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Tias Little: Opening the Inner Currents of Prana: Anatomy of the Vayus


  • Breathe Los Gatos 14107-H Winchester Boulevard Los Gatos, CA (map)

In the earliest yoga practices, the life force within the body was thought to flow through tracts, tubules or vessels, in the way that wind or water flows in currents. In yoga, the vayus are “wind channels”, related to the nerves (nadis), blood, lymph, and the function of the organs. Understanding the nature of each vayu is crucial to harmonizing the subtle flow of prana in the body and to establishing health and vitality. Tias will guide students through an in-depth investigation of the five primary winds in the body and through yoga asana, pranayama, and SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga) and activate or mitigate the strength of each vayu. We will investigate the structures and the associated physiological functions of each vayu and map out the vayus’ location in the body.

In a process that requires sensitivity and inner listening, we explore the pathways of the muscle, bones, and nerves in order to bring greater wakefulness to movement within the vayus. Through dharma study, guided meditation, yoga nidra, somatic awareness, and yoga postures this is a transformational week of practice and study. In this intensive, we will investigate poems of awakening from the historical Yoga, Taoist, and Zen traditions.

Each day begins with seated meditation and study of inspirational teachings from the Yoga, Taoist, and Zen traditions. This is followed by Somatic Training (SATYA). This involves an hour of floor work and unwinding the body. Late morning involves dynamic yoga asana practice focusing on healing sequences for each vayu. Afternoons involve anatomical study of the vayus and restorative yoga sessions. Every day concludes with seated meditation.

Schedule

  • Apana: Wednesday, April 27th | 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Samana: Thursday, April 28th | 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Prana: Friday, April 29th | 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Udana: Saturday, April 30th | 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Vyana: Sunday, May 1st | 10:30am – 1:00pm

Pricing (Includes Manual)

  • Entire Workshop: $950
  • Apana: Wednesday, April 27th | 10:30am – 5:00pm ($235 regular; $220 through March 5)
  • Samana: Thursday, April 28th | 10:30am – 5:00pm ($235 regular; $220 through March 5)
  • Prana: Friday, April 29th | 10:30am – 5:00pm ($235 regular; $220 through March 5)
  • Udana: Saturday, April 30th | 10:30am – 5:00pm ($235 regular; $220 through March 5)
  • Vyana: Sunday, May 1st | 10:30am – 1:00pm ($100 regular; $85 through March 5)

Registration available: BreatheLosGatos.com

Earlier Event: March 4
Spring Weekend Yoga Retreat