A practice designed to integrate pranayama into the asana, restorative and yoga nidra practice.
In the Ayurvedic system we are made up five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. We each have our unique mix of these elements which make up our physical and mental constitution. Disease is caused when there is an imbalance in the mix of these elements from our unique imprint of these elements at birth. The seasons as well as our lifestyles and stresses effect the mix of these elements. In the fall the air and space element tend to increase – we call this a vata condition. When our vata is in excess we have trouble focusing and being still and can feel anxious, restless and fearful.
This workshop is designed to help release excess vata from your body and mind. The practice, including the asanas, pranayamas, restorative poses and yoga nidra are selected to quiet and calm the nervous system and bring stillness and clarity into your fall. The practice will begin with gentle asana to release tension from the hips, lower back and joints where vata tends to accumulate. The focus in the asana will also be to slow down and remove any holding patterns in the breath. The restorative pose selected will help slow down the mind and let go of any anxiety and fear held in the body. The practice will end with a thirty minute long yoga nidra designed to release excess vata. Through out the practice, visualizations, essential oils and gentle hands on adjustments will help guide you to a place of deep stillness.
Bio: Mona grew up in Mumbai, India where she was first introduced to yoga. She has been initiated into the ISHTA lineage as a Yogiraj or Yoga Master by her teacher Alan Finger and is also a Senior Trainer in ISHTA’s 500 Hour Teacher Trainings. She has designed and teaches her own yoga nidra trainings, “Mona Anand’s ISHTA Yoga Nidra,” and “Yoga Nidra and The Chakras”. She has released four yoga nidra CD’s, “Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation or Sleep,” “Yoga Nidra to Lift your Spirits,” “Yoga Nidra to Ground and Center” and “Tree of Life: Yoga Nidra Practices Designed to Balance the Muladhara Chakra” available on iTunes and sold at ISHTA Yoga. She also co-leads Restorative Trainings at ISHTA and around the world. Mona is known for her signature Yoga Nidra /Restorative Chakra Workshop series and Ayurveda series. She is also featured on Yogobe a Swedish yoga, health and wellness community with tutorial videos, soon to launch in English for their global following, and Insight Timer, an international community of over 20,000 meditators.
Mona has worked with Alan Finger to develop the Ayurveda and Asana material and Yoga Nidra material taught in ISHTA’S advanced trainings and has also developed the restorative material taught in ISHTA’s 200 hour trainings. She currently teaches group classes at ISHTA Yoga and leads yoga retreats around the world. Mona has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City.
$40 in advance, $50 day of.
Cancellation policy: Full pre-payment at the time of enrollment is required to reserve a space in workshops. Refunds or cancellations are available up to 48 hours prior to date of workshop.