Mary Watson

Mary Watson

The Beauty of Pranayama

In the mid 1980’s, Mary Watson lived for 3 years at the Sivananda Yoga Centre/Ashram in Henderson, Auckland; over 34+ years later, she is still teaching and practicing yoga and pranayama, from the old tradition of unifying body, mind and breath into one practice and continues to increase her knowledge base with regular trips to bona fide yoga schools and yoga exponents in India. Some 24+ years ago, as the first yoga teacher in NZ to teach yoga at a Gym (Contours Wellington) and for the past 17 years at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, she continues to teach and share the heart of yoga at a community level. Mary’s passion for yoga, and in particular pranayama, emerged during her sojourn at the ashram, is also expressed in other areas of her life including shiatsu and singing.

Her natural teaching style encourages a deeper connection of the link between body, mind and breath, and awareness of asana being the vehicle of yoga and pranayama. Her ability to use simple metaphors to facilitate this connection, and her innate understanding of the science of yoga, helps aspiring yogins internalise and personalise their practice.



Sessions Details

Title (Session 1) - Pranayama; a simple practice is a powerful practice

Description

A 1 hour pranayama session with questions and answers

Learning Outcome

- Gain a solid understanding of basic pranayam with more advanced techniques if the level is there.
- Learn new or refining personal practice.
- Practise the many aviations on the same pranayams.
- Experience the power of a simple practice.
- Learn the practical do's and don'ts of your practice.
- Understand the principle and practice of right effort.
- Suitable for all levels.

Title (Session 2) - Yoga class; A prana driven yoga asana session

Description

A yoga class from the old tradition of unifying body, mind and breath into one practice.

Learning Outcome

- Learn how Asana is not Yoga, it is simple a vehicle for the principles of Yoga to be applied to.
- Pranayama and Asana integration and meditation.
- Use pranic movement through the body to revitalise and rejuvenate.
- Learn to listen to the language of the body and working within its limits.
- A balanced class structure.
- Experience the difference between yoga and exercise.
- Experience the cognitive connection between correct breathing and asana.
- Experience Yoga Nidra.
- Suitable for all levels.