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:

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

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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.

Location, dates and time: Saturday Feb. 17, 2024. 1pm-3pm PST

 Hybrid (online and in-person) at Asta Yoga, 417, 14th street, San Francisco, CA

Cost: $20

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1) Your most valuable possessions for Yoga -Agni and Prana

2) Practical Implications of seemingly esoteric yogic concepts like Agni and Prana

3) Prowess in Poses: The secrets that they do not tell you

4) Bandha- The Great Protector in Asana Practice

5) Mindfulness (Smriti): Tapping into the body's memory in asana practice

6) The difference between Hot Yoga and Hatha Yoga

7) Breath, Bandha and Agni(Fire) : The core of asanas in Hatha Yoga

8) "Dont lose the thread!" in asana practice

9) Bandhas Demystified