Explore the principles and core techniques of Kundalini Yoga
Experience the power of the path of energy and be inspired to walk it with clarity and focus
Develop a strong practice to propel yourself into the realms of pure awareness
The serpent power, kundalini, the coiled one, represents the enormous untapped potential energy residing within all of us. Revered as a goddess, she is the force that both enslaves and liberates the individual soul. Coiled, she is the maintainer of the material existence; uncoiled, she is the force which reabsorbs it.
During this retreat we will be using some of the core techniques from Kundalini Yoga, primarily pranayama, to stir up this power within us. Rather than treating the practice of physical techniques as a secondary aspect, the retreat aims to use these practices to deepen the meditative state, teaching us to use this energy to propel ourselves progressively higher into states of expanded awareness. We will also look at what other traditions say regarding kundalini and approach her awakening from multiple perspectives. Guidelines will be given on how to meditate using this upsurge of energy and how to keep the mind focused and absorbed. We will also be using some exceptional music meditations to enliven the emotions and evoke states of divine inspiration. The retreat aims to find the perfect balance between transcendence and immanence, Shiva and Shakti.
Some of the topics we will cover in the retreat include: Kundalini as described in the classical Yogic texts as well as in other traditions; kundalini in sexual Tantric practice; The process of awakening, its relevance to spiritual development, how it manifests at different levels of the being and common experiences that may ensue; Shaktopaya - kundalini as viewed in Kashmiri Shaivism; Myths / Assumptions / Accounts of dramatic or chaotic awakenings
Please be aware that this retreat involves intensive practice and powerful techniques. Only students from level 4 and up are permitted to attend this retreat. The practice consists of at least 2 hours of pranayama per day, as well as asana-s and meditation. The overall time of the daily schedule (10 hours) is longer than other retreats. This makes this retreat fairly demanding in terms of determination and aspiration, but produces a powerful atmosphere within the group.
The retreat is designed and lead by Michael, one of the senior kundalini teachers in Agama. Michael has been a steadfast practitioner of Kundalini Yoga for many years and has spent countless hours delving into mysteries of the serpent power.
Retreat meets deaily- from 06:00-12:00, and from 16:00-20:00