A WEEKEND WORKSHOP WITH BO SREY
CULTIVATING FLOW : FROM ASANA TO BHAIRAVA
Engaging the timeless teachings of Vijnanabhairava Tantra to step fully into the state of flow.
In this unconventional workshop, we infuse our asana practice with essence by engaging the timeless teachings contained in Vijnanabhairava. We uncover the traditional techniques for cultivating flow, transmuting our therapeutic and healing physical practice into an ecstatic dance with our Divine nature. Ultimately, the dharanas (centering techniques) revealed in Vijnanabhairava move us up the scale of practice (upaya) from gross effortful practice, to subtle practice, to abiding recognition of Truth.
In the preface to his translation, Jaideva Singh says this about Vijnanabhairava:
Vijnanabhairava is a very ancient book on Yoga. It closely follows the basic principles of Saivagama [non-dual tantra of Kashmir]. It contains 112 types of yoga. There is hardly any other book on yoga which has described so many ways of approach to Central Reality that is present in each man as his essential Self. It is both extensive, and intensive in the treatment of the subject of yoga.
Those drawn to the more physical aspects of the practice will also find these sessions appealing. Subtle essential Truth pulses through everything, including the body. Through understanding the process of manifestation into form, we skillfully ride that process back to its source. We can begin with this very body!
In Sanskrit, the immediate and ongoing flashing forth and withdrawal of our world, is called Spanda. This process happens so fast that our senses rarely take notice. Instead, we perceive the march of time in sequential order, and often get mired in our stories about the past and the future.
Yet, when we align our gross form (physical body) up through our subtle essence with this infinitesimally subtle pulsation, we can ‘hitch a ride’ away from our everyday subject-object reality back to the Truth of our being. As we establish ourselves in this essence, we rest in our true nature: Bhairava (the name for Truth in Vijnanabhairava.)
The 112 yogas expounded in Vijnanabhairava show us the way.
This workshop is suitable for all levels. Truth is simple.
SATURDAY SESSIONS: 6TH SEPTEMBER
Session 1: ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES OF FLOW | 10am - 12.30pm
A mixed, fun asana practice focusing on foundation and intention.
Session 2: CULTIVATING ABSORPTION | 2 - 4.30pm
A dynamically indrawn practice of hip-openers and forward bends, moving us from periphery to the Heart.
SUNDAY SESSIONS : 7TH SEPTEMBER
Session 3: EXPANDING THE MIDDLE | 10am - 12.30pm
Expansive practice of arm balances and backbends, cultivating an authentic understanding of what it means to “Open the Heart”.
Session 4: RECOGNIZING WHOLENESS | 2pm - 4.30pm
Integration with our essential nature: a practice of turning upside down and inside out, putting all the pieces back together again.
* All sessions include meditations from Vijnanabhairava.
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