50hr Tantric Philosophy & Chakra Training
with Ahna Hoke, ERYT-500
About the Training
In this philosophy module we draw from the wisdom of Tantra, an ancient spiritual practice that deeply probes the subtle mysteries of life. This is a non-dualistic practice where exploration is one that encourages us to seek joy and liberation in the world, not from the world.
Tantra is a householder tradition. In other words, a tradition that embraces the commitments and responsibilities of have families, jobs, and busy lives. We discuss the difference between Tantra (a non-dualistic philosophy of embodiment in the here and now) and the classical Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (a dualistic approach where the quest for freedom and liberation takes us on a quest outside of our everyday lives.)
Covered in this training
The Three Gunas
Attributes and tendencies of nature. A Guna is an element of reality that can affect our psychological, emotional, and energetic states. The three Gunas are an essential component of yoga philosophy and are described as being constantly influx and interacting with one another, which can define the essential qualities of someone or something, and these patterns can highly influence the path and progress of life.
Studying the Gunas invites us to examine the relationship between human beings, the relationship between human beings and other aspects of creation, and the relationships between ourselves and the Gunas as invisible forces that govern our lives. The gunas provides a GPS to allow us to make choices to be more balanced, peaceful, and harmonious in our lives, both on and off our mat.
The Bhagavad Gita
"The Song of The Lord''
The Gita is an epic poem of the divine conversation between a warrior named Arjuna and God himself in the human form, Lord Krishna. The conversation took place in the middle of the battleground 5137 years ago just before the start of a great war in Kurushastra, India. Spiritual realization and not war is the subject matter of the Bhagavad Gita. This battle revolves around the concepts of Karma and Dharma, which we will define and explore in detail, as well as look at the difference between the Self and the material body, including the revelation of the ultimate purpose of life.
"The Five Bodies"
According to the yoga tradition, every one of us has these five bodies or layers, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy, that compose and influence our personality. The five sheaths provide a framework for understanding the innermost self, or Atman, which is Sanskrit for the spirit or soul. The koshas are often likened to Russian nesting dolls or the layers of an onion, with the human physical body being the outermost layer. In fact, the physical body is the only kosha with an anatomical aspect. The deepest layer or sheath is considered to be the true spiritual self. We investigate each of the 5 sheaths and how to access them in your yoga or meditation practice.
The Yamas & Niyamas
The ways of "right living "
The Yamas & Niyamas form the foundation of our whole practice and honoring these ethics as we progress in our yogic and life's journey, means we’re always being mindful of each action, and therefore cultivating a more present and aware state of being. Contemplating the Yamas and Niyamas can bring higher awareness of how we interact with the world around us, and invitational duties or self-observances as recommended habits for healthy living and ‘spiritual existence’. They invite us to recognize the parts of ourselves that we don’t always notice, helping us live in a way that doesn’t cause harm, which in turn allows for less regret and a more peaceful mind.
"The Wheels of Energy"
In this exploration we look at each individual chakra including its characteristics and influence on one’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. When energy gets blocked by any given chakra, this upset can cause imbalances, and in turn trigger symptoms such as poor digestion, anxiety, headache, or lethargy to name just a few. With heightened understanding of the chakra system, we can promote greater flow of prana and our natural healing capacity, strengthening the energetic flow to bring back balance which promotes wellbeing on all levels. Additionally, we will consider the interconnection between the chakras, and their association with brain and spinal cord anatomy.
You will learn how to incorporate the many Tantric tools, such as asana, mantra, mudra, meditation, and pranayama, as a way to integrate a tangible experience of Tantrism’s life-enhancing philosophies.
October 22-24 & November 5-7, 2021
November 4-6 & 11-13, 2022
Sample Time Table
Fridays 5:30p-9:30p EST
Saturdays & Sundays 8:00a-6:00p EST
5:30-7:30 – Meditation, Lecture & Discussion
7:30-7:45 - Break
7:45-9:30 – Asana practice (vinyasa and restorative), Contemplation
Saturdays & Sundays
9:00-9:45 - Lecture
9:45-10:00 – Break
10:00-11:15 - Public Vinyasa class
11:15 – 1:00 – Meditation, Lecture & Discussion
1:00-2:00 – Lunch
2:00-4:00 - Meditation, Lecture & Discussion, Group Activities
4:00-4:15 – Break
4:15-6:00 – Asana practice (vinyasa and restorative), Contemplation
In each asana module, practices teach opportunities will take place on Sunday morning (11:30-1:00) and afternoon (2:30-4:00)
Now accepting applications for the 2021 training