Tantra Flow Weekend with Jeanne Heileman
Location: Elite Fitness, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Dates: Saturday, March 7th – Sunday, March, 2020
Contact: Patrick on Facebook for info + registration
The Five Pranas
Saturday, 8:30am – 11:30am
In the Yogic perspective, there are five specific pathways of breathing and they can either help a pose or negatively affect a pose. In this workshop we will learn all five directions, discover where each of us is deficient, and understand how they affect us on a mental, emotional and physical level. We will then do a practice using these pathways followed by a meditation to set the energy we’ve cultivated.
When we think of breathing, we think of just inhaling and exhaling. And when a yoga class gets challenging, we often forget to do both! Breathing is the most important aspect in a yoga practice and can significantly transform a student’s progress. You will leave with new tools to apply to your practice and to your life, expanding beyond your limitations. Your yoga will progress to a new, rewarding level.
This workshop is best suited for intermediate students so that more attention can be paid on the work inside the pose instead of how to do the pose. A handout will be offered summarizing the material.
Introduction To The Chakras 1 – 3
Day One: Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
This session focuses on Chakras #1-3, where most of our awareness resides and where most of us are stuck. Students will be lead through a strong asana practice focusing on standing poses, hip openers and core strengthening. They will be introduced to Bandha work (energy locks), Pranavayus (energy channels), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and will end in a Tantric meditation.
Introduction To The Chakras 4 – 6
Day Two: Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30 am
This session touches on yesterday’s work and then proceed to Chakras #4-7, the more subtle planes of awareness. Students will move through a practice focusing on backbends and inversions. In addition to the earlier techniques mentioned, Mantra (chanting) and Mudra (energy seals) will be introduced. We will again end with Pranayama and a different Tantric mediation.
Beyond Asana; The Forgotten Limbs of Pranayama, Pratyahara and Dharana
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00pm
This session thoroughly covers the advanced practices of breath control (Pranayama,) withdrawing one’s pull from outer stimuli to the inner wisdom (Pratyahara,) and the ability to concentrate the mind on one point of focus for a longer period of time, (Dharana.) These skills will not only improve your performance of Asana on the mat, but lead towards a peace of mind.
We will begin reviewing the Anatomy of Respiration then move towards specific Pranayama practices that one can continue in their home practice. Students will learn concentration techniques and the value of working with these challenging practices that prepare for meaningful meditation. A guided meditation will follow, leaving the students calm and serene from the weekend’s activity. When we can control our breath, we are able to control our mind. One gains Self-mastery and an ability to live life fearlessly. This is the ultimate purpose of our yoga practice, to help us thrive in our life.