Continuing Education || The Abhaya Kosha Model || The Integrated Approach: Teaching from Physical to Subtle || Connecting Body/ Breath/ Mind/ Intuition/ Heart

Continuing Education || The Abhaya Kosha Model || The Integrated Approach: Teaching from Physical to Subtle || Connecting Body/ Breath/ Mind/ Intuition/ Heart

Led by: Tara Glazier

From September 27, 2024 at 2:00 pm until September 29, 2024 at 4:00 pm at Dumbo

Sept 27th, Friday — 2-4pm, 5-9pm
Sept 28th, Saturday — 1-4:45pm
Sept 29th, Sunday — 9-11:15am, 12-4pm

​​The goal of this module is to more deeply understand the koshas, or layers of being. There are 5 sheaths that move from gross body to subtle body.

We primarily experience ourselves in the physical form; skin, muscle, bone. This is called annamaya kosha. However, there are 4 other koshas, sheaths, or layers that comprise our human embodiment (as detailed from the tradition of Yoga, Upanishads Pre -1st century). Let’s then explore Anamayakosha constituents: Skeleton, Muscle, Fascia, Endocrine system, but also how they integrate with the breath, or in other words, Pranamaya Kosha the next layer within. Integrating the breath within the transitions, within the postures, and awareness of the breath within restful moments is what makes yoga, yoga. How can we guide a deeper awareness of the breath for our students and allow that natural intelligence to flow.

From here, it gets very interesting. The mind/ emotional sheath can sometimes be very loud taking us out of our experience. How can we still or even quiet the volume of the thoughts so that a deeper wisdom/ intuition, Vijnananamaya kosha can come through?

The weekend will take a deep dive into the sheaths of our experience, from the most physical experience of muscle and action and effort to the most subtle listening to our own inner wisdom and call of the heart.

How do we teach from this place of clarity and integration?

Learn how to guide students through the experience of yoga, from gross to subtle following a kramatic (sequential) progression that will allow them to not only open various parts of their bodies, in asana, they will steep into a deeper grounded sense of inner wisdom and allow space for authentic joy (anandamaya kosha).

Specific Goals:
  • Skeletal/ Muscular Anatomy Cueing (Anamayakosha)
  • Integrating Breath instructions with alignment (Pranamaya Kosha)
  • Hands on Adjustments that create skeletal/ muscular stability in standing poses, standing twists, inversions, and backbends
  • Creation of “Physical/ Pranic Theme Structuring” (ie: themes that are physically and breath oriented)
  • Creating Safety, Cultivating Trust and Building your own Intuition as Teacher
  • Language - Words matter! Articulate, mindful cueing
  • Creating trust through language
  • Use of reflective and limited active language to allow their physiology to relax and open to
  • Study of Physiology as it connects to Spirituality and teaching yoga as an integrated practice. How do we create safe space for the good hormones to flow, less adrenaline, more serotonin/ oxytocin and expansive states of being through teaching
  • Integration of thematic elements that bring the koshas to life

  • Prerequisite : 200 Hour YTT required