Barbra Brady

The Truth About Tantra

In On Teaching Yoga, Yoga on June 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Tantric Hatha Yoga, that is.

The truth about Tantric Hatha Yoga is, it is not about that. What it is is an extraordinary (and delightful) approach to yoga that is the true “power yoga.” That is, it uncovers the true power of our potential to prosper in every area of life.

My teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, puts it this way:

As described in the various tantric texts, Hatha Yoga includes the following practices: asana, pranayama, bandha, kriya, mudra, mantra, meditation as well as practices pertaining to kundalini awakening, along with a seemingly endless array of other techniques and knowledge.

Tantra, by providing infinite ways to expand the reach and power yoga, is its most complete and sublime approach. Incorporating the wisdom of ayurveda and the whole of brahma vidya (“supreme science”) or knowledge of the underlying reality, tantra provides a direct and accelerated path to achieving life’s ultimate aims.

Tantra’s core principle asserts that through self-knowledge and the cultivation of our innate power, we can unfold our fullest potential and thus achieve both worldly and spiritual prosperity.

If you’d like to hear more about Tantra, listen in on a panel discussion with Rod and others on Tantra at the January 2010 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco. Here’s a link.

I would love to share these amazing practices with you. My classes at Yoga Community in Sonoma are Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-10:30 a.m. and Wednesday 5:3-7:00 p.m.

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