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Lifting the Sails of the Lungs: Yoga, Pranayama, and the Art of Breathing

  • 09/11/2021
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Via Zoom
  • 12


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The lungs are delicate, highly sensitive tissues. They can be quickly opened through cardiovascular exercise or they can become closed and restricted due to states of tension and fear. In this time of the coronavirus, our lungs are susceptible to infiltration. How can we expand the sails of our lungs in yoga, improve circulation, and build defense?

In this class we'll practice postural movements to make the lungs more responsive and expandable. Learn how to safely open your lungs through pranayama, SATYA (Tias's therapeutic movement system), supported asana, and physio-ball release work. This is an in-depth course on the motility of the lung relative to the diaphragm, intercostal muscles, and ribs. Tias will begin by showing slides that detail the anatomical connection between the lungs, respiratory diaphragm, heart, and ribs. We will see that the branchlets of the lungs terminate in feather fine capillary beds, the primary site where the body absorbs prana.  Anatomically, we investigate the pathway of prana into the body, detailing the motion of the heart-lung pair, the bronchioles, alveoli, thoracic lymph nodes, and pulmonary veins. Tias will guide an intimate connection to the breath in meditation, asana, and pranayama.

This class promises to bring about lightness, space, and clarity within.

Recommended Props: a block, blanket, bolster, and belt, and a chair if possible.

A recording will be made available to participants for 72 hours following the workshop.

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Tias Little synthesizes more than 30 years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhism, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing in his dynamic, original style of writing and teaching.Tias began studying the work of B. K. S. Iyengar in 1984 and in 1989 resided in Mysore, India, where he studied Ashtanga vinyasa yoga under the tutelage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. A licensed massage therapist, Tias has in-depth training in craniosacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. Tias earned a master’s degree in Eastern philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 1998. Tias is the cofounder of the Prajna Yoga school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Surya. In 2010, Tias created SATYA, Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement, a therapeutic movement system. He also offers a wide array of online classes through Glo, YogaU, Yoga Journal, Embodied Philosophy, and Shambhala and is the author of four books: The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, Yoga of the Subtle Body, and The Path is the Practice: Lessons and Reflections on the Transformative Power of Yoga. For more on Tias visit prajnayoga.net.

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