Workshops at Taylor Yoga provide students a more in-depth approach to Hatha Yoga practices. These sessions will delve into the finer details of the practices, allowing more time for questions, corrections, and guided review. Workshops may be as short as 1 session of 2 hours, or as long as 4 sessions of 4 hours.
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The Upa Yoga workshop that we offer at Taylor Yoga will typically take place over the course of one or two days, with two sessions of two hours each. Therre is no pre-requisite for this workshop. No prior experience of Yoga is necessary.
Upa Yoga is a simple yet powerful set of 10 practices that activates the joints, muscles, and energy system, bringing ease to the whole body. Based on a sophisticated understanding of the body’s mechanics, Upa Yoga dispels inertia in the body’s energy and brings ease to the whole system. Because of its many immediate and evident benefits, the word “Upa” in Indian languages is commonly used to denote “usefulness.” It is a good starting point for those who are new to Yoga, and it can be used as a preparation for other Yogic practices.
The Angamardana workshop that we offer at Taylor Yoga will typically take place over the course of one or two days, with two sessions of four hours each. There is no pre-requisite for this workshop. No prior experience of Yoga is necessary.
Angamardhana is an ancient yogic process for peak phyiscal fitness. It is unique when compared to other exercise regimes in that it dones’t require any equipment – just a 6×6 foot space. It uses the momentum of the body to exercise every major muscle, and energizes the entire system. More specifically, it works on the ligaments and sinews of the body, even more than the muscles. It is not like lifting weights. Weightlifting simply builds the muscles, but if you do Angamardana, the load will be on the ligaments and sinews of the body. The “bands” that hold the skeletal system and muscles together will be stretched and strengthened the most. This kind of exercise will create a whole different level of agility, flexibility, and resilience in the body.
If you build muscle beyond a certain point, the amount of food and sleep that you need to sustain it will slowly increase; the body has to do unnecessary work to maintain itself . If you become too muscular, you may find it very difficult to sit with your eyes closed and become meditative. If long term strength and resilience is what you are looking for, you need to strengthen the fundamental fabric of the body first. This is what Angamardana does.
The Surya Kriya workshop that we offer at Taylor Yoga will typically take place over the course of one or two days, with two sessions of four hours each. There is no pre-requisite for this workshop. No prior experience of Yoga is necessary.
Surya Kriya is a potent Yogic practice of tremendous antiquity. Traditionally reserved for select groups of practitioners, Surya Kriya is now being offered as a comprehensive practice that is very conducive for the hectic pace of the modern world.
“Surya” means “Sun”, and “Kriya” means “Inner energy process”. Fundamentally, Surya Kriya is about activating the Solar energy within the body. All life on this Planet exists only because of the Sun. Each and every energy source that all the different life forms rely on in order to sustain themselves come either directly or indirectly from the Sun. If the Sun were to disappear, all life on the Planet would be gone within hours. So, Surya Kriya is about activating this source of energy in the body.
Surya Kriya is different from it’s more well-known relative, Surya Namaskar, or “Sun Salutation”, in that the original practice is Surya Kriya. Surya Namaskar was derived out of Surya Kriya in order to make it more conducive for the average audience. Surya Kriya is a much more refined and precise process that needs more attention in terms of the geometry of the body, and it also incorporates a particular pattern a breathing. There is another process called “Surya Shakti”, which is another far-off relative of the original Surya Kriya. Traditionally, it has been said that if you want to use this system as just a physical exercise to build muscle and become physically strong, then you do Surya Shakti. If in addition to being physically fit, you also want to have a minor spiritual element to your practice, then you do Surya Namaskar. But if you want a stronger spiritual process within the physical process that you are doing, then you do Surya Kriya.
The Yogasanas workshop that we offer at Taylor Yoga will typically take place over the course of two days, with four sessions of about four hours each. There is no pre-requisite for this workshop. No prior experience of Yoga is necessary.
The word “asana” literally means “posture”. Out of the innumerable postures that the body can get into, 84 of these postures have been identified as “Yogasanas”. The word “Yoga” literally means “union”, and simply refers to a set of tools which can carry you into a higher dimension of experience, or clearer perception of life. So, a posture that can take you to a higher possibility is referred to as a “Yogasana”
Over hundreds of years, different teachers and Masters have created variations and modifications for these 84 postures, and well over 600 postures are being practiced in the yoga community to this day. Among all of these, 12 asanas have been identified as having the most practical and relevant role to play in both the health and ultimate well-being of the average person.
You may have noticed that for different mental and emotional situations that you go through, your body naturally tends to take a certain posture. If you are happy, you may sit one way. If you are unhappy, you may sit another way. When you are peaceful, you may sit one way. When you are angry, you may sit another way. Sometimes, especially with people in your life who you spend a significant amount of time around, you may be able to tell exactly what sort of state they are in just by observing the way they hold their body. Conversely, the essence of the science of asanas is that, by consciously getting your body into a certain posture, you can also elevate your consciousness. You can change the very way you think, feel, understand, and experience life by sitting in a particular way.
Yogasanas are not just physical exercises. They are also very subtle processes of manipulating and activating your energy in a particular direction. They need to be performed with a certain level of awareness. The reason this is emphasized is that, in the fitness world, the most common attitude towards physical excercise is, “The harder and faster I do it, the better it is.” This attitude needs to be completely dropped when learning Hatha Yoga. It is very important that you approach each posture with total awareness, getting into them very gently and consciously. It’s not just about preventing injury, it’s also that the postures are not just physical; they are very subtle processes which can alter and clarify your entire perception of life.
The Bhuta Shuddhi workshop that we offer at Taylor Yoga typically takes one session of two hours to complete. There is no pre-requisite for this workshop. No prior experience of Yoga is necessary.
The basis of all creation, including the physical body, is a play of five elements. Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Space. When we use the word “element” in this context, we are not referring to chemistry. We are talking about the more subtle, but fundamental qualities the of the Universe. The well-being of the body and mind can be firmly established by purifying these five elements within the human system. This process also shapes the body into a stepping stone towards one’s ultimate well-being. Bhuta Shuddhi is considered the basis for all other Yogic systems and practices.