Breath, Bandha and Kriya with John Tattva and Marta Magdalena, Oct 16

Orchard Central
Saturday, October 16, 2021
9.30am - 4.30pm

Breath and Bandha are the vehicles of yoga practice. It is the Breath that makes yoga asanas stand out from all other physical techniques, while Bandha helps to unite the outer and the inner bodies --- transcending a yoga practice into an almost spiritual and mystical experience. Kriya, also known as Shatkarmas or Shatkriyas, is a famous purification technique presented by Hathayoga Pradipika and practiced by yogis all over the world.

In this workshop, John and Marta will explore these ancient techniques and bring them into your daily life.

Starting with various levels of deep core engagement --- from the tip of the coccyx all the way up towards your solar plexus --- you will try to locate your Moola and Uddyiana Bandha. Through the cave-like hollowing of the abdomen, you will reach what is known as Uddyiana and Nauli Kriya --- the most powerful cleansing and toning techniques for your digestive system and the abdomen.

Following that, you will dive into the world of Chakras and through a guided meditation to try to master the technique of opening the Third Eye known as Trataka.

Last but not least, you will learn how to incorporate some of these techniques into your daily asana routine, which will help you to dive even deeper into the world of your own body, spirit and mind --- on and off the mat.

Practitioners from all paths of life and yoga are welcome to join this workshop. No previous experience is needed. Open and curious minds are also welcome.


9.30am - 12.30pm
1. Diaphragmatic Breathing, Belly Pump and Deep Core Holds
2. Introduction into the World of Breath, Bandhas and Kryias

12.30pm - 1.30pm
Lunch break

1.30pm - 4.30pm
1. Guide into the Seven Chakras
2. Third Eye Opening --- Trataka Meditation
5. The Power Within --- Practical use of Breath, Bandha and Gaze in your Asana Practice




John is a life-long practitioner of yoga. His fascination towards this ancient practice began at the tender age of 9 years, when he was a primary school apprentice. He continued this learning journey through his youth until early adulthood when, after having graduated from several intensive yoga trainings, he began to teach daily in 2009, in New Delhi. 

In 2012, he found his passion and love for Ashtanga yoga and has been making his yearly trips to Mysore ever since. In 2019, John received Authorization Level 2 - the blessing from his Guru Sharath Rangaswamy Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga according to the traditional linage. 

While teaching, John’s focus lies in guiding yoga along with the Vinyasa principles - a harmonious connection of breath and movement; a moving meditation of grace and fluidity. John truly appreciates the benefits of therapeutic yoga and feels honoured to be spreading positivity to all. His teachings bring fresh light and awareness to each and every moment. 

He is forever grateful to all his teachers which he met during his yoga journey. He believes there is no limit to learning and to self discovery. As he likes to say, “we are all a work in progress".


Marta is a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher granted in 2017 with Authorisation from Sharath Jois in Mysore, India to teach Ashtanga Yoga. She has an advanced self practice and almost 15 years of experience on the mat.

Through her own history of injuries, Marta developed a sense of compassion and understanding towards the students with limited physical abilities.

While working with students from various backgrounds, she learned to incorporate the knowledge of human body and anatomy, to provide them with a healthy and individualised practice.

Since early years, influenced by the teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, BKS Iyengar and S.N. Goenka, Marta has been trying to step through life mindfully and inspiring others to change the attitude towards life through dedicated daily yoga practice.

Having attended Mindful Birth teacher training in 2018, and through the recent experience of her own pregnancy and beautiful active birth, Marta has been supporting pregnant women in finding empowerment in the asana practice.