Mudra and Bandha Workshop with Chrissie Clarke-Fordham
Tutor: Chrissie Clarke-Fordham
Date: 28th April 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
THE PRACTICE AND TEACHING METHODS OF
THE THREE MAIN BANDHAS, MAHA BANDHA & BASIC HASTA MUDRAS
Many teachers feel that they did not study the bandhas in depth on their training courses and do not feel confident enough to teach them. This will be an opportunity to go into the subject in more detail, using yoga postures in some cases, to help sense and locate the area of contraction. These are my aims for the In-service Training Day.
1. To assist and encourage teachers to practice and teach the
three main bandhas including ashwini mudra and vajroli mudra and looking
into the anatomy of the pelvic floor in relation to these practices.
2. To give confidence to participants to teach bandhas to their students
3. To ensure that they do understand the benefits and precautions of the practices.
4. To increase the participant’s knowledge of the theory behind practising
5. To encourage participants to further their study of the bandhas. (i.e. practice and
1. Participants should be more confident in practising and teaching bandhas.
2. They will be able to introduce bandhas in their classes, having learned
some new and simple techniques to teach these practices to their students in a
3. They should be able to demonstrate Jalandhara and Uddiyana Bandha and
be able to explain clearly the method of practising Moolabandha and the
difference between this practice and Vajroli Mudra and Ashwini Mudra.
4. Teachers running intermediate classes will be able to teach Maha Bandha
and Agnisari dhauti and fully understand the benefits and precautions.
5. Teachers will know when, how and if, they should introduce bandhas in their
classes and why some students should avoid them. Handouts will be given
on each bandha, including contra-indications.
As I see it, the main purpose of an In-Service Training Day is to give teachers new ideas with tried and tested methods of teaching that they can take home and practice safely and confidently, and then pass on to their own students.
TEACHING HATHA YOGA SEQUENCES AND WORKING SAFELY TOWARDS CLASSICAL ASANAS:
My three practice manuals will be used to present this part of the I.S.T. day.
1. To introduce teachers to some new hatha yoga sequences which they
can use when teaching their classes.
2. To assist participants in introducing safe methods of preparing their
student’s bodies for classical asanas with relevant joint mobilisation and muscle
3. To ensure that they understand the importance of ‘working towards’
‘classical’ or ‘more extreme’ static asanas.
4. The help participants understand the benefits and precautions of practising
5. To help participants experience the joy of practising some flowing sequences
to music which they can teach to their students.
1. Participants will have learned some new sequences to teach to students who
may find Sun Salutations difficult.
2. They will, have learned to help their students to modify postures, or sequences
3. They will have learned to teach their students how to put a yoga session together
for their own personal practice.
4. They will have learned how to ‘work towards’ classical static asanas safely using a
series of limbering exercises, stretches and sequences of anti-rheumatic, anti-gastric
and energy block release exercises and more, in order to avoid physical strains etc.
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