Author: Caren Prentice
Teaches Yoga Classes for Meditators
Agnieszka, affectionately known to her students as, Mishka, has been teaching HATHA YOGA since 2001. Not only does she teach her own students, she also teaches teachers. She has been leading the Hatha Teacher Training Program at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago for the last 6 years.
Agnieszka’s teaching style balances gentle strength with inner softness. She combines an emphasis on alignment, with slow, mindful movement, and awareness of the breath, to help you release unnecessary tension in the body and bring calmness to your mind.
Here are the videos from Week Three. There are two videos. One of the class and the other is the Q & A. David has prepared two pdfs for you. The weekly review AND… DRUM BEAT PLEASE… a pdf with the notes he was teaching from—yes!! Sure beats us having to go slide by slide […]
Here are your videos for Week Two! The second video is the after-class Q&A with questions about houses and rulerships, why there can be more than one sign in a house, split houses and intercepted signs. All of which will be covered at depth in future classes. The handouts David used are under Week Two in […]
Here’s the video of our first class. Enjoy!
Three Part Breath: 4:46 min
Benefits: Also known as deep abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, tradition says the benefits of this breath include heavy oxidation of the blood—which is extremely beneficial for overall health—and purifying the blood and body (especially the nose, throat and lungs.) Yogi’s say the vital prana, or life-force, contained in the air we breathe is absorbed […]
Relaxation Breath: 4:40 min
Benefits: Soothes the nerves; reduces blood pressure, and trains us to relax the body at will—which is essential for reducing stress and improving sleep.
Sipping Breath: 3:22 min
Benefits: Activates the liver, reduces phlegm and bile, and improves digestion. Relieves cravings, hunger and thirst. Cools the body. Prevents high blood pressure (but doesn’t cure it). Sipping Breath is also a preliminary technique used to train the body and mind to recognize, and be at ease in, the “breathless state.”
EEE Mantra: 3:40 min
Benefits: Brings calm and quiet to the mind. Increases intuition.
Alternate Nostril Breathing:
Benefits: Blood system is oxidized. Prana is circulated through the body’s main energy channels to purify and balance the nervous system. Invigorates the entire body and bring alertness to the mind. Produces lightness of body. Balances the appetite. Improves sleep. Brings a feeling of deep peace.
Teaches: Beginning Meditation. Evan Stuart started his meditation journey by studying Transcendental Meditation while in college. After much exploring and studying of mindfulness and Buddhist practices, he came to the Hamsa Meditation Teacher Training program to study with Caren Prentice and deepen his understanding and practice of meditation. He is a Buddhist at heart […]
Teaches: Beginning Meditation
Darcey (she/her) is a woman who found her way out of anxiety and depression through mindfulness practices. Her meditation journey has evolved into a spiritual practice that brings her both contentment and opportunities for self-exploration. Darcey has studied with Caren Prentice for four years, and has been meditating for just over five years. Her go-to meditation techniques are the three-part breath, relaxation breath, sipping breath, and e mantra. Her message to would-be meditators is to let go of holding tight to outcomes because life will continue to unfold regardless.