Monday, January 16, 2017

15th Sakyadhita International Conference Workshop: Hatha Yoga with Lyudmila Klasanova

Yoga is a practice of mind and body. The primary goal is to gain balance in one’s life and provide a sense of calmness and inner peace. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation (yoga nyidra), concentration (dharana), and meditation (dhyana).

Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting the opposites within us. The word hatha combines ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects (sun) and feminine aspects (moon). Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It helps us to bring our attention to our breath, which allows us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

The workshop will start with series of postures that liberate the principle of movement (pawanmuktasana) to loosen up the joints and make the muscles supple This will be followed by a set of basic asanas performed for general health and balance. Different breathing techniques will be applied to harmonise the pranic body, which is a network of nerve channels carrying the vital force to each and every cell and organ, infusing them with life and dynamism. The workshop will conclude with a deep relaxation practice known as yoga nyidra or yogic sleep – a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.

Lyudmila Klasanova

Lyudmila Klasanova received a Ph.D. from the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Center for Eastern Languages and Cultures, Sofia University, and a curator at the Asian art section of the National Gallery in Bulgaria. Her research and teaching interests include Buddhist art, Women in Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. She has taught courses on Buddhist art, female figures in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan culture, and religions of East Asia. She also teaches Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, based on the system of Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004).

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Learn More About the 15th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women

The theme for the 2017 conference to be held at The University of Hong Kong is “Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange & Social Action.” This theme highlights the diversity of contemporary Buddhist women throughout the world.

For more information on the conference please visit the Sakyadhita International website and download a brochure.

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