Sunday Conference 8.25

Sunday Conference with Diana...

August 25, 2013

What are we studying this semester?  PRANA

  • ·      Prana (also known as “Chi” or “Ki”) – energy, life force.  Increase the inhalation and attention to deep, full breaths (smooth, strong and gentle)

  • ·      Chakras – energy centers – the human body contains 7 energy centers and 72,000 energy meridians.

  • ·      Bandhas – body locks keep the energy “in” and centered (working from inside out)

·      Mula bandha, contraction of the perineum
·      Uddiyana bandha, contraction of the abdominal muscles about 3” below navel

“Locking” the bandhas = lightness, steadiness, focus and influences the body patterns through the mind.  Improves balance in life’s perspectives; less distraction, more focus and centering.

Martial arts principles of energy centering or life force.  Intentional movement (careful, flowing, balanced); rhythmic breathing (slow, deep, fluidity); focus; softness; center of gravity; powerful.

Our practice holistically maintains the health of the skeletal and muscular systems through weight-bearing asanas and activities.

Our bodies consist of 70% water and Ujjayi breath assists to move the blood circulation to the edges of our bodies.

T.K. Deskichar’s, The Heart of Yoga - “One definition of the word “yogi” is “one whose prana is all within his body.”

Agni sara: fire; a cleansing process using  the “fire” of the human body to remove impurities.  Strengthens center of the body, improves digestion and mitigates low back pain.

The five koshas, or ‘layers’ or ‘sheaths’ of the body, constitute a map for navigating the inner journey.  Annamaya (physical body); pranamaya (breath body); manomaya (mental body); vijanamaya (wisdom body); and anandama (bliss body).

Weekly Message

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