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Q & A - Tantra Yoga

 

  1. 1. Where does Traditional Yoga come from?

This lineage is rooted in Uttara Shaivism, or Kashmiri Shaivism, one of six Śiva (Shiva) traditions in India. It is a spiritual practice derived from the Vedas (India’s spiritual scriptures). The Vedas contain the most ancient metaphysical knowledge available to man. Modern Science (Quantum Physics) has since lent validity to several universal principles contained in the Vedas (see Dr D Bohm & Krishnamurti). Spiritually inclined practitioners practise yoga to root themselves in Infinite Consciousness, that is to realise the true nature of reality and attain ‘liberation’. In Tantric terms this is also described as the ‘true Self’ emerging to express itself from a place of love and freedom.

 

Yoga and tantra merge. Body, mind, and soul are considered a sacred unified force. Originally, yoga did not include ãsanas but was mostly meditation - it was the Tantric tradition that established yoga also as a physical practice. While this yoga can transform every area of life, including sexuality, classes do not involve nudity or sexuality. Yoga ãsanas (poses) reconnect us with our body’s intrinsic intelligence. Perfection is not the aim, but rather individual exploration lets the ãsanas come through by themselves. Ultimately, this yoga is a journey of remembering our Essence.


Advanced practitioners also study Sanskrit and Tantric texts (tantras) to learn about the principles of reality, sacred mantras, and other practices that expand consciousness. Facilitators of this Yoga are trained by an initiated teacher of a traditional lineage. Advanced practice incorporates deeper Pranayama, Bandhas, Mantra, and Puja (sacred ritual) to culture the flow of Kundhalini Energy.

 

"The goal of Kashmir Shaivism is to merge in Shiva or Universal Consciousness, or realise one's already existing identity with Shiva, by means of wisdom, yoga and grace."

      Jnanavatar Swami Yukteswar Giri


 

 

     

2. What if I’m not thin, bendy, or spiritual?

You are welcome exactly as you are. ‘Thin’ or ‘fit’ does not always equal ‘healthy and balanced’. People of all shapes and sizes enjoy yoga, and even experienced practitioners experience occasional stiffness or ‘off’ days. This yoga, in particular, will support you to practise in a way that feels natural to you. There is no such thing as a ‘perfect posture’, and your body is beautiful as it is. If you have no previous experience, this can be a tremendous advantage as this allows for openness to learning something new. Also: it is not a requirement to subscribe to yoga philosophy or any faith whatsoever.


"When you serve your highest purpose, you serve the well-being of everything."

      Rod Stryker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. But is yoga not just selfish naval gazing?

Yoga has been shown to improve organ function, metabolism, immunity, brain function, mood, energy levels and overall well-being. Traditional yoga, in particular, also expands and deepens our ability to meditate and connects us with our ‘life purpose’. These benefits have a direct impact on how we think, act, or perceive ourselves and others. Yoga can thus positively affect our relationships, and everyone around us benefits. Giving ourselves quality time and attention to practise yoga is a first step.


4. But I’m over 60...

This Yoga is particularly suitable for those who are ready to take it easy. It is much more ‘yogic’ to go slow and rest, than to push ourselves. Since the approach is beautifully paced, you will in time gain surprising benefits. Importantly, life experience and maturity can help you approach the practice with awareness and depth. This way, meditating in the poses - a key aspect of tantra yoga - becomes an enriching possibility.

 

5. I have been unwell, can I still participate?

If you have been acutely or chronically ill, or you had recent operations, or you are injured, please consult your GP/consultant prior to attending a class and inform your yoga instructor of the outcome.

 

6. Is yoga safe during pregnancy?

If you are pregnant, please attend a pregnancy-specific class in your area to practise the poses that are good for you at this time. Yoga holds wonderful benefits for you and your unborn child.

 

7. What if I just want to do yoga to look fit?

By the time this yoga takes effect on the inside, participants are usually no longer concerned with ‘how they look’ on the outside - but they feel comfortable with themselves, and have a 'glow'. Tantra yoga facilitates self-acceptance - an appreciation for ourselves as we are now. Welcome physical changes happen for many people but are ideally viewed as welcome ‘side-effects’ - a reflection of the changes within, rather than the main goal.



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