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The Pancha Vayus – a series of 5 masterclasses for yoga teachers with Sam Burkey

Friday, 4 February '22   7:15pm – 9:30pm GMT
Yogasara, 10-12 Picton Street, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5QA
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Course dates

  • Fri, 22 Oct '21   7:15pm – 9:30pm BST - done
  • Fri, 26 Nov '21   7:15pm – 9:30pm GMT - done
  • Fri, 10 Dec '21   7:15pm – 9:30pm GMT - done
  • Fri, 7 Jan '22   7:15pm – 9:30pm GMT - done
  • Fri, 4 Feb '22   7:15pm – 9:30pm GMT - done


Vayu (wind) from the root Va (that which flows).

According to the ancient yogis, life force flows around the body through ‘wind channels’, animating the tissues and governing mental and physical activity. Of the 49 vayus directing the flow of energy, there are 5 specific orientations categorised as the pancha vayus.

We will consider the influences of each of the main vayus and explore practices that bring greater flow to the movement within them.

Each session will be in 2 parts - the first dedicated to exploring the structures and concepts associated with the physical, emotional and psychological functions of the vayu. This will include some theory, applied anatomy and partner or group exploration exercises.

During the second part (a led class) we will embody the vayus through applied asana, breath work, free movement and guided meditation.

Each session is £30 or book all 5 for £150. To book individual sessions please go to the date you want to book on the timetable

SAMANA VAYU – October 22nd 2021

Samana is the inwards force, gathering to the centre. It is associated with the abdomen and relates to digestive fire and the third chakra in the body. It governs the balancing action of all that we assimilate, both physically, mentally and emotionally.

In this session we will:

  • visit the anatomical concept of core and the effect of uddiyana bandha on the abdominal region.
  • consider various ways to guide our students into relationship with their midline.
  • ask what does it really mean to be centred?
  • spotlight on abdominal toning, twists and forward folds.
  • release of holding in the mid trunk region.

APANA VAYU – November 26th 2021

Apana governs the downward movement in the lower abdomen and pelvis and relates to the first and second chakras. Aiding elimination within the reproductive, digestive and urinary systems and in yogasana governs our relationship with ground. In elimination there is a choice … what to retain and what to discard.

In this session we will:

  • visit the anatomy of the feet and pelvis in reference to ‘foundation’.
  • consider various ways to guide the yoga student towards a relationship with ground.
  • ask ‘what is it to be grounded and steady and to yield and let go?’
  • spotlight on foundations in standing and seated postures.
  • focus on the exhale and the relationship between core and rooting.

PRANA VAYU – December 10th 2021

Prana is the upwards movement of life force associated with the heart region and its energy pervades the upper body cavity. It governs intake of breath, ingestion of food and sensory impressions as well as assimilating what is experienced by the mind.

In this session we will:

  • visit the anatomy of the spine and breathing structures.
  • consider various ways to guide the yoga student into an awareness of lift and reach, rebound from the earth and finding length in the side of body.
  • ask ‘what is my experience of receiving and taking in to nourish myself?
  • spotlight on chest opening and backbends.
  • focus on the inhale and refining the movement of the breath

VYANA VAYU – January 7th 2022

Vyana moves from the centre outward and is the ‘dispersing breath’ which guides the flow around the entire body. It governs the circulation and flow of all substances through the various systems of the body and the profusion of prana throughout the nadis. It is written that this vayu radiates past the boundary of the skin and its flow is essential for our vitality and health.

In this session we will explore:

  • an anatomical overview of fascia and a dip into the upper limbs
  • consider ways to guide the yoga students towards full expression of postures and find their edges.
  • ask ‘How can grow and flourish here? And ‘How do I meet the edges with full attention?’
  • Spotlight on balances and extended standing poses.
  • focus on connections

UDANA VAYU – February 4th 2022

Udana is the upward rising breath associated mainly with the throat and head. Said to govern production of sound, speech and physical growth, it is cited as the most difficult of all the vayus to control.

In this session we will explore:

  • an anatomical overview of the neck, jaw and tongue.
  • focus on jalandhara bandha
  • consider ways to guide the yoga student towards vocal expression within their practice
  • ask ‘can I express myself with ease and flow?’
  • spotlight on inversions and voice


The following cancellation policy applies to this booking:

Up to 28 days before course start date: Full refund
7 to 27 days before course start date: 50% refund
Less than 7 days before course start date: No refund unless the workshop is full and your place can be filled from a waiting list, or you are sick/injured/pregnant. Any other refunds due to extenuating circumstances are at the discretion of Yogasara.

For all refunds we will apply a £5 admin fee

If we cannot run the workshop due to COVID-19 we will give the option for a full refund or to postpone your booking to a later date.


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