Yoga of the Subtle Body
with Tias Little
November 7-10, 2019
Connection to the subtle body suggests not simply an intellectual knowing but an embodied, cellular knowing. In this course we will explore the pathways of the muscle, bone, blood vessel and nerve in order to bring greater wakefulness to the body-mind connection. We use the physical structure to explore the subtle body and the flow of nadis, prana and movement through the chakras. All asana and somatic training (SATYA) emphasize slow, deep and internal movement. In this training on the subtle body you will learn to cultivate sensitivity and inner listening through yoga, meditation, somatic exercises, dream work and cranial-sacral study.We explore the way that fatigue, stress and anxiety deplete the subtle body. By investigating breath, inner pulsation, and dream images you will learn how to protect your subtle body and enhance the potency of your own deep life force.
Each day begins with seated meditation followed by Somatic Training (SATYA). This involves floor work, releasing the basic and unwinding the spine. Late morning involves dynamic yoga asana practice. Afternoons include anatomical study of the subtle body and restorative yoga sessions. Tias incorporates verse and poetry from classical yoga, Taoist and Zen traditions.This is a transformational and deeply restorative week of practice and study. Recommended Reading: Yoga of the Subtle Body , by Tias Little
DAY 1 BUILDING FROM THE BONES
The bones provide core stability for the body, but as we age the bones become lighter and less stable. In the spiritual traditions of India and China, the bone and the bone marrow are thought to hold the deep life force. In this class we build greater connection to the bones through standing and supine poses.
DAY 2 THE SACRUM AND THE FLUID REALM
This day explores the fluidity and equilibrium of the sacrum and sacral-iliac joints. We do SATYA movements and asana to access the lower psoas and abdomen and to begin to gain support from uddiyana bandha.
DAY 3 THE FIRE WITHIN
The third chakra is a commmon place for constriction due to stress and emotional holding. This class investigates the adrenal glands, lumbar spine, and psoas muscle. We emphasize twists and supported backbend in the asana practice and pranayama with focus on inhalation.
DAY 4 THE PRANA PUMP and THE SPACE WITHIN
Prana is the source of all being and becoming. It flows primarily through the lungs and heart. This day explores the pulse and prana in the chest emphasizing techniques for the shoulder joint, the scapulae, and the collar bones. In asana we do backbends and in pranayama practice Viloma I and II. In the afternoon we practice techniques for the cranium including the sensory organs of the eyes, ears, tongue, and facial skin.
TIAS LITTLE synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, somatic training and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. He lives in Santa Fe New Mexico where he directs his school Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya and is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body.
All Four Days: $600 until 10/7; $675 after 10/7
Single Day: $175
Space is limited! Pre-registration suggested.
Please call (626) 403-3961 for more information.