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Mark Whitwell and the Heart of Yoga, Advanced Yoga for Everyone
Jun 5, 2015| $185 – $195
This workshop if for the student who want to Delve Deeper into the real Heart of Yoga.
- Friday June 5th, 6 – 8:30 PM (Free but registration is required) – Empowering your Yoga, your Life: The Five Principles of Krishnamacharya.
- Saturday June 6th, 9 – 12 PM $72 ($69 if paid by 5/15) – Advancing Your Yoga Practice. (Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Life, a seamless process).
- Saturday June 6th, 2 – 5 PM $72($69 if paid by 5/15) – Hatha and Hrid are two vital Sanskrit words from the Great Tradition. Experience their meaning in your own life.
- Sunday June 7th, 10 – 1 PM $72 ($69 if paid by 5/15) – Embodied Bhakti: the practical means and the pleasurable pastimes of Shiva Shakti in an ordinary life.
- Entire Weekend $195 ($185 if paid by 5/15)
Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a life- long relationship with the teachings of Professor T. Krishnamacharya “the teacher of the teachers,” notably BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and T.K.V. Desikachar. Having studied since 1973 in the home of Krishnamacharya, Mark is committed to communicating the timeless yoga principals with compassion and clarity.
About the workshop:
The principles of personal practice is to make Yoga entirely your own, efficient, powerful and safe. This is yoga adapted entirely for individual needs, age, health, body type and cultural background. This seminar is suitable for perfect beginners or experienced practitioners who wish to learn how to include the principles of Krishnamacharya into their practice and teaching.
The most fundamental purpose of asana is to facilitate the union of the male and female qualities of life, which are enacted by the breath moving in exact synchronicity with the body movement. This merge of the exhalation with the inhalation enacts the function of strength that is entirely receptive, which is the basic reason to practice yoga. Asana uses the anatomy of the whole body to facilitate this purpose, which then empowers breathing in stationary posture, i.e. pranayama. Therefore asana can be defined as “moving pranayama.” The importance of asana is its energetic function, not what it looks like. What the practitioner actually feels is primary. How asana looks outwardly is of secondary importance. Asana is principally a process of integrating body, breath and mind. It isn’t there for its own sake. It facilitates pranayama. If pranayama is successful, the mind will be made clear and the body energized. Then, meditations spontaneously and easily arise. ! No technique in yoga exists for its own sake.
This perfect union of above with below, inhalation with exhalation, strength with receptivity, reveals the heart, the source and power of life. Your Yoga is direct intimacy with nurturing source.
Breath, asana and bandha integrate as a seamless design. Apply breath and bandha efficiently to produce a powerful practice that is right for you. Introducing breath and bandha as the central feature of your asana, adding these principles to the Yoga you already know and love.
Asana is hatha yoga the non-dual tantra. What does this statement mean? “Ha tha” equals “Strength receiving” which has profound implication to our Life, health and sex. How do we make sure our asana is actually hatha yoga?
Classes will include the Yoga of Patanjali, an in depth study of the first four sutras of Patanjali’s Yogasutra and the first sutra of book two: on the three qualities or actions of personal yoga practice.