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Enter into the mystical world of yoga breath and energy. Join Swara Yoga Academy in Portugal for a unique workshop on personal vitality, breath, pranayama, and connected movement flow. Set in beautiful Portugal, you will take your yoga to a deep and juicy place, and you will leave vitalized, fresh, and feeling great!
You will be provided with shared accommodation in rooms that fit three people. The rooms are beautiful, clean, and clear. There are lovely common spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
Prana is the life-giving energetic force which is accessed and amplified through the breath. Classical breathwork is called Pranayama: “The Expansion of Prana”. To know prana is to know the essence of life itself. The course is designed to give you a first-hand experience of prana and help you take your yoga to the subtle energetic approaches to practice.
Learn how to use asana, breath and pranayama to affect the quality of your energy. Understand when, why and how to stimulate, expand, circulate, calm or ground your prana. You will learn accessible, take home practices which can be used to flavour and transform your energetic reality and feelings.
Understand how to create practices for yourself and others that are breath and energy focused instead of the usual focus on the physical body. The course will give you literally hundreds of different ways to explore breath, energy and physical practice. This is especially good for teachers who are looking for a deeper and more profound approach to teaching yoga.
Learn about the nature of the 4 parts of the breath, the energetic wave patterns of breath as well as the 5 vital movements of energy (Vayus) within you and how to play with them in yoga practice. Each part of the breath is a unique energetic reality and by changing the parts, we can change our life force. Learn how to create more energy, calm the prana, balance the energy, or get into stillness.
This approach opens the doors to classical Pranayama through in-depth practice and exploration of Antara, Bhaya and Kevala Kumbhaka, Viloma, Kapalabatti, Bastrika, Sheetali, Anuloma, Chandra and Surya Bhedana, Nadi Shodhana, Sama and Visama Vritti and other classical techniques.
Their unique system is called Swara Yoga, which is a type of contemporary pranayama, designed for the modern yoga student. Swara yoga is a refined system of rhythmic movement and breath that makes yogic breathing accessible to all students, regardless of experience. This practice draws techniques from Classical Pranayama and delivers them in a way which is effortless to practice and highly effective and circumvents the need to sit for long periods to gain access to breath.
You will cultivate a classical flow of practice, starting with purifications (Kriya), followed by flowing, breath based asana (Swara yoga), followed by Bandha (Energetic locks), mudras and meditation. The course builds up from the foundation practices and gradually enters into greater depth and intensity as the days go on. This flow is the most effective way to get deep into transformative yoga, for each stage builds upon the one before it.
You will learn a series of purifications (Kriyas) that can be used every morning for cleansing, detoxing, and preparing for your day or the rest of your yoga practice. This includes, Kapalabatti, Lion’s Breath, Bhastrika, and other powerful Kriya techniques.This is the first step in yoga practice (classically) and the Kriyas should be done each day at the beginning of a practice to prepare for the deeper work.
The course gradually builds up into the powerful energetic practices of bandha (locks) and mudra (seals), which take us into the next levels of gathering, moving and stilling prana and altering the nature of our consciousness, health and emotions. Bandha and mudra are some of the most transformative of the energetic practices, but one has to build up to them gradually. You will learn how to sequence into bandhas and mudras during the course.
You will practice both active and seated meditations stemming from lineages of Hatha yoga, tantra and taoism. Most evenings will conclude with the practice of yoga Nidra for deep restoration, integration, and inner harmony. You will learn many different meditation techniques that have a variety of effects, each one spotlights specific areas of our being that are transformed in the meditation.
The Vayus are the 5 essential energetic flows in the body. Each one controls some aspect of our health, our energy and our awareness. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the Vayus from the perspective of tantra, Hatha yoga, and Ayurveda, and understand how to practice and teach with these powerful energy flows as your focus.
You will explore ‘esoteric anatomy’ which deals with the subtle energy channels that move energy in your bodies and basically control all that you are and all that you experience. This includes looking at the Nadis (rivers of energy) as well as the Chakras (pranic plexuses).
This material shall foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your school's RYS 200 or foundational Techniques, Training and Practice sessions. Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.
Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries; How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting; Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting; Teaching styles; Qualities of a teacher; The student learning process; Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal).
Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: further and deeper study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the yoga Sutras, Hatha yoga Pradipika, or Bhagavad Gita) than what was included in your school's RYS 200 syllabus content; yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma; Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher - student relationships and community; Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva).
Topics in this category include: practice teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback); Receiving and giving feedback; Observing others teaching; Assisting students while someone else is teaching.
Hayley is an internationally certified yoga teacher specializing in Yin, Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa/Hatha Flow and Yoga Nidra with over 700-hours of training in yoga. She is an Advanced Certified Mat-Based Pilates Instructor, as well as a classically trained ballet dancer, an intuitive Reiki energy healer and trained bodyworker. She was raised in Liverpool, England. She left home at 17 and moved to London to pursue a career in professional dancing. She has a deep understanding of the physical body but only when she discovered Yoga to help her through a critical turning point in her life.
Randall has been a dedicated explorer of yoga since 1991. Alongside his studies of classical Hatha Yoga, Randall has studied a variety of styles including Iyengar, Jivamukti, and Viniyoga. Randall began teaching in 1995 and began the Jungle Yoga Teacher Training School which delivered 200-hour and 300-hour teacher training for over 10 years, merging into the Swara Yoga Academy in 2018. Randall’s teaching style is primarily focused on cultivating an asana practice that builds and sustains a high level of Prana - life force energy.
This workshop takes place at a beautiful nature setting in rural Portugal, run by beautiful, caring yogis. It is quite near to the beach and not far from Lisbon Airport. There's fresh air, forest, and water. Portugal is a safe and easygoing country, and everything is available here.
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). It's a simple and inexpensive taxi ride from the airport to the Shanti Space.
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