If you have ever seen a girl lightly floating up into Handstand, or a guy gently dropping down into Wheel without any discomfort; those are the results of well-organized flow of prana. It is the most basic element of living things. It is a force we received as a birthright. And it flows through the body enabling every cells to live, internal systems to function, muscles and bones to move, and brain to think.
‘The 5 Vayus’ introduces to you the five major currents of prana. They regulate different areas of body and empower different activities. You will learn how to be attentive to your prana, direct its flow through the use of bandha, and keep it active through the practice of asana and pranayama. This will not only improve your yoga practice, but also make you feel well conditioned and balance. And that is why you love to return to the mat and keep up your regular practice.
Experience the fundamental vital force which is concentrated in heart and lungs area and governs the respiration and reception. Prana Vayu is an inward and upward moving energy, allows you to take in everything from air to food, sound to vision, and idea to experience. We are going to awake Prana Vayu using a full spectrum vinyasa sequence to create strength, alignment, and activation through the upper body. Boosting your ability to take in positive energy that affects every aspects of life.
Discover your strength, confidence and the sense of purpose through the way you activate the Apana Vayu. Explore the area of your pelvis, the seat of Apana, down through the legs. Move and position them to affect this descending vayu through the practice of standing poses and hip opener. Direct your prana downward and outward to feel your root and create the stability. Keep your body clean physically and mentally by developing the strong Apana.
Unite the upward and downward vayus at the navel center to establish the strong power house of your body, the Samana. This vayu absorbs and processes energy from breathing, food, perceptions and experiences. Strengthen your Samana through a well-designed vinyasa sequence focusing on core strength, forward bend and twist. Cultivate the conscious control over your navel center which is essential to hatha yoga as a hub of energy and vitality.
Cultivate the higher state of awareness, stand tall, and be joyous and strong-willed by the awakening of Udana Vayu. This upward moving energy rules the throat center, governing our speech and growth. Since it is an ascending force; we will flow through a well-balanced asana sequence directing energy to the head, neck and upper back. Toward the end we will work on inversion as a tool to refine the mind and body into a higher awareness, conducive to deep relaxation.
Feel the expansive and pervasive force by activating the Vyana Vayu, the vayu that active in limbs and regulate the movement from the core to the periphery. Distribute energy outward to the arms and legs while still connect with core energy through the vinyasa sequence of full body movement with awareness. Experience the true freedom in various backbend poses where you will discover the meaning of being heart-opened.
An exercise buff like Ed took it as something fun to try out when he came to his first yoga class. He had never realized before that it was going to change the rest of his life. After few more classes, he was addicted to it. Few years later, he has been improved and transformed into a new person who has better physical health, a lot of confidence and self-esteem. Ed won many yoga awards in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Also He was ranked number 2 of the world in International Yoga Asana Championship 2011 in Los Angeles, USA, and World Championship of Yoga Sports 2016 in Pordenone, Italy. As a yoga champion, his wisdom of asana is discovered through his own strong practice. As an anatomy geek, Ed brings asana to life in the light of deep knowledge in human body. His class is always with high energy, experimental, informative and good fun.