The Mystical Dimensions of Asana Practice
There is a misconception about the purpose of Yoga Asanas. Many think that asanas work at the level of the muscles to get more flexibility and strength. But there is much more to asana practice than this. The yogic texts talk about the benefits of asanas at the level of the Prana to heal various conditions of the body and the mind. In this workshop, we will study the following aspects of asanas as outlined in the classical yogic texts and taught in traditional hatha yoga practices like the Ashtanga Vinyasa school of practice:
Agni, the body's fire
The Ujjayi breath
Mudras -Pressing against various parts of the body to channel energies and evoke certain mental states
Mind states. (Hlada) -Refined pleasure not of the senses
We will practice some simple asanas from the half-primary series of Ashtanga yoga. You can adjust the asanas to suit your body needs. Emphasis will be placed on breath, bandhas and the body sensations that arise and not on the final form. The first rule of yoga - Ahimsa- will always be emphazied. All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome.
Duration: 2 hours of asana practice
Focus and purpose of the asanas in this class :
The intent of the asanas in this class is to tune in to the body and discover what is there to be discovered and not to achieve picture perfect poses. The asanas will not be very complex and modifications can be used.