Alignment Principles as taught by Master BKS Iyengar in Light On Yoga. These Iyengar classes are taught in the tradition of living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Asanas are taught with a systematic approach to help students develop strength and flexibility, while fostering a greater sense of inner well-being.
You will learn to bring the body into unity with the pose using correct alignment and props, and you’ll learn to penetrate through the sheaths (kosas) of your being, finding the heart of yourselves. These classes are excellent for both beginners and for those with physical limitations.
Learn how to experience and instruct a perfectly “flowing” yoga class. With proper instruction and a little practice you can turn this series of yoga postures into a smooth, fluid, balanced and seam synergy of yoga asanas. Flow Yoga is also known as Vinyasa Yoga.
In this class you will be presented with the techniques of a variety of Pranayama Practices as outlined in Hatha Yoga Pradipika such as: Ujayi, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Breath of Fire, Kumbhakas, and many other “Correct Techniques” as taught by mastered Lineage.
You’ll discover different Meditation Techniques including those from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions, including: Walking meditation, sitting meditation, standing meditation, seeded meditation, Vipassana etc.
Vayus, Chakras, Nadis and other subtle energy bodies
Rae has spent many years practicing the balancing and cleansing of the energetic aspects in yoga. She is ready to share her experiences and help you learn how to apply these principles to your yoga practice regardless of skill level, and bring a whole new joy and perspective to your practice.
Prana is the Sanskrit word for life force. Everything that is alive functions as because of Prana. All activity and change, mental, emotional and physical are manifestations of Prana. Prana cleanses impurities from the body, keeps the body’s health strong, and smooth unobstructed flow of prana is needed to concentrate. Prana has the essential qualities of lightness and joy. Learning yogic disciplines of moderation keeps the body from depleting the stores of prana through excessive emotion, exercise, or distractions. Studying the chakra system, vayu system, and learning about ida, pingala and how to cleanse the nadis is one the most sublime journeys in yoga. A yogi’s experience in life is all the more enjoyable because the yogi does not allow experiences to rob them of prana, instead they spend prana wisely and remaining alert and joyful.
Practicing these energetic aspects of yoga teaches greater discernment in recognizing, establishing and correcting boundaries, therefore is highly recommended to develop a well-rounded and insightful yoga practice.
As taught by Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Bandha means catching hold of, control. It can mean a posture where certain organs or parts of the body are contracted and controlled. There are three main Bandhas which are important to Pranayama; Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha and Jalandhara Bandha.
Breath can be retained with the lungs full or empty. When breath is restrained it is called Kumbhaka (breath retention). The Bandhas may be used with Kumbhaka to channel Kundalini in the Sushumna Nadi and to further the process of discovering the Self to be one with the absolute.
Seals and hand positions as taught in Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gerand Samhita. Mudra and Bandha complement each other by locating and implementing energy locks which direct and contain prana. Mudra and Bandha work in unison with Asana – the aim being to unify the mind and body.
Traditional Hatha Yoga Practice for stoking the sacred digestive fires called Agni. Nauli practice is considered one of the Crown Jewels of Yoga and learning from a Master like Rae Indigo is the safe and proper way to learn practices like this.
This is the Yoga of Sacred Sound and the spiritual nature of Music and of the human voice. Its sound represents the relationship between OM and the universe.
All of Yoga aims at awakening Kundalini and leading that Kundalini upward to the highest Realization. This practice facilitates the rising of the Prana from the lower Chakras up towards the Heart Chakra and beyond to the Crown Chakra.
Both Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga of sage Patanjali (aka, Raja Yoga – the Yoga Sutras) are expertly taught by Rae Indigo
Including the basics of Ramamayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Enlightenment 101, and with special focus on Ahimsa (avoidance of harm) as the Foundation.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
The Classical Hatha Yoga text is an excellent tool to purify the body and mind. It is said to be the oldest surviving text on Hatha Yoga. Rae offers instruction in asanas (postures), purifying practices, pranayama (breath retention), bandhas (locks) chakras, kundalini, bandhas, kriyas, shakti, nadis and mudras. She teaches how the purpose of Hatha Yoga is the awakening of kundalini, or the subtle energy and leads to advancement to Raja Yoga. These practices lead the yogi towards the deep meditation absorption and bliss known as samadhi. To view upcoming workshops on Hatha Yoga, or enjoy one of her Hatha-infused public classes click here for schedule:
*The above classes represent some, but not all, of the areas covered in detail during Rae Indigo Curriculum Hours in Teacher Training Programs.