with senior teacher, Richard Rosen
four Sunday evenings
Jan 14 & 28 ~ Feb 11 & 25
For a thousand years prior to the 20th century, the central practice of Hatha Yoga was pranayama, yoga breathing. Asana, which since the early decades of the 1900s has more and more become the practice's focus, was considered an important preparation for breathing, but nothing more.
This 4-week, 10-hour series will introduce you to the basic breaths and techniques of modern pranayama, including proper sitting not only for breathing but meditation as well. If possible, bring at least one firm blanket (two or three would be ideal) and any other props (e.g., block, strap, bolster, etc.) you may have in your possession.
Richard Rosen began his study of modern yoga in 1980, and is a 1985 graduate of the teacher training program at the San Francisco Iyengar Center. He was the co-founder of the Piedmont Yoga Studio and is currently a contributing editor at Yoga Journal and president of the board of directors of the Yoga Dana Foundation. He's also written two books on pranayama, The Yoga of Breath and Pranayama: Beyond the Basics, both published by Shambhala.
Scholarships are available based on financial need.