Store : Yoga with Hawaiian Views August 21 - December 13, 2018

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Hawai’i Community College is offering ancient yoga methods with Polynesian perspectives in a 2-credit college course at Palamanui in the fall 2018 semester, from August 21 to December 13.

The interdisciplinary course will energize students with a full-body workout in each session, but also explore Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Rim (HAP) perspectives on classical bodymind practices. The class is HPER 198: Basic Yoga with Hawaiian Perspectives and will be held at the Palamanui campus on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 am – 10:50 am.

Yoga practices that enhance strength, flexibility, and concentration can be traced back at least 5000 years to Southeast Asia, but while they are primarily associated with India’s Vedic culture, their reach is global. “When you look at the breadth and depth of modern yoga,” says the course instructor Marya Mann, PhD, “you realize these movement and meditation methods share common roots with customs and stories from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese mythologies, Australian rituals, and Polynesian cultural practices.”

Going within oneself to find strength, knowledge, and empowerment, says Dr. Mann, gives students the experience they need to live fully in the world with humility, reverence, and self-discipline. “Yoga as a generic term means to ‘yoke’ together the body and mind, the physical and energetic, into a wholesome well-being, a sense of peace, a feeling of Aloha,” she says.

Living here in Hawaii, she says, “Kupuna (elders) teach us that the ‘Breath of Ha!’ is the breath of life, and that makes sense from a traditional Ha-tha yoga point of view too. Hatha means sun (ha) and moon (tha) yoga, the yoga which fuses opposites together through the breath. You find linguistic correlations too, with Aumakua – ancestors in Hawaiian – so close to Aum – the universal symbol of creation in Sanskrit.”

She continues: “All indigenous, earth-centric and sun-loving cultures have a kind of yoga, and the Palamanui community college class will offer students a chance to explore some of them while learning the foundations of classical yoga anatomy, lifestyles, and philosophy. Look at the story of the great Polynesian trickster hero Māui. In myth, he lassoed the mighty sun for his mother’s pleasure. Could he have been harnessing the sun’s energy for sustaining life, making a kind of Sun Salute to extend the daylight?”

“The Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu entered her cave and drew her light inward. That reflects a Hatha yoga practice known as pratyahara, turning inward to find wisdom inside one’s own skin, where we have true sovereignty. Amaterasu only emerges after seeing her brightest self in a mirror, another yogic practice, svadyaya, self-study.”

A Kona-based Energy Medicine practitioner and artist, Dr. Mann has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1986. After receiving her PhD in Creative Arts and Dance, she was inspired by study and teaching in India and Bali to develop Evolutionary Yoga Flow, a system inspired by natural and universal movement principles that inform a safe and sustainable yoga and allow anyone to build their own authentic practice.

With respect for the land, language, and hula traditions of Hawaii, she writes a monthly on-line column called Brave New Viewsletter and has co-authored a book, Healing Our Planet, Healing Our Selves. She has written yoga columns for West Hawaii Today, Elephant Journal, Yoga Hawaii Magazine, and Ke Ola Magazine. The founder of Kona Coast Yoga & Wellness, where she has a clinical consulting practice, she is also the Managing Director of Pacific ArtWavEs Nourish the Children, a non-profit mindful art training program for children and families.

A leading voice in the evolution of Yoga, with more than 1000 hours of training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Viniyoga practice and teaching, she guides people of all sizes, ages, shapes, and cultures to integrate the wisdom of the body, the spirit in the heart, and the light in the mind. For more information or questions, email Dr. Trina Nahm-Mijo, [email protected]


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