THE YOGA PATHS
TRADITIONAL TANTRA YOGA
Tantra is a spiritual path of liberation and reintegration with the absolute that runs through any path, form, practice or expression of this "Whole" of which human being is a spark, a representation of the Universe and the divine.
Tantrism is the set of spiritual teachings, ritual methods, meditative practices and yogic and body techniques with which introspective mental abilities are refined, achieving full control over the body, speech and mind and obtaining the purification of energies, internal and physical, and mental constitutive elements: through this subtle change the practitioner transmutes and evolves realizing his essential and innate nature which is indestructible and pure like diamond.
Tantra is an authentic internal revolution, it is stripping off all religious beliefs, morals, bonds, prejudices, breaking the taboos, beliefs and dogmas imposed by any religion.
Tantra is creating the inner space that is needed to conceive of infinity and timeless truth.
Tantrism teaches to free oneself from false programs and stereotypes, to accept life in all its fullness by awakening all human and cosmic energies.
The Tantrik perspectives are for those who want to explore the perspective that they and everyone and everything are the divine dancing, there is nothing to do to become divine except know it. There is no compulsion or moral coercion involved in the Tantra perspective.
You are the divine whether you are aware of it or not. So, if you are aware you are the divine expressing here, or have a sense of it, or have a desire to become aware, the tradition is here,. We can share the tools for you to explore yourself and the cosmos you expressed in order to experience all your blissful potentials.
KUNDALINI SHAKTI YOGA
Kundalini shakti is primordial cosmic energy, known as the Serpent Power. It is the fundamental life force and, at the same time, the supreme spiritual energy usually lying dormant and coiled three-and-a-half times around muladhara chakra at the base of the subtle spine.
The word kundalini is derived from the Sanskrit word kundal, meaning “coiled up.” In Tantra Yoga, kundalini is an aspect of Shakti, divine female energy and the inseparable lover of Shiva. Kundalini is generally defined as an essential potentiality of our being which, upon awakening, opens us to a cosmic, non-personal dimension of energy. Spiritual realization results from the transformations that it produces.
There are many references to the power, grace, and importance of kundalini in the traditional texts of yoga. In the Gheranda Samhita (6:16), kundalini is likened to a serpent lying coiled in muladhara chakra: “In the muladhara is kundalini, having the form of serpent. The jivatman is there like the flame of a lamp. Contemplate on this flame as the Luminous Brahman.”
Kundalini shakti is the Universal Sacred Power, even though it is connected with the finite body-mind. Kundalini is sometimes misinterpreted as meaning mere “force.” But, as Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe) noted long ago, shakti is “Power,” and as such, is ananda (Bliss), chit (Pure Awareness), and prema (Love). In some sense, therefore, the phrase “kundalini energy” is a misnomer—it suggests energy as a neutral physical force. The term shakti, by contrast, connotes something far more positive and creative. Kundalini shakti is the very energy of consciousness, which, when aroused, brings higher states of awareness, including samadhi.
Some yogis say that kundalini is a flow of prana along sushumna nadi. They consider that it is part of the flow of energy within the network of the pranic body and that there is no anatomical counterpart. Others try to relate their perceptions of kundalini to the flow of messages along the nerve fibers in the physical body. Most yogis agree that the experience of kundalini is a unique spiritual-psycho-physiological event that centers in sushumna nadi, in connection with the spinal cord. According to the Goraksha Samhita (49), once awakened, kundalini shakti is “carried through sushumna like thread through the needle,” activating the chakras in succession.
Kundalini awakening and rising is not the expression of a gradual extension of individual capacities, but a quantum leap in pure Awareness and an intimate understanding of the universal quality of energy. Kundalini can be seen as a powerful foundation for the practice of yoga and for triggering the highest mystical experiences. At the same time, the awakened kundalini herself represents the highest mystical state. Therefore, kundalini can be seen as both the path and the goal. The fourteenth-century master Svatmarama states that kundalini “bestows liberation on yogis and bondage on the ignorant.”
Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Meditation is also a consciousness-changing technique shown to have many benefits on psychological well-being.
Meditation has been practiced in cultures all over the world for thousands of years.
Nearly every religion, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, has a tradition of using meditative practices.
While meditation is often used independently of any religious or spiritual beliefs or practices.
Meditation can also be used as a psychotherapeutic technique.
There are many different types of meditation.
Body-scan meditation: This practice involves scanning the body and noticing physical sensations.
Breathing meditation: This involves focusing on different breathing techniques.
Loving-kindness meditation: This technique involves focusing your attention on loved ones, yourself, and others as you think kind and caring thoughts.
Mantra meditation: This practice involves chanting a word or phrase, which can be done aloud or in your mind.
Movement meditation: This type of meditation involves focusing on movements of the body, either by moving specific parts of the body or observing the world around you during a walk.
Object focus meditation: This type involves focusing attention on a specific object or mental image.
TRADITIONAL HATHA YOGA
Haṭha yoga is a branch of yoga which uses physical techniques to try to preserve and channel the vital force or energy. The Sanskrit word हठ haṭha literally means "force", alluding to a system of physical techniques.
Almost all hathayogic texts belong to the Nath siddhas, and the important early ones (12th-13th c.) are credited to Matsyendranath's disciple, Gorakhnath or Gorakshanath (11th c.)
Yoga as exercise, of the type seen in the West, has been greatly influenced by Swami Kuvalayananda and his student Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who taught from 1924 until his death in 1989. Both Kuvalayananda and Krishnamacharya combined asanas from Haṭha yoga with gymnastic exercises from the physical culture of the time, dropping most of its religious aspects, to develop a flowing style of physical yoga that placed little or no emphasis on Haṭha yoga's spiritual goals.
Among Krishnamacharya's students prominent in popularizing yoga in the West were K. Pattabhi Jois famous for popularizing the vigorous Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga style, B. K. S. Iyengar who emphasized alignment and the use of props in Iyengar Yoga, and by Indra Devi and Krishnamacharya's son T. K. V. Desikachar.
Krishnamacharya-linked schools have become widely known in the Western world.
After about 1975, yoga has become increasingly popular globally, in both developed and developing countries.
GODDESS TANTRIC YOGA ®
Goddess Tantric yoga ® was created by Maya Swati Devi after over 15 years of study and research on yoga, on the Indian Tantrism of the Sakta tradition, on the spiritual disciplines of India and on the various forms of Indian and mystical dance.
A teaching method based on the application of tantric yoga principles in the art of dance, which combines a sequence of positions (Asana) inspired by the DASHA MAHAVIDYA of the Tantric Sakta tradition, the ten goddesses of wisdom, purification techniques such as Kriya, Mantra , Pranayama in a fluid continuous movement that becomes a dance.
The sequences are a harmonious fusion of Indian dance to create body awareness of movement and the basic principles of traditional tantric yoga to develop body-mind-spirit perception.
Through this practice we experience the connection with the 5 elements that create the universe - EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR, ETHER and the 5 SENSES that reside in our body.
In Natya Shastra's Bharata (around 200 AD), the great Indian sacred treatise on dance and theater that contains complete revelation, these arts were defined as: "The disciplines of contemplation to gain more knowledge and achieve peace".
Yoga and dance are intimately related by the teachings that Shiva gave to the first sages in the Himalayan mountains.
"the dancer becomes a yogi who expresses his mastery of dance as in a state of yogic trance".
This is accomplished through regular practice of diverting the mind from worldly attractions and directing energies through one's inner fire and thus recognizing our "divine nature".
Dance and yoga are devotional practices.
Discipline, meditation through practice, subtle energy in our body can be experienced by working with invisible forces, transforming the contrast of duality into unity.
Goddess Tantric yoga is a practice of movements that penetrate the sacred space of an extra-sensory experience, inserting the body into a space of spiritual awareness, protecting it from the disruptive forces of dualism in everyday reality.
Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.
Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.
Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems.
Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single words in English that convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words vata, pitta and kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body. Energy is required to create movement so that fluids and nutrients get to the cells, enabling the body to function. Energy is also required to metabolize the nutrients in the cells, and is called for to lubricate and maintain the structure of the cell. Vata is the energy of movement; pitta is the energy of digestion or metabolism and kapha, the energy of lubrication and structure. All people have the qualities of vata, pitta and kapha, but one is usually primary, one secondary and the third is usually least prominent. The cause of disease in Ayurveda is viewed as a lack of proper cellular function due to an excess or deficiency of vata, pitta or kapha. Disease can also be caused by the presence of toxins. In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being. To learn how to balance the body, mind and consciousness requires an understanding of how vata, pitta and kapha work together. According to Ayurvedic philosophy the entire cosmos is an interplay of the energies of the five great elements—Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Vata, pitta and kapha are combinations and permutations of these five elements that manifest as patterns present in all creation. In the physical body, vata is the subtle energy of movement, pitta the energy of digestion and metabolism, and kapha the energy that forms the body’s structure.
To maintain balance and health, it is important to pay attention to these decisions. Diet and lifestyle appropriate to one’s individual constitution strengthen the body, mind and consciousness.
India is called the birthplace of Yoga.
Yoga started in India about 10000 years ago. Many ancient monks and sages created yoga asana to keep their bodies in good condition. They needed to keep their bodies fit and free from all kinds of diseases to achieve an elevated level of meditation and finally Samadhi.
When practice daily, Yoga is keeping your body healthy as well as young.
All over the world except India, Yoga is considered a form of physical exercise. But in India, Yoga is practiced as a lifestyle and a way of life.
Therefore, if you choose a yoga retreat or a teacher training in India, you will also get a chance to understand the yoga philosophy as well.
To get the maximum benefits of Yoga and to experience the magnificent positive yoga effects, it is vital to understand the philosophy and the yoga lifestyle.
At Devipur we offer Traditional Yoga Paths as well as meditation and Ayurveda teachings and practices to keep your body and mind healthy.