TANTRA'S FIVE YOGA SYSTEM
Tantra yoga starts with the gross level, the body, and gradually transitions to the subtle level, consciousness. This teaching system offers the evolutionary process from Hatha yoga, meditation through the body, to Astanga yoga, meditation through the mind, to Mantra yoga, meditation through sound, to Kundalini yoga, meditation through the chakras, and ultimately to Shiva-Shakti yoga, meditation through the internal masculine and feminine energies.
The foundation of Tantra. Classical Hatha Yoga to balance our solar and lunar energies, when the body is balanced in this way the energy can flow properly which is the basis of good health.
Shat Karma – 1st step in Hatha Yoga, internal yogic cleansing to prepare our bodies and minds for the yoga practice to follow, so that when prana does start to flow it will be moving through clear open channels.
Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bhanda
Asana – Classic Hatha Yoga Asanas, Sun Salutations with deeper esoteric meaning while incorporating chakra awareness, How to incorporate breathe, awareness and movement along with enjoyment.
Pranayama – Sensitizing, Vitalizing, Balancing and Tranquilizing. You will learn more than techniques but gain the ability to use your breathe to direct your own pranic flow.
Mudra – Create a flow of prana through different gestures, an essential element of Tantra yoga.
Bhanda – Learn to lock and release different parts of the body to direct and circulate energy as needed.
ASHTANGA YOGA (Raja Yoga) – 8 Limbs.
There are practices in each of these limbs that help one evolve to the next.
Yama and Niyama – Development of personal character by imbibing certain lifestyle regulations for upliftment. Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga are included here.
Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion) – Embodying Divine Qualities.
Karma Yoga (Yoga of Selfless Service) – Doing something good for humanity that reaches beyond your own borders.
Asana – Become comfortable in your own skin as a micro-cosmos (small universe) within the macro-cosmos (universe), so that one may embody life-force and develop intuition.
Pranayama – Learn to expand the space between the breaths to come fully into present moment awareness, preliminary stages of meditation.
Pratyahara – Can you fully relax and go within? Learn to withdraw your senses and find your true home, inside of you.
Yoga Nidra and other techniques will be practiced regularly
Dharana – Concentration – esoteric practices to create the strength and focus necessary for meditation.
Dhyayna – Meditation will happen naturally with the preparatory practices we will give you.
Samadhi – Blissful state of enlightenment – A glimpse will be possible as the soul begins to shine out and feel real peace.
Once the body and mind are balanced, we are ready to invoke the divine energy through sound vibration, the most subtle of all manifestations.
AUM Chanting – There are many ways to chant AUM to awaken different energy centers and to either elevate or ground one’s state of being.
Kirtan – Singing together invites joy and expansive energy.
Mantra Initiation – You will receive a mantra to connect you with the yoga lineage enabling you to chant on your own.
Yantra, Mantra and Tantra – Visualization and Manifestation.
As part of this theme we will incorporate dance and movement throughout the course to fully awaken and unite our bodies and souls.
The yoga of awakening the sleeping potential of the human being through bringing awareness into each chakra, energy center using a variety of Tantra yoga methods. This is an integral practice that will evolve throughout the course. We will also spend time to understand and work with each chakra individually.
Kriya Yoga – Working inside of the asana to circulate prana from one chakra to the next, a process of purification.
SHIVA SHAKTI YOGA
Requiring the use of all the yoga systems learned previously; it is our goal to make you a master of your own body, mind and energy systems. You will learn how to become an embodiment of divinity and to balance your own internal masculine and feminine energies.
Harmonizing sexuality with spirituality to understand sacred sex.
Ritual and ceremony to celebrate and honor the divine feminine and noble masculine.
Ayurveda — the art of living in harmony with yourself and the natural world.
Philosophy and practical application.
Circardian rhythms and natural cycles.
Self-care and daily routine.
Ayurvedic diet and conscious eating.
Jnana Yoga — the yoga of knowledge and the path of self-realization.
Integration of the philosophy of yoga into the experiential or vice versa.
Everyday examples; negative patterns, personal tendencies and heightening self awareness.
The power of the mind / directing ones perception accordingly.
Self-inquiry, the transmission of Ramana Maharshi works on non-dualism.
Energetic Principles — discovering our intrinsic connection as a micro cosmos in the macro cosmos.
The law of resonance; from the energetic to the tangible and visible.
The Pancha Kosha — 5 energetic layers or sheaths that move from the outermost layer of skin to the deep spiritual core.
* Please note that you will receive the full syllabus on the first day of class. Every training course is slightly different as we adjust to the needs and learning level of our students. Tantra is an integrative system, so there will be elements of all the topics throughout the entire course. Please remain flexible.
Our school of Tantra Yoga comes out of Shanti Yoga Ashram, whose lineage is the combination of Tantra Yoga as taught by Swami Nirajananda, successor of Swami Satyananda of Bihar School of Yoga and Swami Shivalingam of Nepal, also a student of Swami Satyananda, who taught the ancient hidden secrets of Nepalese Tantra to his disciple Yogi Prakash, or Guruji, as he is known, founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram.
Nepal is the land of Tantra, where Shiva himself taught this science to his other half, Parvati. It has been preserved in its pure form from Guru to disciple ever since. It is our intention to transmit this wealth of knowledge, through adapted practices and providing a good structural means for conducive learning and integration.
"The scope of Tantra is vast. It is intended to cover every aspect of a person's life from early morning to late at night, from birth to death.
It is intended to make life more harmonious and blissful in every action and situation. It is for all types of people, from housewives to monks.
It is a system that teaches us how to fully know and use the world we live in, as well as tune in with higher consciousness."
- Swami Satyananda Saraswati