What’s this? What is Tiger Mudra Flow? Tiger Mudra is the precise functional alignment of the classical finger stance; famous for being the strongest of hand mudras, used for millennium by yogis and athletes alike. Duncan sensei, a well trained teacher’s teacher from the California dojos and New York City vinyasa schools, has devoted his life to the path of performance. As a spiritual athlete this means a career in service, and he has served well.
Duncan’s destiny to receive direct instruction from many formidable masters brought him to recognize that the tiger body, referring to a flexed spine plank pose, which is brought about via an integrated internal strength he calls ‘X Core’, and developed through an easy to remember yet challenging to master series of practical hand 🖐 and feet 🦶 mudras that culminate in Tiger Mudra (precision finger stance pose), and ultimately the tiger body that includes the wave motion that connects the vinyasa element to correct therapeutic flow, known to yogis as Vinyasa Chikitsa.
If movement therapy as a means to reduce pain back and increase frontal power then this is a not miss Master Class.
As a vinyasa practice the vehicle to access the conscious active power to optimize our experience and achieve good results will be Maha Prana (proper ujjayi breath that employs the lifted tongue; maha mudra), which controls the flow of oxygen and prana throughout the five kosha (layers) of the yogic body.
Duncan Wong is the Creator of Warrior Flow known as Vira Vinyasa (Yogic Arts) and runs a forest retreat in the wilderness of Kyoto, West Japan.
Content of this 7 parts workshop:
The 07 Mudras are the essential 06 hand and 01 feet structures, or micro poses, that best develop and sustain a powerful and conscious body temple.
Our body as a temple is a mind set that reminds us to uphold our spirit above all as our life priority. In Zen these precepts are called respectively; Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (Mind Set, Mission and Community).
As spiritual athletes our mission is to achieve peak performance in all actions that includes a healthy energized body, a positive mental attitude and a lifestyle that serves the people around us.
Each Mudra is a stand alone teaching that creates a Mudra Flow sequence to enjoy and absorb as an expression of each hand and foot structure that profoundly effects and supports the comprehension of our entire body as it applies to form and motion. The results are a deeper understanding of the asana and vinyasa sequences that both heal and inspire our purpose to train ourselves to be our best in each action.
The 07 Mudras including their actions and benefits are:
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01) Maha Mudra: Thursday, February 6, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
02) Butterfly Mudra: Friday, February 7, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
03) Tiger Mudra: Friday, February 7, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
04) Lace-Lock Mudra: Saturday, February 8, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
05) Core Mudra: Saturday, February 8, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
06) Shield Mudra: Sunday, February 9, 7:15 -10:15 am
07) Stance Mudra: Sunday, February 9, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
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01) Maha Mudra – is named for its great ability to heal the wrists of their hypertonic tensions and alignment imbalances, allowing extraordinary recovery of strength and elasticity. The primary action is a series of back-hand flexed position pressing actions that decompress and counter balance the chronic tension stored up from all of the extended hand-stance presses from our standard practice, which generates spacious alignment in the overall wrist area, allowing the flow of fluids, oxygen and energy to the hands, resulting in more sensation and a stronger sense of connection with the earth under us.
02) Butterfly Mudra – is named for its resemblance of a butterfly body with spread wings. Its greatest attribute is in its ability to provide a total shift of our body weight in the inner wrists and base of the thumbs, while equally distributing the force of our body’s weight through the entirely of our hands and fingers, which allows the natural strength of our upper frontal ribcage core body and the healthy length of the outer side rib body, resulting in more functional flow with the clarity of an integrated inner v.s. outer muscle and joint interaction.
03) Tiger Mudra – is named for its similarity to a tiger’s claw and is refined version of the classical finger stance, with precision alignment points that compete it as the superior functional mudra for general finger, hand wrist and inner forearm strength development. Through the practice you will learn that Buttefly mudra creates a perfect base for the Tiger Mudra’s specific anatomical structure, that involves a gripping action that triggers a hugging of the inner arm design, ultimately resulting in an activation of the upper core construct of the ribcage body that target the trinity ‘Lats,’ ‘Pecs,’ and ’Trap’ muscles surrounding the ‘Body Bandha;’ what Duncan sensei refers to as the missing element from classical yoga, which focused only on the lower bandhas (central core), based on its internal purification roots that focused on meditation more than movement.
04) Lace-Lock Mudra – is named after its inherent interlacing of the fingers as a means to achieve access to larger muscles in the arms, shoulders and upper body components, and is actually a series of precision interlacing mudras that includes variations of classical interlacing and the innovative reverse engineering of Reverse Lace-Lock mudra, both of which counter complement our body’s ability to internally and externally rotate the shoulders during arm extension, that provides optimal access to shoulder joint and shoulder-blade stretching and a healthy micro-massage of the fine point muscles from their adjacent bones, resulting in freedom of movement and sensation of muscle-to-bone integration, as well as neuro-muscular adaptation.
05) Core Mudra – is named for its access to our frontal upper core body (front and lateral ribcage muscle groups) that involves centrally drawing our forearms and hands together from a relaxed neutral position, while conjoining the upper backside of our arm bones to our front ribs, that creates a stable brace upper body structure that allows a forward flexed position of our spine and torso, which provides a complete support system for our posterior spine, ribcage and general back muscles. Combined with a Core Warrior (kneeling or standing) stance, we can explore alternate shoulder-blade rotation and weight shifting between feet that allows access to our internal or ‘X’ body design, while providing a a therapeutic affect of an open back v.s. active core for ourselves.
06) Shield Mudra – named for its design and function as an actual shield that protects or vital body points, it also serves as a launch point born from the Core Mudra to advance into a lifting of the combined forearm force in an arcing upwards and backwards direction, resulting in the integrated activation of the releasing shoulder blades, which presses the ribcage upwards and backwards as well, resulting in an uplift of our sternum, that provides the elongation of our lower lumbar spine, and brings the awareness of the shifting or our body’s weight into the back heel, which serves as the base support of our sacrum and and pelvis, resulting in a proper understanding of a correct standing back bend technique, and again, counter balanced by the forward shifting flexion of the Core Mudra structure.
07) Stance Mudra – is simply named for its ability to represent as the consummate foot structure that provides total stance awareness through structural support of the whole body. It is also very easy to perform and can be quickly mastered and transmitted to others via example and instruction. Its challenge, like our practice an life actions, exists in its repetition and ultimate integration into our instinct and routine. It is achieved by lifting and spreading all the toes from a standing position, followed by a series of counter spiral resistance hand mudras to activate total leg to pelvis and spinal anatomical alignment. Stance mudra’s primary points of interest exist in its ability to bring inner ‘X’ leg line awareness of our inner feet to seat connection, and the activation of our medial, transverse and Mudra – is simply named for its ability to represent as the consummate foot structure that provides total stance awareness through structural support of the whole body. It is also very easy to perform and can be quickly mastered and transmitted to others via example and instruction. Its challenge, like our practice an life actions, exists in its repetition and ultimate integration into our instinct and routine. It is achieved by lifting and spreading all the toes from a standing position, followed by a series of counter spiral resistance hand mudras to activate total leg to pelvis and spinal anatomical alignment. Stance mudra’s primary points of interest exist in its ability to bring inner ‘X’ leg line awareness of our inner feet to seat connection, and the activation of our medial, transverse and lateral arch feet structure.
These mudras, born from the logic and intuition of ancient masters from several paths of wisdom practices, including yoga, dance, zen and martial arts, comprise the central body of work developed by Duncan Wong, who created the Warrior Yoga Flow movement during the time when his combined Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, modern dance and Zen martial arts practices were synthesizing into a systemized method that helped shape the modern approach of our practice today. From the caves of India, the dojos of California and the shalas of New York City, to the peak of global pop culture; all of these elements are now integrated into a simple yet potent practice to be experienced in this 07 Mudra series.
All with basic athletic ability and a desire to optimize themselves through sweat and openness are most welcome!
‘Master the movement, master the mind.’
Participants who complete all sessions of the workshop will receive a certificate. The participation can be certified with 20 hours credit at yoga alliance and can as well receive credit for Duncan`s RYT Teacher Training
Teilnahmegebühr pro Session: 69,- Euro, Kombipaket für den ganzen Workshop 390,- Euro (incl Mwst)
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