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Hatha Yoga workshop with James McIntyre (Australia)

Saturday 3rd of June /// 9.30am-12.30pm /// 40$
Registration before 27th of May:

James arrives in Beirut not with all the answers, but just a genuine desire to share some of what he has learnt over his almost 30 years of practice. And with that, a particular fascination for pranayama (breath work). Over this time he has attended classes with many different teachers and styles of Hatha Yoga. More recently, over 5 consecutive years he has studied under the Kaivalyadhama tradition of O.P. Tiwari and his senior student of almost 20 years, Paul Dallaghan. Tiwari himself, now 84 years old, remains one of the world's foremost authorities on pranayama.

"While there is no denying that much has been learnt via these teachings there is nothing like the trials and tribulations of a long standing self-practice to impart an almost auto-education."

James has taught yoga in India, Thailand, Mexico & Greece and teaches regular weekly classes in Perth, Australia. He is registered at the highest level with Australia's industry peak-body association, Yoga Australia.

The introduction of pranayama to one's yoga practice is a natural next step on from asana (postures). Its increasing degree of subtlety demands a heightened level of concentration. And it begins to unravel a little of the over identification with the body that asana can sometimes lead to. That identification slowly shifts toward a refined awareness of the system's vital force. Along the way it improves one's health and settles the nervous system allowing and even encouraging meditation technique.

This 3-hour class will commence with a 45 minute talk on the key aspects of importance to a pranayama practice, a demonstration or two and then we'll begin with the practice of kriya & pranayama (cleansing & breathing). If you would like to take notes please bring a notebook and pen. 

Following the practice of kriya & pranayama and a short relaxation we will begin with a slow, deep, breath focused asana (postural) flow. The session will conclude with seated meditation technique.

This session aims to address the needs of both beginners and the more experienced. It could also be a useful addition for teachers and teacher trainees interested in the practical application of a well rounded home-practice.

Jala Neti pot: If you have one and are familiar with its use then use it at home before coming. Don't worry at all if you have no idea what a neti pot is.

Asana and particularly pranayama work best with an empty bowel, so if at all possible, try to fast in the morning before the class and to not eat late the night before.

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Earlier Event: April 29
Mindfulness Workshop with Rob Brandsma
Later Event: October 6
YOGA & DETOX Weekend