Yoga Tantra practice sessions incorporate practices and perspectives from Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga. This approach to yoga practice lies at the heart of the system of practice developed by Paramahamsa Satyananda.
Hatha Yoga / Raja Yoga
Hatha Yoga aims to purify the layers of our being from the gross (the physical body) to more subtle energetic dimensions. It balances two major pranic forces in the body – Ida, the mental force and pingala, the vital force. In doing so it awakens the higher centers of consciousness and the flow of spiritual energy. Raja Yoga, which aims to awaken dormant kundalini energy, takes this process further by offering codes of conduct and practices that lead to a meditative state. Together Hatha and Raja Yoga consist of: shatkarmas (cleansing or detoxification practices); yamas (social codes on conduct); niyamas (personal codes of conduct); asana (postures); pranayama (breathing techniques); mudras (to redirect the flow of energy); bandhas (energy locks); pratyahara, dharana and dhyana (stages of meditation practice); and samadhi (the culmination of yoga – a state of unity with the object of meditation and universal consciousness).
The practice of Kriya Yoga places an emphasis on yogic awareness. A part of Kundalini Yoga, it aims to awaken the dormant spiritual force known as kundalini. Kriya Yoga brings about subtle perception and harmonizes the forces of the entire body/mind. It refines the mind such that one starts to perceive the deeper aspects of one’s nature.
Please register in advance for all practice sessions and special courses. Registration links are provided on the calendar.
Mondays and Wednesdays
9 – 10:30am
These semi-private sessions are a classical integral practice that include varied combinations of postures, pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, as well as foundation Kriya Yoga practices. Facilitated honoring principles of Tantra, practice sessions are slower-paced, mindful and energy-based. They provide an opportunity to experience the principles underlying yoga and to cultivate awareness of the deeper layers of consciousness. These sessions prepare you for the more advanced practices of Kriya Yoga aimed at spiritual evolution and the awakening of the dormant energy centers within.