darby bandha workshop

DARBY – The Dantian in Ashtanga Yoga – Deepen Your Relationship with Bandha

Saturday 19th February, 2022 | 9.00 am EST | 2.00 pm UK | 3.00 pm Paris

2 hours | recording available for 14 days (if you can’t attend live register to automatically receive the recording link)

Dantian are qi or energy flow centres in the body as referred to in traditional Chinese medicine (Hara in Japanese). They are important focal points for meditative and exercise techniques such as qigong, martial arts such as tai chi. The lower dantian is particularly important as the focal point of breathing technique as well as the centre of balance and gravity. 

No one talks of this principle in Ashtanga. Yet, if you investigate Chinese or Japanese health and movement, it is this and not bandha that is referred to. So, bandha being a shorthand for this deeper principle, we have to join the dots ourselves. Therefore, to know the territory of dantian is inordinately useful for your practice.

The way we use bandha – the lower abdominal engagement, is only really a prelude or gateway to dantian. The area of focus is therefore the lower navel where bandha is initiated and the solar-plexus area, below the front-ribs.  This is where the power of bandha ultimately gathers.

This is the area of diaphragmatic control, which is why we say yoga is about the breathing. No contraction of the lower abdominal area will substitute for the profound power of the diaphragm.

Deepen your relationship with bandha

Darby is the master at practical explanations of this principle that is not immediately obvious to our understanding. The general understanding of bandha remains essentially elusive.  The result usually translates as abdominal strain.  This is a freezing of the diaphragm; we are looking for the opposite out of bandha.

You will find out how to deepen your relationship with bandha to one that is effective through bringing in the notion of dantien in your practice. This is a unique workshop not to be missed.

Darby will also talk about the connection to middle dantien (area of the heart) and third  dantien (ajna chakra).  In addition he will discuss the relationship with drishti.

About Darby

Darby has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for over 40 years. He began his practice with his wife Joanne in 1979 when they spent four years in Mysore with Pattabhi Jois. They are part of the few teachers worldwide who have attained the highest level of Ashtanga Yoga teaching accreditation and are certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach the original Ashtanga method.

Darby’s teaching is dynamic and direct while giving students the essence of the energy of this yoga. His wisdom and warmth attract a vibrant community of students who are drawn to his humor, his attentive nature and his steadfast commitment to improving each student’s physical alignment.

He is also credited with being the teacher that has most informed Adam’s practice and teaching. You can find out more about him on his website.

Cost €30 approx £25 | $36

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