats for practitioners in a variety of locations.

May 1-3, Raven's Wing Yoga, Branford, CT

The Deep Roots of Yoga

“Yoga is 6,000 years old, right?”  We will explore the historical beginnings of yoga, the early yogis and their Upanishadic philosophy, influences of Samkhya and Buddhism, and the medieval development and decline of Tantra Yoga and its ultimate reformation into Hatha Yoga.  While the yogic practices have changed dramatically over the millennia, the goals of the practitioners have remained remarkably stable. These philosophies remain rich and fertile areas for the development of a meaningful and dynamic context and for personal intention in practice today.  Practice sessions will be interspersed with lecture and discussion sessions.  Pranayama, khumbakas, and bandhas will be introduced and then incorporated into asana practices where appropriate.  Those already familiar with the practices will be encouraged to move and practice at a depth that supports them, while those new to the practices will be led in a guided and structured experience.  

This is a 16 hour immersion.  Open to teachers and students alike.

Igniting the Fire of Yoga- A Transformational Retreat

May 31–June 5, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA

For all levels. Ancient yoga texts speak of two lights within the body: the moon in the crown of the head, symbolizing the rational self, and the sun in the pelvis, representing the emotions. The conflict between these two forces causes all of life’s pain and suffering. Through postures and pranayama, the yogi converts solar energy into yogagni, the fire of yoga. This fire rises and dissolves the moon back into the Witness, the seed of the Self. When the sun and moon disappear, the yogi becomes the whole universe. Join a supportive community of fellow seekers in this life-changing retreat, which includes

  • Asana and pranayama

  • Esoteric teachings that make a lot of sense

  • Hope and inspiration for your spiritual journey.

Skillfully distilling and interpreting yoga texts, Yoganand Michael Carroll provides information and offers techniques to deepen your practice when you return home.

The Universe Inside the Body of the Yogi: A Journey into the Chakras, Granthis and Nadis

June 12 -  14 Crofton Yoga Studio, Crofton, MD

Ancient texts of Hatha Yoga state that inside the body of the yogi are mountains, valleys, oceans, and rivers; the moon and stars move in that inner space. When practice took ancient seekers deep inside, they encountered an amazing world beyond rational thought. They used symbols to map this inner journey and, over time, those symbols became the esoteric Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis of medieval Hatha Yoga.

Come and see what you find when you shine the light of Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, and Mudra into your inner world and look closely through the eyes of meditation. Come and practice as the ancient yogis did, using Hatha Yoga rituals to remove the obstacles to inner experience.

The Deep Roots of Yoga

August 14 - 16 Yoga for Everybody,  Fairfield, CT

Explore the historical beginnings of yoga, the early yogis and their Upanishadic philosophy, influences of Samkhya and Buddhism, and the medieval development and decline of Tantra Yoga and its ultimate reformation into Hatha Yoga. While the yogic practices have changed dramatically over the millennia, the goals of the practitioners have remained remarkably stable. These philosophies remain rich and fertile areas for the development of a meaningful and dynamic context and for personal intention in practice today. Practice sessions will be interspersed with lecture and discussion sessions. Pranayama, khumbakas, and bandhas will be introduced and then incorporated into asana practices where appropriate. Those already familiar with the practices will be encouraged to move and practice at a depth that supports them, while those new to the practices will be led in a guided and structured experience.

The Mystical Path of Yoga

September 18 -  20 Evolutions Studio, Annapolis, MD

We practice yoga for many reasons: health, vitality, a sense of well-being, strength, flexibility. In its earliest stages of development, however, yoga was created as a path to the soul. It was designed to lead us to the direct experience of spirit. In this retreat for experienced practitioners, we look at applications of asana, pranayama, and meditation that have been lost from many traditions—techniques that were once central to yoga practice as a path to the mystery within. We focus on techniques that can easily be taken home and incorporated into a daily practice.

PRANAKRIYA 300HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSES

For a complete list of scheduled Pranakriya Teacher Training programs including programs taught by other Pranakriya Teachers visit pranakriya.com.

Feb 14–18 Crofton Yoga Crofton, MD

Pranayama, the yogic science of breath control, is a powerful way for you and your students to raise energy and channel it into spiritual growth and life mastery. This program provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the techniques and philosophy of pranayama as taught in the Tantric Hatha Yoga traditions. Practicing under the guidance of an experienced teacher, you will learn a variety of pranayama techniques and a methodology for guiding and teaching the techniques. We will explore the possibilities for meditation in daily practices that explore pranayama and bandha mudra (locks) with asana. This course includes practice teach opportunities to increase your understanding to safely integrate these powerful breath practices into your personal yoga practice and the classes you may teach. 

Mar 1–6 Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Lenox, MA

The Bhagavad Gita is a 2,000-year-old Sanskrit text that offers profound insights into the deeper practices of yoga. As the seeker in the Gita metaphorically prepares for the battle of spiritual transformation, he asks his teacher a series of questions. In his answers, the teacher explains the many challenges and stages of the yogic spiritual path.

Explore themes from the Bhagavad Gita that are meaningful for contemporary yoga practice. While study of the Gita is the primary focus of this program, each morning also includes asana and pranayama practice, with stretch breaks during the day and relaxation or pranayama before the end of some sessions to integrate your experience.

The Universe Inside the Body of the Yogi: A Journey into the Chakras, Granthis and Nadis

June 12 - 14, Crofton Yoga, Crofton, MD

Ancient texts of Hatha Yoga state that inside the body of the yogi are mountains, valleys, oceans, and rivers; the moon and stars move in that inner space. When practice took ancient seekers deep inside, they encountered an amazing world beyond rational thought. They used symbols to map this inner journey and, over time, those symbols became the esoteric Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis of medieval Hatha Yoga.

Come and see what you find when you shine the light of Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, and Mudra into your inner world and look closely through the eyes of meditation. Come and practice as the ancient yogis did, using Hatha Yoga rituals to remove the obstacles to inner experience.