Studio Talks with Richard Freeman: Prana CD
2 CDs, 1 hr 45 min
An exploration of the subtle aspects of Yoga
Prana and Apana are two complementary types of movement coming from the core of the body. Prana is the upward, expanding, blossoming movement characteristic of inhaling. It is said to be centered in the Anahata Cakra (Heart center). Apana is the downward, contracting, rooting movement characteristic of exhaling. It is based at the center of the perineum, the Muladhara Cakra. Apana is said to tether Prana. Yoga begins by consciously uniting Prana and Apana, to feel their actions within each other. Prana is breath, life force, inner breath; prana is the substratum of perception. Prana is the substratum of thought, or chita. It is the way that perception is organized into patterns, and it is only through patterns and organization that you know something, that you are consciously aware of something.
So prana becomes intelligence, which is called budhi in Sanskrit, which comes from the root "bud," which means to wake up, and so it is the energy of waking up. What does waking up mean, but coming out of a state of mind that is like a dream. And so awakening or waking up is coming out of a framework of awareness like fantasy.
Since 1968 Richard Freeman has devoted his life to studying, practicing and teaching all aspects of Yoga. He has lived in India for more than eight years studying a variety of yoga traditions. A longtime student of K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, Richard is the director of The Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. In this series of informal talks given at his studio, Richard shares his knowledge on a wide range of the more subtle aspects of Yoga.