August 26, 2017
This powerful multi-lineage immersion will include teachings on the science, tradition and techniques behind Yoga Nidra. You will dive deep into experiential practices from all four lineages and discover for yourself why this practice is so effective for PTSD, stress, relaxation, creativity and overall wellbeing.
Experience the four traditions carrying the torch of Yoga Nidra in the West. Through practice, you will discover that Yoga Nidra is beyond a deep relaxation technique, it is a state of pure consciousness. It is a pristine state where you can rest in an effortless state of being.
Join senior teachers John Vosler, Tracee Stanley and Hilary Jackendoff for this unique and deeply healing experience, in which they will share the wisdom of Amrit Yoga, the Bihar School of Yoga, ParaYoga Nidra® and iRest. Book in early as limited space is available!
Yoga Nidra is quickly emerging as a mainstream Tantric meditation practice, but folks still don’t fully understand what it is, let alone the various ways to approach and practice this technique, and how they came into being. I teach Yoga Nidra 3 times a week at The DEN Meditation, so over the last 2 years, I have shared the practice with thousands of people in Los Angeles – but only the practice as it is presented in my lineage, the Bihar School of Yoga. There are, in fact, many more ways to practice this incredible meditation. In this experiential immersion, Tracee, John and I will be sharing the four main ways to practice Yoga Nidra, as well as some insight into the purpose and power of this unique and ancient meditation.
To be honest, cross-lineage ‘pollination’ like this rarely occurs. In fact, for a long time, I thought my tradition’s version of the practice was not just the best way to practice Yoga Nidra, but the only way. Thank God Tracee and John schooled this douchey attitude out of me in a very compassionate way. I come from an incredible lineage, but it can be a little myopic and dogmatic, to say the least. I’d go out on a limb and say many traditional lineages of spiritual practice tend to fall into this camp, in one way or another.
For a long time, I was totally cool with this ‘my lineage has all the answers’ sort of attitude. To be honest, it felt really good. It was almost like a low grade fundamentalism that allowed for a certain simplicity in my approach to my spiritual practice. I’m happy to report that I’ve found a bit of spiritual maturity (a bit. I’m still a MAJOR work in progress) and I am actively seeking new perspectives and opening myself to new ideas and systems of practice. That’s not to say I am abandoning the teachings I have received or that I have stopped teaching or practicing the wisdom of my lineage. I am very much committed to continuing to share the stream of wisdom in which I have been formally spiritually initiated, trained and empowered to teach.
But I am not going to teach with any formal or informal nod to the dogma of my lineage. Nope. That chapter is behind me. I am teaching the practices I have received, but I am teaching them from the heart, not from the head. I am integrating the wisdom I have received with the wisdom I have developed through the practices I embody…and sharing that. Teaching in a dogmatic way is shit – it’s binding and restrictive. Tantra is about expansion of consciousness and moving towards liberation, towards freedom. Dogma is about putting things in neat and tidy boxes and is truly antithetical to the meditation practices of Tantra.
If you have any concept of what’s happening in our world at the moment, (literally, at the moment I write this, there are protests all over the US, protesting white nationalists and white nationalists protesting multiculturalism), you know that we are living in insanely divided times – and I want no parts in bringing that dialogue of dogma and division to the spiritual community, adding to the ‘my way is better than your way’ bullshit story. Because it is just fundamentally untrue. While it’s true that there is one Truth, it is also true that are innumerable ways of relating to that Truth. All of which are equally valid. I am deeply committed to engaging with and uniting lineages to share this deeper understanding common to all paths of Spirit. The goal is to continue walking the spiritual path up the proverbial mountain, no matter what. To continue, even when there are obstacles on the path. To take a few switchback trails even though they might make things a little slower, but ultimately more accessible. Sometimes you might even take another path for a while. It’s all good. The goal is not necessarily to get to the mountain top, but to continually commit to the climb, for its own sake.