In this all-day intensive, we will delve into the most fundamental requirement of life - the breath.

  • What is breath from a physiological perspective? 
  • Is prāṇa identical to breath?

  • Why is there an emphasis on the mechanics of breathing in various traditions? 

  • Can the breath be controlled or regulated for health and wellness, curing disease, calming the mind or for spiritual insight? 

If so, how?

Drs. Sumit Kesarkar and Kavitha Chinnaiyan will lead you through the theory, application and practice of breath and prāṇa.

Join us at 9 AM (have breakfast beforehand), when we will explore the marvelous science of breath and its applications.

We will provide a snack at lunchtime, deliberately small to enable us to practice breathing techniques together (which require the stomach to not be full!). 

You will leave the workshop armed with highly beneficial techniques to improve your health and sleep, calm your mind, and prepare for higher spiritual practices. 

While this workshop is open to all, the principles discussed will be applicable for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners of prāṇāyāma.

Please note that for everyone’s health and safety, please DO NOT ATTEND in-person if you feel unwell, have a fever, or are showing any other signs of COVID-19. You can attend online. 

Event Details:

Date:  March 12, 2022

Time:  9 AM - 4 PM PST

Location: Prashanthi Chitre Institute of Performing Arts, 4148 148th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98052

Please note, in-person places are limited! 


In-person:  $249 full price (early-bird until February 28: $199)

Online:  $179 (no early-bird pricing for this option)

(Śabda Saṅgha members get 30% off the full price of this event. Please use the links in the Saṅgha portal on Ruzuku to sign up).

In this video, Dr. Kesarkar gives a lucid and remarkable demonstration of an example of the practical application of the science of breath and sound.

Workshop Instructors

Dr. Sumit Ashok Kesarkar  is a Vaidya (doctor) of Āyurveda. A renaissance man, he is also the founder of the National Library of Ayurveda Medicine, where he has poured his knowledge into building a first-of-its-kind, searchable online database and study modules on ancient Āyurvedic formulations. You’ll often find him in the lap of the Himalayas, traversing across India while working towards the conservation of medicinal plants, local health traditions, and ancient Hatha Yoga practices. His youtube travel vlog documents his Himalayan journeys, where you’ll find a wealth of Āyurvedic information through the lens of a yogi and doctor. Demystifying arcane Vedas, Tantra and Yoga to make them accessible to all remains his life's work. Dr. Kesarkar also teaches the process of simplifying and decoding Vedic Sciences to practically apply them conjunct with modern-day methodologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as a guiding force in developing sophisticated systems. This extends to a research-oriented lifestyle program that can be found at, where he has explained the health benefits of single malt whisky by experimentation and application of Āyurvedic Algorithms. Do read his book on the health benefits of single malt whisky, which for many is an easing in to Āyurveda. Recently, he has launched  ‘theSoundBreath’  program that offers application-based learning of mantra, breath and yantra. Discover the immense wisdom he has to share on

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine and the founder of Śabda Institute. She is the author of Shakti Rising (Nonduality Press, October 2017) that won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017, Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma (New Sarum Press, UK, 2020) and The Heart of Wellness (Sfaim Press, 2020). Her next book, Fractals of Reality: Living the Śrīcakra will be released in early 2022. 


Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. Please apply here.

Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

Our courses, both live and self-study, can be used towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education requirements for all RYTs already registered with Yoga Alliance. Go here for how to upload your hours. 

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