How the Bandhas Can Deepen Your Practice (In-Studio + Online)


September 30 2023


Berkeley, CA
Adho Mukha Virasana 2

The Importance of Three Bandhas in Yoga to Stabilize and Purify all Levels of the Body and Mind.

These sessions explore understandings and embodied experiences of the three bandhas, the deep engagements of the physical and subtle bodies, including mula-bandha (the “root lock”), uddiyana-bandha (the “navel lock”), and jalandhara-bandha (the “throat lock”). We will approach and unpack these concepts as stabilizing actions that support us in functional movement, both on and off the mat, and explore different philosophical understandings and practices regarding the three bandhas. 

Our student body will be a diverse, virtual, global community of yogis with a wide range of experience. Participants will range from newer yoga practitioners to experienced teachers. Students with stiffness, challenges with yoga or meditation, injuries, and health issues are all welcome. If you are interested in a deeper understanding of yourself and your body, and if you want to develop tools that nourish your body, mind, and personal gifts, this training is for you and we encourage you to attend.

This training follows the Mazé Method of yoga education, a step-by-step approach to becoming a skillful, confident teacher. The curriculum combines detailed alignment knowledge and intelligent sequencing with vinyasa theory to provide you with sound skills for teaching safe and effective yoga classes. Your teachers have spent over 50 years collectively investigating nearly every style of yoga, its practices, and associated philosophies. Their knowledge, combined with their approach to experiential education, creates a learning environment that is rich and multi-faceted.

Students will learn to apply healthy critical thinking through an inquisitive approach to yoga studies. They’ll practice innovative teaching drills, gain clarity about how scientific principles substantiate training techniques, explore the deeper dimensions of yoga practice, and leave with a cutting-edge understanding of human movement and physiology. In all, students can expect to complete this training with new perspectives on yoga study, a greater understanding of biomechanical alignment principles, and expanded general knowledge.

We will study and deconstruct asana (yoga poses), pranayama(breathwork), meditation, yoga theory, yoga practice, yoga history and philosophy, basic Sanskrit, and ethics. Each day will be a treasure trove of learning about anatomy, kinesiology, applied biomechanics, and how to use this knowledge to optimize your yoga and movement practice and teaching.

In addition to the pre-recorded lessons and classes, Nichol and Noah will offer regular live sessions to facilitate community and collaboration, conduct teaching practicum, answer emerging collective questions, and further clarify lessons and topics as needed. Upon completion and graduation, students may choose to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour RYT level.


September 30 2023
Morning Session 11 am-1pm, Afternoon Session 2pm-4pm PDT

Recordings available if you cant make the event.

Strong to the Core: All Levels Asana Workshop. 11:00am-1:00pm PDT

This all levels yoga workshop takes you on a journey of engaging the bandhas as deep core activation, stabilization, and overall core strengthening. Expect detailed instruction, anatomical explanations, specific muscular activations, lots of strengthening drills, and a 360 degree approach to core stabilization and strengthening in progressive sequencing towards arm balance peak poses. Designed for all levels of yoga students

Yoga of Subtle Connection: Yoga Study and Practice 2:00pm-4:00pm PDT

This deep dive session explores the history, philosophical understandings, and practices related to the bandhas, as well as their broader context in Tantric traditions of subtle body practice (kundalini theory, chakras etc.). Through explanation, conversation, embodied experience, breath practices, and contemplation, we will deepen and enrich our understanding of these important practices as students of yoga history, and as practitioners (and teachers) of modern yoga. Designed for Yoga teachers and those practitioners who want to explore yogic practices more deeply

Both workshops $70 / One workshop $40

  • 1 year of yoga practice recommended
  • No prior teaching experience required
  • Stiffness and injuries OK
  • Willingness to participate in a group process
  • Ability to give and receive feedback skillfully
  • Dedication, motivation and self directed studentship

  • We are big believers in getting to know our students personally. We prefer in person communication and respond quickly and comprehensively by phone, and Tracy Mazé may be reached at (310) 871-8808 anytime via call or text.
  • Alternatively, please email and include the best phone number to reach you.
  • If you prefer communication solely via email, please email and allow us up to a week for us to respond to your inquiry.

What Students Are Saying

The Mazé Method School was created to provide the highest quality yoga education through our in-person and on-demand programs.

“This is the hardest and the most rewarding training I’ve ever done.”

Aria M.

“Studying with Noah has opened up possibilities I hadn’t known existed.”

Natalia C.

“This experience was transformative. I was challenged, affirmed, inspired, and reminded of what a gift it is to be a yogi.”

Willis J.

“I will forever be grateful for this experience. It was exactly what I hoped for and exceeded my already high expectations”

Annie S.