High on Breath, High on Life

Prāṇāyāma Summit Schedule

June 20th-27th 2021


Welcome to this experience of Prana…. we are ready and Prana Shakti is here!

This Summit consists of 23 interviews and one live interactive Prana Yantra Workshop. 

Each day’s conversations go live from 10:00 a.m EST and are available to view FREE for 48 hours at your convenience. Interviews are between 50-90 minutes on an average.

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Day 1 :  Sunday 20th June 2021

Please note that all interviews for the day can be enjoyed from 10:00 a.m EST for 48 hours at your convenience.

Experience of our own prana as we are led to draw our own personal prana yantra. LIVE SESSION 12:00-2:00 p.m EST

Mirabelle D’cunha Prāṇā Mantra


Tripti Raikwar – Experiencing  Your Prāṇā through YOUR Prāṇā Yantra

Our first day unfolds a direct experience of our own Prana….what does it feel like, what is our relationship to it, what does it look like in form? If prana our vital life force and joyful vitality has felt abstract and impersonal to you, this is about to change!

Beginning with an immersion in prana mantra and an ode to prana with Mirabelle D’Cunha, this experiential session will unfold with Tripti Raikwar, teacher of experiential Sacred geometry, Shakti awakening, Womb-healing andYoni Shastra guiding us to an experience of our own prana as we are led to draw our own personal prana yantra.  (You do not need to have any artistic skills for this)

Read Tripti and Mirabelle’s full bio on the summit page.

Please note that all other interviews for the day can be viewed from 10:00 a.m EST

 We will explore

  • What is yantra
  • The relationship of prana and yantra
  • Tapping into and creating the energy of your personal prana
  • Understanding the simple yet profound principle mechanism of Yantra and channelising cosmic prana.
  • Tripti’s perspective of Cosmic Geometry synergy within
  • My Prana, Earth’s Prana and Cosmic Prana.
  • How creating one’s own Yantra can boost prana energy.
  • The synchronized dance of Cosmic Geometry and Prana Shakti.
  • deep connection with exploration of prana through varied cosmic geometric movements.

…. and much more

Supplies needed :

  • A3 size papers (2-3)
  • Lead Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass and Protractor (geometry tools)
  • coloured pencils or crayons or watercolours etc to colour the yantra once it is created

PS: We have space for 100 on the zoom call. The session will also be broadcast live here on facebook. A recording will be provided if you miss the Live.

PPS: Don’t miss the Prana Yantra contest on social media. You can win some amazing prizes while sharing and bringing reverence to Prana Shakti as she flows through you. 

Dr. John Douillard- The Synthesis of Prana

Yes, prana exists, but what factors determine our access, assimilation and retention of it? In this fascinating interview, Dr. John Douillard, creator of LifeSpa, former NBA nutritionist, author of several bestselling Ayurveda books and teacher of several online yoga courses including Yoga Journal’s courses Ayurveda 101 & 201, and repeat guest on the Dr. Oz Show shares with clarity, patience and depth.

 In this conversation, we will explore

  • What makes prana accessible
  • What is prana in food in “real” terms
  • The relationship between agni (fire) and prana
  • The relationship between prana, tejas and ojas
  • The relationship between breathing, prana and digestion
  • Scientifically proven effective Prāṇāyāma for heart-disease, GERD AND Covid-19
  • A science parallel to understand samskaras and vasanas
  • Prana, breathing, living over a 100 years and why old age is designed for spiritual evolution

…. and much more

Tracee Stanley – Experiencing Prāṇā through Yoga Nidra

In this ease-full conversation, Tracee Stanley, best selling author of Radiant Rest will share how yoga nidra can be a portal into the experience of prāṇā that is gentle, expansive and liberating.  The truth of her own experience with prāṇā always shines through with luminosity and simplicity.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Tracee’s relationship with prāṇā from word to experience
  • Why experiencing prāṇā through yoga nidra is a good way to build a relationship with prāṇā
  • Gentle and direct ways of engaging with prāṇā
  • Yoga nidra as a practice before prāṇāyāma to settle the imbalances in the doshas
  • Why we might universally need nidra before prāṇāyāma in todays times.
  • Nature, the Divine Mother and the experience of prāṇā
  • The approach to prāṇā in Tantra

…. and much more

Shantala Sriramaiah-  Mantra and Veda Chanting as Prāṇāyāma


Lineaged from Sri M. S. Sreenivasan of The Challakere Brothers Shantala began her journey with Vedic chanting with her mother, herself a Vedic Chanting teacher. She is founder of VedaStudies Institute, through which has developed a unique system to accurately and completely transmit all the nuances of Vedic phonetics to help support students learn without error. In this deep and precise conversation, Shantala will share how Veda chanting is Prāṇāyāma

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Why mantra is Prāṇāyāma
  • Difference between singing mantras and veda chanting
  • How mantra is taught traditionally and her story of learning
  • Correct chanting of several verses on prana in the Veda
  • Sanskrit alphabet, alpa and maha prana
  • Guidance on practicing mantra as Prāṇāyāma

…. and much more


Day 2 :  Monday 21st June 2021

Rodolphe Millat- Prāṇāyāma and the Ascent of Kundalini


When someone speaks from the intense purity of their entire being, the essence of truth appears in such detail and simplicity. It almost sounds like the most obvious “normal” thing ever. That is mastery. This is what you will feel as you listen to Rodolphe. Direct disciple of Mauna (silent) yogi  Sri Sri Sri Saccidânanda Yogi  of Madras, Rodolphe is Founder Srî Kailâsa Âshramam, Author of over 10 books and  Founder CEFYTO, Bretagne, Rodolphe will share about Pranayama and the ascent of kundalini.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • What is the purpose of asana to prepare for Prāṇāyāma
  • The 18 adharas and their significance
  • Why his teacher didn’t delay the teaching of advanced practices
  • Bandhas and their real purpose and practice
  • Agni sara, nauli kriya and its (mindblowing) demonstration
  • The basics of svara yoga in relation to Prāṇāyāma
  • The ascent of kundalini, how and why it happens
  • The 3 granthis or knots and their significance
  • Ways to practice anuoma viloma 
  • The 3 families of Prāṇāyāma

…. and much more

Susanna Barkataki- Honouring the roots of Prāṇāyāma

To get the full experience of pranayama, honoring its roots by practicing it beyond the popular label of yogic breathwork becomes very important. In this conversation, Susanna Barkataki, Author of bestselling Embrace Yoga’s Roots, founder of the path breaking “Honor (Don’t Appropriate) Yoga Summit and teacher of yoga teachers will share how to respect the traditions of prāṇāyāma  sadhana.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • The harm caused when Prāṇāyāma is translated as yogic breathwork
  • The end goal of Prāṇāyāma
  • The teaching or not of Prāṇāyāma in yoga teacher trainings
  • Rebranding of Prāṇāyāma practices by individuals and the medical community
  • Cultural appropriation (ignorance) and the harm it does
  • Practicing Prāṇāyāma as a mother


…. and much more

Patrick McKeown : What Yoga Teachers Should Know About Breathing


Patrick McKeown is a foremost authority in the field of breathing. Author of The Oxygen Advantage, The Breathing Cure  and more, Patrick was educated at Trinity College Dublin, completing his clinical training in Russia with renowned physician Dr. Konstantin Buteyko.  Patrick has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide. His work focuses on breathing pattern disorders, sleep disordered breathing and anxiety. He has trained elite military Special Forces, SWAT, Olympic coaches and athletes. He is breathing advisor to the Extreme Performance Training XPT program – created by American big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton – and has taught more than 700 breathing instructors across 45 countries. Patrick’s entire journey and purpose stems from his personal experience and you will feel his  passion and integrity as he shares his wisdom

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • What is lost when the mechanics of breathing is not taught in yoga teacher training
  • Relationship of biochemistry, biomechanics and cadence for breathing
  • Common yoga teacher breathing cues that may need fine tuning
  • Pranayama for people with asthma
  • Mouth breathing during asana practice
  • Effects of tongue-ties on breathing
  • The diaphragm and emotions

…. and much more



Day 3 :  Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Michelle Johnson- Prāṇāyāma, Breath and Racial Trauma


Author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, intuitive healer and Dismantling Racism trainer. Author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World and Finding Refuge Heart Work for Healing Collective Grief published by Shambhala Publications, and Guest teacher on Sadhana Club will share about prana, breath and racial trauma.  This is a necessary conversation with so much to contemplate….

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • How it is a radical act to breathe and how oppression takes the breath away.
  • how the embodied experience of prana may not be accessible to us
  • How the antidote to trauma is giving ourselves space to breathe.
  • The intersection between the internal and the external, and how pranayam shifts how we show up in the world
  • Languaging for breath and pranayam around offering care for racial trauma
  • Living in a culture that says  “Think. Don’t breathe, and don’t feel.” 
  • Guidance to heal through Prāṇāyāma


…. and much more

Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian -Prana Science and its Coding in Saliva.


Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is a Cell Biology researcher and founder of PranaScience Institute. A pioneer in the area of yoga biology research combining Prāṇāyāma and salivary stimulation, he discovered that Yogic breathing promotes salivary secretion, and it contains factors that are important for our healthy living. 

Growing up in Tamilnadu, India in a traditional Yoga and Siddha medicine practicing family background, Dr. Balasubramanian’s life and research has been influenced by Siddha Medicine, Tamil literature and spiritual texts.  He is a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, and a speaker at TEDx Charleston 2015. He has been traveling globally to speak and teach the richness of Yogic breathing as he understands through his research studies. 

This conversation is going to be absolutely fascinating as language, molecular biology and his brilliant mind bring into our discovery the epic changes that regular Prāṇāyāma sadhana (practice) can facilitate.


Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • The fascinating story of how he connectes Tamil sacred texts, Prāṇāyāma and salivary proteins
  • What siddha medicine is
  • The importance given to saliva in traditional Indian spiritual and healing texts
  • How practices to increase salivary production are coded into mantras and songs for various times/ rites of passage in life
  • The politics of hiding ancient knowledge
  • The good that came out of colonialism and the not so good
  • What studying the effect of Prāṇāyāma through salivary bio markers means for the future of Prāṇāyāma research
  • Hypothesis about the epigenetic changes due to Prāṇāyāma sadhana
  • How western scientific research can blend the wisdom of ayurveda and siddha medicine to create a more effective framework for evidence based research

…. and much more

Sreedevi Bringi- Hanuman,Vayu & Prāṇā


Her energy is divinely infectious, her speech encompasses her whole being, her expression pours out the wisdom of her whole lineage and of yoga. Her intellect as a scientist is sharp and no-nonsense. Her love embodies that of the Divine mother. I know you will feel all this and more as we are immersed in conversation with Sreedevi Bringi, lineage master teacher, Professor of Yoga Studies at Naropa University, scientist and author.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • An amazing storytelling of the life of Hanuman that begins to reveal the energy behind the form
  • 5 Vayus, 5 pranas and the 5 faces of Hanuman
  • Pentad interconnections
  • The symbolism behind the form of monkey, monkey mind, Prāṇāyāma, devotion and raising consciousness
  • Understanding the 5 pranas and vayus from the perspective of science
  • Hanuman as an aspect of Rudra, the howler and how it relates to prana
  • The significance of Sita in the heart of Hanuman
  • The pranic reason and effects of why Hanuman chants Ram, Ram , Ram


…. and much more


Day 4 :  Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan – Prāṇāyāma as Devi Sadhana

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Tantrika, Vedantin, Author and cardiac oncologist,  has the ability to make practical and tangible the most esoteric experiences that are coded in mythology and philosophy. The understanding she offers around Prāṇāyāma is distinct and exciting. In this conversation we will speak about the practices around Prāṇāyāma that are usually only taught in a guru-disciple relationship, after years of trust and eligibility. Her conversation will show us what is possible with the practice.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • How prana is undeniably, irrefutably at the core of every lineage of yoga
  • The understanding of the 5 sheaths of the body from the Tantric and Vedantic approach
  • Dismantling misunderstandings around Shiva and Shakti as energy
  • The flow of prana in relation to the moon cycles
  • The phases of the moon, the Nithyas, the breath and Prāṇāyāma
  • The practices around mudras and bandhas in the Shakt traditions and why a guru is necessary

…. and much more

Dr. Shamini Jain- Prana and Biofield Science


Deepak Chopra calls Shamini “a visionary scientist and collaboration catalyst, with the energy and heart of a healer.” Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, TedX Speaker, Author of Healing Ourselves Biofield Science and the Future of Health, Dr. Shamini Jain is humble and a living example of integration and compassion in action. This conversation is going to be crisp, fun, illuminating and will make you very very very excited for the future….

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • What is biofield science and what does it have to do with prana?
  • What caused Dr. Shamini to study biofield science.
  • Can we situate and measure prana
  • What is the place of diagnosis when the biofield/ pranic field is ever dynamic and responsive
  • What is salutogenesis and how likely it is that pranaya causes epigenetic changes
  • The place of the “placebo” effect in pranic healing
  • Systematic reviews of biofield studies and what that has shifted in the medical field (its BIG)
  • The work she is doing to bridge the gaps in understanding, experience and mutual respect of biofield practitioners and the medical community
  • How she is ensuring that biofield medicine does not become a form of cultural appropriation
  • Prāṇāyāma as Shakti Sadhana
  • Mantra as Prāṇāyāma

…. and much more

Dr. Anuradha Choudry – Prāṇic Effects of Spoken Sanskrit 

Enthusiastic and infectiously overflowing with  joyful passion for her work,  Dr. Anuradha Choudry has Ph.D in Sanskrit , Vedic Psychology and is faculty at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in IIT Kharagpur India, where she teaches Sanskrit, Indian Psychology. She is currently coordinating a course on History of Science and Technology in Ancient India. Fluent in Sanskrit, other Indian languages and several European languages, she has an unparalleled depth of understanding about the Pranic effects of spoken Sanskrit. Her passion and her joy is infectious and you will feel it in our conversation.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Why Sansksrit must be understood as prāṇāyama and not as a means to understand yogic texts
  • The pranic origins and effects of the Sanskrit alphabets
  • Chakras, the “alphabets” on their petals and what they mean
  • Semi-vowels, Bija mantras, their origin and effects
  • How language shapes perception and why Sanskrit is unique
  • Why pronouncing the names of asanas correctly is half the pranic work done
  • prāṇā and why recitation is the traditional way of transmitting knowledge 

…. and much more


Day 5 :  Thursday 24th June 2021

Dr. Graham Schweig – Prāṇāyāma in the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras

In this beautiful interview, Dr. Schweig will share an understanding of prana and Prāṇāyāma from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras, from jnana yoga (the yoga of knowledge) to Prāṇāyāma as a Bhakti Yoga practice. Dr. Schweig dropped out of school to study the Shastras, then got a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion, Harvard University, ThM in Religion, Harvard University MTS in Religion, Harvard University, authored books on the Gita, Bhagavata Purana, found a heart-centered yoga practice Author of Bhagavad Gītā: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song, (HarperCollins which has sold over 50,000 copies). This interview will blow your mind and fill your heart.   If you attended the Bhakti Yoga Summit last year, you will know that Dr. Schweig’s humour and sparkle will leave you asking for more.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Prana as a cosmic circulatory system
  • A less reductionist translation of the word prana
  • A unique understanding of the word ayama, the evolution and in-volution of prana
  • What the Gita says about prana and Prāṇāyāma
  • The context of Prāṇāyāma and where it is mentioned and why in the Bhagavad Gita
  • Prāṇāyāma as a practice of tapas and moksha
  • The place of Prāṇāyāma in the yoga sutras and why it is so vital
  • The heart, prana and the truth about isvara pranidhana

…. and much more

Swami Saradananda- The Role of Practice in Prāṇāyāma Sadhana

Internationally-renowned yoga and meditation teacher  from the Sivananda lineage, Swami Saradananda is the Author of “Chakra Meditation”, “The Essential Guide to Chakras” “The Power of Breath”, “Mudras for Modern Life”, “The Cleansing Power of Yoga” – and her latest book, which will be officially released in June, is entitled “Sitting Comfortably: preparing the mind and body for peaceful meditation”. She has mentored thousands of students in their Prāṇāyāma sadhana and will offer wonderful guidance to us as teachers and students of Prāṇāyāma

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • factors that influence the learning and readiness of a student for Prāṇāyāma?
  •  How could teachers make Prāṇāyāma more attractive for students?
  • What is the science behind the ratios in Prāṇāyāma?
  • Resources to share with teachers or students, where they can learn how to adapt their Prāṇāyāma Sadhana.
  • Should bandhas be included in our practice
  • Making sounds while practicing Prāṇāyāma
  • Context of Prāṇāyāma in yoga and how the “end” goal is different from breathwork.
  • Guidance on the importance of the regular practice of Prāṇāyāma

…. and much more

Jivana Heyman- Making Prāṇāyāma Accessible

Jivana’s special gift is making yoga accessible for all. He has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. Out of this work, the nonprofit Accessible Yoga Association was created to support education, training, and advocacy with the mission of shifting the public perception of yoga. In this conversation, we  will explore the very human challenges, adaptations, considerations and compassion in both practicing and teaching both breathwork and Prāṇāyāma. 

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Jivana’s journey and relationship with prana
  • How the breath may not be accessible to all
  • How prana and breath are different
  • How to facilitate Prāṇāyāma for special populations
  • The difference between simplifying Prāṇāyāma, making it accessible and cultural appropriation
  • Why Prāṇāyāma is intrinsically a trauma healing practice
  • The role of the Prāṇāyāma teacher

…. and much more


Day 6 :  Friday 25th June 2021

Molly Birkholm – Prāṇāyāma as a Trauma Healing Practice


A near death traumatic accident took Molly Birkholm off Wall Street and into a journey of healing through yoga. Not being able to access the physical aspects of yoga practice, Molly found healing through Prāṇāyāma and yoga nidra. These practices awakened her to her purpose and she co-founded Warriors at Ease, an organization that has trained more than 2000 teachers who work at more than 65 military bases and VAs, serving hundreds of thousands of soldiers and veterans in all 50 states and more than ten foreign militaries. Molly is down to earth , practical and full of life. In this inspiring interview she  will share how Prāṇāyāma can help heal from trauma AND more importantly specific ways in which to practice and teach Prāṇāyāma for trauma

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Molly’s journey with trauma and Prāṇāyāma
  • Why breathwork and Prāṇāyāma are not the same
  • Why Prāṇāyāma is intrinsically a trauma healing practice
  • What teachers and yoga lovers need to know about practicing Prāṇāyāma during or post trauma.
  • The importance of understanding breathing mechanics and the science around Prāṇāyāma for trauma

 … and much more

Dr. Yue Weng Cheu – Oral Myofascia, Linguadontics, Breathing and Prāṇā


World’s leading Linguadontist Dr. Yue Weng Cheu,  will help us dive in a simple and brilliant way into connections between oral myofascia, dental development, tongue position and the influence of them all on airway and breathing function. His background in traditional Chinese practices of Chi and with practitoners of pranayama are going to make this conversation very very interesting.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Dr. Weng Cheu’s understanding of prana/ chi from his tradition and where that meets science
  • How the plate, mouth and teeth are affected by our breathing
  • Deviated septum and its implications on breathing and the practice of Prāṇāyāma
  • Tongue position during movement, sleep, speech and the direct effect of that on prana
  • Relationship of breathing and posture
  • Understanding oral myofascia and why it is so important
  • Linguadontics and its effects on memory, attention and language and what Tamil an Indian language has to do with that.


…. and much more


Dr. Shirley Telles- Evidence Based Research on Prāṇāyāma


What happens when you put science and prāṇāyāma together? What has scientific study and research found about the effects of various prāṇāyāma techniques? What is yet to be discovered? In this fascinating conversation with the world’s premier yoga science research and neurobiologist Dr. Shirley Telles, we  will explore evidence based research on prāṇāyāma and what this means for us.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • What sparked Dr. Telles to research prāṇāyāma
  • Can the contents of prāṇā be distilled by science
  • Various effects of prāṇāyāma measured by research
  • Scientific difference between breathwork and prāṇāyāma practices
  • Effects of Brahmari on sinusitis
  • Do we run out of oxygen if we practice kumbhaka (retention) for too long?
  • Availability of funding for prāṇāyāma research
  • Her thoughts on where prāṇāyāma research is heading

…. and much more


Melissa Shah-  Prāṇāyāma for Children 

Growing up with asthma, Melissa found respite in the ancient practice of Pranayama under the loving care of her mother herself a yoga teacher. It soon became her mission to share these practices that changed her life. Melissa utilizes her background in public health to integrate yoga into schools. She is also Program Director at Wellemental, an app-based company that strives to create inclusive spaces for kids to breathe through BIPOC-centered practices.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • What it feels like as a child with breathing challenges
  • What yoga teachers should know about kids with asthma
  • How pranayama helps children
  • How to teach pranayama as a kids yoga teacher
  • The experience of race and breath as a child.
  • How to practice and teach pranayama as a parent, how to integrate it into daily living
  • Technology and what it can offer children in the space of pranayama

…. and much more


Day 7 :  Saturday 26th June 2021

Dr. Manjunath Gururaj- Prāṇāyāma in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika


 A yoga philosopher, Ayurveda Pundit, Surgeon, Vedantin, Sanskrit expert, and Psychologist,  Dr. Gururaj is also well-versed in the ancient science of astrology and astronomy.  He is an expert on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as a text on yoga and ayurveda. If you want to get really deep into Prāṇāyāma in a practical yet scriptural way, this is the talk for you.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • What is most striking about Hatha Yoga Pradipika as a text that guides us on Pranayama
  • Why Svatmarama is both an Yogi and Ayurveda pandit and how that influences how he speaks about pranayama
  • Pranayama for doshic imbalances
  • Kumbhaka and the arousal of Kundalini
  • Mahamudra, mahavedha and mahabandhas
  • The science & numerology behind how many times we breathe

…. and much more


Sudhir Tiwari -Prāṇāyāma Tradition & Science

Sudhirji was raised at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, India amidst the rich traditional yogic heritage of Swami Madhavdasji Maharaj, Swami Kuvalyanandaji and Swami Digambarji,  in a tradition kept alive by his father and a well known Prāṇāyāma master, Shri O. P. Tiwari. Sudhirji travels extensively around the world, teaching yoga in its undiluted form. You will enjoy the ease and practicality with which Sudhirji navigates the yoga texts on Prāṇāyāma, practical knowledge and science. The richness and depth of his immersion in yoga  will shine so brightly.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • The various meanings of Prāṇāyāma
  • Is Hatha yoga a practice of Prāṇāyāma
  • What traditional learning and Prāṇāyāma sadhana (practice) look like
  • Prāṇāyāma sadhana in the context of ayurveda and yoga
  • The relationship between tejas, ojas and prana
  • Science behind the ratios in Prāṇāyāma
  • Bandhas or locks, textual references for their authentic practice
  • References in sanskrit and english from many texts

…. and much more

Mirabelle D’Cunha – An Intimate Experience of Prāṇā & Apana

This interview came about when Molly Birkholm, also a speaker on the summit, asked Mirabelle to be interviewed herself. This will be a short, candid, insightful and very practical conversation.

Mirabelle D’Cunha, Founder of Sadhana Club, is in an intimate relationship with yoga as a joyful breath-ing experience and has been on the path of living yoga for 19 years, studying with swamis (monks) and teachers from the Sivananda Saraswati lineage and at Mumbai University. Mirabelle has taught at yoga ashrams and studios in India, the USA, Canada, Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands and is a guest teacher on yoga teacher training on pranayama, bhakti yoga, and the deeper nuances of yoga as a living practice. She has been a speaker and panelist and teacher for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Programs.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this conversation, we will explore

  • Enjoying an intimate experience of Prāṇā
  • Apana energy, why it is important and why we need to honour it more
  • Apana cycles as women, as mothers 
  • Apana detoxes  across ages and gender so many are  embarrassed about
  • Prāṇāyāma sadhana as a daily practice
  • Beyond cultural appropriation, the deep loss to the practitioner when Pranayama practices are diluted or branded

…. and much more

Srivatsa Ramaswami-  An Exposition on Prāṇāyāma


The longest standing student of the legendary Shri T. Krishnamacharya, outside of Krishnamacharya’s immediate family, Srivatsa Ramaswami holds a wealth of wisdom around Prāṇāyāma. He has been teaching for more than 25 years in India Kalakshetra (for 20 years, and recognized as an Institution of National Importance by the Govt. of India), Ramachandra Medical University, Yoga Brotherhood, etc. He has taught workshops and Teacher Training programs in the US at the Esalen Institute, Loyola Marymount University, YogaWorks, the Himalayan Institute, the Chicago Yoga Center, and many others. He is a certified teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT-500 (500 hour) level, the highest certification level offered.

Aside from the key explorations in this summit, in this exposition, we will explore

  • Why there is no yoga practice without Prāṇāyāma
  • Etymology of prana and the 5 types of prana
  • How to increase life span using Prāṇāyāma
  • Difference between shvasa (breath) and prana (life force)
  • Physiological benefits of various Prāṇāyāmas and bandhas
  • Relationship of asana and Prāṇāyāma with rajas (activity) and tamas (inertia)
  • Which Prāṇāyāma to use for asthma, hay fever and other conditions

…. and much more

Please note that all interviews from Saturday 26th can be enjoyed till Monday  28th 10:00 a.m EST.