Yogic & Healing Arts Practitioner
Yogasana, Pranayama & Meditation
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Ujjāyī, when done correctly, this thin and long pranayama technique, increasingly impacts the cleansing and rejuvenation of the subtle nerve and energy pathways (nādi) and tones specific glands and muscles in the throat based on how subtly and effortlessly it is done. Ujjāyī pranayama is known to have variations, especially with respect to the inner attention on guiding the energy between specific points located within the body.
Modern science has acknowledged the benefits of the many aspects of yoga and how our breathing effects our consciousness and health. Many diseases and imbalances are now being linked to improper breathing and our stressful lifestyle. Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts and our thoughts and mind are also influenced and controlled through our consciousbreath. Deliberate breathing with awareness not only promotes our health and well-being but effects us on subtle levels influencing our psychic and spiritual state. As we learn to breath consciously we carry this awareness to our natural breath which changes our unhealthy breathing patterns. Slowing down the breath using the conscious yogic ujjāyī breath- stimulates the vagus nerve which calms our mind and nervous system, relieving stress, anxiety and restless thoughts and leads to higher states of awareness. Ujjāyī is one of the foundational techniques of pranayama
Vinyāsa Krama - This is the original Himalayan yogāsana that integrates prānāyāma into the āsana practice - A subtle yogāsana system based on the movement of prāna directed into the cartilage tissue, sinuous musculature of the body, internal organs and nādis using the conscious breath and intelligently designed order (krama). This beautiful prānic practice involves concentration, complete control of the breath (conscious/deliberate, long and smooth) throughout the practice, drishti, mudrā and mantra. The SLOW movement (and mind) is always following the breath, there being a perfect sync between them. This system is based in Patañjali's Aṣtānga Yoga, emphasizing "prayatna shaithilya ananta samāpatti bhyam”- and designed to increase our sāttvic tendencies by slowing down our breath and heart rate and calming our mind. The foundational ujjāyī breath, has a pause or kumbhak after each inhalation and exhalation for stillness and aligning the prāna - which trains the heart and mind for stillness. Our intention stays inward as we merge with the breath, with subtle awareness in the heart center and internal sound current (nada). The practice begins with peace chants, followed by vinyāsas, kriyās, particular fundamental Himalayan prānāyāma that nourish the vital organs, calm the central nervous system and quiet the mind - and ends with pratyāhāra.
My teaching is based on the 12 Kramas that Srivatsa Ramaswami learned from Krishnamacharya for over 33 years - 10 Kramas (sequences) that can be practiced alone (with prep and follow up vinyāsas) or sequentially combining vinyāsas from each or a few kramas, Vishesha Kramas (sub routines and surya and ding namaskar with mantra), and winding down procedures (kriyās, prānāyāma, pratyāhāra, meditation).
My teaching is also informed through vinyāsa krama, Himalayan prānāyāma, meditation and wisdom of the Hansa Yoga Tradition taught by my Satguru His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, a Himalayan Vedic Monk, Nath Yogi and Vedic/Sanskrit Scholar.
The kramas (sequences) may vary by root tradition but maintain the same emphasis. With over 700 vinyāsas, various prānāyāma and meditation techniques, there is a practice that can be catered for everyone.
Structured classes for beginning to advanced students. Offering private one on one and small intimate group sessions, public classes, and workshops