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The beauty of unifying ujjayi breath and movement.

Talasana Breath Troupe

Talasana Troupe at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

What is Talasana?
A subtle body coordination of balance, breath & muscle coordination. It is said that these movements create energy along the spine & central nervous system. This energy is carried throughout the nadis & into the entire energy body. The very act of standing with two feet together is an exercise in balance & learning to be still. The coordination of the breath precisely to the movement is the driving force behind this beautiful practice. The muscles of the lungs, rib cage, neck, throat & nasal passages all work in unison. This systematic set of movements done on a daily basis maintains a state of health both in the body & mind.
What is involved in the process of Talasana?
So the diaphragm, so the heart, so to speak. By repeated movements of the arms overhead with the breath, the diaphragm then strokes the heart keeping it healthy with each inhale & exhale. The movements that follow; forward bends, twists, squats, etc. are used to cleanse & tone the internal organs with each vinyasa. Some postures are held for a number of breaths, some including locks to contain the energy that is gathered. There is an overall toning & rapid replacement of sloughed cells of the internal body. Often times weakened in the muscles required for breathing is the problem for those who do not use the breath. This process not only tones those muscles, but can clean the lining of the digestive system.
What is the attitude of Talasana?
The attitude is one of reverence & peace. A quiet practice to the music of the life fore of the breath. The slower the movement the more spiritual & enriching the personal experience. Having practiced this daily for 20 years I have yet to get bored as the many variations can suit my mood, need or ability of each day. Once my mind & body begin to move together the krama will inevitably open me up to new beginnings. It is both healing & sustainable. An ancient tradition that has stood the test of time.
The control of the breath is attained in the throat
at the glottis and hence Ujjayi is often called the throated breath as opposed to normal nasal breath. Ujjayi pranayama is know to have variations, especially with respect to the inner attention on guiding the energy between specific points located with in the body. When done correctly this thin and long pranayama technique, increasingly impacts the cleansing and rejuvenation of the subtle nerve and energy pathways (nadi) and tones specific glands and muscles in the throat based on how subtly and effortlessly it is done.
Some of the markers of correct ujjayi breath are a rubbing sensation

Some of the markers of correct ujjayi breath are a rubbing sensation, and a gentle hissing sound from the internal breath flow, a slight pressure at the site of the glottis or a gentle closure and the back of the throat, and a feeling of a complete movement of the breath from the pelvic floor to the top of the chest. With repeated practice, the ujjayi breath can be mastered and should become a natural extension of your yoga practice. The technique involves controlling the duration and flow of inhalation or exhalation at the glottis between the larynx and trachea. The yogin learns to focus at the back of the throat and voluntarily contract the muscles of the larynx next to the vocal cords; The breath control is reproducibly mastered through the voluntary impulse of the vagus nerve which facilites the muscular contraction. When the glottis is partially closed the regulation of the air passage is accomplished.

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Testimonials from Troupe Members

Dear Pam, It is such an honor to be part of the Talasana Breath Troupe. My initial performance was for Srivatsa Ramaswami, the modern day authority on Vinyasa Krama, and in this performance I was able to deeply access my heart center. During the performance there was a moment when I saw immense light radiating. Normally, performing can be a nerve-racking experience, but because this practice and performance is focusing on the breath which leads you back o the heart, the spiritual center, it was a calming and peaceful experience, an experience that was shared between performers and audience. Being part of the Troupe has deepened my own personal practice and has given me the opportunity to share my heart, my light, my soul with the world. My deep gratitude to Pam Johnson, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Sri T. Krishnamacharya and all the troupe members for their loving dedication. Namaste, Simone Olivier  – Guru purnima and MFAH trouper

First of all, it was an honor. I feel like we all connected as a group the day of the event and that was really beautiful. Each person seems to have their own gift and energy, and it was lovely to see that come to life in unison during our offering Sandy I am grateful that being in this group and this paradigm is a part of my day to day life. My “business as usual”. It is really special to experience that quiet when we circle up and begin a practice, and to receive the subtle differences of each practice and time we spend- being – with each other. Am I assuming too much to thank all of you for valuing the idea that our thoughts and feelings make this offering what it is? and making space for it all? Also, HOW MUCH that this practice has given me inner courage/solace enough to be able to look someone in the eye an offer something to them. Offer my practice, the breath our work as a group etc. that was a challenge for  me in th beginning and still is especially when we turn to the audience and offer to them. Hannah The invitation to perform at the MFAH as the next venue shows there is room for something new of ancient origin to be included in the arts in the West. Margit Williams, MFAH trouper

Mandala Troupe Mission Statement
MEDITATE on the essence (tattva) of manifesting the full attention to the breath. Slow motion increases intensity – when you slow down you see more, the perception of the breath and a more complete sense of the self opens us up to what is around us – THEN we can begin to see that if I slow down the way I look around by holding each glance and each movement for just a moment longer I will bring more relevance to the process BEING. As a troupe, visualize moving as an inter-connected collective that resonates from your center by the use of your balanced pranic energy. This means keeping your thoughts with the rhythm of the troupe’s breath, moving exclusively from your heart center to match and heighten the over all vibration in our mandala and our presence in the chapel.

Talasana Troupe in Austin, TX – for Srivatsa Ramaswami

TADASANA  30: 34

“Beautiful!  Very impressive, to see all the movement. The way you came into gomogasana finally it is very good.  No reason why more sequences can become dance, because the breath becomes the background music. Different than the routine yoga asana, People were very impressed – the entire group was very calm.

As a presentation it requires the sequence choreographed. 

I’m very happy with the way it is presented.  It’s a new venue to express VK in a dance form people may be interested in it.  These are your areas you can concentrate on it.  I felt very good.

I’m happy that it is an art expression.  Many people see the VK, this is one more way of looking at it.” 

Srivatsa Ramaswami