Ancient qigong and yoga are essentially two branches of the same tree. Though umbrella terms for a wide range of practices, both yoga and qigong are concerned with unifying the body in order to refine ones ‘qi’ or ‘prana’ to achieve higher states of being. While much of modern yoga has become synonymous with ‘flexibility’, the Chinese systems are thought to have better maintained their roots. The simple movements of qigong allow the student to easily and effectively feel the internal flows of energy in the body. Once connected with this energy, we can carry this sense in to our yoga asanas to correct obstructions in flow and develop our practice to deeper and more subtle levels. This workshop was born out of a curiosity to develop this line of practice together.
ABOUT QI GONG
The word Qi Gong is composed of two Chinese ideograms:
QI, meaning breath, energy; and
GONG, representing work, the means utilised, as well as mastering the objective aimed at.
Therefore, Qi Gong means working with energy, as well as mastering it. It teaches several energetic exercises, issued from the traditional Chinese culture, aiming at individual development, enhancing well-being, keeping good health, harmonisation of body and spirit as well as a good balance in the whole body between its various parts and systems. Qi Gong exercises are composed of movements, body postures, breathing exercises and breathing control as well as mind concentration.
Prashant has been practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga as well as internal (Tai Chi, Qi Gong) martial arts for more than 10 years. He teaches this mainly in Goa and in Europe all year around. He is an enthusiast in the practice of the form called “The 5 Animals Qi Gong”, which he will teach you.
This form of Qi Gong, well known in China, is one the four methods officially recognised. It has been inspired by Hua Tuo (a doctor in medicine of the Han dynasty), who has devised each movement from his watching wild animals’ behaviours. By learning this version (there are about sixty versions) you will imitate a tiger, a ram, a bear, a monkey and a crane, through ten movements (two per animal) and also getting into their personalities.
For example, the first movement will teach you how to stretch yourself like a feline does in the morning – an efficient way for waking up your body! The second movement gets you trained into relaxation, concentration and opening up your body in order to deploy the power of a hunting tiger.
Prashant was initiated into Yoga at an early age, watching his grandpa in a headstand every morning, being taught Hatha Yoga at high school in Delhi and also teaching to his fellow University students in Ireland. Ten years later, he still finds himself hungry to share, learn and engage in the bliss of Yoga.
Prashant’s professional practice has been informed by his experience in India of Vinyasa flow in Rishikesh and Goa, Shivananda Yoga in Kerala, Art of Living (Sri Sri Yoga) in Bangalore and Restorative Yoga in Belgum (India).
However his most extensive and most recent training has been as a follower of the B.K.S Iyengar methodology, under senior Iyengar teachers Usha Devi, Lothar Hofler, Raghuvendra Shenoy and Dr. Abhay Kesti, his guru with whom he has developed a passion for Yoga Therapy.
Prashant contributes a rich and varied experience of yoga and Indian heritage to his workshops.
Prashant’s Yoga practice has lead him all across Europe, through Nepal and Thailand, as well as several remote and urban parts of India teaching and learning.
The exploration, via yoga, of the Zen and Tantric principles of self- observation, self-acceptance, and inner relaxation is the driving factor behind Prashant’s current teaching practice.
"Real spirituality is the greatest rebellion there is. It is risky, it is adventurous, it is dangerous." - Osho
Die 4 Workshops "Fun-damentals", "Inversion Workshop", "Primal Movements medicine" und "Yoga & Qi Gung Workshop" mit Prashant sind einzeln oder vergünstigt als Wochenend-Paket buchbar.
• 38€ pro Workshop bei Buchung bis zum 20.6. danach 42€
Ermäßigung für Teilnehmer/innen vom Yoga-Moment und Student/innen:
• 34€ pro Workshop bei Buchung bis zum 20.6. danach 38€