Prajna Yoga

Jack Utermoehl

Prajna yoga is a practice that focuses on the cultivation of wisdom and insight through mindful awareness, meditation, and the integration of yogic principles.

Founded by Tias and Surya Little in 2004, this style emphasizes the development of deep understanding and self-awareness, combining traditional yoga with modern insights to create a comprehensive approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Prajna Yoga uniquely emphasizes the development of deep understanding and self-awareness. It integrates physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), and meditation to create a comprehensive approach to gaining insight into one's true nature.

Origins of Prajna Yoga

Prajna Yoga was established by Tias and Surya Little in 2004 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The word "Prajna" translates to "higher wisdom" or "insight", embodying the dream of creating a school for yoga and internal arts with a contemplative yet dynamic feel.

The practice draws from ancient yogic traditions and Buddhist philosophies, integrating these teachings to create a holistic approach to wisdom and enlightenment.

The philosophy of Prajna yoga is rooted in both yoga and Buddhist teachings, emphasizing mindfulness, insight, and the pursuit of wisdom. It transcends ordinary perception and cultivates an understanding of the nature of reality.

Prajna Yoga Practice

The main principles of Prajna yoga include mindful awareness, meditation, and the integration of physical and mental practices. The practice encourages deep introspection and the cultivation of wisdom through:

  • Mindfulness Meditation: Focused attention on the present moment to develop awareness and insight.
  • Asana Practice: Physical postures to support the body-mind connection and create physical well-being.
  • Pranayama: Breath control techniques to enhance mental clarity and energy flow.
  • Contemplative Practices: Reflection on philosophical teachings and personal experiences to deepen understanding.

Common Poses: Seated Meditation Pose (Sukhasana or Padmasana), Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), Child’s Pose (Balasana), Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Suitability

Experience Level: Mixed Level (Suitable for All)

Physical Demand: Balanced Activity

Mind-Body Engagement: Balanced Mind-Body

Adaptability: Standard Adaptability

Focus Area: Spiritual Growth and Mental Clarity

Notes

Practicing Prajna yoga can enhance mental clarity, emotional stability, and spiritual insight. It creates a deep sense of self-awareness and wisdom, helping practitioners navigate life with greater understanding and compassion.

Similar Styles

Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga

Equipment Needed

Required: Yoga Mat

Nice to Have: Meditation Cushion

Optional: Yoga Blocks, Blanket

References

"In the Space Between: The Poetry of Embodiment" by Tias Little

"Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga" by Tias Little

"The Practice Is the Path: Lessons and Reflections on the Transformative Power of Yoga" by Tias Little

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