Unlocking Your Subtle Body Anatomy + Deep Time with Tias Little
Meet Tias Little and his newest book, Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga. The depth of Tias’s work has already touched many of you. During this episode, Tias describes his fascination with exploring and decoding the Subtle Body. In addition, he gives us a guidebook to know our own technology, our own unending interiors, and the great peace within.
When we’re in the world of distraction, we have a momentum that brings us to more distraction and more overwhelm. Tias discusses how the “almost a chakra” around your ear relates to this. He also describes what happens when the temporal bone floats. This episode is a gateway into the Subtle Body experience via Tias’s transmission.
I rap with Tias Little about anatomy and Yoga of the Subtle Body:
- How the Subtle Body unlocks a better human experience
- Becoming present through understanding your past as vibratory patterns and memories
- Discovering the Soundless Place within you
- Unlocking time by opening space with the temporal bone around your ear
- Processing emotions in the present
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
- See how Tias starts his day
- Learn why you want to start to sit and explore your breath
- Find out what happens as Tias grows older and wiser
- 6:30 — Tias delves into the concept of the Subtle Body and the small shifts that occur inside us. Exploration of the Subtle Body is also a marriage between the physical and the metaphysical.
- 8:34 — Slowing the process and practice down to follow our smallest movements allows for change to occur.
- 15:04 — Contemplative time and quiet are valuable because they free trapped distraction from the tissues and refine vibration.
- 25:34 — Making space for the self in the early part of the day is an important habit to develop. It's based in ancient ritual.
- 30:15 — The bone on the side of the cranium is a critical bone that relates to your sense of breath and inner space.
- “Time gets trapped in the body.”
- “We can get trapped in time in the identifications we make about who we are.”
- “The temporal bone around the ear is almost a chakra.”
- “Like a sculptor, we just keep sculpting deep into the cave of our energetic force.”
- “There's a place inside of us that is even outside of the field of vibration.”
Tias's unique, skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative, and full of insight. In addition, he synthesizes years of study in classical Yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India, in 1989, studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. As a result, his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail, and a profound meditative experience.
Tias is a licensed massage therapist, and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching are influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long-time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies, beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in weaving together poetic metaphor and clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Tias earned a Master’s Degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. Tias is also the author of three books: The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, and Yoga of the Subtle Body.