Tonight’s Class!

ok so i’ve decided that tonight’s class is going to focus in particular, on the stomach region of the body…paying particular attention to uddiyana bandha & the manipura chakra 🙂

Manipura Chakra

Manipura Chakra

The Manipura Chakra is the third chakra and is located at the spine, directly behind the navel, or solar plexus.
Manipura is considered the center of dynamism, energy, willpower and achievement, which radiates prana throughout the entire body. It’s associated with fire, digestion, the sense of sight, movement & the color yellow. Manipura is the center of intuition, a vague sense of knowing – hence the phrase ‘gut feeling’. As its associated with sight & movement, it is also associated with eyes and feet. In terms of the endocrine system, Manipura is associated with the pancreas & outer adrenal glands. These glands create important hormones involved in digestion, converting food into energy for the body, in the same way that Manipura radiates prana throughout the body. different practices for arousing and balancing the energies of Manipura include various asanas which work on that part of the body, pranayama, Uddiyana bandha.

Uddiyana Bandha

oo-dee-YAH-nah BAHN-dah
uddiyana = upward (cf. ud = “up, upwards”) bandha = lock
Anatomical Focus: Abdomen & Thorax
Therapeutic Applications: Constipation & Ingestion
a) Strengthens the abdominal muscles and diaphragm
b) Massages abdominal viscera, solar plexus and the heart & lungs
c) Increases gastric fire, improves digestion, assimilation, elimination and purifies the digestive tract of toxins
d) Stimulates blood circulation in the abdomen and blood flow to the brain
e) Removes fatigue
f) Gives lightness to movement
g) Preliminary to cleansing -> Nauli Kriya (massaging all internal organs)
h) Stimulates and lifts energy of the lower belly (apana vayu), to unite it with the energies localized in the navel (samana vayu) and heart (prana vayu).
Contraindications and Cautions:
1. Stomach or intestinal ulcers
2. Hernia
3. High blood pressure
4. Heart disease
5. Glaucoma
6. Menstruation
7. Pregnancy
If you’re interested, give me a call! See you later! ~*~

About ctyoga

Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops. In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga. After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa. In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher. Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.
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