In this all-day intensive, we delved 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 where we will explore the marvellous science of breath and its applications.

You will leave the workshop self-study 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.



(Śabda Saṅgha members get 25% off the price of the self-study. 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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