Yoga Life Conference is a global event, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of self. We believe passionately that yoga & life are one and when lived as one you will enrich your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing while creating an uplifted spirit.
The Yoga Life Conference Solna Sweden will focus on enhancing wellbeing, with a breadth of content delivered via talks and physical practices. The Conference sessions will explore Yoga, Meditation, Breath, Chanting and include YLC Talks. Yogi Ashokananda will guide the teachings throughout the weekend, sharing his wisdom, experience & stories.
Conference Leader: Yogi Ashokananda
Yogi Ashokananda, an expert and pioneer as a practising master of yoga, meditation and spirituality, has dedicated his life in service to humanity, teaching, mentoring, writing, learning and speaking on yoga, meditation and spirituality. Raised in India, Yogi Ashokananda was fortunate to develop his teaching experience and education of yoga under great Indian masters and siddhas. The Gurukul style of learning with the masters, influenced his experience and inspiration to develop his own profound yoga & meditation disciplines and insights with roots in the ancient, sacred Indian tradition, namely Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, ATMA Meditation & Science of Relaxation.
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Sessions: Prana Kriya Yoga: Rejuvenate the brain and spinal centre (practice) | Atma Kriya Meditation: Guided Meditation on the Spinal Energy (practice) | YLC Talk: Roots of Yoga in Indian Tradition and How This Applies to Our Modern Lives | Himalayan Hatha Yoga: Restore & Revive (practice) | Conscious Deep Sleep – Yoga Nidra (practice) | Mantra Chanting: Increase Brain Frequency | Pranayama: Beyond the Duality of Life (practice) | Himalayan Hatha Yoga: Power of Inner & Outer Alignment (practice) | YLC Talk: Meditation & Mindfulness – Impacts on Your Brain | Prana Kriya Yoga: Creating Physical Space – Fascia (practice) | Atma Kriya Meditation: Mindfulness for an Awakened Life (practice)
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome & Introduction
10:15 – 11:45 Rejuvenate the brain and spinal centre | Practice: Prana Kriya Yoga
11:45 – 12:30 Guided Meditation on the Spinal Energy | Practice: Atma Kriya Meditation
13:30 – 14:30 Roots of Yoga in Indian Tradition and How This Applies to Our Modern Lives | YLC Talk
14:45 – 16:15 Restore & Revive | Practice: Himalayan Hatha Yoga
16:30 – 17:30 Conscious Deep Sleep | Practice: Yoga Nidra
17:45 – 18:30 Increase Brain Frequency | Practice: Mantra Chanting
10:00 – 10:45 Beyond the Duality of Life | Practice: Pranayama
11:00 – 12:30 Power of Inner & Outer Alignment | Practice: Himalayan Hatha Yoga
13:30 – 14:30 Meditation & Mindfulness – Impacts on Your Brain | YLC Talk
14:45 – 15:15 Creating Physical Space – Fascia | Practice: Prana Kriya Yoga
15:30 – 16:30 Mindfulness for an Awakened Life | Practice: Atma Kriya Meditation
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Session | Practices to take with you
The energising practice of Prana Kriya Yoga harmonises and unites the flow of the physical movement in our bodies (kriya) with its energetic power. This form of yoga has long been highly regarded among many great masters and yogis to hold the key to slowing down the ageing process. It achieves this by recharging the blood with oxygen and decarbonising it, thus rejuvenating the brain and spinal centres and preventing the decay of tissues in the body. Prana Kriya Yoga also awakens the hidden energy (kundalini) within you allowing you to transform and free yourself from limiting beliefs and old behavioural patterns that hold you back. Regardless of your physical strength and ability, Yogi will expertly guide you so that you can experience the layer of your highest consciousness by focusing on the fundamental principles of the practice. In this workshop we will go into fascinating detail and experience of Prana Kriya Yoga, covering kumbhakas (breath retention), mudras, kriyas and the five pranas with a focus on the practice of strengthening our heart energy.
We will follow the Prana Kriya Yoga session with a powerful kriya meditation. Yogi Ashokananda’s Atma Kriya Meditation holds the same transformative qualities as Prana Kriya Yoga. As a meditation, it draws the energy inwards and an ecstatic and all peaceful state of being can be experienced. It moves the prana (life force) through the body into your higher consciousness by using the breath, gentle concentration of the mind and subtle awareness of the process. In kriya meditation you offer up your energy to your higher self.
This meditation is one of the best remedies for improving concentration and memory as it fine tunes the mind. It also affects your nervous system, which feeds your organs and renews you from the inside out. It is also highly effective for erasing depression, anxiety and stress giving you greater self-awareness and self-respect.
Yogi will lead an intriguing discussion on the foundation of yoga from a traditional perspective and how it applies in our modern day to day lives. Yoga can be viewed as a basic physical practice or it can be viewed as a way to live a meaningful and mindful life. Yoga is the life journey to know yourself, to truly know yourself and live your life based on your inner self.
Discussion topics will include managing and controlling your mind, your senses and your emotions, instead of reacting to them. The importance of transforming samkaras, which are hidden at a cellular level, created by a lifetime of emotions, stresses and memories that can result in disease, illness and poor health, i.e. poor, physical, emotional & mental health.
Yogi will provide you with direct techniques that will help you to become more aware and able to directly transform your physical, emotional & mental health.
The Himalayan Hatha Yoga restorative practice will explore a limited number of asanas, using the mind and breath to take you deeper in the posture allowing you to truly let go. Once you let go, the restoration can take place. The restorative practice will include asanas that bring your mind to a state of calm and stillness, lessening the strain on the nervous system, with less engagement of your physical body. The postures will be done either seated, lying down on back or stomach. All the parts of the body are being used in such a way where the mental approach to them means you have less strain on your muscles so that the flow of the blood happens effortlessly and releases the tension from your nervous system.
This type of restorative practice will give energy to the body and recharge you.
Yoga Nidra is Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. In Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that hold emotions and memories at a cellular level.
Known as psychic yoga sleep, Yoga Nidra lets you fully rest in the body with awareness of the whole mind. The final state of openness connects inside and outside being undisturbed by samsara yet witnessing all.
Chanting of a mantra lights up the frontal lobes of the brain leading to increased flow of oxygen and blood. This area of the brain is responsible for thought, learning, perception and emotion.
The vibrations and frequencies of chanting mantras have shown enormous healing advantages as every mantra produces a unique sound and vibration that when chanted stimulates various parts of the body and gives relaxation and natural healing.
The power of mantra is betrayed in the roots of the sanskrit word, man, meaning mind, and, tra, meaning deliverance, or, projection. Chanting is a pleasure that transcends the senses; it takes us beyond the bounds of time and space. Thus it soothes in a most profound way. It soothes on a cellular level. It merges our finite identity with the infinite, and so dissolves us.
“In the world, most things can not exist without their opposite” Yogi Ashokananda
The session will begin with Pranayama (control of the prana). The breath carries the life force known as prana into each person’s body and is considered to be the physical manifestation of this vital energy. As we breathe, prana is the inhalation and apana is the exhalation, and the time between the two is called samana. We will be practicing various forms or pranayama to bring prana to every part of the brain and thereby improving your mental balance and stability. We will create awareness of the body on an energetic and physical level.
This session will allow you to experience the essence and authenticity of true hatha yoga. Himalayan Hatha Yoga is a strong, yet supportive form of yoga.
You will experience the power and importance of inner and outer alignment as we explore the connection of the mind, body and breath in asana work and pranayama.
We will explore the alignment of the body, breath and mind connection in the postures, while re-energising and rejuvenating the body. Yogi strongly believes that it is not muscle that enables you to hold the posture, but is the mind that creates the balance and the breath gives you the ability to hold it.
Yogi will highlight the relevance and importance of meditation and mindfulness practices on the brains development and activity. Meditation practices have an amazing variety of neurological benefits – from changes in grey matter volume to reduced activity in the “me” centres of the brain (the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts – a.k.a., “monkey mind”) to enhanced connectivity between brain regions.
Meditation does produce measurable changes in our most important organ and whether you require scientific proof or not, it is never too late to being an actual practice to receive brain these impacts on your brain which will be highlighted during this session: preserve the ageing brain, reduces Activity in the brain’s “Me Center”, its effects rival antidepressants for depression, anxiety, may lead to volume changes in key areas of the brain, improves concentration and attention (only after a few days of meditation), reduces anxiety and social anxiety, can help with addiction, short meditation breaks can help kids in school
Leveraging a variety of Prana Kriya Yoga techniques, you will go deep into the fascia, the connective tissues between muscles and organs. Kriyas practiced will help to focus on your fascia, creating space, flexibility and strength in your physical form. Developing healthy fascia will also help change your behaviour, improving mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Simple mindfulness techniques calm your mind, relax the nervous system and let you feel overall positive in life while creating a healing vibration to your body.
Atma meditation means meditation of Self or of your soul. It will bring the power of the universe into you aligning your individual self with that of the universe and make you realise the centre of your individual reality. By experiencing this space, you will create a multitude of benefits and positive developments in your life. Because you are aligning with universal energy and truth, your individual reality will alter as will your perception of your life, allowing real changes to take place.
Atma meditation will renew your energy, heighten intelligence by awakening and altering your perceptions, help you to have greater self-awareness, feel a connection to yourself, to others and to a source greater than you. Each and every one of us is entitled to feel greater inner peace, love, joy and fulfilment, happiness, freedom and success and this meditation will allow you to have access to the source within YOU from which these experiences can develop and make them a natural part of your life and who you are. It will help you to feel a connection to the energy of the universe.