UPCOMING EVENTS

May 15th 1:30 -5:30@ About Balance In-Person
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This workshop will explore different aspects of Kundalini including the lived experience, neurobiology, the historical development in important scriptures and how certain traditions have navigated this phenomenon towards greater Enlightenment.  

We will start with a talk on the different aspects of Kundalini followed by yoga and pranayama practice.  This short practice will act as foundational support for guided meditation.  Each guided mediation will be drawn from ancient scriptures specific to the talk's themes.

JUNE 11TH 2022
2:30-3:40

@YOGA CAMP  In-Person
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Talk

We will discuss the evolution of Kuṇḍalinī in Ancient Indian traditions and the make-up of the psyche according to Samkhya and Tantric Philosophy.  We will explore the effects that a Kuṇḍalinī rising can have on the psyche and how this is framed in Indian ancient traditions with the support of yogic and tantric texts.  We will explore the importance of ritual and symbology framed by tantric traditions.  We will also unpack the meaning of the 'sun and moon' in the subtle body mechanisms of Kuṇḍalinī in the body. These ancient ideologies based on textual research will be compared to the lived experiences of people who have been through spontaneous arousals or have triggered a kundalini experience through meditative practice.

 

Practice  

Gentle Yoga postures and light pranayama to relax and stretch the body to prepare for a comfortable seated meditation of traditional tantric Laya Yoga.  We will first examine the structure, feeling and essence of solids (earth), water, air, and fire.  We will apply our sensory experience of these elements to examine them in our bodies. As prescribed in tantric literature, we will dissolve each element into the tattwas (components that make up the self) until we arrive at unified open awareness. There will be simple rituals to prepare for this practice.​

Kuṇḍalinī: Navigating the Lived Experience

JUNE 12TH 2022
2:00-3:15

@YOGA CAMP  In-Person
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Talk

In this talk, we will explore the path laid out by the Buddha and how Kuṇḍalinī energy is used in Samadhi or Jhana type practices for liberation.  We will explore the 16 stages of insight and how the experiences of advanced meditators map on to the experience of a Kuṇḍalinī rising.  We will discuss how the Buddhists navigate some of the more challenging aspects which can arise as a result of this awakening.

Practice

We will start with gentle Yoga postures and light pranayama to relax and stretch the body to prepare for comfortable seated meditation.  We will then practice loving-kindness meditation to lighten applying the mind followed by mindfulness of the breath.  We will use techniques for withdrawal of the senses before we practice concentration on the breath.  We will then start to concentrate our minds on the breath to cultivate access concentration (a preparatory state before jhana, Buddhist samadhi).  We will end with an investigation of the phenomena arising as passing through the body.

All the practices are drawn from a rich range of text relevant to the traditions discussed in the talk before the practice.