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Enlightened Asana Workshop – The Subtle Body: The Energy Body

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

Enlightened Asana Workshop – The Subtle Body: The Energy Body
Sunday 14th July 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

All yoga practice over time should lead us from the gross to the subtle. Asana & pranayama strengthens and purifies the whole body system, especially the nervous system, so we have the capacity to hold more energy – a higher voltage.

The body has strength other than just muscular force. Through awareness, breathing and asana we cultivate Chi (prana, life-force, shakti) – vital energy. Through intension we can excite this energy and mobilise it. The mind makes the plan, the energy body initiates movement, the physical body moves.

First we need to be aware of the energy. But once we have the awareness, what are we going to do with it? What is our intension? Where do we want to go and why?

Dependant on our intention this energy has vast potential. In Martial Arts they throw energy out of the body. Chinese medicine manipulates energy for healing the body. 

Classical yoga theory sends this energy to the brain for 'enlightenment'. We can also use this energy for bringing more joy and consciousness to the gross / physical body. We have to live in it (the body) to function so we have the potential to raise the consciousness of it. And we can use it in asana & pranayama to enrich and evolve our practice. One such method is that of the 'Bandha' system.

The orthodox understanding of bandha in Sanskrit means to bind. They are described as places for vital (Chi) energy collection within the body. However, this energy needs to do more than simply 'binding'. It needs to be moved within the body to facilitate the movement of Chi/Prana/Shakti.

Bandhas are like turbo charging our vital energy. They help to mobilize energy with direction and intensity.

This workshop will explore bandha theory, the power of intention and cultivation of a greater awareness of Chi/Prana energy. We will then put to practice what we have learnt by applying the techniques to a range of yoga asanas, adding grace and freedom to movement whilst reducing friction and muscular effort.

> Develop awareness of Chi energy 
> Learn the bandha system
> Learn how to control and move energy
> Bring lightness into your asana practice
> Experience the power of intention
> Learn how to practice asana through the subtle body
> Correct technique, application and precision of yoga postures

Suitable for All Levels of practice but not complete beginners.

£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 -
please enquire here

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"

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"I love Rory's no-nonsense, gentle approach and I always leave feeling peaceful and energised at the same time."

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