MASTER YOUR BREATH
WORKSHOP JULY 2021

Welcome! Here you will find recordings, videos, documents and guided practices.

Week 1

28-Day Breathing Challenge
(also part of your materials)

Presentation of Week 1

To-do's for the first weekend

To-do's for the first WEEK

Start your day with 10-20 Minutes of Breathwork:

Gratitude - Forgiveness - Asking for Guidance & offering Trust

Neck, shoulder and spine mobilization

3x Pre-Uddiyana (Sucking up the belly through lifting the ribs after exhaling fully and holding the breath)

Relaxing the belly and pulling in the lower belly while keeping the upper belly expanded

Brahma Mudra - Turning your head left, right, up, down

Finding the space in belly, ribs, through the lift in the heart and in between your shoulder-blades to breath into

15 breaths in a ratio that feels comfortable, for example 4 sec in, pause 2 sec, 6 out, 2 sec pause

Lie down and take rest

Recording Saturday 17.7.2021

Recording Sunday 18.7.2021 PRACTICE

Recording Sunday 18.7.2021 Lecture

Walk through of the Manual for the 28-Day Improve-Your-Breathing Challenge

Measure your pulse and test your lung function

For breathing test: Use the stop watch on your smart phone. Set Relaxator on highest resistance. Exhale fully, then start the stop watch and breathe in for 6 seconds, exhale through the Relaxator as long as you can. Write down the score in the manual (step 4) under Breathing for days 1 - measure pulse and breathing capacity again on days 8, 15, 22 and 28.
If you do not have a stop watch, use this one: 
https://www.timeanddate.de/stoppuhr/

Week 2

Presentation of Week 2: Principle 2 - Breathe low

To-do's for the second week

Recommended daily practice

Start your day with 10-20 Minutes of Breathwork:

Gratitude - Forgiveness - Asking for Guidance & offering Trust

Neck, shoulder and spine mobilization

3x Pre-Uddiyana (Sucking up the belly through lifting the ribs after exhaling fully and holding the breath)

Relaxing the belly and pulling in the lower belly while keeping the upper belly expanded

Simha Mudra 5x - Crossing the ankles, hands on knees, reach your tongue out, gaze up, mouth open, fingers lifted

Brahma Mudra 3x - Turning your head left, right, up, down

Finding the space in belly, ribs, through the lift in the heart and in between your shoulder-blades to breath into

15 breaths in a ratio that feels comfortable, for example 6 sec in, pause 2 sec, 12 out, 2 sec pause

Lie down and take rest

Recording Saturday 24.7.2021

Week 3

Presentation of Week 3: Principle 3 & 4 - Nose Breathing & Effects of CO2

To-do's for the third week

Recommended daily practice

Start your day with 10-20 Minutes of Breathwork:

Gratitude - Forgiveness - Asking for Guidance & offering Trust

Smile-to-your-organs meditation

Neck, shoulder and spine mobilization

3x Uddiyana Kriya (Sucking up the belly through lifting the ribs after exhaling fully and holding the breath)

3x Agni Sara

(Pre-)Kapalabhathi - as you start to separate upper and lower belly, start to pump out the breath from the lower belly, passive inhale 3x 10 pumps

Simha Mudra 5x - Crossing the ankles, hands on knees, reach your tongue out, gaze up, mouth open, fingers lifted

Brahma Mudra 3x - Turning your head left, right, up, down

Finding the space in belly, ribs, through the lift in the heart and in between your shoulder-blades to breath into

15 breaths in a ratio that feels comfortable, for example 6 sec in, pause 2 sec, 12 out, 2 sec pause

Lie down and take rest

Recording Saturday 31.7.2021 Practice

Recording Saturday 31.7.2021 Lecture

Recording Saturday 1.8.2021 Practice

Recording Saturday 1.8.2021 Lecture

Week 4

To-do's for the fourth week

Recommended daily practice

Start your day with 10-20 Minutes of Breathwork:

Gratitude - Forgiveness - Asking for Guidance & offering Trust

Smile-to-your-organs meditation

Neck, shoulder and spine mobilization

3x Uddiyana Kriya (Sucking up the belly through lifting the ribs after exhaling fully and holding the breath)

3x Agni Sara

(Pre-)Kapalabhathi - as you start to separate upper and lower belly, start to pump out the breath from the lower belly, passive inhale 3x 10 pumps

Simha Mudra 5x - Crossing the ankles, hands on knees, reach your tongue out, gaze up, mouth open, fingers lifted

Jiva Bandha - Tongue Lock on the upper palate

Brahma Mudra 3x - Turning your head left, right, up, down

Finding the space in belly, ribs, through the lift in the heart and in between your shoulder-blades to breath into

15 breaths (Alternate Nostril Breathing) in a ratio that feels comfortable, for example 6 sec in, pause 2 sec, 12 out, 2 sec pause

10x Brahmari

Lie down and take rest

Recording Saturday 7.8.2021 Practice & Lecture

Week 5

To-do's for the fifth week

Presentation of Week 4/5

Recommended daily practice

Start your day with 10-20 Minutes of Breathwork:

Gratitude - Forgiveness - Asking for Guidance & offering Trust

Breathing fully while having an active core - exercises / or incorporated into your Ashtanga Practice

3x Uddiyana Kriya (Sucking up the belly through lifting the ribs after exhaling fully and holding the breath)

3x Agni Sara

(Pre-)Kapalabhathi - as you start to separate upper and lower belly, start to pump out the breath from the lower belly, passive inhale 3x 10 pumps

Simha Mudra 5x - Crossing the ankles, hands on knees, reach your tongue out, gaze up, mouth open, fingers lifted

Jiva Bandha - Tongue Lock on the upper palate

Brahma Mudra 3x - Turning your head left, right, up, down

15 breaths (Alternate Nostril Breathing or simple) in a ratio that feels comfortable, exploring Retention (Kumbhaka), for example 6 sec in, Hold 6 sec, 12 out, 2 sec pause

10x Brahmari (Male and Female Bee)

Lie down and take rest

Recording Saturday 14.8.2021 Practice & Lecture

Note: We are doing Brahmari - the bee sounding breath - at the end of the practice. I called it Brahma Mudra by mistake.

Week 7

To-do's for week 7

Pranayama Manual

Every day, read a couple of pages, based on your curiosity of that day

If you haven't done so, watch Marshall Rosenberg's NVC intro-workshop to understand the separation of observations, feelings, needs and requests

Recommended daily practice - Meditation "Tune into new potentials" - you can download the file and put it on your phone!

New: Throughout the week, observe your thoughts and catch any "STORY" that comes up such as "I cannot do this", "I am not good enough" etc.

Keep doing the Kriyas (Uddiyana, Agni Sara, Kapalabhati, Simha Mudra, Jiva Bandha, Brahma Mudra) and breathwork (1:2 or 1:1:2 ratio)

Recording Saturday 28.8.2021 Practice & Lecture

Week 8

To-do's for week 7

Presentation Week 8


Ayurveda Test


Do your daily Breathing practice and continue to improve your breathing patterns! Never stop exploring :)

Recording Saturday 4.9.2021 Practice & Lecture

Recording Sunday 5.9.2021 Practice & Lecture

Practices

Short Practice for Week 1 (23min)

Short Practice for Week 2 (29min)

Stretching & Mobility Routine to support better breathing (17min)

PRANAYAMA TUTORIAL/GLOSSARY 

Note: Theses Pranayama Resources are not necessarily guided practices. They serve to show the key points of each technique or concept.

Supporting Techniques / Kriyas / Mudras

Uddiyana Kriya / Nauli

Stay with step 1 until you have mastered it 90%, before you move onto step 2 and then 3.

1. standing with bend knees, exhale fully leaning forward, then draw the diaphragm up passively

2. push/release the rectus abdominus out while maintaining step 1

3. let the rectus move around, first left and right, then in a circular motion.

Agni Sara

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Brahma Mudra

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Kapalabhati

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Simha Mudra

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Jihva Bandha

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Pranayama Techniques

Basic Pranayama Techniques

Blueprint of the Breath during Pranayama

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Nadi Shodana

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Brahmari

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Dosha Balancing Pranayama Techniques

Surya Bedhena / Chandra Bhedena

Ujjayi

Shitali / Sitkari


Advanced Pranayama Techniques

Bhastrika (advanced Technique - only do when prescribed by teacher)


If you have any questions, write me at tom@tomrichter.yoga

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