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Avahana: The Descent of Kundalini Shakti ~ Special 4-Week Series

 
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Join us for a visual journey through the Tantric Subtle Body and the forgotten Matriarchal Roots of Tantric Yoga

In this groundbreaking visual series, Christopher will present a sneak preview of his nine years of dissertation research into Kundalini and Tantric  roots of Hatha yoga, drawn from dozens of un-published Tantric texts.

This series will be a visual journey, taken through four ‘Chakra Scrolls’ which present Kundalini in its original context – as an *active* power that descends from the crown Chakra to ‘liberate yogins’ from all suffering.

Avahana means ‘Summoning’ or  ‘Invitation.’ We will learn how this pan-Tantric rite, later removed from the patriarchal ‘Hathayoga’ manuals, was one of inviting the Highest Shakti, located in her ‘coiled’ form (Kundalini) within the crown lotus (Sahasrara), into the body as sonic power of  liberation.

Special Offering – For the first time in the West, all students of this series will be introduced to the previously forgotten ‘Chakra Invocations,’ a series of Mantra blessings individually prescribed for each chakra and engaged at the start of daily practice. 

Topics Include:

I. From Womb to Womb – the Re-birth of Shakti as the ‘Coiled Power’ (Part I) 

In this opening session, students will be introduced to the pan-Tantric, Matriarchal-based Chakra system before it was altered into the adulterated version we have inherited, one which falsely depicts Kundalini, once the sonic force latent within the breath, dormant at the base of the spine.

II. Defining ‘Kundalini’ – the ‘Song’ (Gayatri) of the Soul.

‘Kundalini’ is just one of the epithets given in our Chakra Scrolls for the Highest Shakti to be engaged in daily Yoga practice. We will learn how the term ‘Coiled,’ (kundalini)  was originally used interchangeably with Gayatri, another feminine term, to venerate the movements of Shakti as the maternal ‘power’ who ‘bears prana’ (prana-dharini) throughout the body.

III. The Yoni Chakra – Embracing the ‘Descent’ of Shakti into the Body Temple

In this session, students will be given a visual introduction  to the Tantric rite of Avahana (above), in which the descending power of  of Kundalini was drawn into the body into the temple of the subtle body for yoga practice (later removed in the Hathayoga texts).

IV. Ritual Night – The Sacred Names of Kundalini Shakti (namavali) –

*  For our final session, Christopher will lead us through the ritual recitation of the 108 names of Goddess Kundalini, drawn from an unpublished Chapter of the Rudra Yamala Tantra.

This special series will include slide shows, contemplation, mantra, meditation and discussion of how to weave these teachings into your daily life.

These seminars are for:

  • Hatha yoga teachers and practitioners seeking insight into the roots of the tradition and its multiple facets.
  • Meditators and spiritual seekers interested in deepening their understanding of the ancient teachings and practices.
  • Yoga students interested in discovering more about this fascinating tradition.
  • Anyone interested in the philosophy, culture, and spirituality of India.

 

Donation based classes sliding scale $17-10

Enrollment is open for all classes and all are welcome.

 

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm

June 6

June 13

June 20

June 27

 

About the Instructor:

Christopher presents on the history, roots, and evolution of the Yoga Tradition in India and specializes on the lost practices of Hatha Yoga in the Tantric traditions. He holds advanced degrees in Sanskrit and Religious Studies from Harvard and UC Berkeley, where he currently teaches. He has presented to thousands of Yoga students worldwide in Yoga-based events, conferences, and teacher trainings.

 

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Beginner’s Yoga Workshop

 
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Discover fundamental poses, the importance of breath in yoga, and alignment principles in this supportive and fun beginner’s workshop. You’ll learn basic yoga poses, how to work with props and move through an aligned yoga sequence, giving you the tools to safely and more confidently move through a yoga sequence. There will be time to ask questions and practice and explore poses. This workshop will provide you the essentials to start your yoga practice off right and prepare you to attend any all levels class.

Workshop Cost: $25

*Includes a Free Week of Yoga for New Students

Instructor:
Suzanne Zuber (RYT 500), European-American yogini and international yoga instructor, has been fortunate to study in-depth asana, anatomy, therapeutics, and the various Yogic traditions and philosophies with world-renowned Hatha and Vinyasa teachers. With Noah Mazé, she earned her 300-hour Yogamazé teaching certificate during a year-long course of study in Berlin, focusing on Iyengar-based alignment Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She is a graduate of the 200-hour Anusara-based yoga teacher training with Siri Peterson, Chrissy and Kenny Graham, and has further studied with Abby Tucker, Jim Bernaert, and Sianna Sherman. She has taught at various studios in Stockholm, Munich, and the Bay Area, and currently runs a yoga-program for students and teachers at the German International School of Silicon Valley (Berkeley campus). Read more here: http://yogakula.com/suzanne-zuber/ Learn more at www.suzanneyoga.net

 

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100 Hr Teacher Training

 

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Our Yoga Teacher Training is for committed and curious yoga students who wish to take their practice to the next level in the company of like-hearted souls. During our 100 hour teacher training we’ll dive deeply into the traditions and practices of yoga, connect with the fullness of ourselves and each other, and harvest the fruits of a dedicated practice.

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300 hr Teacher Training

 

The  300HR Advanced Anusara Teacher Training at Yoga Kula is a one of a kind program designed to offer you a creative and in-depth advanced teacher training curriculum based on your particular teaching focus. Broken into various tracks, you can piece together a specialized curriculum that fits your unique skills, passions and interests.

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200 hr Teacher Training

 
The Yoga Kula Teacher Training inspires and empowers you to become the kind of yoga teacher you want to be.  This 200 hour program consists of the 100 hour Yoga Immersion followed by 100 hours dedicated to the art and science of teaching alignment-based Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. During the course of this program you will discover, cultivate, and refine your authentic voice as you step confidently into the practice of teaching yoga to others. This track is appropriate for experienced students who wish to pursue teaching and current teachers wanting to expand and fine tune their abilities. You will leave this teacher training with the ability to construct and safely guide a variety of students through a well-rounded alignment based yoga class, articulate your instructions clearly and succinctly, skillfully observe and adjust your students, develop and weave inspiring class themes and teach from your heart.
 

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Treat it with care.

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