PRANAYAMA: Developing the Heart and Mind of Non-Oppression with Victoria Austin
Pranayama is not "for" anything but the study of the self. However, as we study the essential practices of pranayama -- intimate communion with universal and personal life energy -- we can identify and gradually dismantle habitual structures (samskara) and tendencies (vasana), to nourish wholesome internal growth in empowerment and entrustment.
This two-hour workshop will focus on self-study and healing as a foundation for learning non-oppressive intimacy with self. We will study trust and power from the body to the brain through working with ways we:
* force or suppress the breath
* dominate or repress self-inquiry
* ignore truthful messages of emotions
* build helplessness in the face of suffering, trauma and obstacles
* prioritize reactive defense over constructive boundaries and exploration
* devalue the present in-breath, out-breath, and space in between, ceding airtime to our auto-pilot
Two pranayama practices and two discussion sessions will be included.
Prerequisites: 6 months' asana practice with a CIYT, familiarity with Preliminary Course pranayamas in Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar, familiarity with Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar, sutras I.30-I.37, II.12-17 and 48-53
Reading: My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem, The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda Magee, Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven
Pricing: $40 (members), $50(non-members)
Sign up at http://bit.ly/workshopswithVictoria-IYISF