CULTIVATING PRATYAHARA AND DHARANA IN OUR PRACTICES
3 DAY WORKSHOP - 7-9 August (13.00-16.30)
Price: 1750 kr
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Pay workshop fee to BG: 271-8203
Modern Western yoga has become a bit over obsessive about asana,
how to move the body, how to not move the body. The dialogue
between what is alignment, is it useful, are handstands important,
should we be flexible, have dominated the yoga world and many
workshops out there. However, Hatha Yoga is an embodied
practice. We need to tune inwards in ways that haven't really
been represented in yoga very readily. This workshop
aims to assist you in discovering why Pratyahara and Dharana are so
crucial to our practices and how to bring this information into the
Pratyahara is described as the withdrawing of senses. We
live in a world where we are constantly over stimulated. The
practice of pratyahara is needed now more than ever. We
receive more images and bits of information in one day than someone
living in 100 years ago would have received in years. We get
distracted so easily and this puts our nervous systems on high
alert. Dharana, one pointed focus, allows us to use the
awareness we cultivate through the pratyahara and then focus it on
one aspect, usually internal. This can be a visualisation, a
mantra, the breath or a sensation that arises.
The beauty of both Pratyahara and Dharana is that we can utilise
them for our benefit in movement, pranayama and meditation.
During this workshop we will become attentive of our awareness,
where it is drawn to, what can we do to prevent it from wandering.
Bringing in the pratyahara and dharana into the asana/movement
exploration, as well as pranayama and meditation.
Each afternoon we will tune out the external and the distractions
and work with the tools that draw us inwards. Developing the
skills throughout the 3 days, Julie will also guide you to
integrate this information as teachers. When we shift from
our examination of how to make shapes and reclaim ourselves through
an embodied practice then all the aspects of Yoga begin to
For teachers and regular practitioners.