Pratyahara is the fifth limb of the 8-fold path of Yoga and is considered to be the bridge between the external (bahiranga) and the internal (antaranga). This important stage could be perceived as a portal to inner realms, preparing the yogi for Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Pratyahara is defined in the Yoga Sutras as the withdrawal of the senses from external objects back to the mind-field from which those senses originally arose, thus enabling the mind to focus on its true nature.
Pratyahara practices lead to a state of deep relaxation, expanded awareness and inner stability.
The course will focus on:
- Reflecting on the meaning of Pratyahara
- Working with asanas, mudras, bandhas and pranayama with emphasis on Pratyahara
- Looking at techniques of Pratyahara from Kriya and Nada Yoga
- Exploring other disciplines, such as Mindfulness, which bring about Pratyahara
- Experiencing Pratyahara through the practice of Yoga Nidra
- Moving towards Dharana and Dhyana
- Appreciating the importance of Pratyahara in our practice
About the tutor:
Rajesh David trained at The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India. He is also a composer and singer, with a background in Indian classical music. As a professional singer he was an A-grade artist for All India Radio & Television.
Whilst living as a resident of Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales for four years, he conducted kirtan and chanting sessions, gave concerts and taught regular Nada Yoga courses. His three courses on the subject of Nada, Nada Yoga the Yoga of Subtle Sound, From Sound to Silence and The Music of Om - chanting and reflecting on the Mandukya Upanishad, together with two others, Bhakti Yoga Through Love to the Self and An Introduction to Adi Shankaracharyas Bhaja Govindam are all recognized as IST by the BWY.
He has been teaching these courses in the UK and abroad for several years.
He has also taught with Swami Nishchalananda on a one year course of Kriya Yoga at the Mandala Yoga Ashram.
His many CDs include collections of devotional music, such as Mantram Music for Relaxation and Meditation, The Music of AUM - The Mandukya Upanishad and Kabir - mystic poems, and practice CDs, such as Nadopasana, for practitioners of Nada Yoga.
Rajesh has done the 8 week MBSR certificate course in Mindfulness and has trained as a coach with HeartMath UK, which focuses on heart intelligence as a means of building resiliance and managing stress.
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