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2017 Mahāpatha Yoga Fall Satsanga

Oct 15, 2017 - Oct 15, 2017

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Fall Back into Practice with Mahāpatha Satsanga

This Satsanga will feature unique and powerful yoga practices from the upcoming Mahāpatha Yoga Fall Intensive:

  • All practices lead by Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP
  • Practices include Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, & Kirtan
  • 2-hour lunch break in which to dine in the beautiful Virgina Highlands
  • A full-day of Yoga (about 9 hours!) for just $75.00
  • Sunday, October 15th from 9a to 8p

Space is limited, and we usually end up with a wait-list, so please don’t wait to reserve your space today!

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ROUGH ITINERARY

***This itinerary is subject to change without notice***

AM: 9a – 1p – 4 Hours

Opening Kirtan
Five Rites Flow (a yin/yang sequence)
Chakra Meditation (chakra bija mantra nyasa)
Closing Kirtan

BRUNCH/BREAK: 1p – 3p – 2 Hours

PM: 3p – 8p – 5 Hours

Opening Kirtan
Information Session (introduction to yoga mudras)
Maha Vinyasa Abhyasa (a vinyasa flow sequence)
Yoga Nidra
Closing Kirtan

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ABOUT THE PRACTICES

Kirtan

Kirtan is call-and-response chanting in Sanskrit accompanied by music. The Sanskrit language is said to be a ‘revealed language’ where the sounds of the words themselves are said to be imbued with healing, transformative qualities. It, however, is not necessary to adopt any sort of belief for the practice to be effective. While it is not important to know the meaning of the words, translations of the chants will be provided.

Five Rites Flow

The Five Rites Flow (5RF for short) is a mix of Tibetan, Taoist and Indian Yogas. In this lengthy asana practice, we work the major joints of the hips, shoulders, and spine, through all their articulations, Yin Yoga style. Meaning each articulation will be held for approximately 5 minutes. This will help to open and release deep energetic blockages in what the Taoists call the “Meridians”. Interspersed throughout the Yin postures will be the “Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation”. These 5 short vinyasas help to cultivate and move subtle energy to awaken the Chakras or subtle psycho-energetic plexuses. This practice is the perfect preparation for Chakra Meditation.

Chakra Meditation (Chakra Bija Mantra Nyasa)

Chakra Meditation as taught by Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, and his disciple Paul Grilley, is a complex and multifaceted meditation practice consisting of many different techniques designed to awaken the seven psycho-energetic plexuses said to reside in the subtle body. In this practice we will use the Bija Mantras or ‘seed sounds’ of the five elements: earth, water; fire; air; and ether and ‘install’ them into the five ‘lower chakras’ to help draw energy to and awaken awareness of these centers.

Yoga Mudras

Mudras psycho-energetic ‘seals’ or ‘circuit-bypasses’ created through the use of the hands, face, body or a combination of all of the above. Mudras redirect the subtle energy of the body to help to awaken ‘kundalini shakti’, a more powerful and evolutionary kind of prana than the ones that simply sustain the everyday functioning of our body and mind. Once awakened, the Mudras move the kundalini into the Sushumna Nadi, the major energetic channel that corresponds with the spine in the subtle-body. The ultimate goal is to move this evolutionary energy (Shakti) up the Sushumna to unite it with the consciousness (Shiva) in and above the crown of the head. We will first learn and practice the techniques individually and then put them together in the following practice.

Maha Vinyasa Abhyasa

Maha Vinyasa Abhyasa or ‘great vinyasa practice’ is a lengthy vinyasa practice that seeks to stimulate the flow of chi or prana through the various energetic channels of the subtle-body by stretching and working the major joints and muscle groups of the body. Interspersed throughout the practice will be ‘postural mudras’ to help awaken and direct Kundalini Shakti to the crown chakra helping to unite Shiva and Shakti or consciousness and energy which is the goal of most energetic yogic practices.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra, ‘psychic sleep’, or ‘sleep meditation’ is a guided meditation practice that is done laying down. The practitioner is guided through various breathing, body awareness, and visualization techniques that help settle and balance the various Pranas or ‘life force energy’ that animates both the body and the mind. This ultimately leaves the practitioner feeling both relaxed and energized. While it is a very beginner-friendly practice it is also very powerful and has the potential, especially when combined with other practices, to lead the practitioner all the way to Samadhi or ‘union’, which is the ultimate ‘goal’ of all yogas.