3-Week Morning Challenge: ’Integrate Your Balance’ with Krishna & Gabriel

June 22 – July 10, 2020
Mo – Fr 08.30 – 10.00
Studio Sonne, Sonnenallee 67

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In this 3-week Morning Challenge we invite you to harness the abundant energy of the summertime and direct it into a phase of transformation, both within your inner and outer self. With a focus on integrating balance in the body, breath and mind, this morning challenge is open to everyone, regardless of their level of experience.

During the first week, we will look at balancing the physical body as a basis for experiencing subtle levels of perception, sthira-sukham-āsanam. The week will be a journey through standing poses, hip openers, back bends, arm balances/inversions and dynamic kriya, accompanied by precise alignment principles. The physical practice will be balanced and complemented by information on anatomy, offering you the opportunity to gain insights and awareness about the principles of alignment.

In the second week, we will integrate breathing techniques into the āsana practice. In particular we will look at traditional prāṇāyāma techniques from Riṣhi culture ashtanga yoga taught by Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri. This focus on breath will supply you with new tools to enhance your breathing capacity and awareness both in your yoga practice and your daily life.

In the third week, we will bring together what we have learned in the first two weeks and move towards the mental sphere via concentration practices for balancing the mind. Different sounds are associated with different parts of the body in the physical and subtle plane. We will look to discover these subtle vibrations by chanting seed mantras and exploring hand mudras, ultimately enhancing and transforming both the āsana and pranayama practice.

1. Experiencing sthira-sukham-āsanam by exploring “balance in the poses”
– Introduction, Standing / Balancing poses
– Hip openers
– Spinal twists
– Back bending
– Inversions/arm balances and Pranava AUM

2. Learning to cultivate a steady flow of energy by exploring “balance in the breath”
– Sparsha Mudra, Mahat Yoga Pranayama, Sukha Pranayama
– Lower lungs, Ustra Kriya, Sukha Pranayama with Sparsha Mudra, Loma Pranayama
– Middle Lungs, Matsya Kriya, Sukha Pranayama with Sparsha Mudra, Viloma Pranayama
– Upper lungs, Maha Kriya, Sukha Pranayama with Sparsha Mudra, Loma-Viloma Pranayama
– Sukha Purvaka Pranayama, Sitali-Sitkari Pranayama, Chandra Bhedana Pranayama

3. Integrating the āsana and prāṇāyāma practices by exploring “balance in the mind”
– Pranava AUM + LAM + Coccygeal plexus
– VAM + Pelvic plexus
– RAM + Solar plexus
– YAM + Cardiac plexus
– HAM + Pharyngeal plexus

0G7A2274Krishna Kumar Krishnan, Yogamunīśvaradāsa grew up in a yogic family from South India and is practising yoga since the age of 7 in the Tamil Saiva Siddhāntic tradition. Through the experience of western lifestyle, he realized the importance of yoga and mindfulness training for a balanced, healthy and sustainable life in a modern world and started exploring the diversity of yogic philosophy as a holistic approach of life. He combines the essence of Siddha Yoga knowledge from his father with Kuṇḍalinī Yoga with mindfulness, awareness and meditation techniques. Additionally, he became a registered member of the Berufsverband der Yogalehrenden Deutschland (BDY) and the European Yoga Union (EYU) under the guidance of yogācārya Ananda Leone. Through his involvement in yoga, he has realized that different yoga practices suit different people and began his exploration with acceptance, curiosity and joy. He is known for his sense of humour and dynamic teaching style with the ability to present the ancient wisdom of Saiva Siddhānta in a fresh and accessible manner.

Gabriel Ching was born in Argentina, where he graduated with a degree in public relations. His passion for electronic music led him to live in different cities such as London, Madrid and Berlin where for several years he dedicated himself to producing music and DJ-ing. Along the way, he discovered in the practice of yoga a way to increase his ability to perceive the world and gain clarity. He is a 1000-hours certified yoga teacher of BDY/EYU, Berufsverband der Yogalehrenden Deutschland (BDY) and the European Yoga Union (EYU). During his teacher training, he met Krishna where they became inseparable friends and fellow adventurers. He also teaches „Praxis & Didaktik“ in the Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Academy Berlin, supporting new students to grow in their role as yoga teachers. Anatomy and yoga philosophy are the two main pillars of yoga that he transmits to his students. His classes are an interplay of the alignment precision of Iyengar yoga, the fire of ashtanga yoga and the dynamic sequences of vinyasa yoga. For him, yoga is neither dogma nor religion nor a wellness program, but a collection of methods that yogis have been practising for centuries, which enable us to develop balance in our body, thoughts and emotions – both on the mat and in everyday life.