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Tias Little: Anatomy of the Subtle Body

My teacher Tias Little, who is based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico will be offering a special yoga workshop at Breathe Los Gatos Yoga Studio. I highly recommend you attend a session (or more).

Anatomy of the Subtle Body, March 11-15

This intensive covers the foundation of the body structure through asana based anatomy. We explore the pathways of the muscle, bones, blood vessels, and nerves in order to bring greater wakefulness to the body-mind connection. We use the physical structure to explore the subtle body in yoga—the flow of nadis, prana and, movement through the chakras. Through asana training, meditation, somatic exercises, dream work, and cranial-sacral study, we cultivate sensitivity and inner listening. All asana and somatic training emphasizes slow, deep, and internal movement. Connection to the subtle body suggests not simply an intellectual knowing, but an embodied, cellular knowing. Thus we explore the Subtle Body by addressing the intersection of emotional, physical, and psychological content.

Each day begins with seated meditation and studying of inspirational teachings from the Buddha dharma. This is followed by Somatic Training (SATYA). This involves an hour of floor work, unwinding the body based on movements by Moshe Feldenkreis and Thomas Hanna. Late morning involves dynamic yoga asana practice focusing on the myo-fascial sheaths of the body (lateral, dorsal, ventral, spiral, and core). Afternoons involve anatomical study of the Subtle Body and restorative yoga sessions. Every day concludes with seated meditation. This is a rich and transformational week of practice and study. See Tias’s website for additional details.

  • Mindfulness Meditations–Shamata and Vipassana
  • Using the Power of the Three Jewels to heal–The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
  • Somatic Exercises to Heal Subtle Body
  • Supporting the Parasympathetic Nervous System through Restorative Postures
  • Anatomy of Subtle Body: Moving from Muscles to Glands and Nerves
  • Anatomical Study of the Brain and Brainstem and the Importance of the Reptilian Brain to the Subtle Body
  • The Importance of Dream Content: An Introduction to working with Samskaras in the Dream Time
  • The Cranial-Sacral Rhythm and the Subtle Body
  • Using Metaphor and Poetry to Access the Subtle Body
  • Exploration of poems of awakening from the Taoist and Zen traditions

Schedule & Pricing

Day 1: Wednesday, March 11th – 6-9pm ($75 regular, $65 through 1/31)
Day 2: Thursday, March 12th – 9:30-12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm ($150 regular, $125 through 1/31)
Day 3: Friday, March 13th – 9:30-12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm ($150 regular, $125 through 1/31)
Day 4: Saturday, March 14th – 9:30-12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm ($150 regular, $125 through 1/31)
Day 5: Sunday, March 15th – 9:30 – 3:30pm ($150 regular, $125 through 1/31)
Price for all workshops: $600 regular, $550 through 1/31

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About Tias Little

Tias’ approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing.

Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. In addition to teaching throughout the US and around the world, Tias currently offers on-line classes through Yoga Glo.Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. He lives in Santa Fe New Mexico where he directs his school Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya and is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and The Yoga of the Subtle Body, to be published by Shambhala Press in Summer 2015.

Earlier Event: December 31
Candlelight Yoga Flow
Later Event: May 3
Vinyasa Foundations