As some of you know, we are gearing up for our Acu-Yoga workshop. So I wanted to take time to describe why I think this workshop is important.
In the U.S. we find a lot of posture practice and even some breathing exercises in yoga classes. Considering our busy nature this is a great place for beginners to start, and has many benefits. But what makes the movement and breath practices in yoga different from other physical fitness modalities? What makes yoga, yoga? As yoga has evolved over thousands of years, one key aspect has remained constant. That aspect is the theory of prana, and the application of pranayama techniques. Prana is described as a forward filling energetic force that supports life and growth. When teachers begin to understand prana theory, they can apply techniques in posture and breath work to help practitioners feel and influence energy flow. When the teacher tailors a yoga session with some intention of developing a connection to the felt sense of prana, she creates the aspect that sets yoga apart from other movement cultures.
Prana has been used synonymously with the word Qi, which is how this energy flow is labeled in Oriental Medicine. Acupuncture is a technique used to balance the flow of energy through the meridians. This type of therapy encourages circulation and harmonizing energy flow by using hair-sized pins to stimulate blocked areas. In yogic philosophy, energy can be mapped out using charkas and vayus (ways to experience prana via the breath). Both yoga and acupuncture use natural elements to help describe characteristics of energy and how to reign in unbalanced tendencies.
Through knowledge, yoga and acupuncture we will create a holistic support system to help you get attuned to your present state of being. I’m envisioning this workshop to be a synergistic practice for harmonizing the mind, body and emotions. Join us on November 6th from 1 – 3pm, by registering on this mindbody link, or at facebook.com/beoneyogafayetteville, you can call or stop into the studio to register as well.
Brandy Molloy M.S., E-RYT
To learn more about Brandy’s work visit facebook.com/yogawithbrandymolloy, click here to read Brandy’s Bio.
To learn more about Lisa Fogel’s work visit facebook.com/fayettevilleacupuncture