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Traditional Kaula Tantra Yoga Workshop

Experience a Traditional Tantric Yoga Sequence called the ‘Tri-Dosha’ - a yoga system designed to balance the 5 basic elements that exist within our bodies (and the universe). This asana sequence, integrated with pranayama and meditation, has been handed down through generations of Kaula Tantra teachers.

Where

33 Latrobe Terrace, Brisbane QLD, AU 4064
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Type of Event

  • Workshop

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When

Oct 22
2016
15:00 pmto18:00 pm

Price

$55

Full Description

Experience a Traditional Tantric Yoga Sequence

• Intro to TriDosha Yoga Sequence & Kaula Tantra Philosophy: 30mins
• Tri-dosha Yoga Sequence: 2 hours
• Q & A - with Chai and Bliss Balls: 15-30mins
• Limited to 18 people

Gabriel Reese is a qualified teacher in a Traditional ‘Kaula’ Tantric system of Yoga. He will be sharing a Tantric yoga sequence called the ‘Tri-Dosha’ - a yoga system designed to balance the 5 basic elements that exist within our bodies (and the universe). This asana sequence, integrated with pranayama and meditation, has been handed down through generations of Kaula Tantra teachers. This knowledge has been preserved and brought into the modern world by Gabriel’s ācārya, Bhagavan Shanmukha Anantha Natha.

The sequence will be approx 2 hours, but the use of pranayama (breath) and the movement in and out of relaxation poses (like shavasana) means the experience is not exhausting but rather deeply relaxing, potentially moving you into unconscious states that allow for energy re-balancing and also re-mapping of the unconscious mind.

The workshop will start with an introduction to this Asana system, including some practical preparation as well as a metaphysical understanding. Gabriel will also introduce the philosophy of Kaula Tantra, with some context to modern Yoga and modern Tantra. The workshop will finish with some sharing in a relaxed discussion with Chai and bliss balls.

Please note: If you are currently experiencing any deep emotional or psychological issues please discuss with Gabriel before booking. Due to the significant breath work contained in the sequence it would be best to discuss your situation.

Workshop Details
Date: Saturday 22nd October
Time: 3:00-6:00PM
Venue: Yoga Bones Studio, 33 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Investment: $55
For bookings please contact

Background:
The earliest evidence we can find of a documented system of asana (postures) come from texts about 400-500 years ago, such as the Siva Samhita, Gheranda Samhita and the Hatha Ratni Avali. These texts were written by Tantrics and it is clear that the traditional Hatha Yoga systems were Tantric systems. Of 32 postures described in the Gheranda Samhita only one of them is a standing posture, unlike our modern systems of yoga today.

The Tri-dosha sequence is a unique Asana system that consistent with the ancient texts, does not contain any standing poses. The approach to āsana comes from a timeless tantric formula based on the subtle energy system. The Tri-Dosha name comes from the Ayurvedic understanding of our bodies Doshas (combinations of the five elemental energies: Vata, Pitta & Kapha). These five energies and our own unique Dosha combinations are balanced through the practice of this yoga sequence.

Rather than focus on flexibility or body conditioning, this yoga is a beautiful integration of asana, pranayama and meditation that is designed to balance our energy systems by activating the flow of prana (life force) through our body and to allow us to drop out of the conscious mind into the more powerful unconscious.

We will start the workshop with an introduction to this Asana system explaining: the unique breath work (pranayama); the focus on relaxing all the muscles in the body; and how to find meditation through movement. A quick introduction will also be given to the Philosophy of Kaula Tantra and Trika (Kasmir Shaivism) with some context to Modern Tantra.

Gabriel’s teacher, Bhagavan Shanmukha Anantha Natha, was initiated from a young age in the science of Tantra, he has uniquely received this knowledge from two complimentary streams of Tantra. He was immersed in Tantric science by his grandparents who were right-hand tantrics (Dakṣiṇa Marga) & was also the last initiated student of a traditional lefthand tantric (Vāma Marga) ācārya.

Gabriel Reese
Gabriel studied this system of yoga beginning with a 6 month intensive immersion at Shri Kali Tantra Ashram in India. Gabriel underwent a traditional Tantric style learning & initiation while also training as a Teacher in this ‘Kaula Tantra’ yoga system (certified 500 hours ‘Yoga Alliance’ Teacher Training). Gabriel has practised various modern yoga systems over the last 15 years and has also completed a Hatha-Iyengar style Teacher Training with the Himalayan Yoga Institute in Rishikesh (200 hours ‘Yoga Alliance’).
Traditional Tantra yoga brings together Gabriel’s life-long interests of movement and spirituality. He has been a long-term practitioner of ‘5 Rhythm’ dance and the martial art/dance Capoeira. He has also been exploring an ‘understanding of life’ through various philosophies over the last 25 years. This included a 13 year practice of a unique blend of Shintoism, Buddhism & ‘New Age’ philosophy, utilising the flow of universal energy as a healing tool. He completed a BA in Philosophy and focused a Masters degree on finding common global values that were expanding human consciousness. With an innate yearning for a more liberated world, Gabriel has spent most of his working life as a campaigner in the animal rights, human rights and environmental movements, before his shift to Yoga Teaching and Bodywork.