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Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11 | 12 | 31, 2020

Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy)

Location Google Map: Nawa Saraan Healing Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Gearing Up for a Yoga Class
I've long toyed with the idea of conducting specific yoga classes to codify my practice into a teaching format. With my current focus on moving energies (prana vayu), It was time to codify my technique and teach an advanced Prana Vayu class.

Now back in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan with time on my hands and no hotel guests to worry about, I was already in an ideal position to do so. I could use the money (which means it's not a free class) and second, I've learned many things in the interim that can deepen the practice of those who wish to go beyond the usual Downward Dog. Teaching would also ensure regularity of my practice. Essentially, I'd just be sharing my private practice.

And what's so special about my practice? It's unique because so many disciplines are amalgamated with it - traditional yoga of T. Krishnamacharya, Sadhguru, Ramaswami, Vipassana meditation, freediving, Burningman, harnessing gleaned knowledge from many renegade thinkers like Mantak Chia, Bruce Lipton, Joe Dispenza, and Wim Hof, etc. I have developed my own practice, weaving together elements of those disciplines that fit together into a seamless singularity.

Does it work? Let's put it this way - I'm strong, I don't get sick and I hardly get old. I can eat anything I want, I feel connected with the universe and I find myself in the right place at the right time...always. That's my yoga.

What is Prana?
Prana is the subtle life-force that sustains us and the universe at large. Many cultures have different words for it. The Chinese call it Chi and the western world simply refers to it as energy. Without prana, there is no life. Enhanced prana means a vibrant life. We are born with a given quantity of prana. When we use that up, we die - so it's best to conserve it.

There are a few versions on how we source prana. Krishnamacharya says that we don't get prana from the air we breathe. We simply use prana that we were born with. However, Mantak Chia says that we can activate and align prana within our immediate space and that also becomes available for our use.

I have always been particularly curious about where we source our prana ever since I experienced the Superman-Effect. I was wondering, "Where is all this strength and power coming from? Is it from me? But it's too much to be coming from within. Was I able to generate that from the air I breathed? Am I harnessing it from an infinite source in this universe?" Even up to now, I still don't have a finger on it. All I know is that prana is real and boosting prana through pranayama can yield immense strenth and power.

There are 10 functional divisions of prana in the body and they flow within their respective nadis (energy pathways).

What is Prana Vayu?
Vayu means "wind". So Prana Vayu is the wind carrying prana throughout our bodies. When we move prana, it means energy reaches all our body parts, ensuring our health and well-being. If let us say, nadi in the liver is blocked and prana cannot flow through it, we get a liver disease. But once we clear the nadi and move prana into the liver, the organ is revitalized and sickness is gone. This also means that in theory, there is no disease yoga cannot cure.

Moving Prana Vayu
We move Prana Vayu essentially through pranayama (breath control), kumbhaka (breath retention), bandhas (energy locks) and mudras (balancing and sealing energy). These are the elements I employ in the Prana Vayu class.

The 90-Minute Class

  1. Introduction - explaining the relationship between pranayama, kumbhaka, bandha and mudra. I explained what we were trying to achieve. It's important for me to let them know the theoretical backdrop so they get a sense of what they are doing and why they are doing it.
  2. Stretching - neck to calves
  3. Warm-up - Surya Namaskar to generate heat. Not too much on asana, only to prime the body
  4. Wim Hof/Dispenza breathing - 3 rounds. While on bhaya kumbhaka on the 30th exhale, focus on the anahatta chakra. This strengthens the heart and causes stuck emotions to flow freely. Superior states of the mind follows. The body and soul are energized. Continued practice on this leads to kevala kumbhaka - the spontaneous cessation of the breath. This gives rise to a single-pointed focus of the mind - ekagrata citta.
  5. Navasana - point of failure hold while breathing. Objective is to observe an increasingly difficult pose while keeping the balance of the mind.
  6. Wim Hof/Dispenza breathing or Ujjayi Viloma - 1 round
  7. The Wall - Point-of-failure leaning on a wall like there is an invisible chair - while breathing. Objective is to observe an increasingly difficult pose while keeping the balance of the mind.

    Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy)
    (July 31) including me, we started out as 4

    Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy)
    "All of us 4 went on the wall, one by one we succumbed to the fall, in the end, there remained one who answered the call"

  8. Wim Hof/Dispenza breathing or Ujjayi Anuloma - 1 round
  9. High plank - can transition into side plank and back to high plank. Point-of-failure hold while breathing. Objective is to observe an increasingly difficult pose while keeping the balance of the mind.
  10. Wim Hof/Dispenza breathing or Ujjayi Viloma - 1 round
  11. Wall-Supported Handstand - Point-of-failure handstand on a wall while breathing. Objective is to observe an increasingly difficult pose while keeping the balance of the mind.

    Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy)
    (Aug 7) Twin Towers Asana with Tom Maher

  12. Wim Hof/Dispenza breathing or Ujjayi Viloma - 1 round
  13. Anuloma Viloma pranayama - this is done when the last asana is done - with a 10-sec breath-hold on the exhale (bahya kumbhaka)
  14. Anapana meditation - seated meditation while focusing on the breath
Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy)
(July 11) carrot-bread after Prana Vayu class with Victoria, Joanne, Carlos and Juanito

Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy)
(July 31) class picture: Joanne, Tom and Santiago

Ending Thoughts
It wasn't an easy class because it was designed to be challenging. I thought there would be more yogis who would be interested. Why? This was my dilemma when I wanted to level-up. Where do I go? What do I do when I'm already proficient with my asanas? Where do I look for a teacher? Frustrated, I simply relied on established yoga text written by great and renowned teachers. Additionally, I leaned heavily on the new science which provided me a blueprint for the practice. I read, practiced and biohacked, figuring out what works and what doesn't.

You don't find this offering very readily so I was surprised that there were not as many takers as I thought. This class was meant to be a blueprint on how to get to the next level.

I think people will be more receptive if I teach practical yoga - yoga for healthy eyes on Mondays, yoga for ripped abs on Tuesdays, yoga for optimum digestion on Wednesdays, and of course, Prana Vayu yoga on one day of the week.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Reader Comments:

Nicola SymonsNicola South Africa
Nix Dawn Yoga
(Aug 2, 2020) Love the name of this asana!!! 🙂

Santiago NietoSantiago Spain
Damaru Sound Journeys
(Aug 1, 2020) Observing suffering 🙂

Tom MaherTom USA
Saturday Morning Ashtanga
(July 15, 2020) Gigit, thank you! I will definitely look at the blog to continue this practice. I've already been incorporating the pranayama into my daily practice. It was an excellent class, a great way to take the practice to the next level. I hope to attend another prana vayu again soon!

Joanne GenozaJoanne Philippines
(Aug 1, 2020) Again thank you Gigit, for encouraging us to go beyond and find ease in discomfort with a non-reactive mind. You're a fantastic teacher. I am looking forward to more Superman training. 🙏

(July 11, 2020) Powerful yoga session and delicious freshly baked bread. Thank you 🙏 Gigit

(Aug 1, 2020) With the way you're doing things, let's call it the Super Woman training 🙂

Victoria BonisVictoria Spain
(July 11, 2020) Very good teacher thank u Gigit

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Blogs about Prana and Pranayama

  1. Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11-12, 2020
  2. Covid 19 and Pranayama Mar 20, 2020
  3. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  4. Prana Mudra Sep 21, 2019
  5. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  6. Pranayama in Moalboal, Cebu Aug 3, 2017
  7. Pranayama: An Introduction Oct 24, 2016
  8. Pranayama in Sagada: the Superman-Effect Jan 30, 2008

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite, Chiang Mai Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM  International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200


Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Bus from Loei to Chiang Mai
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
  3. The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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Travel Tips for Thailand

How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days

    60-Day Thai Tourist Visa

    NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.

  1. Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
    a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
    b) flight booking to Thailand
    c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
    d) filled-in tourist visa form
    e) 2 passport pictures
    f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
    g) passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. bring the following to the Immigration Office:
    a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
    b) Baht 1900
    c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
    d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
    e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
  2. submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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