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“The Power to Un-Condition Yourself: The Yogic Journey to Freedom” With Maneesh Kalra
October 11, 2017 @ 19:30
Yoga Instructor / Chapati Productions Founder / NVUS Japan Inc. CEO & MD / Ex-Goldman Sachs Japan Finance VP [Full Bio]
Date: Oct. 11 th (Wed.), 2017
Maneesh Kalra’s passion for yoga led him to leave the frenzied rat race of the corporate world behind to pursue full-time yoga studies in Mysore, India. While there, Maneesh was able to dive into the study of various school of asana, pranayama, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, and the intimate relations between them. These variegated yoga experiences have taught him to appreciate how the tools of asana, pranayama and beyond can help all of us cultivate a higher level of awareness in ourselves. His hope is to share these tools which he acquired to help us all learn to cultivate a higher level of awareness within ourselves. Maneesh loves to share how these tools can help us cope with the pitfalls and challenges in our modern-day lives: e.g. asanas can be used therapeutically in rebalancing the body to create a healthy alignment, how increased awareness and self reflection can help us go beyond our conditioning and improve how we see and relate with others and the world around us. Above all, he has been profoundly influenced by world-renowned teachers such as Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, and Chad Hamrin. They have inspired and guided him to further deepen his interest in the therapeutic aspects of yoga, the power of the breath (often linked to the vital energy – prana), and the ultimate spiritual goals of yoga – the search for the Truth.
“Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that.”
～Swami Satchidananda “The Yoga Sutras”
*Content is subject to change
7:15pm: Door Opens
7:30pm: Welcome and Introduction
7:40pm: Personal Journey
8pm: Short Disscussion on Freedom as the goal (not “Enlightenment”) & the classic 8 limbs of Yoga
8:10pm: Yoga Techniques (various techniques the Yogis have passed down tous over many generations)
a. Simple asanas – the 3rd limb *sitting (asana) and experiencing your own physical conditioning followed by the conscious act of undoing this conditioning
b. Simple breathing – moving deeper into the 4th limb (pranayama). We will look at experiencing our conditioning on a more subtle plane – our breath, followed by the conscious act of undoing this conditioning
c. Mudras –We will look at and try to experience how gestures called mudras can help us move into the 5th, 6th and 7th limbs of yoga (pratyahara, dharna, dhyana)
8:30pm: To Be…or not To Be – how to take the practice of yoga techniques from the mat or cushion out into the real world and revolutionize how we life our lives
This Workshop will show you:
◆ How to see that you are constantly being pushed and pulled by the conditioning of your family, community, and society at large as well as by your past experiences (regrets) and worries (fears) about the future
◆ How to use yoga techniques to diagnose these habits more clearly
◆ How to use these techniques as a prescription to alter these habits and create healthier ones
◆ How to cultivate these skills and apply them in the real world to work, relationships, and potentially every aspect of your life.