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Tibetan Yoga

A Wisdom Academy Online Course with Alejandro Chaoul

This course is not currently included in our All-Access catalog of Wisdom Academy online courses. It will be added and made available to All-Access members at a later date.

Discover the “magical movements” (trul khor) of Tibetan yoga in this groundbreaking new course taught by Dr. Alejandro Chaoul. Be guided through each yogic posture and movement, while learning how to use your breath and physical body to serve the practice of meditation, and the cultivation of genuine well-being.

What You’ll Learn

  • The history of Tibetan yoga in the Bon tradition
  • The essential practices of trul khor or “magical movements,” the physical postures and movements of Tibetan yoga
  • How trul khor relates to the profound view and practice of Dzogchen 
  • How the subtle body relates to meditation, and our experience of reality
  • Breathing techniques to help us cultivate calmness and peace
  • How to keep whatever meditation we practice fresh and inspired  
  • Sacred and priceless techniques to benefit our spiritual life, and bring lasting wellness into our daily life

About this Course

While yoga has been popularized in the West as a practice for physical health and well-being, the ancient practices of Tibetan yoga have often remained secretive.

Now, in this groundbreaking new Wisdom Academy course, Dr. Alejandro Chaoul explains the history of the trul khor, or magical movements, guides you through each yogic posture and movement, and teaches you to work with your body and breath to expand your meditation practice and cultivate well-being in your day-to-day life. Dr. Chaoul has spent the last thirty years studying, translating, and practicing the trul khor. Now with the blessing of contemporary masters—including the late His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—he is sharing these precious and rare teachings with you, in a format that allows them to be accessible to a modern audience.

Lessons

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Lesson 1: An Introduction to Tibetan Yoga in the Bon Tradition

In this first lesson, Alejandro Chaoul introduces us to the basic concepts and history of the trul khor, or magical movements, of Tibetan Yoga. We learn trul khor’s similarities and differences with Indian hatha yoga, and how it arose in Tibet in both Buddhism and Bon—Tibet’s indigenous tradition, as well as how these practices fit into the overall path of Dzogchen (Great Perfection) teachings as a way of aligning body, energy, and mind towards mental spaciousness. He also provides an overview of the postures covered in this course and guides us through a practice that invites us to connect with our body, breath, and mind.

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Lesson 2: The Nine Breathings of Purification

In this lesson, Alejandro introduces us to a central practice of Tibetan yoga: the Nine Part Breathing for Purification. We are invited to explore our inner landscape, the subtle body, through becoming aware of our channels and breath-energies—tsa and lung—and the five energy centers of the chakras. This deeper awareness helps us reflect on the Three Poisons—anger, attachment, and confusion. We then learn a breath practice intended to expel these obscurations in favor of a calm spaciousness of the mind.

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Lesson 3: The A-tri Ngondro Magical Movement

In this lesson, Alejandro introduces us to a key pose of Tibetan yoga, the ngondro of the A-tri. Ngondro, meaning “preliminary,” is a foundational, full-body magical movement intended to link mind, breath, and body in preparation for the later stages of practice. Besides providing a sense of physical centering, the ngondro is intended to infuse your practice with a pervasive sense of intent and compassion for the suffering of all sentient beings.

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Lesson 4: The A-tri Extending the Bow to Shoot and Arrow Magical Movement

In this lesson, Alejandro introduces us a movement from the first of the five categories of postures within the A-tri, the movements for purifying the torso. Specifically, we learn the da pen zhu pen (Extending the Bow to Shoot an Arrow) magical movement. In this magical movement we connect to our heart chakra using the life force lung and are supported by the element of space to purify the torso, often related to purifying the emotion of anger.

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Lesson 5: The A-tri Bending the Neck Magical Movement

In this lesson, Alejandro introduces us to the principal movement from the second of the five categories of postures within the A-tri, the movements for purifying the head. Specifically, we learn the ke kyok (Bending the Neck) magical movement. In this magical movement we purify the head by connecting to our throat and crown chakras using the upward moving lung, and are supported by the element of earth.

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Lesson 6: The A-tri Throwing the Lasso Magical Movement

In this lesson, Alejandro introduces us to the principal movement from the third of the five categories of postures within the A-tri, the movements for purifying the body. Specifically, we learn the zhak pa ma (Throwing the Lasso) magical movement. In this magical movement we purify the lower body by connecting to our navel chakra using the fire-like or fire and equanimity lung, and are supported by the element of fire.

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Lesson 7: The A-tri Extending the Four Limbs Skyward Magical Movement

In this lesson, Alejandro introduces us to the principal movement from the fourth of the five categories of postures within the A-tri, the movements for purifying the lower torso. Specifically, we learn the zhi tra ma (Extending the Four Limbs Skyward) magical movement. In this magical movement we purify the lower torso by connecting to our secret chakra using the downward-moving and clearing lung, and are supported by the element of water.

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Lesson 8: The A-tri Little Boy Jumping Strongly Magical Movement Available on: 28-May-2020

In this lesson, Alejandro introduces us to the principal movement from the last of the five categories of postures within the A-tri, the movements for purifying the legs. Specifically, we learn the bu chung tsen chong (Little Boy Jumping Strongly) magical movement. In this magical movement we purify the legs by breathing into our central channel using pervasive breath, and are supported by the element of air.

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Lesson 9: The Zhang Zhung Nyen-gyu Ngondro Movement Available on: 04-Jun-2020

Forthcoming lessons will be released weekly on Thursdays. Lesson 9 will be available on Thursday, June 4th.

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Lesson 10: Integrating the Magical Movements into your Daily Practice Available on: 11-Jun-2020

Forthcoming lessons will be released weekly on Thursdays. Lesson 10 will be available on Thursday, June 11th.

About the Teacher

Dr. Alejandro Chaoul is a Senior Teacher of The 3 Doors, an international organization founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche with the goal of transforming lives through meditationAlejandro has studied in the TIbetan tradition since 1989, and for over 20 years with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, completing the 7-year training at Ligmincha Institute in 2000. He also holds a PhD in Tibetan religions from Rice University. Since 1995, he has been teaching meditation classes and Tibetan Yoga (Tsa Lung & Trul Khor) workshops nationally and internationally under the auspices of Ligmincha Institute. In 1999 he began teaching these techniques at the Integrative Medicine Program of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where he holds a faculty position and for the last fifteen years conducts research on the effect of these practices in people with cancer. Alejandro is author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009) and Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018), and is the founding Director for the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston.

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