Place: Space2B, 2b Stanley St, Singapore 068721. Near Telok Ayer MRT.
Time: Saturdays 10.00am – 11.30am (once a month)
Dates: Starting March 30 2019 – June 15th, 2019
March 30th Saturday 10-11.30 “Root Lock” Enlivening Energy Upwards
April 27th Saturday 10-11.30 Purifying Our Control Center
May 25th Saturday 10-11.30 Cultivating the Soil of your Nervous System
June 15th Saturday 10-11.30 For Days we Need to Align the Body
Each Workshop will Include Asanas (Postures to Relax the Body), Pranayama (Breathing Practices) and Easy Meditation. Join at any time but Ideally Follow all the Workshops to Advance in your Practices to experience Inner Silence and Ecstatic Radiance.
SIGN UP ON www.Space2b.sg For Beyond Our Best Workshops (Once Monthly).
Fee: $80, $60 member, $300 for course of 5 paid at beginning. Register Early on www.Space2b.sg
Place: Space2b, 2B Stanley St, Singapore 068721 ( www.Space2B.sg ). Please Reserve online or if difficulty let me know at N.Ishizuka@beyondourbest.com
Each class includes asanas (postures to relax), pranayama (breathing practices) and easy meditation as a fundamental base. We will then add a new technique in each workshop that best supports the group.
Fee: $80, $60 member, $300 for course of 5
Sign Up Before February 12th for all 5 for a Discount of $100 on www.space2b.sg
Have you ever wanted to go beyond your best but had no idea how (and working more hours or becoming aggravated with loved ones is not getting you there)? Do you ever wish you could put your mind on “silent mode” or experience your life once again with the joy, excitement, love and fearlessness of a child?
If so this workshop is for you.
Originally taught only to visionary leaders in their fields, Nathalie is today teaching meditation occasionally to the general public when sponsored by visionary yoga studios.
“My dream is to see a world with an additional 10, 100 or 1000 people in each country who meditate at higher levels and experience a competence in one field of expertise where they go far beyond a previous best. This includes artists, CEOs, doctors, scientists, engineers, diplomats, homemakers and world leaders. “Such an individual and collective journey may be just enough to transform ourselves and our world,” says Ishizuka.
This is a basic foundation series of workshops for people who believe “they just can’t meditate,” but are motivated to go beyond their best.
What you Will Learn and Practice during Each of the Five Class Workshop Series:
- Simple Effective Asanas (10 minutes) to Amplify Any Meditation
- Simple Pranyama (5-10 minutes) to Eliminate blockages in Your Life & Improve Meditation Effectiveness & Energetic Balance
- Simple 20 minute Meditation to Experience Greater Inner Silence
- Effective 10 minute Rest (Shavasana) : Relaxation to go Beyond your Best
- Putting it All Together : Self-Pacing for Success and Joy
- A New Yogic Technique each session to Enhance Inner Silence or Ecstatic joy
Each step builds on the other. You can join at any time and learn the practices in any session, but will be recommended to only practice each step one at a time before adding another level on your own self practice.
The practices taught are based on Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) by Yogani, a method taught to thousands of beginners and practiced by advanced yogis around the globe.
New Topics: We will be introducing new topics which are educational in nature allowing you to learn about the 8 limbs of yoga and understand the full scope of yogic practice that lead to inner silence and ecstatic joy.
Self-Pacing and Responsibility: You can learn each week a new technique and add them when you are ready, but you need not practice daily anything aside from the meditation.
Steady and consistent practice that gradually builds on the main meditation is key.
Class Workshops and Dates: The progression of the topic will generally be in the order mentioned on this list but may also depend on the group. Individual separate sessions may be added or removed to enhance effectiveness or understanding.
On-Line Free Resources: www.AdvancedYogaPractices.com (500 free lessons to support your practice)
Recommended Book for AYP Yoga Practices: Advanced Yoga Practices : Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living by Yogani, ideal is the kindle version $8.79 as the book is rather large and with kindle you can read 10 minutes a day.
More About Each Topic and Future Ones (Dates to be Announced at a Later Date):
- Deep Meditation Fundamentals & Technique
This meditation creates inner silence and is the key to changing your nervous system so you can experience inner silence not only during meditation but increasingly during activity during the day. It is the fundamental that will allow you to experience anything far beyond your best. We will explain the mechanics of the meditation and questions on what you may experience during this meditation as well as how to make it a daily habit.
- Asanas Basic Routine (Relaxing the Body for Meditation)
Most of what we know about yoga are the funny positions we see people twisting and turning into in yoga studios. However, these were only meant to be 1/8 of yoga and used in an entirely different manner than today – preparing us for meditation. To be effective asanas should be light stretching and no more than 10 minutes prior to meditation. We will learn a series of effective asanas to do before the pranayama and meditation that intensify the effects of meditation and will make your entry point easier. We will also learn a 3 min version for the airplane or when you are travelling that you can do standing up.
- Fitting Meditation Practices in Daily Routine
This workshop will break us into smaller groups to examine how and when to meditate; how many times daily, how to self pace, scheduling in meditation into our lives, best times to practice, and re-inforce previous lessons including why we practice twice a day, and how to fit meditation in even on the busiest days or when surrounded by family or obligations.
The Art of Progressing Joyfully
We will discuss how we can modify times or durations of practices and why we are only adding one practice at a time gradually building up to a full practice. We will discuss some signals that we may be doing too much yoga or not giving our nervous system enough time to integrate the benefits of yoga.
How to balance purification with joy is the art of this inner game. We will learn also what to do when we find ourselves overwhelmed and how to adjust and integrate our practices for a lifetime of joy.
- Spinal Breathing Pranayama
“Cultivating the Soil of your Nervous System”
This simple pranayama (spinal breathing pranayama) is done before the “I AM” Meditation. This is a practice that can spiritually help you gain many years of advancement in each sitting. What you have been doing up to now in meditation is awakening a silent seed. Pranayama will cultivate the soil of your nervous system.
Using breath and mind we will do selective purification of a particular channel in your nervous system that plays a leading role in the rise of enlightment (enlightment is a state of balanced union between inner bliss consciousness and involvement on this earth). You need to combine both the meditation and the pranayama together.
- Mulabandha “Root Lock”
Enlivening Energy Upwards
Mulabandha means “root lock” and enlivens energy upwards. It is associated with the lower level of the spinal nerve and muladhara chakra. It is not recommended unless daily practice of both pranayama and meditation or else you may not get much from it.
This lock moves the energy upwards from the pelvic region and can after time contribute to pleasure or inner luminosity. Initially though it also helps to ensure that energy does not escape from the pelvic region. When done dynamically by contracting and releasing rhythmically it is called asvani mudra.
- Shambhavi Mudra
Purifying Our Control Center
Shambavi means happiness. It is associated with the third eye (ajna chakra) and one of the most important means by which the third eye is opened. This mudra stimulates and purifies the ajna chakra (control center for yoga) regulating the flow of ecstatic energy through the body.
Whereas mulabandha stimulated the lower portion of the spinal nerve (sushumna) to enliven energy upwards, now we are stimulating the top end of the spinal nerve and begin to make a connection there leading to the beginning of “ecstatic conductivity” of the senses moving inwards.
- Enhanced Series Asanas
For Days we Need to Align the Body
In this practice we will do a full hour of yoga asanas for the times when you may wish to have a fuller individual self practice. These are additional asanas beyond the basic ones introduced in the introduction course for when we may have more time to practice or wish to spend more time balancing the body.
After the asanas we will do pranayama, meditation and rest. The full practice including the basic meditation can be done in 90 minutes.
- Siddhasana or “Seat of the Perfected Ones”
Contributing to Rising Bliss
Siddhasana means “seat of the perfected ones” and is considered in the hatha yoga pradipika (the bible of hatha yoga) as the king of all asanas. It is an “aggressive” or strong sitting practice that stimulates prana (energy) in the body which can contribute to rising bliss but also to more purification of the bodies nervous system so needs to be done with regular basic practices.
- Uddiyana Bandha
Assisting Energy Rising Up
Uddiyana bandha (abdominal lock) means to “fly up.” This bandha is associated with the lower and middle level of the spinal nerve, swadisthana and manipura chakras. Performed as a stand alone practice during asana practice, it may occur automatically during sitting practices. This practice combines with mula bandha assist in the rising of energy from the pelvic area upwards.
- Yoni Mudra Kumbhaka
Enlivening Every Part of Our Nervous System
Yoni mudra means “seal of the goddess” and is a very strong technique that opens every part of our nervous system and draws energy up at the same time. It produces large amounts of purification in the body and cultivates the subtle habits of ecstatic biological functioning within us. This mudra purges too the third eye and more.
Cleansing Inner Channels of the Body
Shatkarmas are specific cleansing techniques that are targeted toward the inner channels of the body particularly the gastrointestinal GI tract, nasal passages and sinuses which have a significant impact on the flow of neurobiological energy throughout the body. The six shatkarmas are dhauti, basti, neti, trataka, nauli and kapalabhati. We will discuss a few and practice one together.
- Kechari Mudra
“To Fly Through Inner Space” The Rise of Escstatic Bliss
The connection we make at the top of the sushumna (ida and pingala meet near nasal passages) so in ketchari which stimulates this region we bring up ecstatic conductivity more than any other practice. It illuminates the entire nervous system. Ketchari is a perfect companion to shambavi and we will only prepare for the beginning stage I (there are four stages).
Stillness in Action
Samyama is one of the most powerful yogic techniques that can only arise after inner silence in meditation is achieved. Meditation allows us to clear out the obstructions in the subconscious mind and developing a clear awareness of our inner silence. With samyama we are acting directly within our inner silence to produce an outflow of positive effects that purify our nervous system and surroundings in powerful ways – to external manifestation.
The Samyama “sutras” proposed by AYP will allow you to create an incredible balance within prepared for just about anything.
About the Meditation Teacher and Her Mission to Teach in Singapore
About the Meditation Teacher and Her Mission to Teach in Singapore
Nathalie teaches meditation and is the Singapore contact for Advanced Yoga Practices
Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) is a full-scope system of yoga, formulated by the American yoga teacher Yogani. Integrating asana (posture) practice with pranayama and meditation, AYP covers all of the eight limbs of yoga. The system includes practices that can be taken on by people who are new to yoga and takes people all the way through, to gradually build up an advanced level yoga practice including samyama.
The initial stages of practice focus on deep meditation. AYP is a particularly strong and effective approach where advanced stages can be reached by practicing for short durations twice daily. It is suited for busy individuals and yogis of all levels, including yoga teachers.
Nathalie has studied raja yoga in intense training with a teacher for the last seven years never missing a day of meditation. She also practices in Singapore hatha with Vikram, pranayama in an Indian temple with Nikam Yoga, and is an “Isha meditator” (Sadhguru). She has notions of Zen, Qigong and Tibetain Buddhism. She has tested many different meditations to ensure people the simplest and most effective manner to begin and to progress to deeper levels.
Having met profound individuals from different paths, Nathalie recognizes that there are many paths to the human spirit. Her strength is joy and her ability to help individuals do what they love most in a way that can benefit themselves and others.
Thank you for a very meaningful meditation and conversation yesterday. I kept thinking how extraordinary it was for us to be connected across continents, across the Earth, sharing a perios of silence but yet connectedness. For me, having you at the end of the line made me feel safe and secure, and attentive to the meditation process. It also inspires me, if you value it, then I want to follow in your footsteps. Just like you want to follow your teacher! I have felt more productive today, and more in tune with my body. I was able to fast until dinnertime, and eat healthfully. I also feel more grateful and aware. I have often bemoaned my fate. Hearing you describe some of your own challenges, enabled me to understand that (all of us) have challenges, and I am more able to adjust, and cope and stay positive. Thank you, Nathalie, for all your goodwill and kindness! Your spirit makes me so happy!
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