The bandhas are a system of energy "locks", like the locks of a river or canal, that we can apply to direct the flow of energy and awareness in Asana and Pranayama. Working with the bandhas brings more inner support to our central nervous system and subtle energy center (in yoga, the Sushumna ); establishes steadiness, strength and endurance in our asana practice; and calm, awake presence in the mind.
In our workshop we will explore the five primary bandhas and their application in asana flow and held poses, and the breath. We will work in a gentle and accessible way so that we can invite these powerful yoga friends into our daily life and practice. Open to all levels with some regular practice experience.
Vanessa, E-RYT500, is co-founder of the Ashland Yoga Center and teaches Hatha Flow classes, workshops, immersions and teacher trainings with foundations in both Classical 8 Limb yoga and Tantric yoga philosophy, and deep inspiration from the beauty and vulnerability of the natural world. Vanessa’s classes combine vinyasa flow and sustained poses with focus on core strength and integration of breath, alignment and presence to unfold the ultimately spiritual nature of Yoga. She is known for her depth of understanding of alignment and ability to communicate these principles for greater stability, freedom and delight in students of all levels. Vanessa’s earliest training was the the 500 hr. Advanced Studies program at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco; in 2003 she was certified as an Anusara Yoga Instructor. She has studied with many wonderful teachers over the course of the last 25 years and integrates wisdom and inspiration from them all into her teaching.