Sunday, August 21, 1:00-3:00 PM
$45 pre-registered, $55 drop-in
Registration is here.
In studio only*
Where there is citta, there is prana; where there is prana, there is citta.
-- B.K.S. Iyengar
The life energy that runs through the whole universe is called prana. It manifests in each of us channeled by our structures, habits and inclinations of body, speech and mind. Citta is how the channeled heart and mind thus experiences the world and life, and how our experience lives in each of us. When we practice pranayama, we are learning how to regulate our internal neuro-endocrine communication. Our tools are the placement, duration and quality of our breathing process and the structures that hold it. This practice offers us both freedom to contemplate, and a path to refine how body and mind react, perceive and relate to the daily experiences of life.
In this two-hour workshop, we will practice a short, accessible pranayama sequence that can be done every day in a wide variety of circumstances and conditions. We will study several ways to prop ourselves for this sequence to align with and support our personal needs and circumstances. We will briefly explore how a complex pranayama might be built from this foundation. Finally, we will work with pranayama as a way to internalize, develop and deepen our yoga study -- a daily moment we can take to receive how we are, and how we can be.
Please come with loose, comfortable clothing and an empty stomach. Home participants joining by Zoom will need a yoga mat, bolsters or blankets, and blocks, or equivalent household items.
* For anyone immune compromised and unable to attend in person, please contact email@example.com There will be limited spaces available online.
Pre-registration will be required for online attendance.
About Victoria Austin
Victoria Austin has studied yoga and Zen since 1971, and has taught Iyengar yoga since 1984. She holds a Level 3 (senior) certificate as an Iyengar yoga teacher, plus certifications in the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance. Victoria mentors and assesses next generation teachers in IYNAUS. In addition to her public classes at Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and San Francisco Zen Center, Victoria teaches yoga and meditation students in diverse settings including workplaces, institutions, and meditation centers, with an emphasis on how to find freedom in life.
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