Yoga Conference


Tias Little's unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. He began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus, his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail, and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. He is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Tias earned a Masterís degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. Johnís College Santa Fe in 1998. He is the author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and forthcoming Yoga of the Subtle Body. Learn more at prajnayoga.net.



The Sacred Sacrum, Kundalini, and Healing the Low Back
Tias Little - Course ID: ALLITT

Thursday, October 1 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday Full-Day Workshops
Mixed Levels

Low back pain and sacral imbalance is pervasive through much of the population. This immersion focuses on the powerful structural and energetic alignment of the sacrum, hip joints, and lower back. We'll review the importance of the sacroiliac joint and its surrounding musculature in supine, seated, and standing poses. Then we'll practice positions to enliven and harmonize forces within the pelvis and low back as we stretch, unwind, and stabilize the complex musculature and ligaments around the sacrum and hips. Come explore how the movement of the sacrum is critical for the subtle flow of prana in the body and how the second chakra in the sacral region is home to the body's deep life force, the kundalini.

Discussion and asana.


Centering In: The Power of the Lower Belly
Tias Little - Course ID: M1LITT

Friday, October 2 — 8:00am - 10:00am
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

In yoga, qi gong, and the martial arts, the lower abdomen is the seat of power and wisdom thought to be like a reservoir of chi, or prana, for the entire body. Unfortunately, for many people the area around the navel is often blocked, congested, or stagnant. Come learn how to access your lower belly, the storehouse for all vitality in the body.

Discussion and asana.


Unwinding the Hip Joint
Tias Little - Course ID: M3LITT

Friday, October 2 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

The name for the hip socket in Greek is acetabulum, which means "wine cup." Come explore ways to generate fluidity in the hips through both mobilization and stabilization techniques. We'll delve into a balanced array of hip openers, forward bends, sidebends, and standing poses.

Mostly asana.


Strong, Balanced Shoulders
Tias Little - Course ID: M6LITT

Saturday, October 3 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Therapeutic / Mixed Levels

Shoulders are often subject to strain, pain, and dysfunction due to the great range of motion in that area. Come explore ways to release the upper arm and shoulder and practice techniques to stabilize the bicep-tricep balance, unglue the rotator cuff muscles, and free the shoulder joint. We'll practice supine, seated, and inverted poses that prepare the shoulder joint for weight bearing.

Mostly asana.


Yoga and the Still Point
Tias Little - Course ID: M7LITT

Sunday, October 4 — 8:00am - 9:30am
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

The aim of a yoga practice is to find what T. S. Eliot once described as "the still point of the turning world." Come explore what it means to embody the still point, even in the midst of movement and activity. Through asana, meditation, guided Savasana, and visualization, we'll delve into the very center of our bodies and minds.

Asana, meditation, guided Savasana, and visualization.