|Location:||Wanderlust Hollywood | Los Angeles, CA|
Asana and Pranayama as Gateways to the Subtle Body
This intensive aims to engage the subtle body through the power of asana. Key to this is working with the bandhas. Bandhas are internal seals directing the flow of vital energy through the body. Engaging the bandhas is essential in yoga, for the bandhas spark open the nerve plexus along the front of the spine. However due to the pressures of modern day living and the way stress and trauma lodge in the body, the bandhas can be potentially irritating. In a process that requires sensitivity and deep listening, this course undertakes an in-depth study of the pelvic, abdominal and cervical “locks.” We look at the bandhas not as contractions, but as internal seals used to channel prana, activate the chakras and balance the nervous system. Through asana and pranayama this course is an experience of the subtle body by helping regulate activity in the nerves, glands and organs. In this course we compare descriptions of the bandhas from the esoteric yoga tradition with contemporary research in the fields of psychology, neurosciences, somatics and contemplative practice. Through guided meditation, somatic awareness, yoga postures and practices of yogic “soaking” (samadhi), this is a transformational week of practice and study.
Day 1 – Getting to the Root | Mula Bandha: Gateway to the Pelvis
Day 2 – The Flying Bandha | Uddiyana Bandha and the Power Center: Gateway to the Diaphragm
Day 3 – The Throat Bandha: Gateway to the Skull
Day 4 – The Great Seal: Maha Bandha: Gateway to the Core