The Subtle Anatomy of Yoga and Iyengar Yoga Practice: Awaken Your Inner Energy Anatomy for Deeper Sadhana
During this year’s Sadhana Enrichment curriculum (composed of 7 different a la carte workshops) we will explore the foundations of the ‘Inner Energy Anatomy’ and its relation to Yoga Sadhana.
According to the Yoga Upanishads, and the ancient texts of Hatha Yoga and Tantra, our subtle body (Suksma shariram) is an interdimensional system composed of 2 major aspects.
The more tangible aspect of the subtle body is a tapestry of inner energy channels called nadis – it is through them that the life force energy of the five pranas flow.
If someone’s body and mind are filled with impurities (like the shadowy energies of the gunas, tamas and rajas) the five forms of lifeforce energy cannot flow properly. This is why purification (bhuta shuddhi) is emphasized.
The chakras (also known as padmas) are esoteric pools of energy that compose the other half of the subtle anatomy of yoga. Together with the sun and moon channels of Pingala and Ida Nadi, along with the central channel of Sushumna, these chakras represent the ‘structures’ of the pranic field, the pranamaya kosha.
During Gloria Goldberg’s component of these workshops, she’ll direct you to the next level of energetic practice and refinement of pranic lifeforce. These energy-focused asana teachings will help you to connect, and practically apply, the energetics as you’ll learn from the ancient Yogic texts.
We delightfully look forward to seeing you during one or all of the weekend workshops that compose this year-long course curriculum.
SUBTLE ANATOMY WORKSHOP 2: Understanding the Solar & Lunar Energy Anatomy of Yoga
According to the Yoga Upanishad, all phenomena in nature have two complementary principles or energies – a solar aspect and a lunar aspect. These are also called the pingala (solar) and ida (lunar) nadis (channels). Together this pair act as gatekeeper to the spiritual channel of Sushumna. Without their harmonization, our health and the spiritual process will come to a standstill.
The functions and activities of these two channels are as different as their actual influence in nature. Yet, once balanced through yogic sadhana, our whole system of energy will come to life.