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Yoga and the Deep Life Force: Anatomy of the Vayus with Tias Little

October 11 - 15, 10AM–5PM


5-day Prajna Yoga Immersion at Orleans Yoga
Wednesday-Saturday 10 am - 5 pm (1 hr lunch)
Sunday 9:30am - 1 pm

In the earliest yoga practices, the life force within the body was thought to flow through tubules or vessels like the way wind or water flows in currents. In yoga, the vayus are “wind channels” related to the passage of nerve, blood and lymph. Understanding the nature of each vayu is crucial to harmonizing the subtle flow of prana in the body and to establishing health and vitality. This course is an in-depth investigation of the five primary winds in the body. We will investigate the anatomical structures and associated physiology of each vayu and map out the vayus’ location in the body. We explore the effects of stress and trauma on the vayus and cover the therapeutic application of yoga posture, pranayama and SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga) for each vayu.
Through dharma study, guided meditation, yoga nidra, somatic awareness, and yoga postures, this is a transformational week of practice and study. Each day begins with seated meditation and study of inspirational teachings. This is followed by Somatic Training (SATYA). This involves an hour of floor work and unwinding the body. Late morning involves dynamic yoga asana practice focusing on healing sequences for each vayu. Afternoons involve anatomical study of the vayus and restorative yoga sessions. Every day concludes with seated meditation. This course is part of the Prajna Yoga Therapeutic Training.
Apana: The Lower Belly Wednesday, October 11th 10 am – 5:00pm
Samana: The Solar Plexus Thursday, October 12th 10 am – 5:00pm
Prana: The Heart and Lungs Friday, October 13th 10 am – 5:00pm
Udana: The Throat and Head Saturday, October 14th 10 am – 5:00pm
Vyana: The All-Pervading Breath Sunday, October 15th 9:30am – 1:00pm

27.5 Teaching Hours. CEU’s or towards current log sheet.
$775 before September 1st
$850 after September 1st
{$200 non-refundable deposit may be paid before Sept. 1st to secure your spot, your full payment is then due by September 1st}
Includes manual with extensive imagery, poetry, chanting, Sanskrit and anatomy.

About Tias Little:

Tias is committed to teaching yoga as a contemplative path, leading to greater sensitivity, tolerance and deep understanding (prajna).

Tias’s unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience.

Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Tias earned a Master’s degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998.

Tias lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he directs his school, Prajna Yoga, with his wife Surya and is the author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and The Yoga of the Subtle Body. In addition to leading yoga workshops and teacher trainings throughout the US and around the world, Tias currently offers on-line classes through Yoga Glo.