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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

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: Learn more at




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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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100 Hr Teacher Training



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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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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Relaxing Sound Bath: A One Hour Sound Savasana

Join sound alchemist Melissa Felsenstein for a unique and deeply relaxing evening of pure sound. Let your body and senses bathe in a wash of ancient sound and blended tones of Paiste gongs and crystal singing bowls.

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Kirtan with Astrud and the Cosmic Caravan



Join Astrud and the Cosmic Caravan for an ecstatic evening of chanting. Astrud plays with a host of talented musicians from the bay area who invite you to explore the healing and transformative power of sound and vibration through Kirtan, and to sing in the key of “WE”.

$20 – Sign up in advance to reserve your space for this lively kirtan





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Astrud Castillo is a San Francisco based Kirtan singer and Yoga teacher. She has been leading her band the Cosmic Caravan since 2012 locally, nationally and internationally. It is with faith in the power of sound, vibration and the Bhakti Yoga tradition she has committed herself to uplift the spirit, awaken the heart and deepen relationships to oneself and others.

Astrud shows up to sing wherever she is called with a desire to lead people closer to their hearts and their truest essence, which is love; the heart of Bhakti Yoga. She leads Kirtans at Yoga studios, festivals as well as teaching Bhakti Yoga workshops and teacher trainings.

The practice of constant surrender is what has transformed her and inspires her the most. Astrud’s chanting is rooted in Kirtan’s traditional style of simple devotional repetition, while including her own original arrangements.

But it is your own voice that she calls on the most to join the band and sing in the key of “WE”.

She has opened for Jai Uttal, as well as sung with Prema Hara, the Kirtaniyas, Radiance Kirtan, and Keith Borden.



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Saraswati Workshop with Shri Vivekshastri Godbole


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We are so honored to host Shri Vivekbhau Godbole for this special workshop on the Goddess Saraswati.

In the Indian texts, Saraswati is the goddess and muse of poetry, music, art, knowledge and wisdom.

Saraswati is the sacred energy that gives rise to eloquent speech, to the ability to grasp and absorb knowledge, and to the creative inspiration that is expressed through the arts. So Sarasvati is invoked by teachers and students, writers and public speakers, musicians and seekers of sacred wisdom. Saraswati is the energy behind flashes of intuitive insight, and the flow of creative inspiration.

In the Vedic tradition, the blessings of Sarasvati are invoked with special mantras and rituals that create a sense of deep connection and inspiration. We will experience and learn these during this workshop.

Every day we encounter the unfiltered deluge of our current public discourse, where truth, respect and eloquence are so often considered optional. We connect with the power of Sarasvati to evoke insights that transcend this level of discourse, and to inspire our own thoughts, speech and creative expressions to be uplifting, beneficial and wise.

$20 in adv / $25 day of the event


Shri Vivek Godbole is widely known for his exquisite Vedic chanting, and for his ability to perform both simple and elaborate rituals in a way that is exquisite and deeply evocative. These are always accompanied by his accessible yet profound and fascinating explanations of Vedic philosophy, ritual and culture. His family have been teaching and practicing the Vedic tradition for 18 generations. He is the head of Shree Krishna Yajurveda Pathshala, a traditional Vedic school in Satara, Western India. With his inspired teaching and leadership, the school has been recognized by the UNESCO and the Government of India for preserving one of the 10 most endangered branches of the Vedas. In the US he is a Core Teacher at As he speaks, you will feel that the power of Sarasvati dances in his thoughts and speech.

All proceeds will go to support Shree Krishna Yajurveda Pathshala, Shri Vivek’s traditional Vedic school in Satara, India.


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Restorative Yoga Fridays




We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely.

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Right now we’re offering new and local students a free week of yoga. That’s right, a FREE WEEK of unlimited yoga classes.

Study with the best teachers in the Bay Area!

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