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The Energetic Subtle Body

15 September 2018 @ 11:30 - 13:00

Organised by : Martin Thompson

Through Hatha yoga and Laya yoga we become aware of the subtle energetic body, yoga then provides the techniques and tools for self liberation. This comprehensive introduction into the energetic…

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Through Hatha yoga and Laya yoga we become aware of the subtle energetic body, yoga then provides the techniques and tools for self liberation.

This comprehensive introduction into the energetic body takes us through the subtle anatomy of the Chakras, Nadis, Badhas, Grathis and Vayus. We link up all the limbs of the subtle body and connect it to our gross anatomy. This workshop will demystify and make accessible the subtle body for all.

Tantra provides us a with a comprehensive map of an evermore subtle body, which begins with the Gunas. The Gunas are the three qualities which are present in all of nature, from animate to inanimate objects. The three qualities the Gunas represent are Rajasic (fast/quick/hot) Tamasic (slow/heavy/sleepy) and Sattvic (even/balanced/calm)

These qualities are inherent in us and as humans we have the ability to affect the Gunas. We are be born with a predominate Guna, and through yoga we can influence and change our Karmic quality.

An understanding of the interconnections of the subtle body, and how it is affected by our actions and conditioned behaviour will begin to give us the ability to be self reflective.

Our subtle body will affect our gross body in the shape of areas such as locked hips, tight shoulders, recurring problems, poor posture and fear of change.

We can affect our subtle body through our attitudes and outlook. Our attitude and outlook will also affect our subtle body. Yoga gives us the key to this chicken and egg situation, practice is the key. Beginning a regular and self reflective asana practice will start to work on the gross body, which makes us aware of the subtle body. The body undergoes change which we may experience as pain, either emotional or physical. The pain is not caused directly by the posture, but is being experienced because the yoga is bringing it to our attention. The remedy is to continue our practice but with absolute awareness.

We can begin to make ourselves aware of the subtle body through Tantric visualisation exercises. The Tantric practice of Laya yoga is an example. Laya yoga works directly on the subtle body with exercises for identifying the Chakras and the Nadis which carries the subtle energy of Prana through our energetic body.

The Chakras are subtle energy distribution centres. These main Chakras will if properly attuned direct energy to areas of our subtle body through Nadis (subtle nervous energy channels) If any of the Nadis are blocked or the energy is not reaching them via the Chakras, then this will be apparent through physical blockages and conditioned behaviour (bad habits)

This is where identifying the subtle body and all of its connections will make a difference. Through Hatha yoga and Laya yoga we become aware of the subtle body, and yoga also provides the techniques and tools for self liberation.

This workshop provides us with the knowledge to identify and differentiate between the strands of our subtle body. We then have free will and Karma (action) as to whether we work to uncover the world inside of us. All the answers to the questions our external world keeps asking us is within us.

Martin Thompson

 

 

 

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