Moving from the Body’s Eight Diaphragms | Online Workshop

Join master teacher Tias Little for this special live online workshop, which can be attended as a drop-in session or to fulfill the Prajna Yoga SATYA certification requirements.

Tias Lttle asana portrait

About Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement

SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) is Prajna Yoga’s therapeutic, “yin” style practice. We practice fine articulated movement on the floor in a flowing fashion, synthesising breath with movement. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding, and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body. When done on the floor, the breath and movement together enables myofascial release without strain. All movements are done slowly, in isolation and without force.

The SATYA movements replenish the body by increasing circulation (the flow of prana) throughout all the tissues of the body. SATYA acts as a “prana pump” to oxygenate the bloodstream and irrigate, or “soak” the tissues.

Workshop Description

Many people do not realize that the respiratory diaphragm is not the only horizontal structure in the body that follows a pump like motion to support the flow of breath and blood. In this immersion we practice the dynamic alignment and function of the body’s diaphragms, beginning with the plantar surface of the feet, up through the knees, pelvic floor, trunk, and cranium. We will utilize pumping, spiraling, expanding, and narrowing movements to bring greater buoyancy and resiliency to each diaphragm.

What Will I Learn?

We will use SATYA, active and recuperative postures, and pranayama to bring greater coherence to the diaphragms. The beginning of class will include a half hour anatomical presentation on the ligaments, muscles, and connective tissues that form each of the eight diaphragms. This course will address conditions that impact the diaphragms such as plantar fasciitis, meniscus strain, pelvic floor dysfunction, reversed breathing, and temporal mandibular joint dysfunction.

Recommended Props

Have your props handy! We recommend:

  • two blocks
  • blankets
  • a thick bolster
  • an 8’ or 10’ belt/strap
  • a backless Iyengar chair (modifications will be given if you do not have a chair).


The workshop will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for 21 days after the event.


Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion detailing hours eligible for CEC through Yoga Alliance. These workshop hours also count toward Prajna Yoga qualifications.

To become a SATYA teacher, students are required to complete SATYA 1, 2 AND 3 – please see the Prajna Yoga website for further information on the certification process:

Meet the Teacher

Tias Little synthesises more than 30 years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhism, anatomy, bodywork, and trauma healing in his dynamic, original style of teaching. Tias began studying the work of B. K. S. Iyengar in 1984 and in 1989 resided in Mysore, India, where he studied Ashtanga vinyasa yoga under the tutelage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. A licensed massage therapist, Tias has in-depth training in craniosacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. Tias earned a master’s degree in Eastern philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 1998.