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Pranayama Intensive (Part 4) with Paul Dallaghan (Centered Yoga, Koh Samui, Thailand
Jul
17
to Jul 31

Pranayama Intensive (Part 4) with Paul Dallaghan (Centered Yoga, Koh Samui, Thailand

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This year, we really went subtle. Paul took us deeper into our parasympathetic and contemplative zones than every before (in my observation). The discussions were rich on every front--from detailed anatomical slides and descriptions (Paul is getting his PhD at Emory and is eager to share his experience based on in-depth physiological study, research and networking with academic colleagues who are experts in a range of anatomical and physiological fields. Paul's experience, as always, shined through. As did his dedication.

We also went into the mental blocks to practice, the point of practice--not to focus on the self but to see the self in a larger context and fine tune the attention toward the center of one's being--a stable place from which to come at life. We discussed emotional challenges, the definition of prana in a physiological context and a lot of other controversial subjects. Lots of laughing and engaging. Brilliant!

We also took our chanting and japa practices deeper by exploring semi-audible and silent chant as a powerful set of techniques. He checked our pulses three times each (and sometimes more when he sat one-on-one with us) to observe the shifts taking place through the applied breathing and to get a good sense of what our prescription will be for the coming year.

 

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Pranayama Intensive (Part 3) with Paul Dallaghan (Centered Yoga, Thailand)
Jun
28
to Jul 11

Pranayama Intensive (Part 3) with Paul Dallaghan (Centered Yoga, Thailand)

Paul worked with for us for hours every day to help us deepen our understanding of pranayama practices passed down to him from Sri O.P. Tiwari, and his teachers—a well-established lineage of advanced practitioners. In the mornings, we practiced pranava japa, mantra recitation, kriyas and preparatory exercises to correctly understand the anatomy of techniques that build on the link between the breath and nervous system to cultivate a sense of balance and centeredness within the practitioner over time. In part three, Paul gave lectures to deepen our understanding about the relationships among the parasympathetic nervous system, autonomic nervous system, digestive system and activity of the pelvic floor, vagus nerve and diaphragm/nostrils/breathing mechanisms. As a group we deepened our practices and clearly began to integrate the material over the past courses. He continued to discuss the science of the breathing techniques and share insights he had gained during his PhD work at Emory University, Georgia, in this field.

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Three Jewels, Northern India, Jivamukti Retreat
Mar
1
to Mar 15

Three Jewels, Northern India, Jivamukti Retreat

This Jivamukti intensive gave a first-hand glimpse of a range of spiritual practices and yogic lineages. From Delhi, we traveled to Rishikesh to attend the International Yoga Festival, involving various lines of Yoga and evening Aarti ceremonies along the River Ganga. We met Radhanath Swami in some caves along the Ganga and had a discussion with him as well there. Our journey continued to Amritsar, where we explored and experienced the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) and Sikhism. We then moved on to Dharamsala, a base for the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhist refugees and explored the meditation center and volunteer activities there.

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Pranayama and Hatha Pradipika Intensive with Sri O.P. Tiwari (Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand)
Jul
13
to Jul 26

Pranayama and Hatha Pradipika Intensive with Sri O.P. Tiwari (Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Continuing from Paul’s course, we practiced pranayama techniques for several hours in the mornings—pranava japa, mantra, kriyas included—and attended lectures by Tiwari in the afternoons, wherein we would chant, listen to his expansion on the Hatha Pradipika, answer our questions and finish with breathing techniques. The experience deepened our practice and added another contextual dimension to our endeavors and teachings.

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Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 2) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand)
Jun
29
to Jul 12

Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 2) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Paul worked with for us for hours every day to help us deepen our understanding of pranayama practices passed down to him from Sri O.P. Tiwari, and his teachers—a well-established lineage of advanced practitioners. In the mornings, we practiced pranava japa, mantra recitation, kriyas and preparatory exercises to correctly understand the anatomy of techniques that build on the link between the breath and nervous system to cultivate a sense of balance and centeredness within the practitioner over time. In part two, Paul gave lectures to frame the practice in our everyday lives and encourage consistency in application of the techniques. He continued to discuss the science of the breathing techniques and share insights he had gained during his PhD work at Emory University, Georgia, in this field.

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Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 1) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand)
Jun
30
to Jul 13

Continuing Education: Pranayama Intensive (Part 1) with Paul Dallaghan (Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand)

Paul worked with us for hours every day to deepen our understanding of pranayama practices passed down to him from Sri O.P. Tiwari, and a well-established lineage of advanced practitioners. In the mornings, we practiced Pranava Japa, mantra recitation, kriyas and preparatory exercises to correctly understand the anatomy of techniques that build on the link between the breath and nervous system to cultivate a sense of balance and centeredness within the practitioner over time. In part one, Paul gave lectures to introduce the vagus nerve and how it is stimulated through these techniques, and how this affects the overall nervous and digestive system.

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Advanced Teacher Training Course with Dave and Cheryl Oliver
May
25
to Jul 1

Advanced Teacher Training Course with Dave and Cheryl Oliver

This course introduced me to the second series and deepened my understanding of philosophy and vinyasa methodology (Dave’s specialty) as well as basic Sanskrit writing and pronunciation (Cheryl’s specialty). Through this intensive, my asana practice grew and took deeper root as I gained further contextual understanding about the origins of these practices. Dave has since passed away and I feel truly blessed to have spent time with him. I plan to go study Sanskrit with Cheryl at some point because she is truly dedicated and gifted as a teacher on this subject. She truly lives her Yoga.

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Weekend Workshop with John Scott, Yama Yoga Studios, Doha, Qatar
Oct
27
to Oct 29

Weekend Workshop with John Scott, Yama Yoga Studios, Doha, Qatar

This workshop focused on traditional Ashtanga lead primary series as well as the expansion of one’s practice beyond just asana. Scott is a master of metaphor around the breath and the eight limbs being like spindles inside a wheel that hold the practice together and support it smoothly. Missing limbs=missing spokes in the wheel and can compromise one’s journey. I recall him describing his mindfulness around breath even when entering rooms in his everyday life—how the practice has permeated moments well beyond those in a shala or private practice space. He is truly an accomplished and empowering treasure to study under.

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Weeklong Yoga Workshop with Richard Freeman, Istanbul, Turkey
Aug
20
to Aug 27

Weeklong Yoga Workshop with Richard Freeman, Istanbul, Turkey

This workshop provided an intimate look at Freeman’s teaching as the group was relatively small. His storytelling, which wraps deep meaning around the tenants of Yogic practices, is second to non in its impact and lighthearted, even hilarious, delivery. Daily asana started with fundamentals that highlighted his experience with the Iyengar approach and worked us into more of a flowing Ashtanga sequence with a better sense of integration. A true honor and delight to attend this one!

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Ayurveda/Anatomy Training, Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand
Jun
3
to Jun 17

Ayurveda/Anatomy Training, Samahita, Koh Samui, Thailand

Lead by Jessica Blanchard and Paul Dallaghan, this retreat immersed us in the language and logic of Ayurveda and was a great experience to deepen my asana and begin my pranayama practice. I also participated in my first full-range detox, involving dosha-neutral, whole foods, colonics, infrared sauna, lymph massages and herbs.

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