Advanced Yoga Practitioner Course — Week 3

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Day 5

We started off this class doing a bit of a review of what we learned so far to date in the Yoga Advanced Practitioners Course. We followed this a little talking a little bit about Prana Vayu. Prana Vayu are the forces at work in the body. They move inwards, outwards, upwards and downwards. We mainly focused on two (2) this day. They are as follows:

Udana Vayu – The Upward Force

Connecting to the inhale and concentrated physically from the navel up towards the throat. This acts as the force of speach, singing, vomiting, and is said to carry the soul on to other births after death. On a subtle level this relates to enthusiasm, effort, and mental growth. Udana is responsible forlifting up of your body and mentality on an energetic, directional level; both inside the body and inside your life. Two (2) different currents of energy are said to move upwards; prana and udana, but the movement patterns are slightly different. Udana rises up along the spine and acts as the force of speech, and is concentrated mostly in the upper chest and throat area. Udana is also the force by which kundalini rises and which the spirit leaves the body a few days ater the physical body dies. Prana which has it’s home in the head moves inwards through respiration and has a general movement of expanding and lifting.

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Advanced Yoga Practitioner Course — Week 2

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Day 3

We started off the class working through five (5) Surya Namaskara A‘s. Once we worked through those, we worked through Surya Namaskara B, following the breath as follows:

  • Tadasana
  • Utkatasana – Inhale
  • Uttanasana A – Exhale
  • Uttanasana B – Inhale
  • Chaturanga Dandasana – Exhale
  • Urdva Mukha Shvanasana – Inhale
  • Adho Mukha Shvanasana – Exhale
  • Virabhadrasana (right side) – Inhale
  • Chaturanga Dandasana – Exhale
  • Urdva Mukha Shvanasana – Inhale
  • 10 Adho Mukha Shvanasana – Exhale
  • 11 Virabhadrasana (left side) – Inhale
  • 12 Chatranga Dandasana – Exhale
  • 13 Urdva Mukha Shvanasana – Inhale
  • 14 Adho Mukha Shvanasana – Exhale – Hold for five (5) breaths
  • 15 Uttanasana B – Inhale
  • 16 Uttanasana A – Exhale
  • 17 Utkatasana – Inhale
  • 18 Tadasana

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This may look easy, but if you follow your breath, it’s quite hard. Especially when you go from Urdva Mukha Shvanasana to Adho Mukha Shvanasana to Virabhadrasana. See, you inhale into Urdva Mukha Shvanasana, then you start exhaling to and through Adho Mukha Shvanasana all the way to where you put your front foot down to start Virabhadrasana, then you start your inhale into Virabhadrasana, then you start your exhale all the way to putting your hands down and into Chatranga Dandasana. So you have two (2) choices here. You can either speed up your movements to match your breath or you can slow down you breath to match your movements. I try to slow down my breath to match my movements, at least at the beginning, lol, as it gets harder near the end of the third (3rd) and fourth (4th) rounds, then I start to speed up my movements a little bit to match my breath.

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Advanced Yoga Practitioner Course — Week 1

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Day 1

We started off this portion of the course with Adrian asking us a few questions for us to think about. And we discussed the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to be advancing in yoga?
  2. What is the value of advancing in yoga?
  3. For what purpose do we want to advance in yoga?
  4. What is essential in advancing in yoga?

Then we discussed this in groups. Here are some of the answer from my group:

  1. What does it mean to be advancing in yoga?
    • Change
    • Stillness in the mind
    • Being positive in the mind
    • Freedom of body and mind
  2. What is the value of advancing in yoga?
    • To change mind, soul, body to be healthy and happy in the mind
    • Can’t value – nothing and everything
    • Change their life to be better
    • Tools to give them more freedom
  3. For what purpose do we want to advance in yoga?
    • Share their changes with others so they believe
    • Be the change you want to see in the world
    • Others to see and give to others with out the need to have it given back
    • The opportunity to give others the chance to explore their own freedom
  4. What is essential in advancing in yoga?
    • To see the change in them self to inspire and help others to change
    • To not get distracted by the external side of yoga and focus on the whole 8 limbs of yoga
    • Discipline for them self
    • Patience with them self

We also talk about how Hatha Yoga is the balance of opposing forces, or what I call action/reaction. What that means is that you move a part of your body on way and another part of your body moves another way. To give you an example of this, start by standing normal, then rotate your thighs in. What happens next, is your sits bones will start to open, your tail bone will move back, your lower back will arch forward and your chest will open out forward. A good example of this in yoga asanas is Marjaryasana (Cat) and Bitilasana (Cow):

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