WITH TIAS & SURYA LITTLE
JULY 8 – 12, 2017
The Odd Fellow’s Hall, Orcas Island, WA
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. 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 All
The 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.
$840.00 | 30 Contact hours | Register Online through Prajna Yoga | Or Call Prajna office 505-988-5248