Aug
5
Sun
Rebirthing Breathwork Advance Study and Facilitator Training
Aug 5 2018 @ 1:00 pm – May 5 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Rebirthing Breathwork Advance Study and Facilitator Training

Hamsa Integral Breathwork – Unifying the Separation in Life: Opening to Presence and Connection with your Self while listening and honoring the wisdom of the Body and the Breath.

Course Details:
Integral Rebirthing Breathwork Training is 9 months long program for Creating Opening, Presence, and Connection to Heal (Body), Energize (Life) and Awaken (Mind).

200 Hrs training:
∙ Level 1 (25 hrs.)
∙ Level 2 (50 hrs.)
∙ Level 3 (125 hrs.)
You can take Level 1 alone, or Level 1 and 2, or all Three Levels.

Dates and Times
Starting date: Sunday, August 5th, 2018, at 1 pm

About Hamsa Integral Breathwork
Hamsa Integral Breathwork is one of the powerful processes to nourish our whole life that uses the breath to heal, integrate and to awaken the multidimensional aspects of the human psyche. Based on ancient Eastern disciplines as well as modern Western methods, this integral holistic modality uses breathing techniques to create more Opening, Presence, Connection, Energy, and Space. Breath is a wonderful bridge to connect the entire inner and outer separation of human life into a unified whole. This simple Way of nurturing the whole of life is a powerful modality with the ability to explore, release, expand and unify.

In this course you will learn:

  • The APPLICATION and VALUE of correct and conscious Breathwork for wellness and awakening
  • The PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL and SPIRITUAL dimensions of Breathwork
  • How to IDENTIFY “breathing patterns” and how to CORRECT them
  • To RECOGNIZE and EMBRACE the HEALING potential and TRANSFORMATIVE power of Breathwork
  • The Breath as an EVOLUTIONARY IMPULSE and CREATIVE FORCE that invites opening and space for the integral living – body, mind, heart, and soul … the Self, the Other (society and community) and the Environment (world) Connection
  • To FACILITATE physical and emotional RELEASE
  • To CREATE a safe place and support for the NATURAL HEALING and INTEGRATION PROCESS to happen
  • How to GUIDE and EMPOWER others to live a HARMONIOUS and CREATIVE life, without trying to “fix” anything
  • How to UNDERSTAND the real meaning of adopting the role of GUIDE, HELPER and HEALER

Techniques such as Conscious Connected Breathwork, Integral Yoga and Life Practices, The Presence Process, Psycho-Synthesis, Deep Relaxation, Visualization and Integral Meditation are used synergistically during the process to achieve a deep and profound result.

Fee Structure:
Registration Fee: $25
Registration fee can be waived if you register before July 21, 2018, but it is non-refundable.
Level 1, Foundational Study: $350.00
Level 2 and Level 3: Advanced Study and Deepening the Practice: $500.00
Level 1 and 2: $700.00
Level 3: Facilitator Training: $1008.00
All 3 Levels: $1500.00 (without 10 One to One breathwork session, with Certification)
All 3 Levels with 10 breathwork sessions without Certification: $2,500 (or, $2,100 if entire course is reserved and paid in advance).
Level 1, 2 and 3, with 10 breathwork sessions and Certification process: $4,000 (or $3,500 if entire course is reserved and paid in advance).

Payment plans, trade-in agreements, and scholarships are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Sign up now!

Structure
This intensive training combines classroom and online meetings with one weekend per month from 1 pm to 6 pm including 1.5 hours of weekly class, weekly email and phone follow-up and personal practice. Students are expected to conduct one hour of personal practice every day plus an additional five hours of study and assessment each month.

Level 1
30 hours course, starting Sunday, August, 5th, 1 pm, 2018
Foundational study with *Presence Process practice (for Opening, Presence, and Connection)
Three 5 hrs.-Sundays and Twelve 1.5 hrs. weekly classes
Along with Developing Breath awareness, Increasing Breathing capacity, Healing Breath Holding patterns *We will practice Presence Process – [A Journey into PRESENT MOMENT AWARENESS-as suggested in Michael Brown`s Book.]
Prerequisite: Enough interest and commitment, showing emotional maturity and functional mental health. Preferable if you have prior knowledge/practice of some breathwork but not required.

Class Dates:

Sun., Aug. 5th,2018, 1 PM to Sun, Oct. 14th, 2018 6 PM

  • Sun., Aug. 5th , , 2018, 1 PM to 6 PM
  • Sun , Sept.2nd, 2018, 1 PM to 6 PM
  • Sun, Oct. 14th, 2018, 1 PM to 6 PM

And in between 1.5hrs of weekly classes (TBA)

Note: We will meet once a week for 12 weeks either in person or through the internet and Once a month for 3 weekends (Sat. or Sun.) in person, I am looking forward to walking this adventurous journey with you!

briksha2In Deep Gratitude
Mahendra
Facilitator and Organizer

For additional info click here!

Aug
22
Wed
Sūrya Namaskāra: Introduction to the Origins of Embodied Yoga (Session 2. Mandala Vinyāsa)
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Sūrya Namaskāra: Introduction to the Origins of Embodied Yoga”

Christopher introduces the forgotten role of Surya Namaskāra (Sun Prostrations) from unpublished source texts, a practice once central to
Haṭha Yoga practice but left out of the few texts which have come down to us. As a result, Surya Namaskāra is mistakenly thought to have been
invented by Krishnamacharya and his students of the Mysore school in the early 20th century. Students learn how Surya Namaskāra was once central
to daily Hatha Yoga ritual, and how it was engaged in a specific twelve-part postural sequence (vinyasa) at each of the 8 directions, while circling around one’s practice mandala (self-consecrated practice space) in the beautiful rite known as Pradakshina (sacred circumambulation). Additionally, we explore how the Pradaksina Namaskāra practice was originally inspired by the Indian dance tradition, and included spontaneous dancing, singing and reciting poetry meant to empower one’s connection to the divine source.

Session 1. The Dance of Namaskāra

How the Pasupata Lineage Transformed Yoga into a Life Affirming Practice Within a century or so of the Yogasūtra‘s composition, an avant-garde religious group rose to the forefront of Indian radicals. Known as the Pasupatas, these quasi-ascetics lived on the margins of society where they worshiped Rudra (‘Howler’), the archaic namesake of Shiva. Yet ironically, it was the Pasupatas who first took Yoga in a new direction by integrating the framework for practice established in Yogasūtra, with movement practices adopted from the Natya-sastra, the ancient ‘Treatise on Dance.’ In this session, you’ll learn how the Pasupatas Yogis transformed Namaskara from a simple daily ritual of reciting Gayatri Mantra to the Sun into the dynamic movement practice known throughout the modern world.
Source Passages: The Pasupata Sutra and its two commentaries (ca. 3rd – 6th centuries AD)
Session 2. Mandala Vinyāsa
The Place of Daily Namaskāra Practice in Early Tantric Yoga In this session you'll discover the preliminary practices of creating a mandala or sacred space for one’s daily Yoga practice, which served as a preparatory ritual to engaging in the rite of Pradaksina-Namaskāra. The maṇḍala was central to this rite, and served as the central ‘Axis’, or power center, of one’s consecrated practice space, around which the Namaskāra sequence of poses was performed at each of the 8 directions.

Topics include:
 Pranava Namaskāra: Bringing the Namaskāra Mantras to Life;
 Self-consecration practices; Avāhana rite: Inviting Shiva to Manifest
the Maṇḍala
 Shiva Gayatri Mantra
“Having encircled one’s mandala from within, the yogin is to perform the practice of Surya Namaskāra prostration, culminating with a seated position, facing east…” – Brahma Purana, ca. 10th century
Session 3. Pradaksina
Preparatory Rites to Surya Namaskāra in Early Tantric Yoga Practice Drawing from ancient Tantric passages, in this session Christopher unveils the core preparation ‘rites’ once at the core of daily Yoga and particular to the practice of Surya Namaskāra. This class culminates with the foundational poses of the twelve-part sequence known today as Classic
Sūrya Namaskāra.
Topics include:
 Surya puja: Yogic practice of honoring the sun (overview)

 Hand Nyasa: Installing the 6 Sun Mantras on the hands – HRAM, HRIM, HRUM, etc.
 Body Nyasa: Consecrating the 6 sun Mantras on the body
 Dandavat: The three core poses of the Namaskāra sequence

“You are every [inflection of my] voice [as I recite this] devotional hymn throughout [my] circumambulation [around the Axis of the mandala]. As I engage the sequential activity of this Ritual, it is You, O Śambhu, who perform each and every act, and its unbroken continuity; for I experience this devotional ritual entirely within You. O Śambhu …You are My Self.”    –
Tantric Pradaksina Namaskāra Verse, cited by Aghorasiva, 12th century

Aug
25
Sat
Sūrya Namaskāra: Introduction to the Origins of Embodied Yoga (Session 3. Pradaksina)
Aug 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

“Sūrya Namaskāra: Introduction to the Origins of Embodied Yoga”

Christopher introduces the forgotten role of Surya Namaskāra (Sun Prostrations) from unpublished source texts, a practice once central to
Haṭha Yoga practice but left out of the few texts which have come down to us. As a result, Surya Namaskāra is mistakenly thought to have been
invented by Krishnamacharya and his students of the Mysore school in the early 20th century. Students learn how Surya Namaskāra was once central
to daily Hatha Yoga ritual, and how it was engaged in a specific twelve-part postural sequence (vinyasa) at each of the 8 directions, while circling around one’s practice mandala (self-consecrated practice space) in the beautiful rite known as Pradakshina (sacred circumambulation). Additionally, we explore how the Pradaksina Namaskāra practice was originally inspired by the Indian dance tradition, and included spontaneous dancing, singing and reciting poetry meant to empower one’s connection to the divine source.

Session 1. The Dance of Namaskāra

How the Pasupata Lineage Transformed Yoga into a Life Affirming Practice Within a century or so of the Yogasūtra‘s composition, an avant-garde religious group rose to the forefront of Indian radicals. Known as the Pasupatas, these quasi-ascetics lived on the margins of society where they worshiped Rudra (‘Howler’), the archaic namesake of Shiva. Yet ironically, it was the Pasupatas who first took Yoga in a new direction by integrating the framework for practice established in Yogasūtra, with movement practices adopted from the Natya-sastra, the ancient ‘Treatise on Dance.’ In this session, you’ll learn how the Pasupatas Yogis transformed Namaskara from a simple daily ritual of reciting Gayatri Mantra to the Sun into the dynamic movement practice known throughout the modern world.
Source Passages: The Pasupata Sutra and its two commentaries (ca. 3rd – 6th centuries AD)
Session 2. Mandala Vinyāsa
The Place of Daily Namaskāra Practice in Early Tantric Yoga In this session you'll discover the preliminary practices of creating a mandala or sacred space for one’s daily Yoga practice, which served as a preparatory ritual to engaging in the rite of Pradaksina-Namaskāra. The maṇḍala was central to this rite, and served as the central ‘Axis’, or power center, of one’s consecrated practice space, around which the Namaskāra sequence of poses was performed at each of the 8 directions.

Topics include:
 Pranava Namaskāra: Bringing the Namaskāra Mantras to Life;
 Self-consecration practices; Avāhana rite: Inviting Shiva to Manifest
the Maṇḍala
 Shiva Gayatri Mantra
“Having encircled one’s mandala from within, the yogin is to perform the practice of Surya Namaskāra prostration, culminating with a seated position, facing east…” – Brahma Purana, ca. 10th century
Session 3. Pradaksina
Preparatory Rites to Surya Namaskāra in Early Tantric Yoga Practice Drawing from ancient Tantric passages, in this session Christopher unveils the core preparation ‘rites’ once at the core of daily Yoga and particular to the practice of Surya Namaskāra. This class culminates with the foundational poses of the twelve-part sequence known today as Classic
Sūrya Namaskāra.
Topics include:
 Surya puja: Yogic practice of honoring the sun (overview)

 Hand Nyasa: Installing the 6 Sun Mantras on the hands – HRAM, HRIM, HRUM, etc.
 Body Nyasa: Consecrating the 6 sun Mantras on the body
 Dandavat: The three core poses of the Namaskāra sequence

“You are every [inflection of my] voice [as I recite this] devotional hymn throughout [my] circumambulation [around the Axis of the mandala]. As I engage the sequential activity of this Ritual, it is You, O Śambhu, who perform each and every act, and its unbroken continuity; for I experience this devotional ritual entirely within You. O Śambhu …You are My Self.”    –
Tantric Pradaksina Namaskāra Verse, cited by Aghorasiva, 12th century

Sep
2
Sun
Yoga of Deep Relaxation (Yoga Nidra) – Workshop
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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with Mahendra Briksha

Cultivate Blissful Relaxation and Presence, releasing stress and stagnation!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018,  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

 


Yoga Nidra is an ancient yogic practice that is almost like deep sleep but with awareness. Hence it is short of Meditation that can be defined as Awakened rest.

The general benefit of Y.N.

~Profound relaxation in all levels of being-Blissful relaxation

~  Eliminate stress, help to overcome insomnia

~Integrate trauma, reduce anxiety, fear and anger

~Program subconscious mind to make positive change and habits

 

Along with the practice of systematic relaxation with deep relaxation and full Awareness This workshop will include some dialogue and discussion about

~What is stress and how it becomes chronic and cause of Dis-ease

~ How to release it, cultivating relaxation and rejuvenation in the cellular level

~ Yoga Nidra and Brain

~How Yoga Nidra restores health and brings transformation

~Sleep dream and Yoga Nidra

~ 5 Koshas and Process of Pratyahara

Cost: $20 RSVP is required.

To RSVP call or email Briksha @ 415.503.7802/brikshalal@yahoo.com

briksha2Briksha was born in the small village of Himalayas, is a yogi, a certified Rebirthing Breathwork practitioner, an Integral life coach and raw vegan chef. Mahendra Briksha combines Vedantic-Yogic practices, Buddhist wisdom and Integral insights in his teaching. He has been teaching and leading breathing sessions and meditation classes for 10 years.

He is a graduate of the yoga teacher training program at the Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in Bangalore, India and holds certificates in Integral Yoga from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Yoga Therapy from Purusha Yoga, and has over 200 hours of yoga teacher training through Urban Flow with Rusty Wells. Briksha is a resident teacher and manager of the Yoga Society of San Francisco (yogasocietysanfrancisco.com). He co-teaches the 200hr YTT for Seaside Yoga Sanctuary and Yoga Society of San Francisco.

Briksha’s main mission to share his knowledge and experience is to help people awaken in their body, breath, and mind and learn to live a peaceful and evolutionary life in the midst of a busy world.

 

Sep
15
Sat
Concert by Poly Varghese
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Poly Varghese, a leading Hindustani classical guitarist takes you to the magical world with his 22-string Mohan Veena, a combination of lap slide guitar and Sitar, a highly expressive instrument played by very few.

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 7 pm

 

Sep
22
Sat
Celebrating Vernal Equinox/ The Art of Managing Stress with Breathwork
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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The Art of Managing Stress &
Mastering Resilience to Live a Creative and Peaceful Life!

Breathwork and Meditation with Mahendra Briksha

Saturday, September  22nd, 2018
4:00 pm-7:00 pm  

Fee: $30, if registered by Thursday 9/20, after $40

RSVP is absolutely required.
E-mail: brikshalal@yahoo.com or call 415.503.7802

Using the power of breath, deep relaxation, visualization, and meditation, we will explore the nature and origin of stress. We will discover how stress affects our life force and hence wellness, how to reduce it, and how to develop resilience to cope with stress. These strategies will allow us to create more spaciousness, energy, strength, and flexibility in our bodies, hearts, and minds.

In addition to discussing the above topics, along with full hours of Rebirthing Breathwork we will practice:
~ Very simple, slow movements to open and release tension in the body
~ Relaxation techniques
~ Guided visualizations and meditations