An exploration of the tradition, the meaning and the practice of Sun Salutations.
Sunday, January 8th, 8AM Pacific/11AM Eastern
Early Bird $27 ends December 31st • $36 from January 1st
Exploring Sun Salutations
Sūrya Namaskāra can be found in the ancient texts as a simple prostration, known as Sūrya Daṇḍāsana: a prostration to the sun, rarely practiced anymore!
Over time it has morphed into a vinyāsa of 12 steps to honor the 12 houses of the Sun. With the original prostration mostly left out.
There is what we now call the classical method (pictured above), fairly recent in origin, and then there are the various versions that we get from the students of TKV Kṛṣṇamācārya, all vinyāsas that explore the primary movements and controls of the human body. And if practiced with a teacher in the tradition, to include Sūrya Daṇḍāsana along with adjustments specific to women.
The fact that there is more than one version itself is a testimony to Kṛṣṇamācārya’s genius in adjusting flows and postures to the student. Thus making sūrya namaskāra once again a personal practice.
In this brief workshop we will examine a few versions, with the goal of aligning individually; from simple movements to artful movements, and to where the postures can be done with mantras (samantra) to honor the original intent: of offering namaskāram to Āditya, the Sun God.
We will context it all with a powerful chant to Āditya that was used in ancient times to conquer our closest enemies: diseased states.
And we will end with another namaskāram: one we offer to the various directions. Ding Namāskaram
Sunday January 8th, 8AM Pacific/11AM Eastern
Early Bird $27 ends December 31st • $36 from January 1st
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THE KRAMA OF HEALING THROUGH ĀSANA
Vinyāsa is the art form of yoga. In vinyāsa, the practice of yoga stakes its place as one of the 64 arts of India.
As such, it is about structuring our practice in a way that a pathway is created into an āsana, so that the āsana becomes steady and comfortable, and then creates a safe pathway back out.
In its its logical sequencing, we identify the āsana/postures that are reflective of the natural postures of our bodies. And this allows us to dance within them, by following the laws of placement and movement.
Being eternally grateful to Ramaswami Srivatsa for his teachings, I offer here a therapeutic approach to the practice of these postures and the variations they flower into. Therapy being one of the 6 ways of practice, its need is the need of our times.
The intent of the practice is to bring us back to health. To bring us back to our yoga.
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SATURDAY EVENINGS ONLINE
JUNE 18, 25, JULY 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-5:30PM PDT
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$180 early bird (ends June 11) • $210 after
Price is for the series (no individual classes please)
THE BREATH IN YOGA:
From beginning to end: overview and practice.
Prāṇāyāma is a very particular breath practice, found mid-way within the eightfold path of yoga. It is not, however, the full spectrum of the understanding and use of breath in the practices of yoga.
There are at least three other areas where correct manners of breathing, appropriate specifically to that modality, are essential. Thus, to realize the full spectrum of the breath in yoga we need to look at its correct usage in all its practices: kriyā, āsana, prāṇāyāma and saṃyama.
With this knowledge, breathwork through yoga can become an incredibly powerful tool for bringing balance to all five levels of our health paradigm: the pañca maya kośa.
Especially as yoga tells us that the breath is the link between the physical sheath and the mental sheath and then by extension, the key to our intelligence; our emotional sheath and our blissful spirit.
In this two-part workshop, we will first explore the breath in kriyā and āsana. Then sequentially, we will delve into prāṇāyāma and all its intricacies: from balanced breath to alternating nostrils to amantra and samantra and finally the breath in samyama, including in chanting and visualization.
This workshop includes practice. No yoga mat is needed nor is your Lululemon clothing. However, please check and see if you can inhale for a count of 5 and exhale for a count of 10. If you cannot, you are still welcome, just let us know so we can guide you individually prior to.
Session One: Classical definition of prānāyāma. Breath in āsana, kriyā, prānāyāma and meditative states (dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, saṃyama) Focus on āsana and kriyā breathwork.
Session Two: Focus on prāṇāyāma practices. Including various alternate nostril practices, amantra and samantra and mudras. Breath and japa in meditative practices.
March 19-20 (Saturday/Sunday)
8:00 – 10:30am PDT
$60 early bird (ends March 12) • $70
HEALING THE CHAKRAS USING YOGA & AYURVEDA
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Online with Zoom, Early Bird: $45 • After Feb 19: $55
If we symbolize the chakras, after all, for the most part, the best most of us get to do is imagine them; then we need to understand the concept of the wheel. A wheel is something that can be put into motion by utilizing energy and then it may begin to generate the energy itself.
Take for example a water wheel: a machine for converting the energy of flowing or falling water into useful forms of power.
A chakra, whether symbolized, or truly experienced, has the power to shift the energy of our consciousness upwards into higher realms. This takes a special kind of energy. Like a fountain. Or Kuṇḍalini.
In this workshop we look at how over time the chakras have come to be associated with different deities, planets, mantras, elements, emotions, foods and medicines, sexual energy and of course, the seven energies created by time, space and intention.
And then we delve into a yoga practice that offers us an opportunity to move into higher symbology. We will use kriya, āsana, prānāyāma, mantra and finally, meditation, to allow the possibility of higher states of consciousness.
No prior yoga experience necessary and no one to judge your level of expertise nor of your resulting experience.
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