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imageModule: Embodying the Flow

Description:
This foundation immersion weekend empowers you to embody and teach yoga as a universal connection to the flow of prana, our life-force.

Embodying the Flow™ immersion is for aspiring and seasoned teachers as the introduction to a wholistic, energetic approach to teaching vinyasa as more than a technique or style of yoga but a way of guiding the flow of our body, practice and life.

Based upon the teachings of Krishnamacharya's lineage, Tantra, Sacred Arts, Ayurveda, Bhakti and Somatics, Embodying the Flow models the synthesis approach to integrating the roots and evolution of living yoga that Shiva has been pioneering for over 20 years of teaching in the fertile soil of LA's yoga community and annual retreats to India.

We will create a Living Yoga Ashram during our training at Exhale as a community-based, dynamic, creative, and rejuvenative approach to teacher training. You will begin teaching the first day and leave empowered to begin practice teaching or elevating your current teaching.

Our unique program also provides year-long support for living vinyasa through Samudra's Global Online program with a community of teachers.

Come for the weekend or for the entire 10-day program and deepen the way you breathe, move, teach and flow in the yoga of life.

Embodying the Flow Highlights
Teaching Skills:

    •   Teaching the rhythm and flow of our breathing body as synched with the universal pulse
    •   Embodying the Sun-Moon for balancing active-meditative states within yoga and life
    •   Learn to teach Four Classical Namaskars and Two Rhythmic Vinyasa Namaskars
    •   Wave of a Class – Leading Class Openings and Movement Meditation
    •   Asanas as Mudras – Intro to the Energetics and Poetry of the Body
    •   Hands-on assist and teaching cues for 10 core asanas for Namaskars (sun salutations)
    •   Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa method for teaching alignment in the flow
    •   Daily Meditation and Pranayaa and the basics for personal practice and teaching
    •   Embodiment Project - Photo Teaching Tools for developing a teacher's
    eye, to support your personal embodiment of yoga asanas as well as your students

    Roots-Evolution Background:
    •   The philosophical roots of Vinyasa Yoga and the embodiment of tantric hatha yoga
    •   The Origins of Sun Salutations and Evolution of Prana Flow Namaskars
    •   Embodying Prana – Understand five movements of Prana underlying all of the asanas and movements of nature
    •   Living Vinyasa - the micro-macro cycles that guide living flow and the wave of a vinyasa flow class
    •   Learning Krishnamacharya's principles of Vinyasa Krama
    •   Embodying the Flow 100+ page workbook-manual
    •   DVD and Online resources for continued practice

Required Reading & Materials:

Shiva Rea's Thesis Shiva Rea's Thesis (616 KB)

imageModule: Essential Tools for Teaching Flow: Energetic Alignment, Hands-on Assists, + Vinyasa Krama Sequences for 108 Asanas

Description:
Teaching vinyasa is an art that requires a teacher to develop related tools using their voice, hands-on assists, observation and energetic attunement to provide guidance that facilitates the state of flow of a class.

In this week-long immersion, you will learn the energetic alignment for core asanas within the Mandala of Asanas™ based upon an integrated understanding of 1) the movements of Prana; 2) practical anatomy; and 3) how to open and strengthen the core structures of embodiment from head to toe, skin to subtle body.

    Teaching Tools:

    * Experience a unique wholistic approach of Seven Mandalas of Asanas™ base of 108 asanas as the basis for creative and effective sequencing, teaching and embodiment

    * Learn to teach Four Prana Flow Dancing Warrior Namaskars, as a foundation for further innovations.

    * Learn Prana Flow Wave Sequencing for Three Solar Sequences for backbends and arm balances and Two Lunar Sequences for deep flexibility and regeneration.

    * Learn to teach and assist five primary alignment actions of the core "blueprint" asanas of the mandalas and sequence combinations with skill, effectiveness, fluency, and creativity.

    * Work with Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels.

    * Experience hands-on assists as both adjustments and "enhancements" to the core movement of the asana.

    * Develop Energetic Observation - ability to assess imbalances, blockages and leaks of energy to a person's body, mind and heartfire.

    * Review and application of basic anatomy to understand structural embodiment within the asanas

    * Special Mandala of Asanas Method - self and partner massage for regeneration and learning muscles, joints and boney landmarks of the body relevant to practice.

    * Daily Tantric-based meditation and yoga nidra for regeneration.

Required Reading & Materials:

Articles on Yoga Injuries Articles on Yoga Injuries (939 KB)

imageModule: Chakra Vinyasa: Liberating The Body Mandala

Description:
Experience an integrative approach to the chakra system within vinyasa and the flow of life. Through this practical and inspirational exploration of the chakra system and yogic body, we will develop an transformative approach to the body mandala - - the divine container of our interconnectedness within our Self, experiences, relationships and nature. The week will be devoted to traditional practices, innovative explorations, inward reflection, dynamic morning vinyasa sadhana and integrating specific and creative tools for transformative teaching and living of yoga.

Creative morning practices will give experiential grounding to the afternoon sessions, which will focus on:

  • Five essential elemental-chakra based Prana Flow® sequences that integrate an energetic approach to asana, pranayama, mudra, chanting and movement meditation.
  • Learning to teach four sun salutations or namaskars dedicated to the elements-chakras to integrate into your teaching.
  • Theory and application for awakening the yogic body of the marma (108 vital energy points in the body); the nadis (energy channels), the seven primary chakras; the five elements; and the movements of prana. Essential marma points for self-massage and activation during asana practice

Required Reading & Materials:

Suggested Reading & Materials:

imageModule: Chakra Vinyasa II

imageModule: Fluid Power I

Description:
Calling all those adventurers willing to dive into the flow and integrate a liberating, philosophically and physiologically grounded approach to fluid movement and flow into their practice and teaching.

Morning practices are fertile, creative explorations that catalyze afternoon and evening interactive practicums and discussions.

There will be a focus on:

  • Development of class openings and mini-vinyasas for beginning and mixed-level classes that cultivate wave motion and fluid body
  • Experience and learn Prana Flow® sequences for developing your own effective and creative flows for teaching
  • Integration of mantra, pranayama, chanting and music to release the vibratory song of the body
  • Understanding of the fluid/pranic body for balancing and healing the stresses of life in the twenty-first century
  • Accessible exploration of yogic philosophy through the celebrated tantric texts, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and Spanda Karikas, as well as poetry to deepen the living connection to prana-shakti, life force
  • Micro-meditations to stay connected to the flow while living yoga

Come learn Shiva's fluid, dynamic approaches to yoga, movement, and healing and participate in the creative quantum intelligence that guides our evolution from within as a natural path to freedom.

Required Reading & Materials:

imageModule: Fluid Power II

Description:
This exploration and practical awakening that evolves the core teachings of the Fluid Power cycle with ever-renewing inspiration, new sequences, and creative applications to awaken and enliven fluid power in our bodies and our lives. In this most popular intensive by pioneering yoga teacher Shiva Rea, you will learn to integrate mandalas (circular) namaskars, sahaja (spontaneous movement), and enlivening approaches to challenges on the mat, such as handstands and core work, with creativity and fluid power.

During the intensive we will focus on:

  • Learning three mandala namaskars and mandala sequencing
  • Awakening chanting and mantra within asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Shiva's integration of sahaja flow within yogasanas to experience to the spontaneous guidance of authentic movement
  • Fluid approaches to teaching beginners and releasing stiffness of body, mind, and culture
  • Accessible exploration of yogic philosophy through meditation and study of sacred tantric texts
  • Flow Arts of Poi and Kalarippayatu (Indian martial art) for beginners and continuing students.

Required Reading & Materials:

imageModule: Yoga Trance Dance

Description:
Learn to lead Trance Dance, an internationally celebrated prana yoga and free-form movement meditation to liberate your creative life-force. For yoga teachers and yogadventurers who are interested in the interconnections of yoga and dance, this Trance Dance intensive provides the basic tools to explore the foundations of yoga trance dance.

Evolving since 1994, Yoga Trance Dance is a contemporary exploration of the spirit of dance within yoga. Beginning with prana yoga or the experience of prana initiating yogasanas, yoga trance dance flows into an exploration of free-form, breath driven movement to liberate one's creative life force and cultivate embodied freedom.

Includes:

  • Nataraj Cosmology of Dance within Yoga
  • Archetypal themes of Yoga Trance Dance
  • Connection to manashakti and pranashakti, the creative and vital lifeforces
  • Prana yoga opening exercises and kriyas * Breath-initiated movement
  • Talas or primary rhythms
  • Guiding free-form ecstatic dance
  • Communal movement
  • Choreographing the musical wave of Yoga Trance Dance
  • Safety and injury prevention
  • The poetic language of guiding movement
  • Yoga Trance Dance Reader and Music list

Required Reading & Viewing Materials:

Krishna's Dance: Rasa Lila Krishna's Dance: Rasa Lila (1008 KB)

Dance of the Yogini Dance of the Yogini (458 KB)

Dance: The Living Spirit of Indian Arts by Nitin Kumar Dance: The Living Spirit of Indian Arts by Nitin Kumar (856 KB)

Forms of Shiva Forms of Shiva (986 KB)

The Rhythm of Music The Rhythm of Music (579 KB)

Delight of the Senses: Rasa Delight of the Senses: Rasa (1039 KB)

Shakti: Power and Femininity in Indian Art Shakti: Power and Femininity in Indian Art (1100 KB)

Shiva Linga by Nitin Kumar Shiva Linga by Nitin Kumar (1017 KB)

Shiva as Nataraja Shiva as Nataraja (222 KB)

imageModule: Yogini/Shakti Namaskar

Description:
For women only. This women's retreat (with option for teacher training) is designed to open our creative power, sustain life, and dissolve what binds us. It will connect modern-day yoginis with the ancient yoga traditions that honor the shakti within all of creation. We'll create a natural collective sadhana focusing on the cyclical nature of the female body by learning movement meditations dedicated to the divine feminine or Shakti Namaskars, which sequence the empowered energy of the Goddess in a way that is accessible, universal, and effective for awakening life-energy. Our four practices will include contemplation of one's life journey.

Women of all ages, backgrounds, and experience in yoga are invited to learn:

  • Shakti Namaskars for kundalini and Saraswati Ma (the creative flow), Lakshmi Ma (the abundant flow), Durga Ma (the empowered flow), and Radha (the divine sensual flow) as healing sequences expressing the full spectrum of a woman's life
  • Specific mudras, meditation, asanas, mantras, and prayers for awakening shakti
  • Integration in the world and with the divine masculine with a Shiva-Shakti Yoga Trance Dance and fire ceremony that connects with the concurrent men's yoga retreat

Required Reading & Viewing Materials:

If module includes Pre- Post-Natal Teacher Training Intensive, it is recommended to view and become familiar with Shiva's DVD "Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga"

imageModule: Bom Shiva Immersion Training

Description:
For Men-Only in conjuction with Women's Retreat Description. Across time and culture men have gathered and bonded in rituals of initiation and brotherhood. Without a ritual structure holding sacred space for the honored masculine many men feel disconnected and lost in a mundane and shallow world. In this weekend retreat, we will reclaim our inherent ground of strength, compassion and camaraderie and draw from the powerful archetypes of the great yogin Shiva, the ultimate enlightened male roll model as a source of integration with the sacred masculine. A wild yogi, warrior/protector, dissolver of obstacles, intense lover and dancer, Shiva emanates a wide range of potent masculine energy for the service and benefit of all. When he isn't alone meditating, Shiva travels with his band of rebel brothers called the Ganas as well as with his beloved female consort, Shakti and his auspicious sons, Ganesha and Skanda exemplifying the influential roles a man has with his community, lover and family.

Intentionally invoking the qualities of Shiva strengthens our resolve for a meaningful life as providers and protectors and also aligns us with our primal nature as devoted and passionate lovers seeking union with the divine. Engaging in embodied practices, transformational rituals and interactive sessions (including two evening events joining the yogini women's retreat) we will empower our authentic expression, feed our inner fire, dance with the outer fire and celebrate the journey of this extraordinary life.

Required Reading & Viewing Materials:

imageFor Modules with Kalarippayattu

Description:
This exploration and practical awakening that evolves the core teachings of the Fluid Power cycle with ever-renewing inspiration, new sequences, and creative applications to awaken and enliven fluid power in our bodies and our lives. In this most popular intensive by pioneering yoga teacher Shiva Rea, you will learn to integrate mandalas (circular) namaskars, sahaja (spontaneous movement), and enlivening approaches to challenges on the mat, such as handstands and core work, with creativity and fluid power.

During the intensive we will focus on:

  • Learning three mandala namaskars and mandala sequencing
  • Awakening chanting and mantra within asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Shiva's integration of sahaja flow within yogasanas to experience to the spontaneous guidance of authentic movement
  • Fluid approaches to teaching beginners and releasing stiffness of body, mind, and culture
  • Accessible exploration of yogic philosophy through meditation and study of sacred tantric texts
  • Flow Arts of Poi and Kalarippayatu (Indian martial art) for beginners and continuing students.

Required Reading & Materials:

imageFor Modules That Include Kalarippayattu

Description:
Experience a dynamic introduction to the ancient Indian martial art form kalaripayattu, or kalari, and its shared roots within yoga and Ayurveda. Kalari is a "kaya sadhana" or embodied art form that is considered to be one of the oldest "martial art" forms in the world as warrior training is part of this profound and beautiful fluid form. Practiced in a Kalari - a temple created on the raw earth - this form complements the sacred relationship to the body in yoga while giving expression to the embodied power of shakti that is received from the earth and liberated through movement flow, meditation and marma massage. Shiva's roots are part of CVN Kalari in Thiruvanathapuram with her teachers Sathya Nrayanan and Rajasekharan Nair.

Required Reading & Viewing Materials:

imageModule: Tending the Sacred Fire: Living Yoga Sadhana

Description:
Within Tantra, Ayurveda, and Krisnamacharya's teachings of vinyasa, we thrive when we find the form of yoga practice that fuels, nourishes, and illumines what is needed to evolve our life. How do you practice when you are experiencing natural human emotions such as feeling stuck, overwhelmed, stressed, shut-down, bored, lethargic, mechanical, tense, etc., that inhibit the flow of yoga. All of these practical realities of adult life center around the metaphor of "tending the fire."

Based on Shiva's innovative 30-day Living Yoga Sadhana program, this weekend workshop will explore Four Paths of Practice: Bhakti (the power of love and devotion), Vira (awakening the fire of one's potential), Shakti (unleashing the creative power), and Shanti Sadhana (living peace) as ways of cultivating our inner light.

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