prasida yoga





HATHA YOGA IMMERSION
The Power & Potential of Sadhana




SESSION 1: PRANAYAMA, UNCOVERING THE LIGHT

According to the ancient texts, we come into this world endowed with light. We are, in fact, expressions of light. But our awareness of this becomes clouded by constant externalized attention and over-stimulation. Pranayama is a key remedy for decongesting & re-balancing our nervous system, the nadis (subtle channels of energy), and for unveiling the light within.

Our first workshop lays a solid foundation for pranayama and prepares students for advanced stages of breath regulation and energy locks (bandhas). In it, students will:

1) review diaphragmatic breathing and understand its effects on the nervous system
2) learn the meaning of nadis, understand the quality and function of 3 main nadis
3) learn variations of nadi sodhana
4) prepare for kumbhaka (breath retention)

SESSION 2: THE ALCHEMY OF BANDHAS

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika classifies bandhas as mudras. Mudra literally means "to move toward delight." Learn why the bandhas, the energy locks, skillfully and potently aid in internalizing attention and ultimately aim to unify your awareness with joy. This second workshop offers more advanced work with breath regulation, including an introduction and practice of the bandhas. Students will explore:

1) the meaning of bandhas and proper preparation with asana and breath work
2) the function of bandhas in preparing for higher states of awareness
3) the psychological effect of bandhas

SESSION 3: MANTRA: MOVING BEYOND YOUR LIMITED CONDITIONING

In the third session, we refine our skills by focusing and strengthening the mind via meditation. Specifically we will discuss mantra not only as the means for taking us beyond the chatter of our minds, but also as a way to unveil our dormant talents and capacity. Topics will include:

1) introduction to Sanskrit as a technology for enlivening consciousness
2) explanation of mantra and various applications
3) ajapa japa meditation

SESSION 4: SANKALPA SHAKTI, THE COMMITMENT TO YOUR FULLNESS

In our fourth and final workshop, we explore how to more fully and consciously direct our lives through Sankalpa Shakti, or the power of resolution/intention. Creating an intention is not new for most of us. Every year millions of people make resolutions, in hopes of mobilzing some type of change in their lives. Yet it is estimated that 80 % do not follow through with their intentions. During our session, we discuss what differentiates resolve that is effective from that which is not. And we look to teachings, contemporary and ancient, to understand how to fully activate a Sankalpa, "an intention formed in the heart."

Topics covered will include:
1) the four aims of the soul according to the Vedas
2) guidelines for creating a Sankalpa
3) recognizing and dealing with obstacles
4) combining Sankalpa with yoga nidra ( systematic, guided relaxation)

The class will include an abbreviated asana practice, so as to have enough time for yoga nidra.

Sadhana is often translated as "practice." Yet a closer examination of the word reveals a much more profound meaning. In Sanskrit, dhana = wealth or value, sa = innermost; in other words, when done well, sadhana or practice helps to unfold the innermost wealth and potential at the core of the practitioner.

In 4 weekend immersions, we will draw from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and more ancient texts to illuminate the guidelines for a complete practice. Each session will include a 90 minute practice, in addition to lecture and discussion. While students will be instructed in asana, greater emphasis will be placed on the subtler aspects of practice, including pranayama, meditation, and intention.

Dates 2012/2013: TBA

Time: TBA

Cost for each session: 45 €

Locations: BeYoga, 17 rue Campagne Premiere, 75014 Paris