The Yoga Body begins with the breath. We will investigate the way we breathe, and we will explore the breath as a bridge - connecting the body and mind, as well as the individual to the world around us.
The Annamaya Kosha, the first 'layer of experience', will provide us with a jumping off point for an exploration of kinesthetic awareness and experiential anatomy. We will examine the relationship of the respiratory system to the nervous system, the form and function of the spine, and then delve into the fascial matrix that is the framework of our movement apparatus.
In our 'Foundations & Alignment Principles' sessions, participants will study the major joint complexes, standing poses, sun salutations and inversions, and they will develop a better understanding of safe alignment for a healthy asana practice. Our daily morning asana classes will give students the opportunity to put these principles into practice and explore mindful movement within a supportive environment.
Multiple meditation and pranayama (breath-work) techniques will be introduced throughout the course, guiding students deeper into themselves and inviting more harmony and balance into their moment to moment experience. The practice of pranayama is a subtle bridge from the movement of asana to the stillness of meditation, and participants will experience the power of these techniques through daily practice.
In a clear and comprehensive fashion, The Yoga Body will introduce several essential concepts in Yoga philosophy - such as the nature of AUM, the five kleshas or 'obstacles to liberation', the five koshas or 'layers of existence' and the law of Karma.
Through The Yoga Body students will establish a solid understanding of asana, pranayama and meditation, expand their physical literacy and anatomical awareness, and begin to explore the nature of their existence.
The Body Intensive study topics include:
What is Yoga?
How we breathe
The Spine - form and function
Foundations & Alignment Principles: Sun Salutations & Inversions
Foundations & Alignment Principles: The Major Joint complexes