Namaste Yoga, Healing and Well-Being Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

Namaste Yoga, Healing and Well-Being Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
Borobudur Jakarta Hotel
Jl. Lap Banteng Selatan, 10710
Jakarta, Indonesia
November 23, 2012 - November 25, 2012
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Eric will offer two lectures and three practice sessions at the international Namaste Yoga, Healing and Well-Being Festival, in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 23-5, 2012.   Lectures:  Where Yoga Poses Come From:  The Evolution of Posture and Why the Buddha Burns:  Secrets of Yoga Science. Practice sessions: Yoga for the Hands:  The Science of Mudra, Vyana Vayu:  Using Prana to Stabilize and De-Stress, and Secrets of Prasana Yoga:  How to Make Power and Grace in Moving Yoga (descriptions below and at a festival webpage Here).

Where Yoga Poses Come From: The Evolution of the Posture (3 hours of Lecture)

There has been debate lately about which of today’s yoga postures actually come from the ancient past. Where’s the evidence? In archeology? In ancient texts? In Indian dance or martial arts? New poses have been appearing ever since yoga became a system. Purposes—both serious and lighthearted—inform these transformations. Today, some new postures use ancient principles, and some are made for fun. What’s “authentic” here, and what’s a joke? Is yoga getting better, or getting worse? Come see amazing imagery of posture from 5000 years ago, learn how posture changes through the centuries, and encounter the latest discoveries in this unique history of yoga posture.

Why the Buddha Burns: Secrets of Yoga Science (3 hours of Lecture)

Every culture sees the body differently, and yogic culture is no different. From the earliest times, yogis explored altered states to discover subtle anatomies hidden from normal eyes. They saw auras, subtle breaths, and energy wheels, and called them Koshas, Pranas, and Chakras. Yogis built regimens for health and realization and learned to transform everyday neediness into openness and love. Knowing energy anatomy, they burned through desire with the agnis (the flames) of an open heart. This is why images of the Buddha show him on fire. Learn what he knew. Come see how subtle anatomy is structured and how it can be used to make you calm, happy and free.

Yoga for the Hands: The Science of Mudra (3 hours – All level practice)

Mudras are hand positions yogis use to channel energy and create states of concentration. Modern science shows us that hand movement powerfully trains the brain, and that 15% of the motor cortex is committed to guiding the human hand! Ancient yogis intuited this. They developed a science of health and well-being that changed human thought patterns and encouraged wellness by using graceful hand positions. Today, a whole hospital in India is devoted to healing people through mudras. Gain an introduction to this rare science and learn how mudras can concentrate your thinking, energize your poses, and bring vitality to your life and health.

Vyana Vayu: Using Prana to Stabilize and De-Stress (3 hours – All level practice)

In yogic anatomy, the five vayus (winds) are known as pranas (life forces). They drive the movements of digestion, breathing, heartbeat, thought, and bodily cohesion. Among these pranas, Vyana Vayu creates radiance and stabilization. If we strengthen it, the body and mind can shine—even under stress. This workshop teaches unique postures, yoga flows, and breath practices that build Vyana Vayu. We’ll learn how to stabilize our limbs and core for psychic calm, physical strength and clear mental flow.

Secrets of Prasana Yoga: How to make Power and Grace in Moving Yoga (3 hours – All level practice)

Just as there is alignment in still poses, there is alignment in vinyasa. Yoga is designed to keep the mind steady and linked to bodily intelligence and sensation. Systems for making this happen in static yoga are taught everywhere. And though we move from pose to pose in vinyasa yoga, learning techniques for how to move is rare. In this workshop, students will learn 8 limbs of yogic movement. Students will learn Prasana Yoga, an approach to asana and vinyasa that has two parts.

Prasana teaches the principles yogic of movement. Among other skills, students will learn to move like a snake, to move like a wave and how to advance and retreat, and to how to merge the limbs with the breath. This training aims toward a state of Samadhi (extreme concentration) that arises from the intelligent motion in the body.

Prasana teaches students how to discover new paths of yoga flow—and new postures. Can yoga be created? If we undertake to do this, what “rules” do we follow? How do we serve yoga’s aims in this process? What are those aims and how does creativity fit into the bargain?

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