The key to yoga is PRACTICE, practice, PRACTICE and to go DEEP. We provide continuing education courses on the Path of Yoga.
We believe that digging a deep well is paramount to tapping the great potential of yoga. Our Advanced Studies program gives students the tools to evolve not only their asana practice but to cultivate insight into the heart of the yoga tradition. Rather than a set system, Prajna Yoga is an interweave of different perspectives in order to keep the body and mind fluid and always adaptable to change. Our courses encourage students to open the physical sheaths of the body, witness thought patterns (vipassana) and develop a great capacity to sense and feel (build emotional intelligence). In each course we give reverence to the Three Jewels – The Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha. Thus each event furthers one’s process of awakening (Buddha), deepens one’s heart- mind connection to the teachings (Dharma) and forms a magical alchemical community (Sangha).
Small and intimate, our class size is limited. Each week-long session includes one-to-one meeting time with Tias. By getting to know each student individually, we are able to serve each of you in your yogic aspirations. We offer a great interweave of teachings (Patanjali’s Yoga, Taoist Practice, Zen, Trauma Healing) that students from all traditions can draw from for years to come.
Prajna Yoga offers the following courses throughout the year in Santa Fe and at other studios around the country. Please check our schedule for upcoming courses.
- From the Ground Up
Explores the foundational teachings of the yoga practice with an emphasis on how the feet are “the foundation to the temple of the body”. Learn more >
- The Fluid Body
In-depth study of the hands, arms and shoulders relative to the diaphragm and pranayama. We reflect on myths from the yoga tradition that relate to rivers, ocean and the fluid body. Learn more >
- The Subtle Body
In-depth study of the neck, skull and brain and the importance of inverted postures and pratyhara as well as in-depth study of the emotional body and the effects of trauma on bodily tissues. Learn more >
- The Art of Sequencing and Hands-On Adjustments
This session provides you with extensive training in hands-on teaching and strengthens your ability to design safe, intelligent and creative sequences. Learn more >
- The Art of Teaching
Gain the practical skills and creativity to teach in a way that it is physically rewarding, mindful and spiritually uplifting. Learn more >
- The Art of Healing
In-depth training on how to modify the poses to address limitations of your students and how you can use the poses therapeutically. Learn more >
- Yoga Nidra and Dreams
For thousands of years, yogic consciousness has been compared to both the state of sleep and to the state of dreaming. Sleep itself is one of the best yogas, for it helps rest the mind together with all biological functioning. Historically, in both Western and Eastern traditions, working with dreams supports spiritual and psychological transformation. In this course, we will practice movements that support the yogic sleep called yoga nidra.Learn more >We will use states of yoga nidra not simply to rest the body-mind but to help foster connection and relationship to the intention and energy of our dreams. Dreams make it possible to track deeper content of the psyche. Somatic and psychic content, unavailable during waking hours emerge and are made possible again during our dream state. Traces of experience, called samskaras in Sanskrit, surface in the dream as images, people, landscape, animals, circumstances so that we can deepen into our experiences, feelings and healing offered through dreaming. Without guidance, dreams are challenging to understand because thoughts and feelings mutate in the dream time, “shape-shifting”, and so appear in different guises. The dreams, through this shape-shifting, challenge and shake loose old patterns, old ways of being and believing while at the deepest level, bring healing to any trauma or hurt we may still carry.This is an exciting, ground-breaking opportunity for a unique investigation around dreams and the subtle body. In the retreat, Tias will guide students in meditation, SATYA (Sensory Awareness for Yoga) and Yoga Nidra. Bill and Sue will explore the effects dreams have on our feeling states, breath patterns and the chakras through dreams students record during the training and dreams brought to the training. The bringing together of these two extraordinary traditions and healing modalities with leaders in the field of yoga and dreamwork offers an unprecedented week of transformational practice. See studentsofthedream.com for further information
- Anatomy of the Chakras
The chakras evoke mystery, an artistic imagination and connection to the subtle body. In this specialized course we cover the physical structures that correspond to each chakra beginning with the tailbone and leading to the crown of the head.Learn more >At the same time we explore the energetic and emotional vitality that pertains to each vital energy center. We refer to the dynamic force of siva/sakti and the reptilian power of kundalini rendered in ancient yoga texts. We will map the muscular-skeletal, organic and neurological association with each chakra. We investigate how the five elements of yoga (earth,water, fire, air and space) and the yogic “winds” (vayus) pertain to each energy center. Tias includes a rich array of iconographic images from the yogic tradition in order to describe the subtle body along with anatomical images that provide insight into the anatomy of each chakra. In daily practice, we activate each of the vital energy channels through asana, sound resonance, visualization and meditation. Tias brings his background in Buddhist studies, dreamwork, cranial-sacral therapy and classical yoga to this unique course on the chakras. In this course Tias draws from his new book Yoga of the Subtle Body.Day 1 – The Root of It AllThe first day covers the first two chakras, while focusing on the sacrum and pelvis. We practice hip openers and sacral mobilizations in order to support the cranial-sacral system and the energetics of the body’s deep life force, the kundalini.Day 2 – The Belly: The Fire Center
The abdomen, the third chakra, is the hearth of the body. This class covers uddiyana bandha, how to build core strength in the abdomen, the digestive center and the power stored in the kidneys.
Day 3 – The Lotus Heart
The heart chakra is the mediator and synthesizer of all the other chakras.This day focuses on the heart and lung within the heart chakra. We practice asana to expand the chest and pranayama to open the ribs and lungs.
Day 4 – The Place of Purification: The Throat
In the chakra system the throat is the critical juncture leading up into the cranium. Food, the breath and major arteries pass through the throat. This day covers the delicate cervical structures relating to the throat chakra and we practice bridge poses and shoulderstand.
Day 5 – The Cranial Chakras
In this day we look at the mystical centers in the skull relating to the brain, the sensory organs and the deep consciousness. This day investigates the cranial sutures, the cranial-sacral system and the “master” pituitary and pineal gland. Through inversions, meditation and visualization, we contact the pranic rhythms within the subtle body.
- Anatomy of the Vayus
The vayus are the “wind channels” in the body that govern health and vitality in the yogic system. In this intensive we investigate the five primary “wind channels”. Learn more >They conduct the life force and a yoga practice aims to harmonize these internal winds. They are related to the nerves (nadis), the flow of blood, and the function of the organs. We investigate the five primary “wind channels” (Apana, Samana, Prana, Udana, Vyana) and by activating specific regions in the body through asana, we activate or mitigate the strength of each vayu. We will investigate the structure and the associated physiological function of each channel to map out the vayus’ location in the body.
- The Art of Self Practice
A strong personal practice is at the root of becoming a skilled teacher. Yet how does one build a regular self-practice? And how to keep a practice fresh, dynamic and innovative? How can one continue to expand their repertoire of poses while diversifying their practice? This course lays the groundwork for establishing a strong and rewarding home practice.
- SATYA Training
SATYA are movements that complement asana training and encourage sensory awareness and inner listening. Learn more >
- Anatomy of the Subtle Body: Bandhas
This course undertakes an in-depth study of the anatomy of the pelvic, abdominal and cervical “locks”. Learn more >Engaging the bandhas is essential for the bandhas spark open the delicate nerve plexus along the front of the spine. Classical hatha yoga encourages activation of the spinal energy. However, due to the pressures of modern day living, people are prone to holding and trauma in their bodies, making bandha work precarious and potentially irritating. We look at the bandhas not as contractions, but as internal seals used to channel prana, activate the chakras and balance the autonomic nervous system. Through asana and pranayama we engage the subtle body including the nerves, glands and organs. Included in this course we compare descriptions form the esoteric anatomy of the yoga tradition with the structural and physiological detail from contemporary research on the body.
The Distal Bandhas, Hands and Feet
Getting to the Root, Mula Bandha and the Pelvis
The Flying Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha and the Power Center
The Throat Bandha
The Great Seal, Maha Bandha
- Anatomy of the Koshas
In the yoga tradition, the body is described as having layers or casings called koshas. In this intensive we investigate the way these layers of the body are described in classical yoga. Learn more >The idea that the body has various sheathings likens the body to a tree or a plant that has various layers of bark or membrane-like coverings. The sheaths of the body-mind suggest a progression from outer to inner and from gross to subtle. The sheaths are not only physical but have mental and emotional attributes. In this intensive we will investigate the way these layers of the body are described in classical yoga (the muscular sheath, the breath sheath, the mind sheath, the emotional sheath, the sheath of joy) and study how they manifest in the body. Structurally, we correlate the five koshas in terms of the lateral, ventral, dorsal, spiral and core myo-fascial sheaths. We relate the sheaths anatomically to myo-fascial bands that extend the length of the body and explore the way the sheaths relate to the energetic and subtle body. This method helps yoga teachers safely guide students from the outside in.
Learning the Language of Yoga is essential to developing Vibration and Resonance in the Subtle Body. In all of our courses we emphasize familiarity with Sanskrit, the “mother tongue” of the yoga tradition. Learn more >An introduction to Sanskrit enables students to gain enough experience to pronounce the names of the yoga poses and recognize common terms from the wider yoga vocabulary. Emphasis is on sounding (and chanting!) the syllables and words when learning the language. By vocalizing the Sanskrit sounds the student is able to experience the vibrational power of the Sanskrit language. By further understanding Sanskrit words and terminology, the student gains a deeper understanding of the yoga tradition. Nicolai Bachman, who directs Sanskrit Sounds, an affiliate of Prajna Yoga, is dedicated to presenting the ancient sciences of India in a respectful and accurate way. The sounds of Sanskrit carry the life-force (prana) of the information they express. Sanskrit was designed for sound. For millenia the profound teachings of India have been chanted over and over, preserving the essence of their meaning. Chanting Sanskrit forms a direct link to the vibrations of ancient India through sound. Many other cultures have preserved their texts through chanting as well.
- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are rich and illuminative. They offer deep insight into the nature of the mind while outlining a clear structure as to how to make progress on the path of yoga. Learn more >By carefully studying the Yoga Sutras, we expand our understanding of yoga and create greater intention around our practice. While there are Eight Limbs to the yoga practice, many students are focused on only the limb that involves yoga postures. The other seven limbs provide key insight into how to live in accord with yoga– in personal conduct and in relationship with others. The Yoga Sutras are also a critical guide to cultivating subtle levels of awareness, clarity and harmony. Studying the Yoga Sutras sheds light on why we practice and adds great depth to our experience on this path. Appropriate for inquiring students of all levels of students, this day-long course includes Yoga Sutra study, chant, asana, discussion and reflection. Come deepen your understanding and expand your awareness of this most ancient path!