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Enlightened Asana Workshop – The Subtle Body: The Breathing Body (Pranayama)

  • Clifton Library 13 Princess Victoria Street Bristol, England, BS8 4BX United Kingdom (map)

Enlightened Asana Workshop – The Subtle Body: The Breathing Body (Pranayama)
Sunday 16th June 2019 / 9am - 12pm
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS84BX
Teacher: Rory Viggers

The Subtle Body – a trio of standalone yoga workshops to enrich your practice
The Thinking Body / The Breathing Body (Pranayama) / The Energy Body

'As you tame a lion or tiger, so you have to tame the breath... As the water flows without any obstruction, so you should learn breathing without any obstruction.' (BYS Iyengar)

The breath is the most vital process of the body. Without it there is no life. It effects our physical, mental, energetic and emotional states. From Martial Arts to Meditation to Free Diving to Hatha yoga, knowledge of breath is instrumental.

Pranayama and Asana form Hatha Yoga. Asana being the postural element and pranayama being the breath work. 

Breathing practices work on all levels of the body. They can bring clarity, calm and focus. They make us less reactive. They can increase the health of the body and bring peace of mind. 

Prana, the energy, is what fuels the subtle body. Through specific breathing practices we can enhance and mobilise the energy. We can practice pranayama before asana to charge our pranic levels. We can incorporate certain breathing techniques into our asana practice to enhance the posture. And we can practice pranayama after asana to replenish the body.

We need to apply precision to breathing techniques as much as we would do with the anatomical body in asana. The subtle body is highly sensitive. Its logic, rules and tolerances must be honoured. In asana, we can see the mistakes and correct them. In pranayama we can't see and it is vital we don’t push beyond our capacity. Patience is all. All bodies have their unique rhythm. We must work to our own rhythm in breathing practices.

In this workshop we will introduce and practice classical and unorthodox pranayama (breathwork) techniques in several seated and supine positions (supported & un-supported). Historically, religious and cultural influences have been attached to certain pranayama practices. We will demystify some of these in order to ensure the anatomical and subtle bodies have balance in practice. The workshop will also touch on the nadi / chakra systems (energy pathways / junctures), koshas (subtle layers of the body), vayus (types of prana) and other facets of the subtle body.

> Learn classical pranayama techniques
> Learn un-orthodox breathing practices
> Increase energy levels
> Develop greater clarity & focus
> Bring calmness to the nervous system
> Cultivate greater awareness and control of the breath

Suitable for All Levels of practice but not complete beginners. Each participant will practice at their own pace.

£37.50 (£32.50 early bird booking) per workshop
3 x 'The Subtle Body' Workshops - £90

Yogakutir members can use class card credits towards workshops - please enquire here
10% discount available for students and concessions -
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The Thinking Body – Sunday May 19th
The Breathing Body (Pranayama) – Sunday 16th June
The Energy Body – Sunday 14th July

Teacher: Rory Viggers

"My current study of yoga asana and movement revolves around the Centered Yoga system developed by pioneering world leading facilitator, Dona Holleman. She is globally regarded as one of the best asana teachers. Her 50 years of practice (and up to 6 hours a day of asana practice) has helped her to perfect the asana. Having studied with Dona for the past five years (and now certified to teach her method), her philosophy, teaching methods and knowledge of the physical and subtle bodies form the inspiration of these workshops. I practice yoga asana daily (between 2 to 4 hours) to really learn the essence of the posture".

Yoga mats and equipment will be provided (feel free to bring your own mat).

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"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 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."