Why employing an energy coach, deepened the Yoga experience
By George Zarnowski, Nomadic Yogis
Awareness of energy body and energy flows is an essential part of yoga practice. The asanas invoke awareness of the physical body, opening the channels (meridians) to flows of energy. Manifestation of our emotions depends on the energy body, as it is the connection between the mind and the physical body. Allowing the energy associated with our emotions, feelings and experiences an unobstructed flow through our system, without being suppressed and stuck, opens the way to healthy, mindful being and to further exploration of who we are.
We have learned about chakras and meridians and how yogasana practice invokes energy flows during our teacher training. We have also learned from our own practice how to awaken the energy sources in our bodies and unblock its flow. It is a very challenging effort since most of us can't see that energy and its flow and therefore can't see if and where in our students’ bodies its flow is blocked.
Since Leanne joined my classes some years ago, we have learned more about each other and I’ve discovered that she can see the energy outside of our bodies and its flows within our bodies. I also learned that she has been helping people guide and cultivate their life force energy for many years.
The Prana Yoga program was born in August of 2013 when we began exploring the possibility of combining her abilities with my yoga teachings. Since then, we have offered this program to my yoga students and to Leanne’s clients and have completed five series of six sessions each and are scheduled to conduct three more in January of 2014.
The program helps students learn how to open energy flows in their bodies, how to release the energy associated with previous experiences and how to connect to the infinite energy field. It also helped me learn which yoga postures and body alignments promote such activities. Based on that, I expanded the program of my regular yoga classes, being more aware of what opens and what blocks energy flow in each asana. Very often I had to expand or change what we learned during the teacher training classes. Thanks to that, my students are experiencing the deeper side of yoga.
These experiences encouraged us to offer a Prana Yoga program specifically intended for yoga teachers to help them improve understanding of their own energy flows and the energy flows of their students. Based on my personal experience, I am confident that this new awareness will allow yoga teachers help their students deepen their yoga practice by expanding their awareness of their energy bodies.
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