Prana is life force
Vayu direction of winds
This class weaves dynamic asana with breath centric movement using different Pranayama Kriyas and ratios to cultivate a greater connection to Prana and a heightening focus on the inhale pattern. Building strong standing poses, with lateral relief to open pathways to effectively receive Prana and utilise it to heal, inspire and transform. Weaving Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Kriya, Mantra and Philosophy into a practice, I offer you a focus on being empowered with self-knowledge and skill in loving-awareness, to do your life well and fulfil your purpose of embodiment.
This is the start of a deeper understanding of how to activate, cultivate and utilise our Prana, our vital energy. Yoga is said to be the art and science of Self-Realisation by disciplining the body, mind and breath in order to gain Self-Knowledge and Cultivation of Self-Awareness. Tantra is the weaving of all experiences into a practice to cultivate as much Prana as we can and to use the tools of practice to master control over the vital energy or life-force. To acquire the power of energy, we can then heal ourselves, optimising health on all levels, boosting our energy to do our lives well and to have the clarity of mind that guides us to lasting fulfillment, contentment and liberation (Moksha). Yoga is the Mastery of Self-Knowledge and Tantra is the Mastery of Prana Power. Knowledge without power is ineffective, where as power without knowledge is dangerous! So we study and practice both.
We all know Yoga is more than just flexibility or strength in postures; it is the management of prana, the vital life force that animates all levels of being. Prana enables the body to move, regenerate, heal as well as enables the mind to think. Prana is said to be the intelligence that coordinates our senses, it helps digest information and releases that which doesn’t serve us any longer.
It is said that we have five winds, divisions or directions of of pranic energy within us.
- Pran Vayu – inward, ingesting prana
- Apana Vayu – outward, ruling the eliminating force
- Samana Vayu – consolidating and gathering in force for absorption
- Vyana Vayu – distributing and circulating prana
- Udana Vayu – inspiring and ascending prana
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