Gregor Maehle - Pranayama and Meditation Workshop
We are very happy to welcome back to North Sydney Yoga Gregor Maehle, now acclaimed author of four books on Ashtanga Yoga. Gregor has a vast knowledge of the shastras - yoga scripts - and is keen to share it with others; a rare opportunity to spend time with a truly dedicated practitioner and scholar of Yoga.
Type of Event
26-28 July 2013
Sunday 11.00-1.30pm and 2.30-5.00pm
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Pranayama and Yoga Meditation
In this workshop you will learn how pranayama is used to connect posture practice to yogic meditation and why it will accelerate progress in both. Also covered are how pranayama creates health, its use in therapeutic applications and the mental and spiritual benefits of pranayama. We will learn about the effect of pranayama on brain hemisphericity and balance of the nervous system. The purpose of breath retentions and their precise technical application will be given and the major pranayama techniques will be explored. Additionally lots of emphasis will be placed on bandhas and kriyas.
You will then learn the precise step-by-step meditation technique that exist since millennia at the heart of yoga. Yogic meditation derives its power from the fact that it systematically suspends the entire processing capacity of the subconscious mind and diverts it towards meditation. The processing power of the subconscious mind is a multiple of that of the conscious mind. Simply watching breath or watching awareness involves only your conscious mind. For quick and effective concentration the entire power of the subconscious mind has to be harnessed. This is the secret of yogic meditation.
You will also learn about the importance of Kundalini as support for meditation and the factors that make it rise, such as chakra and Sushumna visualization, mantra and breath. Detailed descriptions how opening of the chakras propel the evolution of the individual and society will be given. Chakra meditation, if done in a sophisticated, high-powered way, will propel the evolution of the brain and mind of the practitioner and the awakening of higher intelligence.