The Aim of Tantra: Kundalini Awakening Series
October 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Overview of the Aim of Tantra: Awakening Kundalini Series
ShivaShakti invites you to continue to awaken into your highest potential. Join us live online to connect and practice with like-minded individuals and dive deeper into your practice with Krishna in the Aim of Tantra: Kundalini Awakening Series. Our growing on-line community is aimed at bringing forth each being’s divine light and supporting one another’s spiritual journeys. This series is comprised of one 2-hour class each month that will likely span 10-12 months. This offering may evolve throughout 2021 and the exact number of sessions will be determined as the series progresses. One can drop in for any session or attend all.
During these transformative times there are excellent opportunities for personal evolution and collective growth. Each indivual in this lifetime has the opportunity to develop themselves into a higher vision of the Self. “Awakening Kundalini” in this sense refers to conscious evolution not only for yourself, but also for your families, your communities and the world we all inhabit together. Tantra encompasses the technologies that we employ for raising of consciousness.
In this series we will explore therapeutic myths of Yoga, Vedic Cosmology, Kundalini theory and yogic sadhanas. Also, within each two hours session we will explore meditative practices, applied mantras and opportunities for reflection in breakout rooms.
Sessions in this Series include:
- The Myth of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk
- Awakening the Goddess Energy- Shakti Kundalini
- Dasha Mahavidyas- The 10 Wisdom Goddesses
- The Aim of Tantra- Philosophical Roots
- The 10 Directions
- Lord Yama Teaches to Nichiketa about Immortality
- The Fourteen Realms
- The Fourteen Precious Jewels
- The Fourteen Lunar Days
- Dattatreya, The Teachings from the Forest
- Chaya Yoga, The Yoga of the Shadow
- Darpana Yoga, The Yoga of the the Mirror
- Swara Yoga, The Yoga of the Breath
- Svapna Yoga, The Yoga of Dreaming
The idea by exploring these topics is to create a working perspective through yogic psychology, through synchronicty and through conscious intent to dream in the greater vision for yourself and for the emerging of a more conscious world.
Live Online: October 24, 2021: Session 10: Lord Yama- The King of Dharma
In this session we will explore Lord Yama, the King of Dharma first in a pre-recorded video. Lord Yama is the guardian of the southern direction, death and the ancestors. This video begins with a dharma talk on the qualities and attributes of Lord Yama. After the lesson there are three myths relative to Lord Yama and the greater vision of his role relative to the other deities within the pantheon of ten sacred directions. After that there is a guided meditation that weaves in elements from the dharma talk and mythosphere. Finally, there are journal prompts and key reflection questions to help deepen understanding and relationship to Lord Yama and the dharma. We will join in sacred space during our live meet-up to practice the sadhana and sit and discuss Lord Yama’s significance in a contemplative space.
Also, if you are not able to watch the video or meditate upon the study questions you are still welcome to join the Live Digestion Session and jump in from where you are.
A zoom link will be sent after you register.
*Please note each module is a stand alone module, it is not necessary to have attended previous classes.*
Live Online: November 21, 2021: Session 12: Nirutti, the Goddess of Dissolution
In this session we will enter into the ritual journey of the conscious descent into the southwestern direction. This corner of the subtle realm is guarded by Nirutti, the Goddess of Chaos and Dissolution. As a widow and ‘Shakti with no Shiva’ she represents the conscious descent into the underworld. It is through meeting the dark goddess that we are able to meet our shadow twin and reclaim those soul portions that are hidden in the darkness of the unconscious self. This session includes the conscious descent meditation followed by thoughtful inquiries into the deeper aspects of the psyche. We will join in sacred space during our live meet-up to practice the sadhana and sit and discuss Nirutti’s significance in a contemplative space.
Live Online: December 19, 2021: Session 12: Lord Varuna, the God of the Cosmic Waters
The western direction is guarded by Varuna, the Lord of the Cosmic Ocean. In this session there will be a dharma talk that focuses on Varuna and his associated energies. After that we will enter into meditative practice. This session concludes with some reflective practices to support the process.
Past Sessions & Additional Recordings:
Recordings Available for past live sessions as well as additional pre-recorded sessions with material that won’t be covered during live classes. It can be helpful to watch the past sessions and additional recordings if you missed them before joining us for the upcoming live session. The recordings of the live sessions typically run about 1 hr and 45 min- 2 hours.
The Philosophical Aim of Tantra 2-Part Video
This foundational session is recommended to support all the other sessions and covers the philosophical underpinnings of Tantra. This class selucidate topics such as what the path of Tantra comprises from a philosophical perspective, the Pancha Koshas (5 Sheaths), Bhuta Shuddhi (purification practice) and Tri Granthi (3 karmic knots). Gaining a solid foundation in the philosophical teachings of Tantra helps to guide our mythic, experiential journeys in the other sessions. Approximately 2.5-3 hours of content divided into 2 recordings.
Session 1: The Churning of the Ocean of Milk
Taught live February 28, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In the first session, we explored how using Mount Meru as the rod and Vasuki—the king of snakes who adorns the neck of Shiva—as the rope, the Devas and the Asuras churned the milky ocean. The myth of churning the ocean corresponds to a yogi practicing their art (including meditation) to stir their vast ocean-like unconscious in order to find the nectar (soma) in their mind and merge with eternity.
Session 2: Awakening the Goddess Energy- Shakti Kundalini
Taught live March 28, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In the second session, we will explore continue to explore the Divine Feminine through the telling of the therapeutic myth of Daksha Yajna Nasha or the Destruction of Daksha’s Fire Ceremony. In this tale Daksha invites all of the gods for a fire ceremony to celebrate himself as king. Daksha has a daughter named Sati who is in love with Lord Shiva. Daksha chooses not to invite Shiva and thus sparks a tale of transformation and awakening of Sati, the feminine energy of the goddess. After the telling we will look into the rich significance of this purana through commentary and reflection. In this session, the Dasha Maha Vidyas, the Ten Wisdom Goddesses are introduced.
Session 3: Exploring Shiva & Parvati, Ganesha & Kartikeya
Taught live April 25, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In our third session of Kundalini awakening, we will continue to explore the Divine Feminine through the therapeutic myths of Shiva and Parvati, the great birth of Ganesha and the mystical birth of his brother Kartikeya. In three separate tales we will explore the creation of Shiva and Parvati’s divine family. After the stories we will look into the deeper esoteric meanings of these Puranic myths. After the story telling portion of our program we will then enter into the meditative space and practice specific guided visualizations using tantra, mantra and mandala. Included in our practice are meditations to the first three of the Wisdom Goddesses, Kali, Tara and Lalita Tripura Sundari.
Session 4: Exploring Durga, Bhuvaneswari and Bhairavi
Taught live May 23, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In our fourth session of Kundalini awakening, we will continue to explore the Divine Feminine through the therapeutic myth of the Creation of Durga. In this myth we can see her feminine power manifest as her shaktis, or her ten arm forces with her various divine weapons. After the mythosphere we will look into the deeper symbolic meaning of this Goddess myth. After the tale telling portion of our program we will then enter into the meditative space and practice specific guided visualizations correlating to the next two Wisdom Goddesses, Bhuvaneshwari and Bhairavi.
Session 5: Meeting the Remaining Maha Vidyas: 2-Part Video
Pre-recorded session. See payment info below.
In the first part of this Maha Vidya session we delve into the myths of the next five Wisdom Goddesses: Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bhagalamukhi, Matangi & Kamala. These shaktis represent cosmic principles of transformation.
In the the second recording we move into the ritual meditative space and cultivate awareness and relationship to these divine forces through guided meditation and mantra. The second portion of the session will wrap up the introduction to the Maha Vidyas with a Dharma Talk that weaves together all ten of these feminine forces. Approximately 2.5-3 hours of content divided into 2 recordings.
Session 6: Lessons of The Gods & Goddess
Taught live June 27, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In this session of Kundalini awakening, we will explore two tales. In the first, we will hear of how the Goddess, Bhuvaneshwari taught Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva a lesson about the Supremacy of the Goddess. The second myth reveals a story of how Shiva taught Brahma and Vishnu the eternal nature of Consciousness. After the tale-telling portion of our program we will chant 108 names of Shiva while making water offerings to the Shiva Linga.
Session 7: 10 Sacred Directions- Part 1
Taught live July 25, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In this session of the on-going Aim of Tantra series we will explore the Dasha Dig Bala, the Ten Sacred Directions. We will be getting to know the Deities associated with the Dasha Dig Bala, or Ten Directions. This two hour teaching will start with associated myths, practice and a dharma talk.
Session 8: 10 Sacred Directions- Part 2
Taught live August 29, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In this session of the on-going Aim of Tantra series we will continue to learn about the Dasha Dig Bala, the Ten Sacred Directions. We will be reflecting upon Agni Deva, The God of Fire. During this class we will return to the Mythosphere and hear a tale or two about Agni, the Lord of Fire. Then we will meditate and create relationships with Agni through sadhana (meditative practices, Mantra, visualization and conscious intent) and hear a dharma talk about Agni Deva.
Session 9: Agni Digestion Session
Taught live September 26, 2021. Recording Available. See payment info below.
In this session of the on-going Aim of Tantra series we will take time to digest some of the rich content that has been covered in previous lectures. We will reflect upon Lord Agni, the deity of Fire, covered in the previous AOT online class. If you were not present for the last session or have not yet watched the Agni Video please do so before joining this Digestion Session. Once you have watched the previous session, please practice the Sadhana that was sent to you. Please bring your insights, reflections and/or questions to the Agni Digestion Session to share. We will be taking time to meet in small groups to discuss the practice, as well as meeting collectively.
Session 10: Lord Yama- The King of Dharma
Recording Available. See payment info below.
In this pre-recorded session of the on-going Aim of Tantra Series we will explore Lord Yama, the King of Dharma and Death. Lord Yama is the guardian of the southern direction and the ancestors. In this video you will hear a dharma talk on the qualities and attributes relative to Lord Yama. Then three myths relative to Lord Yama will be shared. After that there is a guided meditation that weaves in elements from the dharma talk and mythosphere. Finally, there are journal prompts that you can work with as well. This program can be viewed as a stand alone module if you so choose.
Session 11: Lord Yama Teaches Nachiketa About Immortality- Wisdom from the Katha Upanishad
Recording Available. See payment info below.
This session is special addition to the Ten Sacred Directions Module. In the two pre-recorded videos we will take our attention to the Katha Upanishad. This text is a very special teaching between Lord Yama and his student Nachiketa. Nachiketa asks Lord Yama about the Secret of Immortality and Lord Yama delivers.
This session begins with an introduction to the Katha Upanishad. Next there is a select commentary upon key verses about the Teachings of Immortality. After that there are three select meditation practices derived from Katha Upanishad. The session concludes with questions for journaling and contemplation.
Registration: Registration is by individual class session. To register for Session 10, contact us here letting us know you’d like to attend and send payment to: PayPal.me/shivashaktiyoga If you are attending in-person you may pay at the studio, but please contact us to reserve a spot.
Registration Deadline for Live Streaming Session #10: Saturday, October 23 for Session 10.
Session Cost: Sliding scale from $18 to $30 USD per live class or recording. If finances are a variable in your attendance please contact us for more details.
You will receive a Zoom link for an upcoming session upon payment or the recording if you’re requesting one from a past session.