This workshop series will be an intimate and soul nourishing exploration of the inner dimensions of yoga practice.
While we will explore all aspects of yoga practice, we will be leaning more into the subtle terrain of pranayama and the embodied breath. Pranayama is often describes as breathing techniques but it is far more than this. It is an intimate exploration of the subtle energetic dynamics of the body and mind. We are not simply breathing with Pranayama practice, we are cultivating an exquisite sensitivity to the responsive intelligence of life. Cultivating a relationship with pranayama is cultivating a relationship with the living current of life itself.
The Embodied Breath workshop is as much about a deepening intimacy with energy and feeling as it is about the breath. Pranayama expands and refines our capacity for feeling. It is a profoundly intimate affair and the deeper we go the more we learn to trust the instinctive intelligence of our own embodied lives.
Some of the themes we will cover are:
The 5 Pillars of Grounding
Prana as Nourishment
Safety and Belonging
The Role of Gravity in Breathing
Trauma and the Breath
Befriending and Refining Feeling
Containment and Openness
Understanding Energy and Mind
It is recommended to attend all parts of this workshop series to gain the most benefit but if this is not possible you can join one to two parts
OPENING THE SUBTLE FIELDS
Gravity, Ground and Space
We begin by opening ourselves to the natural self-organising dynamics of energy in the body. Finding ground as foundation for releasing the spine and breath from habitual self contraction
September 16, 17, and 18
Friday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00pm
ENTERING THE FIELDS
Refining the Flow
These morning sessions are focused on practicing what we opened in the first workshop. including a daily inquiry into the 5 foundations of embodiment
September 19 to 23
Monday - Friday
6:30 am - 8:30 am
The Intimate Road Home
This workshop integrates all we have opened so far and enters the rich and subtle terrain of energy and mind from Pranayama to Samadhi
September 24 and 25
Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
for whole workshop series
Special Early Bird Brice
if booked before August 1st
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" Paul is an unassuming, wise and practical yogi whose teachings changed my own practice and also how I teach. He taught me how to really "feel" my practice on all levels of my being. He taught me to be more authentic as a person and a teacher. He taught me a depth of yoga which I had neglected or didn't think was important. He didn't teach me alignment cues or fancy poses. He taught me how to be a yogi, by being a yogi himself. I highly recommend that all yogis should experience his teachings.
"It is always a joy when Paul Wooden runs a workshop at my yoga studio. He offers something unique that is not being shared in the yoga community, that of a deep presence, acceptance and awareness of our body, our movements, our energy and how we relate to the world around us. A workshop with Paul is like a full retreat. The participants feel rested, invigorated and enlightened, knowing more about themselves and more about yoga. I will welcome Paul back to teach any time he is in Australia."
GINNY CLARKE, LIVING PEACE YOGA, AUSTRALIA
ABOUT PAUL WOODEN
Paul Wooden has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for 40 years and teaching for 35 years.
He draws from his experience in many different styles and traditions and, through a practical understanding of their underlying unifying principles, weaves together a cohesive and integrated approach to yoga.
Working with Paul is an invitation to the deeper dimensions of practice. His particular way of working opens us to the sensitivity and receptivity necessary for the subtler inner practices.
Paul’s approach offers rich learning possibilities, whether students are beginners or highly experienced practitioners.
He complements studies of the wisdom traditions with a more contemporary understanding of the human condition including developmental psychology and integral theory and trauma work (somatic experiencing) which seeks to help uncover and release the binding patterns of trauma in the body.