Cultivating our Prana
A three-day workshop open to all practitioners that want to spend time in exploration of movement and stillness.
Prana, often translated as "Life Force", is the energy that moves through the body and beyond. We cultivate our prana through yoga practices but what does that really mean? We can talk about our breath and feeling the energy rise up the spine in meditation, but that is very simplistic and the truth is that we have access in many ways, via moving, stillness, breath and observation that can bring a “wholeness” to back to ourselves in a world where the focus seems to be on what things look like.
We need to understand how the nervous system behaves in response to the breath and movement in order to remove resistance from the body and mind. Examining how we hold onto old, stuck energy in various parts of our bodies and minds we utilize the connection on the Chakra system through movement, breath and stillness to free up these blockages. Only when we open up, witness our patterns and recalibrate can we open the channels for prana to flow.
What to Expect
During these two and a half days we will examine certain aspects that limit our ability to connect to our energy and unlock these limitations. We will work through the Chakra system, pranayama, meditation, neurological responses throughout all 3 of the following elements.
Each day will start with information, discussion and a breakdown of the following elements and after a half-hour break, we will put it into a full asana/movement practice with meditation and pranayama.
In movement, the ability for the body to remain elastic, use all the joints and find integration can free up the energy centers. Julie specializes in finding that natural spring loading in the body by discovering the magic in all the joint articulations. Looking at releasing energy through movement in the body and how that affects our nervous system opens the doorway to experience.
In the breath, we are often taught to control the breath and manipulate it in ways that can be more restricting than freeing. Here we will focus on how the breath moves through the body, how to align the breath and movement in freedom, not force. We will always work towards ease and simplicity to let go. In stillness, we examine the power of the breath to be more expansive or more contractive through pranayama and work with the sensations that arise.
Lastly, we examine the resistance in the mind, which informs resistance in the body and emotions. How our inner dialogue can make us feel stuck and therefore limit our energetic connections. Taking a look at our neuro-responses and how they cultivate our inner dialogue. Our energy will go wherever we direct it. If we are cultivating energy that is negative we will reveal more negativity in our daily lives, but if we are cultivating positive energy we can find freedom to move through life. Looking at changing perspective, and un-patterning our limiting thoughts in order to feel release in all aspects: mentally, emotionally and physically.
Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find the freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an inquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement, and stillness. 15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK for over 8 years. The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgment, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis. What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us. Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered. She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity, and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.
“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice. But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me, it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.” Your yoga practice should invite you into a relationship with your self, your body, your mind, and emotions. This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class. This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing the process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.
Data: Friday 10th Sept - Sunday 12 Sept 2021
Location: Plotterstraat 24, 1033RXAmsterdam
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