Linking Asana, Pranayama, & Meditation
starts Tuesday 23 april 2019 at 09:00
In this workshop, Gregor will show asana, pranayama and yogic meditation as having a common architecture and structural elements as arising out of the Yoga Sutra and other yogic source texts. He will lead us through the following practices:
The kriyas are predominantly methods of purification of the body. They support the work of postures and are especially important for people who live in large cities. They aid in removing contamination from chemical, environmental, electrical, biological and electromagnetic sources.
Led and Mysore Classes
Here Gregor will analyze the many intricate anatomical details of the majority of the postures of the Primary Series while maintaining as much pace as possible. The focus will be on breaking down the various phases of entering and exiting the postures into their constituents. Performing postures safely while understanding which anatomical actions will get us deep into the asanas will prevent unnecessary energy expenditure. Through inducing precision, this format also achieves that conditioning and emotions lodged in bodily tissue are released, preparing us for the higher limbs of pranayama and meditation.
Yoga Sutra and Sanskrit Chanting
The Yoga Sutra is the operating manual of yoga. It is only when we understand the why’s and how’s of yoga that we will practice with confidence and beyond doubt. In this class, we will chant selected stanzas in Sanskrit and a detailed commentary will be given based on Gregor’s four decades of practice and study. The commentary will retain the depth of the ancient treatises but will be fun, relatable and applicable to modern urban life.
"The Yoga Sutra entered my life 39 years ago and since then it’s been a constant companion. It took me a long time to completely understand it but once this had happened, it ended all confusion I had about yoga. Understanding the Sutra gave me complete confidence in how to apply my practices diligently and that I would succeed in due time. The Sutra changed yoga for me from a faith and hope-based system to a science with predictable and repeatable outcomes. It is exactly this confidence and certainty that I would like to pass on to my students. The workshop will be interactive, with ample time for participants to ask questions.”
Pranayama includes some of the most neglected but yet most powerful methods of yoga. Pranayama is the vital link that connects asana to meditation without which the combined benefit of both cannot be harvested. Learn how to use pranayama to harmonize the doshas (humors of the body) and thus attain a state of health and balance as well as how to still the mind, enabling spiritual insight.
Different to Vedantic or Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation contains the same structural elements as yogic postures and breathing and was designed to form together with those an integrated whole. Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. Yogic meditation is a collection of scientific methods to bring about such awareness. To accelerate spiritual evolution, yogic meditation employs many means amongst which the prime ones are mantra, mudra, bandha, chakra-visualization and Kundalini-raising techniques. The yogic chakras are representations of evolutionary brain circuitry with the lower three chakras representing our reptilian, mammalian, and primate ancestry respectively. By understanding the chakras and skillfully meditating on them, yoga offers the opportunity to activate higher brain centers and propel the evolution not only of the individual but of society as a whole. Kundalini-raising techniques consist of a combination of all other yogic means to raise the life force (prana) to a level where meditation is easy and spiritual insight becomes spontaneous.
|kriya, asana practice (led class)
theory and seated practices
kriya, asana practice (Mysore-style)
|theory and seated practices
kriya, asana practice (Mysore-style)
|theory and seated practices
People travel far and wide to study with Gregor. The workshop takes place during the week. Please consider taking a few days off work to enjoy the benefit of having him right here in Luxembourg.
INFINY Membership fee
This workshop is run under the auspices of INFINY asbl and only publicized by Centre de Yoga - La Source. Payment is made to INFINY, not La Source.
There is a 5 € membership fee if you have not participated in another INFINY asbl workshop in 2019 even if you are only attending a single session. The 5 € membership fee is necessary for insurance purposes.
Style: Classical Ashtanga Yoga
Classical Ashtanga Yoga refers to the 8-limb path toward Self-realisation as outlined in Patanjali's "Raja Yoga Sutras". Not to be confused with "Ashtanga vinyasa" or "Ashtanga yoga" which in recent times refers to a specific hatha yoga lineage. Go to the Classical Ashtanga Yoga page.
Teacher: Gregor Maehle
Gregor Maehle began his yogic practices 45 years ago. In the mid-1980s, he commenced annual travels to India where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters, traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. He spent fourteen months in Mysore and in 1997 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then, he has branched out into researching the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of yoga. In India, Gregor also received eight months of mostly one-on-one instruction in scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through B.N.S. Iyengar, a student of T. Krishnamacharya, and he studied Sanskrit under Professor Narayanachar and Dr Chandrasekhar. Gregor’s internationally acclaimed textbook series (see full bio for titles) have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into eight foreign languages. Gregor has been invited to many countries to teach and has contributed to and been interviewed by numerous yoga magazines. Today, Gregor teaches an anatomically sophisticated interpretation of traditional vinyasa yoga integrated into the practice of the higher limbs in the spirit of Patanjali and T. Krishnamacharya. His zany sense of humour, his manifold personal experiences, and his vast and deep knowledge of scripture, Indian philosophies and yogic techniques combine to make his teachings applicable, relevant and easily accessible to all his students. Go to Gregor's page.
147 route d'Arlon, Strassen. With oak floors and a warm ambiance, our Strassen center is a haven from the hustle and bustle of city life, located on route d'Arlon near rue de Reckenthal, just 200m from the A6/E25 autoroute. Go to the Strassen page.