PranaShakti Workshops

 

CranioSacral Work

In 1899 Dr. Sutherland was struck by an insight that there is an innate pulsation that resonates through our being and has life sustaining potency, or we can say that at the deep level, our whole being subtly “breathes” with the motion of life – a phenomenon that produces rhythmic movements, he called this innate pulsation as Primary Respiration and its life sustaining quality as “Breath of Life”.

He spent fifty years in working out the details of relationship between mechanism of Primary Respiration and its potency for health and transformation. Traditionally CSW focuses on Craniosacral system that is composed of the cranium bones that make up the human head, the vertebra and sacrum, the brain, the central nervous system, the system of membranes inside the cranium and spinal column, and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The core aspect of CranioSacral work (CSW) is to cultivate stillness and harmonize our subtle-body and physical body by engaging with Primary Respiration. CSW is known to help with chronic pain, emotional stress patterns, anxiety, chronic fatigue, sleep difficulties and many other chronic conditions.

In later part of life he said to his students (in Pacific Grove, CA), if you live close to ocean and at night you may not see the sea but can feel the presence of the fluid tide. Hinting that the Breath of Life is a palpable experience even though we may not see it. And it fashions the form of tide whose presence can be felt outside the physical body. Charles Ridley says, that “the Breath of Life abides in stillness and breathes a living fire that fashions creation.” Dr. Sutherland left us with his final words: “Be Still and Know.”

CranioSacral work is meditative and gentle touch work that engages with “Breath of Life” and its pulsation that is resonating through our being and all of cosmos. Cultivating Stillness and being in touch with innate pulsation is the core aspect of this work. It is known for its healing benefits, transformative power and inner development. Anyone interested inner development can benefit from learning and practicing this work.

“The Breath of Shakti workshop was transformational not only for my practice as a health care provider, but in my personal life. The philosophy and techniques I was taught in the course are readily applied to my internal life. I sleep better, I rush less, I have more patience and I have passed these wonderful changes on to my patients.” -L. D. San Diego, CA.d

“Still the body, still the mind, still the voice inside; in silence, feel the Stillness move.  Dear friends, this feeling cannot be imagined.” -Kabir

How does it relate to Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Siddha Traditions?

The innate pulsation in Ayurveda is call PranaVayu (the life-sustaining wind), in Chinese Medicine it is referred as Qi and in Siddha Tradition as PranaShakti (Breath of Shakti). Dr. Stone (developed Polarity Therapy) also mentions this connection between Breath of Life and PranaVayu. All of these traditional medicines state that our body, mind and consciousness manifest together as one whole being because of PranaVayu, Qi or PranaShakti, (i.e. life-sustaining wind or Shakti) and is a source of health and personal transformation.

The foundation of Siddha Cranial Work practice is based on CranioSacral Work and ancient wisdom of Himalayan  Siddha Tradition. In Siddha tradition the innate inner-rhythm is known as “PranaShakti” (प्राणशक्ति)  and circulates in nadis (subtle-body channels ) that sustains life and inner awareness. Siddha Cranial Work combines practices of Vajra Body, Nadis, and Trika Meditations with CranioSacral Work.

Three level of Siddha Cranial Work

“The Breath of Shakti Immersion workshop was a profound experience. The presence cultivated and the practical hands-on and experiential nature of the meditations have been integrated into my personal practice. Prana holds a strong container for very deep work. I recommend any offering or work by him highly.” – Misha M., San Francisco, CA.

“The Breath of Shakti workshop was transformational not only for my practice as a health care provider, but in my personal life.  The philosophy and techniques I was taught in the course are readily applied to my internal life.  I sleep better, I rush less, I have more patience and I have passed these wonderful changes on to my patients.”  -L. D. San Diego, CA.

​”The craniosacral immersion took me beyond my perception of reality and has expanded my sense of awareness. Not only with the subtle energies around me, but most importantly, within me. Being in Nepal, away from my habitual life patterns, and immersed in the surrounding culture, allowed for deeper connection to Self. This was a living dream. The wisdom gained here is unparalleled and my insight continues to grow each day.” ~ N. B. Califorrnia.

“I was hesitant to leave my family to travel to the other side of the world to learn cranial sacral work. But having been a patient of Prana’s I knew I wanted to learn from him. I now know that getting out of your element is integral in order to embody this work and I am so grateful I went. Prana is not only a magnificent teacher, historian, and practitioner he is also a gentle guide leading you toward a better understanding of mind, (subtle) body, soul and of your own healing journey. I returned home a better practitioner as well as a more grounded and mindful person. If I had to describe the cranial sacral immersion workshop in one word it would be—transformational. Thank you Prana for sharing your gift with us.”  ~E. M.  California.

11 Day CranioSacral Immersion and Retreat in Nepal

11 Day CranioSacral Immersion and Retreat in Nepal.

Date: April 16th to 26, 2019.

Location: Kathmandu, Nagarkot, and Pokhara (Nepal).

Early Bird price /person: $1775 ($1975 after 1/5); includes $950 non-refundable deposit. 

Small Group. Open to 10 people only.

We expect this immersion to fill quickly, so please enroll at your earliest convenience to save your spot.

 

Breakdown by day:

  • April. 16: Arrive at Kathmandu.
  • April 17:  Fly to  Pokhara.
  • April 18 to 22:  Siddha CranioSacral Workshop in Pokhara. Sight Seeing in Pokhara.
  • April 23:  Leave for Kathmandu. Sight Seeing in Kathmandu.
  • April 24:  Day in Kathmandu on your own.
  • April 25:  Sight seeing and stay in Nagarkot.
  • April  26: Departure from Kathmandu.

Included in Program:

  • 11 days in Nepal (April 16. to 26.)
  • 40+ hrs. of CranioSacral Work (lectures, handouts, practice) in lake city of Pokhara.
  • Daily meditation based on Siddha tradition (you will receive book.)
  • Visits to monasteries and sacred places in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 3 days in Kathmandu, 7 days in Pokhara, and 1 day in Nagarkot.
  • Airport pickup and drop-off at Kathmandu.
  • 11 vegetarian breakfasts days in Nepal.
  • Vegetarian lunches in Pokhara during 5  days of CSW immersion.
  • Flight to and from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Included accommodation is shared (two people/ room.) Single room (non-shared) accommodation available for additional $500.

 What is not included:

  • International flight to Kathmandu.
  • Private sessions or consultations.
  • Nepal visa (On arrival at Airport. A single-entry visa valid for 15/30 days costs US$25/40.)
  • Dinners.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Trekking permits and fees.
  • Entrance fees (for temples, national forest, etc)International flight to Kathmandu.

 

 

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Price includes $950/person non-refundable deposit.
REFUNDS: We realize that many things come up or can go wrong in peoples’ lives. While truly sympathetic, as a small business, we cannot refund deposit ($950) for cancellations or change our policy regardless of the reason for your cancellation. If we cancel the workshop for any reason then you will receive full refund. Any refund prior to March 15th will incur in $950 deduction.
Due to space constraints, no refunds will be made after March 15.  Please make sure your schedule is clear  before enrolling.

Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake, in central Nepal. It’s known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas. Tal Barahi Temple, a 2-story pagoda, sits on an island in the lake. On the eastern shore, the Lakeside district has yoga centers and restaurants. In the city’s south, the International Mountain Museum has exhibits on the history of mountaineering and the people of the Himalayas.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, the largest Himalayan state in Asia. Once considered the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La, it is the home of Pashupatinath, the oldest (400 AD) Hindu temple and largest Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath Kathmandu.


“I was hesitant to leave my family to travel to the other side of the world to learn CranioSacral work. But having been a patient of Prana’s I knew I wanted to learn from him. I now know that getting out of your element is integral in order to embody this work and I am so grateful I went. Prana is not only a magnificent teacher, historian, and practitioner he is also a gentle guide leading you toward a better understanding of mind, (subtle) body, soul and of your own healing journey. I returned home a better practitioner as well as a more grounded and mindful person. If I had to describe the CranioSacral immersion workshop in one word it would be—transformational. Thank you Prana for sharing your gift with us.” ~E. M. California.

“The Craniosacral immersion retreat was the journey of going deep into subtle-body, the source of our health and well-being. Dr. Pranaji not only taught the science and technique needed to go beyond the physical body but he also helped us perceive the subtle energies in it. It was amazing the first time that I felt the strength of the tidal healing energy in the body during hands-on work. Through this, I learned that cultivating stillness and focusing awareness is crucial to become one with this breath of life. Having the retreat in Nepal was like icing on the cake; The sacred places in Nepal and beautiful nature of Pokhara helped us to stay on our inner journey. Thank You Dr. Pranaji for sharing the science and wisdom of this valuable knowledge.” ~S.K. CA (2018)

“Within days you are placed back into your body with proper alignment. You are reminded of the power of your physical presence as a facilitator. The material presented encompasses not only functional and spiritual endeavors but a unique historical context to begin your practice with.”  -S. S., San Diego. CA.

“The CranioSacral immersion took me beyond my perception of reality and has expanded my sense of awareness. Not only with the subtle energies around me, but most importantly, within me. Being in Nepal, away from my habitual life patterns, and immersed in the surrounding culture, allowed for deeper connection to Self. This was a living dream. The wisdom gained here is unparalleled and my insight continues to grow each day.” ~ N. B. California.

“Prana’s Breath of Shakti Immersion was a deeply empowering workshop. Through hands on practice and Prana’s generous sharing of his personal insight I got to experience how we can start to undo a lifetime’s worth of conditioning and trauma stored within our bodies through simple holds and presentness. I am so grateful for the simple yet profound wisdom that was shared in this immersion and highly recommend it to anyone wishing to expand upon their own healing and/ or  mindfulness practice.”  -H. S., San Diego. CA.

A siddha is an inmatsyendranathdividual who, through the practice of sādhanā, attains the realization of siddhis, psychic and spiritual abilities and healing powers. Their historical influence throughout the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas was vast and they reached mythic proportions as codified in their songs of realization and hagiographies, or namtars, many of which have been preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist and Puranic canon.
Craniosacral Work (CSW) is a form of gentle bodywork which grew out of Dr. William  G. Sutherland’s work on Cranial Osteopathy, a specialization of Osteopathic Medicine.  At the deep level, our  whole being subtly “breathes” with the motion of life – a phenomenon that produces innate-pulsation or rhythmic movements, referred as Primary Respiration. The core aspect of CranioSacral work (CSW) is to cultivate stillness and harmonize our subtle-body and physical body by working with Primary Respiration. CSW is known to help with chronic pain, emotional stress patterns, anxiety, chronic fatigue, sleep difficulties and many other chronic conditions.The foundation of Siddha Cranial Work practice is based on CranioSacral Work and ancient wisdom of Himalayan  Siddha Tradition. In Siddha tradition the innate inner-rhythm is known as “Breath of Shakti” (pranashakti प्राणशक्ति)  and circulates in nadis (subtle-body channels ) that sustains life and inner awareness. Siddha Cranial Work combines practices of Vajra Body, Nadis, and Trika Meditations with CranioSacral Work. All of these traditional medicines state that our body, mind and consciousness manifest together as one whole being because of PranaVayu, Qi or PranaShakti, (i.e. life-sustaining wind or Shakti) and is a source of health and personal transformationadis-11n.nadis-12

Working with Vajra Body: ‘Vajra body‘ is a term used for subtle-body in Siddha Tradition also referred as luminous body or visionary body or linga sharira. It is the invisible double of the human body, elsewhere referred to as the etheric body, doppelgänger or bioplasmic body and serves as a model or matrix of the physical body, which conforms to the shape, appearance and condition of his “double”. Vajra Body is  composed of channels or nadi. In these nadis  awareness flows along with which vayu (inner-wind),  bindu (essence), and agni (inner-fire). Vajra Body is a source of health, wellness and personal transformation.

Brief overview of Vajra Body from 2017 Immersion in Rishikesh, India

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84 MahaSiddhas: These were the creators and practitioners of Siddha Tradition. Some were kings, some monks, some traveling ascetics, fishermen, butcher, arrow-smith, cattle-herder, householder, man and woman. The one common thread throughout all the siddhas, is that they all broke free of the limits and boundaries imposed on them by their circumstances and livelihoods. They accomplished the subtle practices of the highest level. The central pillar of their practice was experiential awareness of the Oneness that resides in every Heart.

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