Monday, March 2, 2020
Modern Energy Channels (Nadis)
With Richard Rosen
Location: Sag Harbor
Level: Open (all students welcome)
According to the Hatha tradition, there are 72,000 subtle energy channels spreading into every nook and cranny of our body. These channels transport vital energy (prana vayu) throughout the physical body and, like a river bed, need periodic cleansing to keep the passages open and energy flowing smoothly. Of the 72,000 channels, 14 are usually singled out as most important. But, these are all buried in our body and not very accessible. Even if they were accessible, they would still be difficult to use in any meaningful way. The “channels” in this workshop are for the most part located on the body’s surface and so are easily accessed. They can be used to construct an imaginative framework for the body to establish proper alignment in asana and sitting for breathing and meditation. The material covered in this workshop is based on the work begun by Mabel Todd in her classic study of human posture, The Thinking Body, and the work of two of her students, Lulu Sweigard (Human Movement Potential) and Barbara Clark (A Kinesthetic Legacy).
This is a 2-part workshop:
- Part 1 – is dedicated to simple, asana-based exercises to establish the channels.
- Part 2 – we’ll put into practice with an asana sequence the exercises we learned in Part 1.
All levels welcome. A vivid imagination is helpful!
Richard Rosen began his practice of yoga in 1980, and is a graduate of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. He’s written two books on pranayama for Shambhala, The Yoga of Breath and Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals, and produced a set of seven CDs of guided pranayama instruction. He’s also written for the same publisher, Original Yoga, a book on traditional yoga practice from the seventeenth-century Gheranda Samhita. Richard is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal and president of the board of directors of Yoga Dana Foundation, a grant-making organization supporting teachers in the Bay Area who bring yoga to underserved populations.