connecting with the elemental fabric in our body
From the Prasna Upanishad: “What powers support this body? Which of them is manifested in it? And among them all, which is the greatest?”
The sage replied: “The powers are space, air, fire, water, earth, speech, mind, visions and hearing. All these boast, “We support this body”.
In this series of workshops we will explore how different elements support and condition the body and mind through asana. Yoga practice mirrors natural forces and adds the power of awareness. As the Tao Te Ching says: “Let stability be the source of your lightness; Let stillness be the source of your actions.” By understanding the elements at play in your body and mind, yoga practice become the dynamic balance of polarities.
• fri 01 apr 19:45: pranayama: vitality + tranquility
• sat 02 apr 10:00: stability in standing poses: the element of earth in your bones
• sat 02 apr 14:00: open to the universe: backbends will challenge, grace + release
• sun 03 apr 10:00: cultivating expansive awareness: the element of space
• sun 03 apr 14:00: beyond hip openers: eka pada sirsasana
pranayama: vitality + tranquility
fri 01 apr 16 – 19:45 to 21:45 – all levels welcome
Prana is a resonance that permeates all of life. When we quiet down, we can access this vital life energy to explore and focus it in different ways. In this evening we will use a restorative practice to reduce tension and open the body before introducing breathing techniques to prepare for seated pranayama.
You will learn how the position of the abdomen, chest and limbs effect the expression of energy in the body. First with supine and supported postures to enable a separation between the abdomen and chest, you will learn how to define and quiet the diaphragm to still the nervous system. This is the essential state from which pranayama can begin, when the body, breath and mind are quiet. On leaving the workshop, you will have learned how to begin your practice at home.
stability in standing poses: the element of earth in your bones
sat 02 apr 16 – 10:00 to 12:30 – all levels welcome
Tadasana is the root and foundation from which the standing poses build strength and determination. Our bones connect us with this earth element. This session will introduce and cultivate sensitivity on how to work through the bones in standing poses. We will work with variations of classic postures that are beneficial for issues with your hips, knees, shoulders and spine.
We are each different, and this workshop will help you understand your unique arrangement of bones. How your shin bone aligns with your thigh bone will affect your knee, hip and back. The stretch and spread of the skin on the foot effects the ankle and up into the rest of the body. This is essential for the health of a life long practice.
open to the universe: backbends will challenge, grace + release
sat 02 apr 16 – 14:00 to 17:00 – for experienced practitioners
Be humble, for we are made of the earth
Be noble, for we are made of the stars (Serbian proverb)
With the feet and attention firmly rooted into the element of earth, we can expand, lift and open into the nobility of backward extensions. Stability, strength and skill will enable you to approach standing drop overs.
A progressive sequence with supported and active back extensions will help you isolate different parts of the spine, shoulders and psoas, and strengthen and elongate the front of the body. We each have a different shape, and one preparation or set-up may be more effective for you than another. Come to study, learn and practice.
For students who are able to push up off the floor into Urdhva Dhanurasana.
cultivating expansive awareness: the element of space
sun 03 apr 16 – 10:00 to 12:30 – all levels welcome
Savasana becomes the seed to explore how you can remain alert while resting deeply. This is the ultimate practice, to connect an attentive, reflective mind with the sensory body of awareness so that you feel how energy percolates throughout your being. Supported back and forward bending, twists, and breath all contribute to this elegant practice.
beyond hip openers: eka pada sirsasana
sun 03 apr 16 – 14:00 to 17:00 – for experienced practitioners
Do you ever wonder what lies beyond hip openings? Kurmasana is just the beginning of deep forward extensions that require suppleness in the hips. These asanas can relieve back pain and internalise focus to create deep peace.
Deep forward extensions require supple hips. Many seated postures along with arm balances focus on the hips. This workshop will show you how to isolate, strengthen and release the outer hip, deep hip joint, gluteal and inner thigh muscles.
All classes at TriYoga Camden – 57 jamestown road, london, nw1 7db, uk (google map)
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