SATYA 1 | Online Immersion
March 31 - April 10
Many of you have felt the extraordinary benefits of this practice on your fascia, joints, and breath. This course on SATYA will no doubt add depth and somatic sophistication to your practice… and it is so healing. Designed by Tias Little after 30 years of education, practice, study, and research, SATYA is a somatic practice that builds mindfulness through movement.
SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) is Prajna Yoga’s therapeutic, “yin” style practice. We practice fine articulated movement on the floor in a flowing fashion, synthesizing breath with movement. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding, and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body. When done on the floor, the breath and movement together enables myofascial release without strain. All movements are done slowly, in isolation, and without force. The SATYA movements replenish the body by increasing circulation (the flow of prana) throughout all the tissues of the body. SATYA acts as a “prana pump” to oxygenate the bloodstream and irrigate, or “soak” the tissues.
The SATYA movements cultivate inner listening and heighten proprioceptive awareness, neuroplasticity, and neural-muscular re-education. This awareness is the body’s innate intelligence. By increasing our capacity for sensory awareness, we become more sentient, wakeful beings in the world. While yoga today often emphasizes the “doing” of a posture, SATYA encourages “being” in a movement with heightened awareness. Our aim is to tap an inner potency, and to help support the body’s innate intelligence and capacity to self-regulate. Thus SATYA is mindfulness training through movement. As a movement meditation, SATYA builds vipassana (insight) into the sensory-motor pathways of the body. The movements are a powerful tonic to reduce fatigue, strain, and tension in the body, and to build deep relaxation and clarity. All movements support profound physical rest of the body and prepare for savasana and yoga nidra (the yogic sleep).
This training covers the foundational movements of the SATYA practice. This will revitalize your own body by reducing fatigue, building coherence, and integration of all the connective tissues of your body. At the same time, you will learn the key principles of the SATYA practice for the classroom. For yoga teachers who work therapeutically or with aging populations, SATYA is a simple yet highly effective system to help safely mobilize and repair the connective tissues.
This online immersion with Tias and Surya includes guided meditation, sound resonance, dharma study, visualization training, and SATYA practice. We do yoga postures following SATYA to stabilize the core tissues of the body. Tias will teach anatomy through an array of colorful slides. Tias integrates images from nature, sacred architecture and art to describe the energetic flow of prana through the body. Tias brings his background in Sanskrit, cranial-sacral study, yoga philosophy, and mystical anatomy to provide a transformational online course of study.
Course of Study
- How to cultivate essential sensory-motor awareness by experiencing small movements out of gravity.
- The way SATYA movements benefit the lower back.
- The effects of SATYA on the iliopsoas and spine.
- The anatomy of the five myo-fascial sheaths and how to use the SATYA movements combined with asana
- Practice to develop an awareness of each sheath.
- How to be in “The Pause” and experience the importance of not doing.
- Reduce body fatigue.
- Address low back pain.
- The importance of spirals and counter spirals.
- “It’s all about the joints”: working with the tendons, ligaments and joint spaces.
- How gravity can be your friend.
- How to “ride the edge” through small movements.
- Part 1: Daily Live Zoom Meetings March 30 – April 3 | 9:30am – 12:30pm Mountain Time | 4:30 – 7:30pm UK Time (except Fridays, which are longer: 9:00am – 1:30pm MT)
- Break: April 4 & 5: OFF
- Part 2: Daily Live Zoom Meetings April 6 – 10 | 9:30am – 12:30pm Mountain Time | 4:30 – 7:30pm UK Time (except Fridays, which are longer: 9:00am – 1:30pm MT)
*Included in this course is bonus access to four Prajna Live classes at 10:00 – 11:30am MT (5:00 – 6:30pm UK Time) on Tuesdays, March 29 and April 4, and Fridays, April 1 & 8. SATYA 1 registrants will have extended access to these classes directly in their course curriculum. Friday classes will be pre-recorded so as not to interfere with the daily session schedule*
**Please note ALL Live Zoom sessions and classes will be recorded should you be unable to attend any live streams
** SATYA 1 is good for 45 hours of total combined live training, pre-recorded material, classes, homework, and mentorship available for Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance
**SATYA 1 can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. SATYA 1 is part of the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track.
**Have your props handy! We recommend two blocks, blankets, a thick bolster, an 8’ or 10’ belt/strap, and a backless Iyengar chair (modifications will be given if you do not have a chair). We recommend yogaoutlet.com and Manduka for props; backless chairs can be found on Amazon and Etsy.