teacher training

The main teacher on the course will be Julie Garrioch

Julie is a 500ERYT Seasonal Yoga teacher, aerial yoga teacher and pilates instructor with 20 years experience working in the fitness industry. Julie is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others to enhance their wellbeing and now training others to share the love of yoga.

The course will run from September to August at Julie's new studio - Aerial Roots Yoga & Pilates, F4, Elmbank Mill, The Charrier, Menstrie FK11 7BU.

Tel 01786 230352 https://www.aerialrootsstudio.com/

2018 / 2019Stirling September 2018 - August 2019 Course - 200 RYT
HoursSaturday 12.00 - 5.30, Sunday. 08.00 - 16.00
Module 1Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September, 2018
Module 2Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October
Module 3Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November
Module 4Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December
Module 5Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January, 2019
Module 6Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th February
Module 7Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March
Module 8Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April
Module 9Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May
Module 10Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June
Module 11Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June
Module 12Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August
Module 13
Assessment & Graduation
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August

Uddiyana Bandha

Uddiyana Bandha

18 Aug 2016

Uddiyana Bandha.

The upward flying abdominal lock is located three fingers below the navel, it is a compression of the digestive organs, adrenal glands, kidneys and solar plexus on the physical level which correspond to the Manipura Chakra on the pranic level. The bandhas aim is to lock prana in certain areas and redirect their flow into sushumna nadi so that it flows upwards to sahasrara chakra, for the purpose off spiritual awakening. Therefore it is more of an energetic practice than a physical one.

When engaging Uddiyana within an asana practice, it can help give lightness and height, it can be performed along with Mula and Jalandhara bandhas, known as Maha, or the great lock, along with mudras and pranayama.

Uddiyana lock should be performed on an empty stomach and ideally with empty bowels. It is easier to perform after an inverted asana. If performed on its own it should be at the end of asana and prior to meditation. Uddiyana can be performed from a sitting position, once experience is gained standing or as T.K.V. Desikachar suggests a supine position. I have only performed Uddiyana from standing as described below.

  • Feet should be roughly hip width apart
  • Inhale deeply through nose, then exhale quickly and forcibly through nose or pursed lips while folding torso forward to exhale as much as possible from lungs. Then relax abdominals.
  • Lift chest, press arms straight on bent knees and perform a mock inhalation which will pull abdominal muscle and viscera into the expanded thorax. Engage Jalandhara bandha. Hold for five to fifteen seconds.
  • Slowly release the abdominal grip and inhale normally through nose perform three to five rounds with one or more normal breaths in between.

Performing Uddiyana has many benefits, the internal organs, abdominal muscles, heart and lungs are massaged, strengthened and toned, the solar plexus is stimulated which aids the distribution of energy throughout the body, reversing the flow of prana and apana uniting them with samana and stimulating Manapura chakra. Improves digestion, stimulates liver and pancreas, purifies the digestive tract of toxins, stimulates blood circulation throughout the torso, and balances adrenal glands. This practice can be further enhanced by performing Nauli, abdominal massaging, only once uddiyana is perfected.

The contraindications of this practice are, high blood pressure, post operation, glaucoma, hernia, stomach complaints, early menstruation, pregnancy or attempted pregnancy.

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