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The Aim of Tantra: Kundalini Awakening Series
July 25 @ 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
- The Fourteen Realms
- The Fourteen Precious Jewels
- The Fourteen Lunar Days
- Dattatreya, The Teachings from the Forest
- Chaya Yoga, The Yoga of the Shadow
- Lord Yama Teaches to Nichiketa about Immortality
- 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.
In-person and Live Online: July 25, 2021: Session 7: The Dasha Dig Bala: 10 Sacred Directions
In this session of the on-going Aim of Tantra series we will explore the 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. We hope to connect with you in the on-line learning space or live at DownTown Yoga in Augusta, Maine.
A zoom link will be sent to those who register for the online option.
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.
Registration: Registration is by individual class session. To register for Session 7, 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 Session #7: Saturday, July 24 for Session 6.
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.