Enlightened Asana Workshop: Centering awareness in 'hara' - Balance, alignment and energy flow.
Sunday 18th March / 9.30am - 12.30pm
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS8 4BX
Enlightened Asana Workshop Series - three hour workshops to delve deeper into our practice...
The human body's natural position is standing upright (Tadasana). In Tadasana our physical centre of gravity is above the pubis and below the naval in the lower abdomen. It's our centre for control and motion. It's our centre for digestion and reproduction. In Japanese culture this area is known as 'hara', a container for 'chi' energy (prana shakti / kundalini), a subtle force that has great potential.
The breath, together with awareness is our conduit for Chi energy. Chi energy is cultivated in 'hara' and distributed around the body from this point. Subtler than muscular force, it can go beyond the capabilities of muscular effort. This energy has bulk. If this energy, through awareness, is moved into our center (hara), the body has lightness, grace, balance and control.
Our energetic center of gravity is determined by our awareness. If misplaced or not utilised, the posture can feel sluggish, physical and effortful. It can effect the very simple process of standing in our natural upright position. If our sense of awareness is located in the upper chest (when standing), energetically and muscularly, we are unconsciously holding our bodies up from this point. The lower body hangs downwards from the chest when in fact the pelvis should support the upper body in the upright position. The spine elongates upwards from the pelvis (and not downwards from the chest). When standing upright, by learning how to move awareness into the lower abdomen, we can create lightness and release tensions in the upper body. We can apply this technique to all movements of the body, to all asanas.
Correct alignment in postures allows Chi energy to flow. If the paths are blocked, so is the energy. Through correct application and understanding of the asanas, breathing techniques and other practices, we will learn how to move our awareness, channel subtle energy, and reduce dependence on the primary sense of our thinking brain (vision). We can then start to experience a greater richness, balance and grounding in both asana practice and day to day life.
Teacher: Rory Viggers
"My primary study of hatha yoga and movement revolves around the Centered Yoga system developed by the pioneering and world renowned teacher Dona Holleman. Having studied with Dona for the past three years, her philosophy, teaching methods, asana technique and application, and knowledge of the physical and subtle bodies form the inspiration of these workshops".
Suitable for all levels (except for complete beginners).
Yoga mats and equipment will be provided (feel free to bring your own mat).
Cost: (£25 - early bird) £30
March & April workshops booked together £50 (early bird £45)
Yogakutir members can use two class card credits (90 mins) towards a workshop - please enquire here.
10% discount available for students and concessions - please enquire here.
Next date: Sunday 22nd April 'Bandhas - reservoirs of energy / whirlwinds of the subtle body.'
"Rory is one of the best teachers in Bristol, by regularly attending his classes I have been able to achieve a moving meditative experience that has inspired me to continue to grow and develop my own practise. Rory is committed to continually develop and share a depth of knowledge that continues to inspire. Thank you"
"Following a move to Clifton I joined classes following a recommendation from a friend who regularly attended Yogakutir, which speaks volumes in itself and it certainly did not disappoint. I was looking for more than just a regular yoga practice and this has been expertly delivered and further enhanced after attending focused workshops with Rory & a retreat with Dory over the last year. The years of experience & knowledge both share during each practice provided the therapy I needed - as of course yoga is far more than postures on a mat. Yogakutir has actually changed my life and I very much look forward to continuing my journey in the coming years with their guidance & support - and they are both so lovely with it too"
"My Tuesday early morning yoga class with Rory is the highlight of my week. Its a fantastic way to start my day. I've learnt not just yoga practices but breathing techniques. Each week is different and I can't recommend the class enough."
“I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years...”
"I love Rory's no-nonsense, gentle approach and I always leave feeling peaceful and energised at the same time."
"Rory's class on a Sunday evening is my anchor point for each week. The asanas are challenging and the relaxation is incredible. I look forward to the class immensely and feel the benefit all week - the best thing I do for me!"
"I enjoy Rory’s classes so much that if I had to move out of the area, I would find a way to get back to Clifton at least once a week."
"Rory's yoga classes are excellent. I really appreciate the variation in sequences from class to class, and Rory's attention to detail and ability to describe poses and movements. Rory, you are an inspiring yoga teacher!"
"I try to get to Rory's class every week. The practice is different each time, and I like the way he breaks things down to help with a physical understanding of the postures."
"Thank you for some wonderful classes, I feel I learn something new each time I'm at class. This is prob the most technical yoga I've done and I'm really enjoying it."