ANATOMY OF THE VAYUS
A five day virtual immersion:
December 2 – 6, 2020
In the earliest yoga practices, the life force within the body is thought to flow through tracts, tubules or vessels; in the way that wind or water flows in currents. In yoga, the vayus are “wind channels,” related to the nerves (nadis), blood, lymph and the function of the organs. Understanding the nature of each vayu is crucial to harmonizing the subtle flow of prana in the body and to establishing health and vitality. Tias will guide students through an in-depth investigation of the five primary winds in the body and through yoga asana, pranayama and SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga) activate or mitigate the strength of each vayu. We will investigate the structures and the associated physiological functions of each vayu and map out the vayus’ location in the body.
Full Immersion Cost: $725
Individual Day Cost: $150
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS & TEACHERS
SATISFIES PRAJNA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING & SATYA CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
ALL LIVE SESSIONS WILL BE RECORDED & AVAILABLE TO YOU SHOULD YOU BE UNABLE TO ATTEND LIVE
REGISTER FOR THE FULL IMMERSION OR ENROLL IN INDIVIDUAL DAYS
With registration, you will receive TWO free Prajna Live classes, each of which will compliment the Vayus trainings
Each module contains live Zoom meetings & lectures with Tias & Surya, and a library of supplemental material at your fingertips
30 HOURS OF CREDITS
30 hours of total combined live training, pre-recorded material, classes, homework, and mentorship (available for CE credits through Yoga Alliance) with the full immersion
ANATOMY OF THE VAYUS
This course explores the vayus by addressing the intersection of emotional, physical and psychological content. In a process that requires sensitivity and inner listening, we explore the pathways of the muscle, bones and nerves in order to bring greater wakefulness to movement within the vayus. In this week we connect to the innermost biorhythms involving pulse, breath and weight of bone. Through dharma study, guided meditation, yoga nidra, somatic awareness and yoga postures this is a transformational week of practice and study.
Each day begins with seated meditation and studying inspirational teachings from the Yoga, Taoist and Zen traditions; this is followed by Somatic Training (SATYA). This involves an hour of floor work, unwinding the body based on movements by Moshe Feldenkreis and Thomas Hanna. Late morning involves dynamic yoga asana practice focusing on healing sequences of each vayu. Afternoons involve anatomical study of the vayus and restorative yoga sessions. Every day concludes with seated meditation.
Movement in the lower abdomen and pelvis is referred to as apana in the yogic system. It governs elimination within the reproductive, digestive and urinary systems. It relates to the lumbar spine, sacrum, pelvis and pelvic organs. This day serves to release congestion, strain and imbalances in the lower abdomen in order to increase mobility within the first and second chakras. We do standing poses, twists, inversions, supine poses, supported backbends and pranayama with focus on exhalation.
DAY 1: Apana Vayu
DAY 2: Samana Vayu
Samana is present in the upper abdomen and relates to digestive fire and the third chakra in the body. The stomach and small intestine are the center of the solar plexus and this class aims to help release holding in this mid trunk region. Fear, nervousness and stress may cause imbalance in samana vayu, the furnace for digestive function and absorption. In this day we explore the effect of uddiyana bandha on the abdominal region. We do twists, forward bends and meditation.
Prana resides in the heart and is governed by the lungs and respiration. In this day we concentrate on opening the upper rib area, the sternum and collarbones in order to improve elasticity of the lungs. Our emphasis is on releasing restriction in the diaphragm and to refining the movement of the breath. We explore the ways that grief, depression and joy are governed by prana. We do backbends, inversions, meditation and pranayama with focus on inhalation.
DAY 3: Prana Vayu
DAY 4: Udana Vayu
Udana is the upward rising breath located primarily in the throat and head. It is the most difficult of all the vayus to control. In this day, we will see how stress, psychological tension and emotional strain result in constriction in the neck, jaw and tongue. This class addresses the effects of jalandhara bandha related to the throat chakra. We do inversions, supported backbends, meditation, chanting and pranayama.
This is the vayu that governs circulation and the profusion of prana throughout the body and is the most healing of all the vayus. It involves the circulation of blood throughout the organs, glands and tissues of the body. Vyana, the “dispersing breath” serves to build meditative awareness and deep rest. We do standing poses, supported poses, savasana, yoga nidra and meditation.
DAY 5: Vyana Vayu
REGISTER NOW AS SPACE IS LIMITED
Daily Live Zoom Meetings December 1 – 6, 10:30am – 1:30pm [Mountain Time]
*Included in the full immersion is access to TWO Prajna Live classes: at 10:00 – 11:30am Mountain Time on Tuesday, December 1, and Friday, December 4
Join Tias & Surya for this unique and transformative immersion on the studies of the Vayus. Dive deep into the teachings surrounding your inner life force, and cultivate your own vitality through guided meditations, healing practices, SATYA movements, and much more.
“The trainings at Prajna Yoga are exceptionally valuable for professional yoga teachers, while simultaneously providing time for personal practice, retreat, and renewal. Tias and Surya are truly generous with their teachings, time, and energy. I plan to return again and again to study with these masters.”
–Keith Porteous, New Orleans, LO