Bandha, Breath, Breeze: 300 Hour TT with Megan

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Megan Flinn

After taking her first official yoga classes at Penn State, Megan experienced her first fully fledged yoga class in New York City when a friend dragged her there kicking and screaming. From that first "real" clas...
Breath, Bandha & Breeze: An exploration of the interplay of Pranayama, Bandhas & the Vayus wth Megan

The Vayus, or Winds of the body, translate to “that which flows”, and outline how prana moves inside of us.
The Bandhas, or Locks of the body, contain energy and choose how we hold and move it through us.
Pranayama, or Breath Control/Release, build, soften and shift energy by harnessing the power of our most basic need: breath.
In this five part livestream series, explore the connections and intersections of these three energetic concepts, as we study the five Pranic Vayus, how they intersect with our four central Bandhas, and how we can utilize several Pranayama techniques to heighten our awareness and use of all that energy.
 
Classes will be 3 hours long on Sundays from 2-5pm; if you are unable to attend at the time of our training, you may access the replay for a week. Students are welcome to take any workshop individually, or all five for 300 Hour credit when accompanying homework is completed.
 
This series is open to all students, and will be conducted completely via Live Stream. For teachers, hours may be used as Yoga Alliance CEU’s or 20 hours toward our 300 Hour Advanced YA Teacher Training. 

The Five Vayus - Sunday, February 7, 2-5pm
Outline the five Pranic Vayus, or Winds of the body: Prana-Vayu, Apana-Vayu, Samana-Vayu, Udana-Vayu, and Vyana-Vayu. Cultivate awareness of these currents and connect more deeply to them through a meditation, breath and physical practice. Understand the relationship of the Winds to the Chakras and elements.
· Homework for 300 TT credit: Record an original 60 minute practice rooted in one Vayu of your choosing
 
Mula and Jalandhara Bandhas - Sunday, February 14, 2-5pm
· Learn the mechanics of our two main “collection” bandhas: Mula Bandha as it keeps energy from spilling out the bottom of our torso, and Jalandhara that nets and collects it from above. We’ll detail the purpose and practice of both, their relationship to their corresponding vayus, and practice them in many orientations and options through a practice.
  • Homework for 300 TT credit: Record an original 60 minute practice rooted in 
either Mula or Jalandhara Bandha 

Uddiyana & Maha Bandhas  - Sunday, February 21, 2-5pm
  • Learn the mechanics of our heat building bandhas: Uddiyana Bandha as it builds fire from the inside out, and Maha Bandha, the great bandha combining all three main locks. We’ll detail the purpose and practice of both, their relationship to their corresponding vayus, and practice them in many orientations and options through a practice.
  • Homework for 300 TT credit: Record an original 60 minute practice rooted in 
either Uddiyana or Maha Bandha 
 
Pranayama One - Sunday, February 28, 2-5pm
· Create a foundation for your breath as we focus on the mechanics of the diaphragm, diaphragmatic breath and its effect on the entire body, and how to utilize this breath through the more grounding practices of Dirga Swasam, Sama Vrtti, and Nadi Sodhana. We’ll detail Khumbhak and its integration into these breath practices, as well as how they interplay with the dances of the Vayus and Bandhas.
  • Homework for 300 TT credit: Record an original 30 minute practice rooted in at least two of our learned pranayama practices from the day
 
Pranayama Two – Sunday, March 7, 2-5pm
· Work a more powerful breath as we move into pumping and heating practices including Bhastrika, Kaphalabhati and a variation of Wim Hof breath in our final installation. We’ll again circle back to the interplay of these breaths with our other energetic practices, and wrap up our learning together with a review of all our newfound knowledge
  • Homework for 300 TT credit: Record an original 30 minute practice rooted in at least two of our learned pranayama practices from the day