Sacred Spiral Yoga
Mudra Bhanda Kriya
This is the art of yogic breath and energy development. Prana means vital, cosmic and intrinsic 'energy' in Sanskrit. Generally performed in a sitting position but some pranayama’s can be done standing, lying down. Pranayama increases lung function and capacity with a direct result of enhanced oxygenation of energy and vascular systems. As with Asana, some Pranayama’s have a calming effect and others stimulate us. Using the elements of Pranayama within our physical practice greatly enhances the action and effects of Asana. Mainly a simple form of Ujjaya Pranayama is used with Asana. Some common pranayama’s include the following. Once again the selection marked in purple is considered essential basic Pranayamas. . .
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Assignment - Category 2
1) Can you perform at least at a reasonable level, the Asanas we list in category. Do you feel that you have a basic understanding of the postures , caution points and potential benefits?
2) Can you perform the Pranayamas required for this level? Are you aware of the possible cautions and benefits? Make some notes for yourself on this.
3) Could you structure a very basic class of Asana, Pranayama and a relaxation section?
4) Can you perform the required Mudra's and Bandha? Make some notes on how you would teach these, or if you feel they should be taught later, why and how would you proceed excluding them?
5) Take a short video of yourself performing Asana and Pranayama. Review this video and give yourself some feedback. What do you feel you can improve upon, why and how will you approach this?
6) If you are teaching classes, do the same task as for number 5). Video yourself teaching (perhaps ask your students permission first)
7) Could you assemble a simple sequence of Asanas? If you teach this way, can you pace the flow correctly for your students so that most of them can keep up and perform the postures. Make some notes on how you would approach this.