THE POWER OF PRANAYAMA AND BANDHA:
CONTEMPLATING PATANJALI’S YOGA SUTRAS
A workshop with Rowan Silverberg
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Prana, the life force, is expanded and channeled through the practices of pranayama and bandha. On a physical level, this includes working skillfully with the breath and body. On more subtle levels, this includes refining our interactions with thoughts, emotions, intentions, and attitudes.
We’ll focus on these pranayama and bandha practices:
Mula bandha (Root lock)
Uddiyana bandha (Abdominal lock)
Jalandhara bandha (Chin lock)
By clearing our minds and making our awareness steady, we’ll prepare ourselves to contemplate teachings from Books I and II of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. These ancient teachings outline the path and ultimate destination of the practice of Yoga.
This workshop will include a short asana practice followed by pranayama and meditation and is open to students of all levels—each student’s unique capabilities and challenges will be honored.
Rowan Silverberg, PhD(c), E-RYT 500, has been teaching Yoga in the northeastern Ohio since 1990. Rowan joined Progressive Corporation’s onsite primary care in 1992 and since that time, she has been offering preventive treatment, based on yoga and massage therapy, to thousands of Progressive employees and their family members.
Rowan is a graduate student at Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences and is currently working on her doctoral research, which focuses on trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct to clinical treatment for trauma exposure. Certified as a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) by The Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, Rowan leads yoga support groups at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Rowan has co-led the Prana Yoga and Dance Yoga Teacher Training Program since 2012.