Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement (SATYA 1), Online Immersion

SATYA guides students away from “doing” movement and toward sensing, receiving and “being” movement. As an adjunct to yoga practice, somatic awareness leads to embodied wisdom. SATYA is Prajna Yoga's “yin” style practice. ... Like in vinyasa training, breath is combined with movement in order to deepen the respiratory rhythm.

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Course Description

In a totally unique way, the SATYA practice opens doorways into the interior, providing new pathways of perception and feeling. It guides students away from “doing” movement and toward sensing, receiving and “being” movement. As an adjunct to yoga practice, somatic awareness leads to embodied wisdom.

SATYA is Prajna Yoga’s “yin” style practice. All the movements are done on the floor in a flowing fashion, without force. The SATYA movements cultivate inner listening and heighten proprioceptive awareness. This awareness is the body’s innate intelligence. By increasing our capacity for sensory awareness, we become more sentient, wakeful beings in the world. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body.

The SATYA training, along with yoga postures, involves neural-muscular re-education. Like in vinyasa training, breath is combined with movement in order to deepen the respiratory rhythm. All movements support profound physical rest of the body and prepare for savasana and yoga nidra (the yogic sleep).

What will I Learn?

During SATYA 1, students will learn the key principles and embody the foundational movements of the SATYA practice.

Topics Covered:

  • How to cultivate essential sensory-motor awareness by experiencing small movements out of gravity.
  • The way SATYA movements benefit the lower back.
  • The effects of SATYA on the iliopsoas and spine.
  • The anatomy of the five myo-fascial sheaths and how to use the SATYA movements combined with asana practice to develop an awareness of each sheath.
  • How to be in “The Pause” and experience the importance of not doing.
  • Reduce body fatigue.
  • Address low back pain.
  • The importance of spirals and counter spirals.
  • “It’s all about the joints”: working with the tendons, ligaments and joint spaces.
  • Being in the “Pause”: the importance of not-doing.
  • How gravity can be your friend.
  • How to “ride the edge” through small movements.

Who Is this Course For?

This online immersion is open to yoga teachers and therapists, as well teachers in training who would like to complete their full certification to teach SATYA as a therapeutic modality.

Replay

Please note ALL Live Zoom sessions and classes will be recorded should you be unable to attend any live streams. However If you are doing this to certify and for the CE credits, you will need to attend all live sessions without fail.

Hours

45 hours of total combined live training, pre-recorded material, classes, homework, and mentorship (available for CE credits through Yoga Alliance US).

Tias offers an introduction to SATYA:

Certification

45 hours of total combined live training, pre-recorded material, classes, homework, and mentorship (available for CE credits through Yoga Alliance US).

To become a SATYA teacher, all SATYA courses are required – please see the SATYA page for further information on the certification process.

Meet the Teachers

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.

He is the founder of the Prajna Yoga school. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Surya. In 2010, Tias created SATYA, Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement, a therapeutic movement system. He also offers a wide array of online classes through Glo, YogaU, Yoga Journal, Embodied Philosophy, and Shambhala and teaches internationally. The author of three books: The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body, his fourth book, The Path is the Practice: Lessons and Reflections on the Transformative Power of Yoga, was released in June 2020.

Surya Little has travelled the globe studying various facets of yoga philosophy and practice and her path includes parallel studies in yoga and nutrition. She teaches from an intuitive understanding of the energetics of the body and combines expertise in yoga therapeutics and nutritional knowledge. She is an avid student of the Chinese Five-Element theory and studies Gigong with the MogaDao Institute. Her extensive training is in both Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Surya began her studies in Iyengar Yoga with Karin Stephan and Aadil Palkhivala and continues to study today with Patricia Walden. Co-founder of Prajna Yoga with her husband, Tias, Surya specialises in women’s health, nutrition and therapeutic yoga. Her classes are dynamic and light-hearted while cultivating a strong mental and physical practice.

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