Yoga Class Benefiting the Tibetan Buddhist Monastic Community of Drong Nor
The act of ritual prostration is an important component of many of the world’s great spiritual systems. Bringing one’s body to meet the earth is recognized as a profound technique for the cultivation of devotion, contemplation, humility, health, and ecstatic exaltation. In recent times, the Namaskar form of prostration to the solar archetype has become a ubiquitous component of modern postural yoga classes.
Join John-Allen Gibel for an exploration on the history, anatomy, evolution, and power of the Namaskar, with a particular focus on the yogic variation of the practice as found in the wisdom traditions of Tibet. The Tibetan style of prostration is a sincere gesture of an intention towards enlightenment, and is said to purify negative karma, to cleanse the energetic channels, prana, and power centers of the yogic body, and to effect transcendental insight and healing. It is common among both lay-persons and monastic Tibetans to perform hundreds of thousands (and in some exceptional cases, millions) of prostrations over the course of a lifetime. After we explore theory, we will learn the proper practice, so come prepared to sweat.
Proceeds from this workshop will go to the construction of a new shrine for the Tibetan Buddhist Monastic Community of Drong Ngor, located in Wesley Chapel. More information about Drong Ngor can be found at www.dnjus.org