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The Fluid Body: Prajna Teacher Training & In Depth Study


  • Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio Prune Alley Eastsound, WA, 98245 United States (map)

The Fluid Body

Prajna Yoga training with Djuna Mascall


This session is an in-depth study of the hands, arms and shoulders relative to the diaphragm and pranayama. We reflect on myths from the yoga tradition that relate to rivers, ocean and the fluid body.

The Fluid Body begins at the third chakra and the kidney/adrenal region.  We investigate the importance of hydration and fluidity within the body. This course is an in-depth study of the upper trunk including the sternum, shoulders, arms, diaphragm, brachial plexus, heart/lung and carpal tunnel.  We include mobilization techniques to free the ribs, spine, shoulders and hands in the SATYA training. Asana sequences emphasize arm balance preparations and shoulder openers. We teach back bends, inversions and arm balances. Much time is devoted to the shoulder girdle and practicing poses that serve to align the shoulders and reduce strain in the rotator cuff area. In addition, we continue our study of the Five Sheaths of connective tissue that spiral around the trunk and pass through the arms. We study the nadis, meridians (from Chinese Medicine), Ayurveda marma points and chakras that relate to the arms and upper trunk.

This week we introduce the foundation of pranayama practice, while introducing ways to sensitize the diaphragm, ribs and lung tissue. The primary theme for the week is water and the fluid systems of the body. We look at the fluid pulse (spanda) that animates the cosmic cycles of creation/destruction, particularly through the powerful metaphors of ocean and river. As we explore the cosmic themes of water and life, we detail the circulation of blood, lymph and cerebral-spinal fluid through the body. We  investigate the power of myth (from the mythology of Vishnu) and in particular the teachings on maya, or the illusory nature of the visible world. We read chapters from Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha while investigating the teachings on karma, inter-dependency and nonjudgmental awareness.

TUITION /
– EARLY BIRD rate: $875 with deposit of $250 paid three months prior to course start
– REGULAR rate: $975 if paid within three months of course start
∞ Deposit of $250 due at the time of registration, $100 is non-refundable
∞ Balance due one month prior to the course start (January 8, 2020).
+ Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95