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 5: Unlocking your Soul with Pranayama and Bija Mantras
We tend to think of pranayama practice in yoga in the strictly physical sense of breath practice. In Sri B.K.S. Iyengar’s masterpiece, “Light on Pranayama” the reverence for the breath and the discipline of pranayama is quite noticeable. It also quickly introduces the integrated practice of pranayama with powerful bija mantras from the Vedic tradition.
In the section on “The effects of pranayama” Iyengar describes pranayama as the “window of the Self” and “the great austerity” (maha tapas) which brings to light much more than its physical blessings and benefits. In combined practice with bija mantras, the ancient art of pranayama holds the key to unlocking our souls.
During this workshop we will explore these two interconnected subtle disciplines and their relevance to Iyengar Yoga Sadhana.