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Why learning Sanskrit will greatly impact your Yoga practice as student and teacher

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By Laurien Zurhake

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April Workshops

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We have some exciting workshops coming your way this April

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Ayurveda and Yoga for Spring

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Spring has finally arrived and we have the perfect workshop to help you reset and renew your yoga practice!

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Yoga Nidra For Sleep

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Did you know that Yoga Nidra can help you sleep?

This World Sleep Day,  Viriam Kaur wanted to share more on yoga nidra and how profoundly beneficial it can be for your sleep and overall wellbeing.

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Yoga Philosophy in Action with Alexandria Crow

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Want to know more about the philosophy of yoga and how you can implement it into your practice? Look no further!

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Why We Chant – Meditations and Mantras

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 Chanting Mantras

Mantra practice is a central aspect of traditional Yoga. The foundational, primary sounds are called seed vibrations in the most ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. In the Hindu and related Dharmic traditions that use mantra meditation as a regular part of yoga practice, there is a mantra for everything; for every illness, disease and every challenge. We don’t have to understand the words of the mantra and we don’t have to have a good singing voice to practice mantras. It’s not about singing in the usual sense, but rather the vibration of the sounds. By enunciating the Sanskrit words and vibrating a certain combination of sounds, the tongue taps certain points along the roof of our mouths, much like acupressure points, sending signals to the hypothalamus in the brain.

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February Workshops

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Check out the latest offerings from our online yoga studio this February!

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Weekend Workshops with David Swenson!

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Exciting News!

We have a weekend of workshops with world renowned yogi, David Swenson, coming your way this February.

 David is known as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga and is bringing his insight and knowledge into TWO amazing workshops during the first weekend of February, coming to you from Maui!

MEET DAVID SWENSON

David began his journey of Yoga in 1969 when he and his brother Doug practiced in a small park at the end of their street in Houston, Texas. There were few sources for yoga at that time so they practiced from whatever books they could find.

In 1973 David discovered Ashtanga after he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, CA. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He then initiated studies directly with the master. He made his first trip to Mysore in 1977. David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system including all of the asana sequences and pranayama as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.

Today David is recognized as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. He tirelessly travels year round to teach and offer workshops. His courses are presented in a supportive and compassionate fashion making it accessible to all levels of practitioner to participate.

Friday

 

BREATH, BANDHAS and PRANAYAMA

Seeking the Unseen and Experiencing the Intangible

Our first act of life as we enter this world is to inhale and our last act before departing is to exhale. Breath is our most elemental form of life and unites all of humanity yet we think little about it. The ancient yogis gave it great thought and in so doing developed intricate methods of harnessing breath to gain control of the mind and to see the world with greater clarity.

This class will delve into the realms of specialized Yogic Breathing as well as the subtle and highly misunderstood internal energy valves known as Bandhas. There is much confusion surrounding these mystical tools and the part they play in the regulation and control of pranic flow. David will share information he gained directly from K. Pattabhi Jois as well as a series of practical exercises he has developed himself to assist the practitioner in gaining a greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful energy gateways of yoga. David has an amazing ability to convey complex ideas in simple terms. All are sure to leave with new insights and useful tools for personal practice regardless of their system.

Come and Feel the Prana!

Friday 5th February 2021

 6.30pm – 8.30pm

 €20

 

Saturday:

FLYING FLOATING AND HANDSTANDING

A Fun-filled exploration of Vinyasa and Arm-balances

One of the greatest challenges of the Ashtanga flow is the vinyasa. In this class David will break the vinyasa down into its basic components. He likes to refer to this as: “The Physics of Flight”. Participants will explore techniques for creating greater lightness and efficiency of practice while using less effort to achieve greater ease.

The class will also explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances. It is common to feel intimidated or even frightened by balancing on our hands. David will address this issue and offer techniques and practical methods of approach to allow for greater confidence and ability that can be carried away and applied within a personal practice.  This will all be done through the avenue of insightful and simple methods he has designed through decades of practice and teaching others. There will be partner work as well as individual techniques offered. There is always plenty of laughter and fun as well as a depth of information David’s classes. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given.

Come and Experience the Joy of Flight!

 Saturday 6th of February

 8am – 10am

€20

 

Book now and secure your place through the booking page or on the Himalaya Yoga Valley app!

January Workshops

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We have some great online yoga workshops coming your way this January!

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Give the Gift of Yoga this Christmas!

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Looking for a fantastic gift or stocking filler for your loved ones, friends, colleagues or employees?!

We’ve got you covered with our 10% off gift voucher sale!

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