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Tuesday, Aug 22
7:30/8 am: BREAKFAST
Breakfast is served in the communal dining space. Students eat and prepare for their day in their own flow.
8am: AYURVEDIC WALKING MASSAGE
Students both give and receive a walking massage to warm up the whole body, balance the prāṇic system and develop understanding of the muscular and skeletal systems of the body. This practice is a holistic way to prepare the whole system for morning āsana. The opportunity to give and receive massage builds the student’s ability to connect and share in an intimate way while developing co-ordination and dexterity.
Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of yoga systems during morning practice including sivananda, ashtanga, and traditional tantra yoga. Rotating between the systems allows students to gain a broad perspective on yoga at large and gain familiarity with the different perspectives. This helps our students become well-rounded teachers with adequate knowledge and mastery of yoga both from a traditional tantric perspective and other lineages. The last two weeks of each month are devoted to practicum, allowing students to practice their teachings skills in the various systems to build their confidence in guiding asana classes with ease.
As part of our morning routine students will alternate days between Bandha (internal locks/binds) and Prāṇāyāma (culturing of the prāṇa through systematic breathing) practices.
Bandha practice cultures the subtle energy system by strengthening the various energetic locks. By strengthening these locks the prāṇic system becomes more efficient, creating holistic health and spiritual clarity.
Prāṇāyāma practice addresses the subtle energy system by manipulating the breathing patterns according to the various nādī (meridians). This is done in a meditative state to allow for subconscious re-programming.
12pm: SUPPLEMENTARY CLASSES/ DISCUSSION/ PANCHAKARMA COURSE/ REST
Students will receive lessons in Ayurveda, Anatomy and Sanskrit as well as participate in open discussions focused on uncovering the true self and liberating oneself from limiting conditionings.
Students will have the option to participate in an additional course on Ayurveda and Panchakarma taught by the resident Ayurvedic doctor. This is an intensive, full spectrum course on Ayurveda, its associated therapies and understanding of herbal plant medicine. Completion of the 3 month intensive requires participation in 3 classes weekly and grants participants a certificate qualifying legal practise in India as an Ayurvedic therapist for Panchakarma and Massage (Abhyangam).
Students not wishing to opt for these additional classes may take rest, pursue personal study, engage with the community and explore the surrounding area’s beauty and culture.
Rest and study time cultures personal growth and and rejuvenates your whole system.
A colourful and balanced ayurvedic variety of dishes is served buffet style. Students eat at their leisure and enjoy community conversation and connection.
1:30pm: FREE TIME
Free time is given to all students to allow for self study, rest and community participation. As Tantrics we practice fearless communication, freedom of expression and true compassion. Participating in the community provides plenty of practice for integrating this life perspective.
3pm: TRADTIONAL TANTRA YOGA
The afternoon āsana practice is taught according to the Tantric tradition. A standing series for skeletal alignment, a forward bending series, and sūrya namaskār are practiced in rotation. The tri-dosha balancing series is practiced in its extended form allowing for deep meditation, culturing of the kundalinī and prāṇa, and harmonization of the doshas. Students have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an open-ended final shavāsana meditation which allows for a deep experience of the true self.
Another balanced spread of dishes prepared with love by our amazing kitchen staff. Students again eat at their leisure and enjoy the benefits of community living.
LECTURES and SATSANGS are given to examine and explore the philosophy of Tantra and Yoga from a traditional perspective. Various topics such as meditation, identity, history, and dharma are explored to help students situate themselves in a Tantric perspective. These talks are specifically designed to help students understand how the modern culture conditions the soul and to replace these conditionings with Tantric understanding of the cosmos to allow for ultimate freedom.
Participating freely in Satsangs develops students’ skills to interact honestly in the group dynamic setting. Culturing real communication is essential in the integration of Tantra.
Once per week students will participate in a Tantric PŪJA ritual consecrating the goddess. This is a traditional kālī devī worship which mind-maps the subconscious self to honour the divine goddess in all manifestations. This is an initiation into an elaborate Tantric system of daily ritual which students can expand their experience with as they deepen their study.
Once per week a live Bhajan band comes to the ashram to share traditional music.
Practiced as a way of celebrating and communing with the divine, this is a chance to have an active experience of harmony, happiness and freedom. As free human beings we begin to express ourselves fearlessly. Bhajan is not to be confused with the modern understanding of Kirtan or the Hare Krishna traditions. To participate in Bhajan is an act of offering one’s consciousness to the divine within through the singing of shlokas. At Shri Kali we benefit from the mind-mapping potentials of this practice.
~10pm: END OF DAY
*Each Wednesday is a “Free” day. Students can explore the beauty of the nearby beaches, various sights like spice farms and temples, pursue personal study, and take rest.
** The Pancakarma certificate course requires participation in a morning class on Wednesdays, usually ending by 11am.
- New Delhi