Bandhas Demystified Yoga Workshop | with Marina Koyen

February 9, 11 - 1


Have you ever heard the instruction "Apply mula bandha" or "Apply the locks" in a yoga class? But just how do you do that? The concept of bandhas is one of the more subtle aspects of yoga and if you have ever been left feeling perplexed about the correct bandha action in your practice, you are not alone. This workshop will give you greater understanding of bandhas on the physical and energetic levels.Physically, the bandhas are mechanisms that provide support and stability in posture and help to make your yoga practice safe.Energetically, bandhas are “locks”, or valves, in specific areas in the body, that once engaged can control (retain) dissipating energy.

In this workshop we will:


  • Discuss the location of each bandha while exploring the anatomy and function of the four core stabilizers.
  • Learn the anatomy of breath and its relationship to bandha practice.
  • Explore the techniques and tips for isolating and engaging the 3 main bandhas in your yoga practice and explore their benefits.
  • Discuss energetic aspects of the bandhas.
  • Apply the bandhas during the breath oriented asana practice.
  • The workshop will help to keep you balanced, supported from the inside, and connected to your practice.

$40 | Perennial members receive 10% discount.


Bandhas Demystified


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Marina Koyen

I took my first yoga class in 2001 out of curiosity. I remember the feeling I had after this class. My mind was at peace, body felt subtle and light, and I had overall sense of ease and balance. I wanted to cultivate these qualities more in my life, so I decided to make the practice of yoga a part of my everyday routine. Over the years I resonated with the following styles of yoga: Ashtanga Vinyasa, PranaFlow, Viniyoga and Yin Yoga. I was blessed with the opportunity to study with great teachers of these traditions: Shiva Rea, David Svenson, Richard Freeman, Paul Grilley, Paulie Zink. In 2012 I took a training in Universal Yoga with Andrey Lappa in Ukraine. I found home in this tradition. Universal Yoga is a multidimensional system that uses variety of techniques: asana, pranayama, pratyhara, dharana, and mantra to help the practitioner to find balance on all levels of beeing. This system is based on the concept of the mayakoshas - layers of being. According to traditional yoga scripture, we all function with not just one, but several bodies or Maya koshas: physical, energetic, emotional, mental, intellectual, bliss, fluctuating mind (chitta) and karmic layers. Through the practices of Universal Yoga we reach the balance between these layers, within each layer, and between the one and the world. I teach my classes in the tradition of Universal Yoga. They are often designed in a Mandala sequence, which will challenge your body, will invite your mind to stay present and bring you sense of calm and peace. I use mindfulness approach in my teaching; every asana and vinyasa become practice of dharana - concentration. By being here and now we are better able to see the patterns in the mind and body and we see more clearly what doesn't serve us anymore, what is just a habit that can be let go of. My goal as a yoga teacher is through various practices of yoga to help people to be at their optimal level of physical, mental and emotional health.


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