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IST Ref 19/51 Pratyahara - Gateway to Stillness

26th October 2019
at South Brent Village Hall

IST Ref 19/51 Pratyahara - Gateway to Stillness

Tutor: Rajesh David

Date: 26th October 2019

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: South Brent Village Hall

Type of Event: IST Days

Places Available: 15

Aims of the Morning

1. To introduce participants to Pratyahara through practice, reflection and discussion
2. To examine the role of the fifth limb within the context of the 8-fold path
3. To refine sensitivity and awareness in asana and pranayama


1. Working with asanas mudras, bandhas and pranayama with emphasis on Pratyahara
2. Exploring Pratyahara practices in Kriya yoga and Nada yoga
3. Reflecting and refining our understanding of Pratyahara through sharing and discussion

Aims of the Afternoon

1. To look at Yoga Nidra from the view point of Pratyahara
2. To place Mindfulness in the context of Pratyahara
3. To consolidate and appreciate the importance of Pratyahara as a gateway to Meditation


1. Exploring Yoga Nidra through discussion and practice
2. Exploring Mindfulness techniques in order to appreciate its place in Pratyahara
3. Exploring Pratyahara as a necessary pathway to Meditation practices

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 trained as a coach with HeartMath UK, which focuses on heart intelligence as a means of building resiliance and managing stress.

Outline plan for the day

10 – 10.30 Relaxation and Introduction
10.30 – 11.30 Asana, mudras, bandhas and pranayanma with emphasis on Pratyahara
11.30 – 11.40 Short break
11.40 – 12.40 Looking at Pratyahara practices – Kriya and Nada Yoga
12.40 – 1pm Discussion and feedback

1 – 2pm Lunch break

2 – 2.10 Nishpanda bhava
2.10 – 3 Looking at Y Nidra from the viewpoint of Pratyahara
3 – 3.45 Pratyahara in other disciplines like Mindfulness
3.45 – 4 Feedback, Q&A and Evaluations


South Brent Village Hall
Station Approach
South Brent
TQ10 9PJ


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