Ramanand Patel Visits Denver

By Kevin Durkin


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Denver area Yogis were honored to have one of the finest Iyengar Senior Teachers in the United States visit us for a weekend in April. Ramanand Patel resides in San Francisco and is in great demand to teach all over the country. A workshop with Ramanand is a joyful experience because of his humor, his knowledge, and his depth of spirit.

Ramanand tells his students that “the only requirement to attend this class is that you laugh at my jokes”. He so easily relieves the fears of beginning level students that they are “not ready” or for any other reason should not be in a workshop taking class along side their local teachers. True to form, we practiced the most basic of yoga postures: Dog, Triangle, standing forward bend, seated forward bend, kneeling, and shoulder stand. All postures that are readily accessible to the beginner. The true beauty of Yoga and Ramanand’s skill at presenting it is that there is never and end to the depth that one experiences in the postures. We all, from the newest beginner to the most experienced felt deeper into the postures and new levels of awareness in the groins the shoulders, deep into the bones and into the pranic level of the of the poses.

We were introduced to what Mr. Iyengar calls “double-action” or simply put: sending your bones in one direction and your muscles in the opposite direction. For those who would like to point out that, that is impossible, Ramanand explains that there are P.A.’s (possible actions) and I.A.’s (impossible actions). The I.A.’s allow the mind to expand and penetrate deeper than the physiological body. Which, after all, isn’t that the reason why we practice Yoga? Ramanand taught this lesson to a woman who said “The reason I started Yoga was to deal with back pain” to which Ramanand replied “Isn’t that like using a sledge hammer to kill an ant? The only reason to practice yoga is to be happy."

Learning to experience Yoga on the Pranic level can be confusing to many. We received clear instructions on how to trace the prana through the major meridians. Experiencing Prana requires the time to sit with a feeling and let the mind explore. It was wonderful to take this time and have the opportunity to discuss, get feedback about the experience from someone who knows how to interpret and express the energy body.

On behalf of the many students who attended Ramanand’s workshop, I would like to thank him for all his help. And to those students who do not attend Senior teacher workshop’s, please give it a chance, you will reap the benefits.

Denver area Yogis were honored to have one of the finest Iyengar Senior Teachers in the United States visit us for a weekend in April. Ramanand Patel resides in San Francisco and is in great demand to teach all over the country. A workshop with Ramanand is a joyful experience because of his humor, his knowledge, and his depth of spirit.

Ramanand tells his students that “the only requirement to attend this class is that you laugh at my jokes”. He so easily relieves the fears of beginning level students that they are “not ready” or for any other reason should not be in a workshop taking class along side their local teachers. True to form, we practiced the most basic of yoga postures: Dog, Triangle, standing forward bend, seated forward bend, kneeling, and shoulder stand. All postures that are readily accessible to the beginner. The true beauty of Yoga and Ramanand’s skill at presenting it is that there is never and end to the depth that one experiences in the postures. We all, from the newest beginner to the most experienced felt deeper into the postures and new levels of awareness in the groins the shoulders, deep into the bones and into the pranic level of the of the poses.

We were introduced to what Mr. Iyengar calls “double-action” or simply put: sending your bones in one direction and your muscles in the opposite direction. For those who would like to point out that, that is impossible, Ramanand explains that there are P.A.’s (possible actions) and I.A.’s (impossible actions). The I.A.’s allow the mind to expand and penetrate deeper than the physiological body. Which, after all, isn’t that the reason why we practice Yoga? Ramanand taught this lesson to a woman who said “The reason I started Yoga was to deal with back pain” to which Ramanand replied “Isn’t that like using a sledge hammer to kill an ant? The only reason to practice yoga is to be happy."

Learning to experience Yoga on the Pranic level can be confusing to many. We received clear instructions on how to trace the prana through the major meridians. Experiencing Prana requires the time to sit with a feeling and let the mind explore. It was wonderful to take this time and have the opportunity to discuss, get feedback about the experience from someone who knows how to interpret and express the energy body.

On behalf of the many students who attended Ramanand’s workshop, I would like to thank him for all his help. And to those students who do not attend Senior teacher workshop’s, please give it a chance, you will reap the benefits.

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