SATYA 1 – Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement – Pasadena, CA
October 21 - October 25
In a totally unique way, the SATYA practice opens doorways into the interior, providing new pathways of perception and feeling. It guides students away from “doing” movement and toward sensing, receiving, and “being” movement. As an adjunct to yoga practice, somatic awareness leads to embodied wisdom.
SATYA is Prajna Yoga’s “yin” style practice. All the movements are done on the floor in a flowing fashion, without force. The SATYA movements cultivate inner listening and heighten proprioceptive awareness. This awareness is the body’s innate intelligence. By increasing our capacity for sensory awareness, we become more sentient, wakeful beings in the world. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body.
The SATYA training, along with yoga postures, involves neural-muscular re-education. Like in vinyasa training, breath is combined with movement in order to deepen the respiratory rhythm. All movements support profound physical rest of the body and prepare for savasana and yoga nidra (the yogic sleep).
JOY of Yoga 300 Hour students will receive 30 hours for this training.
During SATYA 1, students will learn the key principles and embody the foundational movements of the SATYA practice.
- 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 myofascial 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.
- Being in the “Pause”: the importance of not-doing.
- How gravity can be your friend.
- How to “ride the edge” through small movements.
Upon completion of this course, you will receive a course completion letter for the 5-day intensive (30 hours). If you wish to gain certification from Prajna Yoga as a SATYA teacher, you are required to complete additional hours of self-study. You will then have 45 hours of SATYA 1 training. To become a SATYA teacher, all SATYA courses are required – please see the Prajna Yoga website for further information on the certification process: https://www.prajnayoga.com/yoga-training/satya/.
About Tias Little
Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he directs his school Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya and is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body.