This intensive explores the potent, alchemical effects that the bandhas have on the subtle body. We aim to demystify the bandhas, identifying them neither as mechanical locks nor esoteric techniques. Rather we will see how the bandhas flow as a natural extension of breathing and spinal motion. We will have time to explore each bandha, so that each week will include practices, meditations, journaling and pranayama to integrate the bandha into daily life. In the biogeometry of the human body the bandhas are like internal gates or portals that direct the flow of vital energy. Through guided meditation, somatic awareness, yoga postures and practices of yogic “soaking” (samadhi), this is a transformational month of practice and study.
Day 1 - Getting to the Root | Mula Bandha: Gateway to the Pelvis
This class details how the pelvic floor is a doorway to the spine. Utilizing the classic square shape, the entire biogeometry of the body is supported by this first bandha. We will see how motion within the mula is integral to the health of the pelvic viscera—the uterus, bladder, colon and prostate.
Day 2 - The Flying Bandha | Uddiyana Bandha: Gateway to the Diaphragm
Uddiyana bandha is critical for lengthening and stabilizing the lumbar spine while activating the third chakra in the solar plexus. This is the gateway to the body’s personal power and fear and is inseparable from respiration. This bandha governs the kidney/adrenal complex.
Day 3 - The Throat Bandha: Gateway to the Skull
In the biogeometry of the body’s internal diaphragms, the structures within the throat govern the overall metabolic drive of the individual. Like holding a butterfly in your hand, this bandha requires exquisites care and and the most delicate touch. We study how the throat bandha connects to the thyroid, vocal cords and heart rate via the carotid sheath.
Day 4 - The Palatine Seal: Gateway to the Brain and Brain Stem
If the architecture of the body is like a cathedral, then the palate is the uppermost cupula that opens to the sky. Work with the palate requires release of the jaw, tongue and inner ear. Opening the palate relaxes the brain tissue and provides an experience of lightness and spaciousness within.
When: Daily Live Zoom Meetings Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, and 31 | 9:30 - 11:30am Mountain Time
**Please note ALL Live Zoom sessions will be recorded should you be unable to attend any live streams. All course materials are available for 90 days.
**This course is good for 12 Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance, and can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and Prajna Yoga Therapy Track.
**Have your props handy! We recommend two blocks, blankets, a thick bolster, a 10’ belt/strap, and a backless chair (modifications will be given if you do not have a chair). We recommend yogaoutlet.com and Manduka for props; backless chairs can be found on Amazon and Etsy.