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The Yoga International Fall Retreat: Deepen Your Practice

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Pranayama [clear filter]
Saturday, September 1


Pranayama is More than the Breath

20th century yoga has often placed greater emphasis on the physiological processes of the breath — the muscles and movements involved — while early or ‘Classical’ yoga focused almost exclusively on ‘kumbhak’ or breath retention as the essence of ‘breath control.’ A rich period came in between that focused more on the processes of inhalation and exhalation (while refining ideas of breath retention), but not just from a physiological or even technique-obsessed perspective. Visualization, location of awareness in the body (sometimes involving marma), mantra awareness as well as awareness of subtle blocks or ‘knots’ (‘granthis’) to be ‘pierced’ that had elements of emotion and of the subconscious — all of these were elements or aspects of pranayama. This session will be part ‘history,’ part practice, rediscovering these elements of what is often described as the more ‘tantric’ era of pranayama practice connected with hatha yoga — and which are closely related to the emerging practice of yoga nidra and ‘Laya’ yoga.

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Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →

Saturday September 1, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute