According to the Hatha tradition, there are 72,000 subtle energy channels spreading into every nook and cranny of our body. These channels transport vital energy (prana vayu) throughout the physical body, and like a river bed need periodic cleansing to keep the passages open energy flowing smoothly. Of the 72,00 channels, 14 are usually singled out as most important. But these are all buried in our body and not very accessible, and even if they were, they would still be difficult to use in any meaningful way. The “channels” in this workshop are for the most part located on the body’s surface, and so easily accessed. They can be used to construct an imaginative framework for the body to establish proper alignment in asana and sitting for breathing and meditation. The material is based on the work begun by Mabel Todd in her classic study of human posture, The Thinking Body, and the work of two of her students, Lulu Sweigard (Human Movement Potential) and Barbara Clark (A Kinesthetic Legacy). This workshop has two parts: the first is dedicated to simple, asana-based exercises to establish the channels; in the second part we’ll put into practice with an asana sequence the exercises we learned in part 1. Suitable for all levels of students, though a vivid imagination is very helpful.
About the teachers
Richard Rosen learned this method from several years of study with one of Barbara Clark’s students, Andre Bernard. Richard began his practice of yoga in 1980, and graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco in 1985. Richard is the author of five books on yoga, and has written over 300 book and video reviews for Yoga Journal and various other magazines.
Anna Ashby has been studying and practising yoga for 25 years and teaching for 15 years. She is one of London’s leading yoga teachers and a dedicated triyoga teacher. She is a founder and senior faculty member of triyoga’s teacher training program and holds the highest level of certification from Yoga Alliance both in the UK and in the US (E-RYT 500/Senior Teacher). Anna’s teaching style has evolved from her study of dance, in-depth training with established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, and a dedicated yoga practice that developed while she lived for 12 years in a yoga ashram in upstate New York. For more information about Anna’s schedule visit her website www.annaashby.com