Author: Caren Prentice

Agnieszka Miskiewicz

Agnieszka, affectionately known to her students as, Mishka, has been teaching HATHA YOGA since 2001. Not only does she teach her own students, she also teaches teachers.  She has been leading the Hatha Teacher Training Program at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago for the last 6 years.

Agnieszka’s teaching style balances gentle strength with inner softness. She combines an emphasis on alignment, with slow, mindful movement, and awareness of the breath, to help you release unnecessary tension in the body and bring calmness to your mind. 

Darcey Bone

Darcey (she/her) found her way out of anxiety and depression through mindfulness practices. Her meditation journey has evolved into a spiritual practice that brings her both contentment and opportunities for self-exploration. After learning and practicing mindfulness for a few years, Darcey began studying with Caren Prentice in 2018. Sharing what she has learned about these ancient teaching and techniques — that are still having a profound impact today — is both compelling and rewarding.

February 4

Here are the videos from Week Three. There are two videos. One of the class and the other is the Q & A. David has prepared two pdfs for you. The weekly review AND… DRUM BEAT PLEASE… a pdf with the notes he was teaching from—yes!! Sure beats us having to go slide by slide […]

January 28

Here are your videos for Week Two! The second video is the after-class Q&A with questions about houses and rulerships, why there can be more than one sign in a house, split houses and intercepted signs. All of which will be covered at depth in future classes. The handouts David used are under Week Two in […]

January 21

Here’s the video of our first class. Enjoy!   

Three Part Breath: 4:46 min

Benefits: Also known as deep abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, tradition says the benefits of this breath include heavy oxidation of the blood—which is extremely beneficial for overall health—and purifying the blood and body (especially the nose, throat and lungs.) Yogi’s say the vital prana, or life-force, contained in the air we breathe is absorbed […]

Relaxation Breath: 4:40 min

 Benefits: Soothes the nerves; reduces blood pressure, and trains us to relax the body at will—which is essential for reducing stress and improving sleep.

TUTORIAL ~ Counting Breath

 Benefits: Takes us out of the thoughts in our heads and brings us completely into the present moment. Excellent for calming the mind, alleviating fear, worry and anxiety. Reduces blood pressure.

Sipping Breath: 3:22 min

Benefits: Activates the liver, reduces phlegm and bile, and improves digestion. Relieves cravings, hunger and thirst. Cools the body. Prevents high blood pressure (but doesn’t cure it). Sipping Breath is also a preliminary technique used to train the body and mind to recognize, and be at ease in, the “breathless state.”

Alternate Nostril Breathing:

Benefits: Blood system is oxidized. Prana is circulated through the body’s main energy channels to purify and balance the nervous system. Invigorates the entire body and bring alertness to the mind. Produces lightness of body. Balances the appetite. Improves sleep. Brings a feeling of deep peace. 

Evan Stuart

Teaches: Beginning Meditation.     Evan Stuart started his meditation journey by studying Transcendental Meditation while in college. After much exploring and studying of mindfulness and Buddhist practices, he came to the Hamsa Meditation Teacher Training program to study with Caren Prentice and deepen his understanding and practice of meditation. He is a Buddhist at heart […]