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100H course in Santiago, Chile, May-December 2024 (alpha + beta modules)

100H course in Santiago, Chile, May-December 2024 (alpha + beta modules)

Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, December 15, 2024

Yogashala Chile offers again the 100% face-to-face training of 50 or 100 hours of GPBALANCE, guided by the teacher and creator of the method, Gustavo Ponce. You can attend comfortably on weekends, choosing either 50 or 100 hours based on your availability.

GPBALANCE is a method created by Gustavo Ponce based on traditional yoga, honoring the Indian philosophical heritage, while offering a modern and concrete method. This hormonal yoga technique will allow you to restore your vitality and naturally rebalance your hormonal health and/or that of your students/patients.

This event is open to those who want to teach the method (yoga teachers, therapists, medical or paramedical professionals, etc.) but also to those who are interested in learning it for their personal practice.

Practice

Requirements

Two different 50-hour modules –alpha and beta– are offered. Completing one is enough if you wish to train for your own practice. If you wish to train as a teacher, you are required to complete 2 different sessions, or 100 hours of practical training.

During each of these 2 modules, you will study the complete series in a general way and delve into the theoretical aspects of the 5 sections of GPBALANCE.

The 5 sections of GPBALANCE

  1. The study of different breathing and postural techniques: Kaya Stairyam Sankalpa, Bija Mantras, Prana Vidya, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika 1, Bhastrika 2. These techniques work on stillness, stability and concentration of body and mind as well as the channeling of energy.

  2. Preparatory work of simple postures lying on the back, accompanied by visualizations and the various breathing techniques studied in the previous section. This enables us mobilize energy around pelvic region.

  3. Standing postures whose primary objective is to strengthen the flexibility, strength, balance and agility of our whole body. This also enables us to mobilize energy throughout the body.

  4. In this section, the focus is on pressing the pubis to the ground and strengthening the core area of the body as well as the abdominal area. We will also perform a series of inverted postures.

  5. This last seated section will cover different techniques such as Uddiyana Bandha, Agnisara Dhauti, Nauli, Ashwini Mudra, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. The essential objective of these techniques being to achieve a rebalancing of the hormonal system in a more intense way than during the various techniques and asanas proposed in the previous sections. They also help to cleanse and lighten the body of functional obstacles caused largely by stress. We end this last section of the practice with a brief contemplation (which includes your last Sankalpa), Neo-Tummo and Yoga Nidra.

Alpha module

This alpha module will tackle sections 1, 3 and 5. We will focus the theoretical and practical teaching on the following techniques:

  1. 5-minute, slow breathing test
  2. Abdominal breathing and yogic breathing
  3. Ashwini Mudra
  4. Bhastrika 1
  5. Bhastrika 2
  6. Bija Mantra and “Humming”
  7. Bolt score
  8. Dead bug
  9. Exhalations through a straw
  10. The importance of cultivating balance
  11. Kapalabhati
  12. Kaya Sthairyam (the importance of sitting well and relaxing in the posture “Sthira Sukham Asanam”)
  13. Kechari Mudra
  14. Manipur Shuddhi and Ajapa Japa
  15. Meditation
  16. Nadi shodhana
  17. Prana Mudra, laying on of hands.
  18. Prana vidya
  19. Sankalpa (The power of autosuggestion)
  20. Sun salutation
  21. Tapping
  22. The 4 breathing patterns
  23. Timo (laugh)
  24. Uddiyana Bandha
  25. Ujjay
  26. Yoga Nidra

Beta module

This beta module will tackle sections 2 and 4. We will focus the theoretical and practical teaching on the following techniques:

  1. Anteversion and retroversion of the pelvis
  2. Ardha Matysana, Dandasana, Paschimottanasana
  3. Bandhas
  4. Bhramari Pranayama
  5. Bhujangasana Family
  6. Buteyko
  7. Collapsing Bridge: Activation of Swadhisthana Chakra (Original Tumo)
  8. Dinah’s Technique
  9. Headstand
  10. Importance of moving the hips, tilting the pelvis and twisting
  11. Importance of the pelvic floor muscles
  12. Intermittent breathing
  13. Kumbhaka (suspension of breath)
  14. Manipur Shuddhi and Ajapa Japa
  15. Meditation on the 5 reminders
  16. Navasana
  17. Neo-Tummo (in its two forms)
  18. Nitric oxide
  19. Pawanmuktasanas
  20. Prana-Apanasana
  21. Shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani Mudra, Karna Pidasana)
  22. Soft quiks to the sacrum (Awakening Swadhisthana)
  23. Supta Gomukhasana (gonads)
  24. The CO2 paradox
  25. The power of visualization
  26. Vagus nerve

In-person course

Each session will systematically and progressively address the 5 sections that make up the GPBALANCE series. The whole series uses different techniques and concepts that we will see in detail throughout the teaching of the 2 modules:

  • Asanas
  • Mudras, especially kechari Mudra (used throughout the practice)
  • Kriyas
  • Bandhas (very frequently used during practice)
  • Chakras and Prana
  • Visualization and concentration (very frequently used during practice)
  • Meditation
  • Neo-Tummo

Theory

To deepen your theoretical knowledge of the method, you will have access to the PDF version of Gustavo Ponce’s following books:

  • Book 10: The method
  • Book 4: Breathing

If you want to train as a GPBALANCE Hormonal Yoga teacher and teach the method, learn how you can become a certified trainer.

Testimonials

This practice overwhelmed me by the sensations it provides, a particular state oscillating between power and calm. It is so complete and so different from other practices, that it is worth discovering, teaching and practicing.

Fanny Chassefière (France)
With Fanny Lehideux + Frédérique Verdeau (France, 2021)

Prior to incorporating GPBALANCE, I already had measurable changes in my body due to hereditary early menopause, such as weight gain, high TSH and very low estrogen levels. It was amazing to see that after two or three months of daily practice my body was back in balance, I was back to my normal weight, completely normal TSH and even more amazing estrogen levels as with conventional treatment, which continues to this day after almost 4 years of practice. Of course, the key is consistency and knowing what each part of the method is for allows your mind and body to align with a clear intention to activate your entire endocrine system. After completing my first 50 hours of training, I have nothing but words of gratitude to Gustavo for all his generosity in sharing so much wisdom and for his exhaustive research of the scientific theory that supports each part of this method.

Maria Jose Esteban (Chile)
With Gustavo Ponce (Chile, 2022)

I left feeling rested, energized, sleeping better, I feel like I got that vital energy back that my acupuncturist told me I was low on, even doing the same things, I am another Woman ! ! ! I really want to continue the practice, even to evaluate if I can avoid medication for now (I am in the climacteric phase, on my way to menopause and my thyroid has been inflamed for the past 2 years). I am interested in continuing my studies and I continue to practice. Grateful. I hope to see you again soon.

Valquiria Urbano (Brazil)
With Juliana Spelta + Gustavo Ponce (Brazil, 2021)

Thank you for this workshop Frédérique. I had a great Sunday. Your teaching for 2 is very pleasant, dynamic and cheerful, benevolent...in short Extra !

Laurence Jouandet (France)
With Fanny Lehideux + Frédérique Verdeau (France, 2022)

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