While it is valuable to stretch and strengthen the musculoskeletal system in yoga, the health of the organs brings radiant vitality to the entire body. In this course we utilize postures, pranayama, meditation and dietary regulation to support the health of the internal organs.
We focus on generating the flow of prana (blood and lymph) through each organ to support motility (inherent motion) and metabolic exchange. We review the anatomical position and function of each organ and practice SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga) to slide, squeeze, wring, drain, and flush fluids through each organ.
Many people suffer from stagnation in the viscera due to excess sitting, dietary imbalances and repressed emotion. This can lead to sluggishness, fatigue, stagnation, and the unwanted growth of tumors and cysts. In each day of this course, we practice active postures such as twists, back-arches and inversions and do restorative postures to reduce inflammation.
The organs are highly sensitive, highly responsive structures given their soft-bodied walls and compartments. Thus we will take into consideration not only the physiological make up of each organ but also the psychological and emotional characteristics of the liver, kidney, lung, and large intestine.
Surya will present information on the alchemy of yoga and food to heal the internal organs. From both Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine, we study the meridians and key acupressure points associated with each organ. In this unique course, you will gain a new approach to practice, healing your organic body for longevity and vitality.
The Large Intestine is the primary organ of cleansing and removal. We begin the course by preparing the base of the GI tract for elimination. We build stability and mobility in the sacrum, hips, and pelvis to support the movement of apana in the lower gut.
The kidneys are considered the source of vitality for the entire body. It is essential not to allow the kidney region to become restricted, locked, or dehydrated. This can happen as a result of muscular tension in the low back, fear, and emotional holding. In this class we will regard the kidneys as huge aquifers that provide endurance and homeostasis to the entire body.
Called “The General” in Chinese Medicine, the liver is the largest organ in the body. It is a real multi-tasker — it manufactures and stores blood and is the primary site where blood is purified. The liver is also a receptacle for toxins and negative emotion. The practice of yoga improves liver function by cleansing and purifying the blood.
The lungs are highly sensitive organs that are responsible for oxygenating the blood, removing carbon dioxide, and absorbing prana into the body. We keep the lungs supple through asana, pranayama, and heart centered practices. In the time of COVID we build resiliency and immunity within the lung tissue.
B.K.S Iyengar once said that the brain is the hardest organ to adjust. The neural expression of the brain can be felt in every tissue of the body. Through movement and meditation we support the cranial rhythms, optimize circulatory flow through the brain, and balance the two brain hemispheres.
When: June 11 – 15, 2024 | 9:30am – 5:00pm Mountain Time (includes a 90 minute lunch daily)
Where: The Prajna Temple | 11 Toltec Road, Santa Fe
Cost: $1,095 + tax (registration includes daily vegan, organic, gluten-free lunches, tea, and snacks)
**Yoga and the Internal Organs is good for 30 hours of Continuing Education through Yoga Alliance, and can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track.