Author & Yoga Trainer
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Move through mindful breathwork and yogic techniques to cultivate strength and harmony in your body, mind, and spirit.
You already have the power to illuminate your spiritual path in a beautifully harmonizing way — and it all begins with conscious breathing (pranayama).
Pranayama yoga (prana means “life force” and yama refers to “control”) was the first practice to stress that respiratory control and modulated breathing are essential to the health of the mind and body. The volume and quality of prana that circulates within your body determines the level of your vitality.
Not taking in air and expelling it the right way may be why you’re sleeping poorly, feeling anxious, experiencing digestion issues, or finding yourself in increasingly irritable moods.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, pranayama is a powerful tool to help you relax. When you’re feeling worn out, it’s energizing. Breathwork grounds you, helping you become more stable so you can face any life challenge with grace.
In a new 5-week course with Nubia Teixeira, yogini, classical Indian Odissi dancer, and author, you’ll explore the purifying, healing, and balancing therapies of the ancient practice of pranayama.
You’ll welcome in your soul’s spring, as you take this wisdom into your daily life and spiritual sadhana (practice).
Drawing on her vast experience with the yogic well of Prana Vidya (“correct knowledge” of prana), Nubia will share breathwork techniques to support you — as you activate your vitality, rebalance the flow of energy in your inner systems, restore your sense of connection with the five layers of your being, and create a link between the seen and the sacred.
Nubia has been teaching her mastery of yoga, pranayama, and mudras (hand gestures) for nearly 30 years. She is the perfect teacher to help you optimize your health, galvanizing you to focus, heal, and energize your life.
Each week, she’ll also share mudras (hand gestures), mantras (sacred vocalizations), bandhas (energy activators), and more — as she guides you through empowering inner yogic techniques to bridge the five layers of your being.
You’ll discover empowering inner yogic techniques to honor each of the elements — starting with the physical body (earth), then moving into the body of energy (water). Next you’ll focus on the body of mind (fire) where purification will take place...
You’ll continue your exploration with the body of wisdom and memory (air) and journey into your devotional heart — and then you’ll arrive in the body of bliss (ether) with invocation and remembrance.
Along the way, you’ll learn that despite life’s challenges, you can live with grace and confidence — grounded and stable, with no fear of scarcity, as you embrace calmness and stillness.
In this illuminating 5-week course, you’ll discover:
- Pranayama practices to use in your daily life, according to your daily needs
- Purification practices to open each session
- Weekly rituals to present an offering to one of the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether) and invoke its special power
- How your breath can be your prayer
- How to let your emotions, feelings, and memories rise to the surface — and how to offer them into the stream of the oceanic universal consciousness
- Practical ways to prioritize your spiritual mission in this lifetime
- How to follow the light of your North Star to remember your inherent inner wisdom and most significant memories
- How you can turn your gaze upward and inward and begin to co-create your reality
What You’ll Discover in These 5 Weeks
In this 5-week transformational intensive, Nubia will guide you through the fundamental breathwork, mudra, and mantra skills you’ll need to create harmony in your body, mind, and spirit — as you connect with the five elements of the universe.
The Power of Live Streaming Video
You’ll connect with Nubia and experience her teachings through live streaming video. This connection is easy to use and will enhance the impact of Nubia’s transmissions. Or you can easily connect just via audio if you choose — through any connected device.
(Can’t make it live? No worries! After each class, the video and audio recordings will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format at your convenience.)
Weekly Sessions Wednesdays at 9:00am Pacific
This course will feature LIVE teachings, interactive training sessions, Q&As, and experiential practices with Nubia. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of pranayama, mudra, and mantra practices to cultivate strength and create harmony in your body, mind, and spirit.
Module 1: Earth — Honoring Your Physical Body & Establishing a Firm Ground for Your Practice (March 31)
In this opening session, Nubia will guide you to enter the mandala of your incarnation by honoring your physical body as your lifetime companion. You’ll spend a moment conversing with your body and blessing it with your loving awareness.
You’ll identify the places in your body where you don’t feel the presence of prana, or vital energy, as you learn to simply observe the natural flow of your breath.
Without trying to change anything, just by witnessing what is, you’ll then adventure into some of the most simple and effective breathing techniques — to establish a firm and fertile foundation upon which to build your pranayama practice.
With the physical body as the bindu (focal point), you’ll discover:
- Body scanning and prana channeling
- Sahaja (spontaneous breath) and Prana Kriya (yogic breath)
- Mula Bandha, the root activator/lock
- Full-Cycle Pranayama, the 4 phases of the breath
- Abhaya Mudra, or fear-not gesture
- Chatura Mudra, with a meditation on firmness
- The earth element and Muladhara chakra awareness
Module 2: Water — Honoring Your Energetic Body & Clearing Your Emotional Inner Rivers (April 7)
Traveling through the inner rivers of your landscape, you’ll invite the healing waters to flow more freely — and conduct pranic liquid light toward the great ocean of your heart.
Modern scientists view prana as a type of energy that moves like water. The ancient rishis, or seers of India, taught that our prana moves with the command of our minds — and can flow through the nadis, or inner rivers, of our bodies to awaken our latent powers.
In this module, Nubia will invite you to let your emotions, feelings, and memories rise to the surface — and offer them into the stream of the oceanic universal consciousness as an act of surrender and devotion.
With this invitation to let the waters flow, you’ll explore:
- Prachala, the churning of torso
- Varuni, breath and movement ritual
- Simhasana, or lion’s breath
- Sitali and Sitkari, cooling pranayamas
- Jihva Bandha, or tongue activator
- The Pendulum cleansing gesture and the Pushaputa offering gesture
- The Annapurna gesture, with a meditation on nourishment
- The water element and Swadhisthana chakra awareness
Module 3: Fire — Honoring Your Mental Body, Purifying Your Thoughts & Sharpening Your Vision (April 14)
This week you’ll rekindle, refocus, and prioritize your spiritual mission in this lifetime.
With an unyielding ground and fresh energy, you’ll arrive at the midpoint of your journey to stoke the inner fire of inspiration — and open your inner sight to revelation and spiritual orientation.
Nubia will share the pranayama techniques you’ll need to awaken the fire of transformation in your navel area.
As the fire moves up to the heart and eyes like light, it burns impurities that might be blocking you from seeing your true nature — and from seeing the steps you need to take to fulfill your life’s dharma.
As you’ll discover, now is the time to focus on how you can move towards your soul’s path.
With the awakening of the inner fire, you’ll explore:
- Trataka, purification of the eyes
- Drishtis, focal points to activate Shakti energy
- Bhastrika (bellows breath) and Kapalabhati (skull-shining breath)
- Agnisara Dhauti, abdominal fire activation
- Trikona, fire-awakening gesture
- Varada gesture with a meditation on generosity
- The fire element and Manipura chakra awareness
Module 4: Air — Honoring Your Wisdom Body, Expanding Your Breath & Attuning to Your Spiritual Heart (April 28)
This week, as you explore the element of air (heart chakra awareness), the journey back home begins.
The North Star of your spiritual heart is shining brighter now. At this point in your journey, you’ll have done deep inner work to arrive here at the place of all beginnings (and endings) in the center of your chest.
By following the light of your North Star, you’ll remember your inherent inner wisdom and the greatest memories of your soul-being — the one that brought you here, to incarnate, live, and share your truth.
When working with the heart center, you’re working with the air element — and with the invisible, the sense of touch, and the opening to divine grace.
The place is here, the moment is now, the destination is eternity, and the reality is love.
With the gift of homecoming so you can open your heart, you’ll learn:
- How to tap the power of your thymus
- A heart-opening pranayama
- Jalandhara Bandha (chin lock) with Uddiyana Bandha (abdominal lock) and Mula Bandha (root lock)
- Buddha Maitreya Mantra
- Hridaya Mudra (heart gesture) with a meditation on love
Module 5: Ether — Honoring Your Divine Body, Communing With Light & Vibrating With Your Soul (May 5)
The yantra, or sacred symbol, for the element of ether is a circle, black like the night sky.
In this final module, you’ll discover how the element of ether (Vishuddhi chakra awareness) provides space for all the other elements to manifest...
After this cycle of manifestation is complete, the four elements return back to the original ethereal Source.
This process reflects your trajectory as a soul — as a spiritual being in your physical body. It demonstrates the journey of separating from the Universal Soul, the longing to reunite, and the deep understanding that there’s more to our lives that we can see or comprehend.
Nubia will walk you through the mirror of the sky, explaining how you can turn your gaze upward and inward and begin to co-create your reality.
In this module, you’ll learn:
- Bhramari Pranayama (bee breath) and Ujjayi Pranayama (victorious breath)
- Karana Mudra, or evil-dispelling gesture with Heart Sutra Prayer
- Dhyana Mudra, the meditation gesture with Soham Breath
- Padma Mudra, a lotus gesture, with Meditation of the Great Accomplishment
- A chakra purification practice
The Breathing Into Balance Bonus Collection
In addition to Nubia’s transformative 5-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful bonuses to complement the program and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
The Essence of Hanuman: The Awakener of Devotion & Service in the Heart
Video Teaching From Nubia Teixeira
In this devotional yoga video, Nubia will introduce you to the “son of the wind,” Pavana Suta Hanuman, and to the embodiment of life force (prana) and devotion (bhakti). Via storytelling and practice, she’ll share Hanuman’s favorite chant, his sacred symbol, some of his many gifts to humanity, and the subtle flows of the five main winds in the body.
Yoga & the Art of Mudras
PDF Guide From Nubia Teixeira
This excerpt from Nubia’s book, Yoga and the Art of Mudras, welcomes you to honor the five compositional elements in ritual. You’ll be introduced to five hand gestures, or mudras, and five rituals and meditations revering the five elements as the foundation of all of creation (within and without). Nubia designed this manual to help you connect with life’s main source — and to give you a natural, simple way of honoring life and the magic of creation within. You’ll also find beautiful photos that teach mudra skills as expressive arts — and some deep and powerful key gestures for meditation.
Pranayama: May Our Breath Be Our Prayer
Two Audio Meditations From Nubia Teixeira
Nubia will guide you through two restorative practices (Maitreya Prayer and Phases of the Breath) that interweave breathing techniques with open-hearted meditation, visualization, and singing. Prana, the vital energy present in the air we breathe, links our inner and outer environments and connects us with all beings and all nature. The volume and quality of prana that circulates within your body determines the level of your vitality. Discover how you can increase and purify your internal reserve of energy through pranayama (conscious breathing).
What People Are Saying About Nubia Teixeira...
— Gabriela Masala: “I Have Been Able to Come Home to Myself in a Deeper Way”
— Jai Uttal: “Nubia Is One of the Deepest, Most Spiritual, Most Knowledgeable Yoga Teachers I Have Ever Met”
“Nubia is our guide on a beautiful journey into this ancient wisdom.”
Just as we use our voices to chant the sacred name, so we can use our hands to deepen our meditation in the form of these sacred mudras. Nubia is our guide on a beautiful journey into this ancient wisdom. She shares with grace, wisdom, knowledge, and passion — such a blessing!
— Deva Premal, musician and meditative mantra muse
“Nubia is an other-worldly apsara who has taken birth amongst us mortals...”
The hands are extensions of the heart, reflecting what is in your heart. Mudras tell stories with hands. Nubia’s hands express the celestial stories and songs of her innermost heart — the eternal abode of divine love where God and the soul dance in ecstatic delight. Nubia is an other-worldly apsara who has taken birth amongst us mortals — to show us the keys to the heart of heaven and how to open the secret door.
— Sharon Gannon, founder of Jivamukti Yoga
“Nubia transforms a simple space into a temple...”
Nubia Teixeira imbues her movements with beauty, devotion, and grace in her Bhakti-Nova style Odissi dance. Nubia transforms a simple space into a temple, and brings her students with her on a journey into the joy and love of this ancient dance. Her unique, accessible approach makes learning Odissi possible and the experience rich in connection and meaning.
— Lynn Wallace, author of Dance Me Home, A Moving Journey
“She is a gifted teacher whose authenticity and joy light up the way...”
Nubia’s classes are a piece of art interweaving her vast knowledge and mastery of asana, mudras, mantras, and pranayama into an hour-long journey of heartfelt flow and song. She is a gifted teacher whose authenticity and joy light up the way as she guides her students with her gift of song, hands-on adjustments, and her playful and devotional approach to her teachings. I am proud to call her my teacher and mentor.
— Naia Maro, artist and yoga teacher
Join the Global Community
The Art of Breathing Into Balance With Pranayama, Mudras & Mantras offers some of the most advanced online teachings available, within a thriving, global community of learning and practice.
Join fellow students and practitioners to support and inspire each other as you integrate the teachings and practices Nubia Teixeira will share in this powerful training.
You’ll be part of an international community that’s on the leading edge of a global movement of people manifesting a world grounded in principles of cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Five 90-Minute Class Sessions With Nubia Teixeira
Experience a unique opportunity to be mentored by and learn from the founder of the Bhakti Nova School of Yoga from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes a live streaming video option and guides you to discover specific skills and abilities to cultivate strength and harmony in your body, mind, and spirit. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 9:00am Pacific.
Five Video Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the digital video will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format. You will not receive anything in the mail. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere at your convenience.
Five Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere at your convenience.
Five PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
Between class sessions, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your course materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Breathing Into Balance Bonus Collection
- The Essence of Hanuman: The Awakener of Devotion & Service in the Heart
Video Teaching From Nubia Teixeira
- Yoga & the Art of Mudras
PDF Guide From Nubia Teixeira
- Pranayama: May Our Breath Be Our Prayer
Two Audio Meditations From Nubia Teixeira
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join The Art of Breathing Into Balance With Pranayama, Mudras & Mantras Online Training
We feel honored that Nubia Teixeira has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with an author, yoga trainer, and yoga school founder whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.
If you’re serious about mastering breathwork practices to purify, strengthen, and energize your mind, body, and spirit, then you owe it to yourself to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
About Nubia Teixeira
Nubia Teixeira, an author, yogini, teacher trainer, and Odissi dancer, has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga for almost 30 years. With her view of yoga as a healing art, her refinement and unique style overflows with sacred meaning and heartfelt inspiration. Nubia is the author of the instructional CD Pranayama: May Breath Be Our Prayer and the book Yoga and the Art of Mudras. She leads workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats locally and around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live and pre-recorded teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a computer, mobile device, or telephone. If there’s more than one person in your household taking the course, you’ll each need your own connection. We use Zoom video conferencing to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
There’s no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.
“I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever...”
I had never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion, and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon within which to participate. I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
— Claudia F., Medford, Massachusetts
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private online community group.
Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?
A: We’ll have a private online community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, and completing homework assignments that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the course.
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