It is fine to take this course if you missed Pt. 1. I will give options of practice levels throughout the class.
Without overstating the case, it’s pretty fair to say that breath is life. The Yogic teachings add that our breath is a reflection of our mind. If our breath is agitated, so is the mind. If our mind is agitated, so is our breath. If you want to calm your mind, starting with your breath is a good place to begin. Slowing the breath in order to slow the mind is one of the basic, foundational concepts in Yoga.
Pranayama is the deliberate slowing (and sometimes speeding up) of our inhalation and exhalation, and the temporary pause of that flow, to move our attention and awareness inward. It makes the mind quiet. In that calm, we learn stuff about ourselves, and naturally prepare for meditation. Pranayama is the fulcrum on which our awareness can swing from the external to the internal, and it’s very cool to observe the process occurring.
During the course of this week we will progressively go through several pranayamas taught in different Hatha Yoga traditions. This will be followed by a one hour asana class, alternating between One Hour Ashtanga and One Hour Asana. We will also practice several mudras and bandhas, which are practices that expand our sense of energy and focus.
All workshops will be recorded on the West Coast or in the middle of the night in Australia or you happen to be at work in Europe!
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Though our daily classes are by an optional donation, these special courses require a little bit of a commitment and minimum donation. Please give what you can afford, and if you are not sure, remember that we follow the local coffee rule of thumb. One yoga class = about 4 cups of coffee. We think a minimum donation of the price of 5 cups of coffee in your local currency is about fair for this course. We hope you think so, too! And if you can afford more, we suggest: USD 80, GBP 65, EUR 75, INR 2000, MXN 1600. Thanks!