Noradrenaline & Kumbhaka Workshop -The first part of this event looks at noradrenalin and the reticular activating system and how through conscious breath we can effect positive change. Part two then explores the physiological effects of kumbhaka and bandhas in pranayama.


Research by Trinity College Dublin shows for the first time that breathing practices directly affects the levels of a natural chemical messenger in the brain called noradrenaline.

The study suggests the way we breathe directly affects the chemistry of our brains in a way that can enhance our attention and improve our brain health.

“Noradrenaline promotes arousal and alertness, vigilance, enhanced and retrieval of memory, and focuses attention”.

Noradrenaline & Kumbhaka Workshop


The physiology of breath holding involves respiratory, circulatory and cardiac changes including an increase in Co2 and a decrease in O2. These changes occur because of changes in the respiratory gases in the blood. 02 and Co2 levels are involved in respiratory control, but Co2 level is more important in holding the breath.

Chemoreceptors, found in the respiratory centre at the base of your brain, monitor levels of C02 and O2 by detecting changes in the pH levels of the cerebral spinal fluid.

Noradrenaline & Kumbhaka Workshop Event program

  • 08:30 Pranayama & meditation
  • 10:00 Asana practice
  • 11:30 Presentation: Noradrenaline & the reticular activating system
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Presentation: Physiology of kumbhaka
  • 15:00 Break
  • 15:20 Trinetra kumbhaka  
  • 16:00 Close
  • Includes detailed course notes and a certificate of attendance

Noradrenaline & Kumbhaka Workshop event date 20/08/22

Flexible Courses

These events are flexible and online. Attend the whole day, or choose just the presentation elements.

Workshops and CPD Prices

We are committed to offering high quality events at an affordable price.

  • Cost for a whole day is £45
  • Cost for main presentations only is £35

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