A Drop of Nectar: Internal Forms, Breath, and Mudra Retreat with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

March 25–April 7, 2018  |  Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand
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True nectar is said to be composed of compassion, insight, and humor. It is released from the root of the palate when the inhaling pattern of prana and the exhaling pattern of apana unite to form mulabandha into a proper mudra. Ashtanga Vinyasa is the continuous cultivation of this fine ambrosial drink achieved by following a thread of its flavor through and between postures, breaths, thoughts, and techniques.

In this workshop, through postures of the primary and intermediate series of the ashtanga form, we will explore opening and then releasing vivid, internal, organic anatomy patterns in sync with the breath. This method fully uses the imagination to feel complementary full-body patterns that, when interfaced with each other, open the central channel. The repeated practice of these internal forms eventually frees us from that very same imagination bringing technical skills to life with a taste of kindness and humor.

We will practice asana in the mornings and in the afternoons will have sitting practice, chanting, and philosophical discussions based on the Bhagavad Gita and similar texts.

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