2638 – Breath Techniques for Function

Intermediate / Land Workshop


Chicago, IL / Friday, April 24, 2020 – 3:15-5:15 pm – 2.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 3:15-5:15 pm)


Faculty: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Recent studies indicate an integration between neurophysiological and neurocognitive based bidirectional practices that cultivate resiliency to change the narrative in a person’s sense of well-being. We will review how breathing is linked to brain function and behavior whilst experiencing pain, illness or disability. We will examine the beneficial effects of yogic breathing techniques in both physiological and clinical settings on the neurocognitive, psychophysiological, respiratory, biomechanical and metabolic functions within the body. Studies show that breathing directly affects the autonomic nervous system, and we will practice some yoga therapy techniques that develop Eudaimonia (a Greek word, which refers to a state of having a good indwelling spirit or being in a contented state of being healthy, happy and prosperous.)



1)  Review current research and studies on how yoga therapy facilitates bi-directional communication between brain and body.                                                                 

2)  Explain how developing Eudaimonia fits into the therapeutic yogic system where breathing is foundational and can benefit common clinical conditions.                        

3)  Identify how therapeutic breathing techniques can be incorporated into an aquatic setting.

4)  Practice breathing techniques to cultivate Eudaimonia and self-awareness for improved function.


FACULTY: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT, is one of the few ordained female Swamis currently teaching in the Kriya Lineage. It is an unbroken line of gurus dating back thousands of years. She pioneered Aqua Kriya Yoga 20 years ago and travels to certify teachers in this field. As a female disciple, she authored “Prenatal Kriya Yoga” which is a mystical journey into pregnancy and motherhood. A registered Yoga Therapist and Prenatal Yoga Alliance registered teacher, she has a comprehensive online home-study in prenatal yoga at www.prenatalkriyayoga.com.