Thursday, August 23, 2012

Prana Play

Prana Play: Principle Based Partner Yoga Workshop
by Lara Barber

The Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center is Boulder's beautiful hidden gem movement studio tucked away in the north east part of town. With sprawling views of the entire foot hill front range, it is the perfect setting for this small intimate Partner Yoga workshop.
Principle Based Partner Yoga™ is a style of partner yoga which integrates the body-heart-mind-spirit connection amongst individuals through the use of eleven universal principals:
Union, trust, compassion, creativity, touch, balance, intimacy, silence, grounding, surrender and community.  Do you notice the amount of energy and chi you cultivate during your solo personal yoga practice? Imagine how much more life force is cultivated when you are in connection and relationship with another being! As we flow from posture to posture together as a group, individual, and partnership, there is a sense of freedom and creativity that you don't find in your typical yoga class. It is almost as if we are children again, taping into the playful wisdom that moves us intuitively. We practice simple Thai massage techniques, standing mirrored poses, more challenging balancing postures, seated hip openers, back bends, flying inversions, and group resting poses. Through this simple yet profound style of partner play we keep a light spirit while diving deep into the realm of knowing ourselves through relationship.

Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.
-Stuart Brown, MD

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