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The Radiant Body Class Two: Intro to Prana : Soul Breath + Developing Rhythm

  • The Assemblage NoMad 114 East 25th Street New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)

Have you ever observed a person whose presence feels magnetic? There is a luminosity to them, a brightness, a special light which draws your attention and respect? Their manner is confident, graceful and content, drawing to them good things without much effort and also repelling from them that which will not support their happiness. The Yogic sciences recognize these as qualities of a strong Radiant Body, the part of your being that quietly communicates who you are before any word is spoken. It is possible to polish your own Radiant Body and to regulate your magnetism! But to do so, you must first cultivate a strong container and mind to hold and to project your radiance. *The goal of this course is to help you gain an experience of your own radiant body.

The Ayurvedic life sciences and Kundalini Yoga practices are powerful tools to use to develop your body, mind, and spirit - to build strength, illumination, and clarity! This course will use Ayurvedic theory to explain how the body and the mind function, and the types of actions that will invite your personal vitality to rise. It is vitality that will allow you to generate enough energy to hold your strength, to build a presence, a magnetic field that projects off the body to the radiant body. It is the radiant body that draws out your integrity, character, and excellence, and gives you a presence in this world.

Throughout of the five weeks of this course, you will be invited to integrate the body, mind, and spirit through the three principle sadhanas of breath, sound, food as defined by Ayurveda. These are expressions of the refined forms of the elements embodied in Prana, Ojas, and Tejas. Prana brings life force energy to us through nature's movements, Tejas brings cosmic vibration to us through nature's harmonious sound, Ojas brings cosmic memory to us through nature's food. Lifestyle and dietary patterns will dictate how these three forces of nature present themselves in the human organism: as life, light, and love, or as disease causing forces known in Ayurveda as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In their intelligent, heightened form, Prana, Tejas, and Ojas produce happiness, radiance, and prosperity! Disturbed, Vata presents as fear, worry, anxiety, central nervous system disfunction and deterioration, Pitta contributes to inflammation of the body/mind, and Kapha produces damaging and superficial sweetness that create attachment, complacency, and depression. 

Each two hour class will be a combination of Ayurvedic philosophy taught by Noël Graupner and Kundalini yoga practice lead by Liam Pfeiffer, with the intention of helping you to cultivate the internal conditions conducive for the expression of Prana, Tejas, and Ojas through the body, mind, and presence. At the end of each class, you will receive homework recommendations which maybe relative to diet or lifestyle, and which will also include a Kundalini meditation to practice daily between classes. 

Dates + Timing
Wednesday's mid-March - mid-April
645-845 PM
The Assemblage NoMad
114 E 25th St, NYC

Course Exchange
Full Course : $175 for The Assemblage members | $225 non-members
Single Class : $40 for The Assemblage members | $50 non-members

March 28 | Class Two: Intro to Prana : Soul Breath + Developing Rhythm
Prana is life, it is Ji (Jiva), the life-love-evolutionary-intelligence-force which maintains breath, intuition, and memory, and animates our bodies. The heightened form of the Air element, it is the source of all movement, and thus rhythm and flow. You are a rhythmic being! What is the base-beat of you, how are you moving? During this class we will discuss:
· How can you connect with the part of ourselves which is undying, immortal? The ‘you with in the you’? 
· How is the life force moving in the healthy system? The unhealthy system? (5 winds of Vata: Prana, Samana, Vyana, Apana, Udana)
· How can we use the physical body to maneuver the pranic energy to experience the heightened expression of Prana and not the disturbed Vata?
Class will end with a 1 hour yoga set and Kundalini kriya focusing on pranyam, breath practice to develop rhythm.

*Please bring pen and paper for taking notes, and wear comfortable clothing, as we will be doing yoga during class. A water bottle or canteen is recommended but not required.