Advanced 300hr: The Path of Awakening
This course is for those with a deep desire for spiritual growth through the ancient wisdom of Yoga, Veda and Tantra as originated in the Himalayas. They have left us a map and tools so that we may claim our birthright - freedom through self realization.
Spiritual awakening is a universal and timeless and inevitable process. When consciously engaged with, the process accelerates. The 300 hr program is shares the path described in the Vedas, as well as Tantra, taught by Tanya and a curated faculty of master teachers who share from lineage and also direct experience in her unfolding spiritual life for teachings that are authentic and impactful, born of tradition (versus new age, personal innovation). Throughout the course Tanya will be available for one-one counseling to answer questions and offer guidance.
The Spiritual Path
For the spiritual seeker, the movement of conscious awareness naturally moves from external to internal, from gross to subtle; and beyond and ultimately integrates all as Self. Therefore, the seeker is given practices and teachings that meet them where they are and help them take the next most natural step. The teacher/teachings offer maps, tools, warnings, refinements and clarifications, as well as benchmarks to help asses the degree of integration. It will be up to the seeker to ‘do the work’. Once the practice has given its fruits, the next practice is offered, which open the seeker to the next stage of spiritual awakening.
While it is absolutely true, many people these days are awakening outside a traditional structure or spiritual context, the journey of awakening is characteristically challenging, full of highs and lows, and often dangerous. I have found that these ancient teachings are akin to ‘finding a road map’, to offer the smoothest journey possible saving people from unnecessary struggle, chaos, and confusion. Finding a reliable guide is precious during this time.
Finally, while it is absolutely true that we are already full and complete as we are, in the words of Adyashanti “ It doesn’t do any good if we don’t know it”. As long as we believe we are separate, we will experience a sense of suffer. The spiritual path bridges human and divine - from believing we are separate and limited to knowing and embodying our true nature as limitless one.
ONE YOGA TRAININGS - ROADMAP FOR THE PATH AHEAD
First Stream - Initiation, Preparation and Orientation
The yogi embarks on their journey by becoming mindful of lifestyle choices and personal habits in order to navigate life consciously and harmoniously. This key step strengthens and opens the body, gives psychological and emotional maturity, and awakens a strong spiritual orientation to life. The preliminary courses: Hatha Yoga (200hr), as well as Ayurveda, Karma Yoga & Bhakti Yoga provide foundational teachings and practices for this step.
Second Stream - Self Exploration
Eventually, the yogi will have to become still, and learn to be deeply present and deeply accepting of themselves and their mind. Through classical yoga, which includes self management and emphasizes meditation the yogi will both integrate and transcend the mind. This awakens insights into the nature of mind as well as recognition of a more intrinsic sense of self. The module on Classical Yoga provides foundational teachings and practices for this step.
Step III - Self Discovery / Self Realization
As their journey continues, insights into the nature of self, the world, the divine, the source of suffering and freedom are revealed and integrated. Jnana Yoga, opens one to the freedom available through self knowledge. Sitting with a Vedanta who unfolds the teachings from sacred texts, the seeker engages in deep listening, self inquiry and contemplation. Tat-Twam-Asi (universe - you- are that) is revealed and gives freedom from psychological suffering through self knowledge. This is called Moksa. The course on Jnana Yoga guidance for this stage.
The entire path up can be described as one of purification of ignorance through deepening self knowledge. At some point, energetically the kudnalini will rise through shushumna nadi and the yogi will come to an embodied union of Shiva and Shakti. This embodied oneness, and ego -death, is death of individuation. The Tantra teachings and practices are invaluable at this stage. The course on Tantra Yoga provides foundational teachings and practices for this step. Furthermore the Tantra practices can support you in maintaining physical- mental balance during this characteristically challenging phase.
It is said that while now the Classical Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Tantra have evolved as independent pathways to the Divine, they all will eventually merge back to the one source, revealing one universal truth as they originated out of the one source - from the Rishis in the caves of the Himalayas .
Tanya’s intention is to support sincere spiritual seekers, and those in the midst of spiritual crisis or awakening who are in need of guidance. Both as teacher and student, Tanya will always relies on the timeless wisdom teachings for guidance as they truly are a precious jewel, a treasure map for true peace, happiness and freedom.
The program is for those who clearly recognize yoga has nothing to do with acrobatics, performance, or ‘feeling good’, but rather is for those who have a deep desire for spiritual wealth and are looking for clarity, context and orientation for spiritual growth. Through curation and creation of online content as well as immersive trainings and retreats it is my deepest honor to support your spiritual journey.
As guided by ancient texts and tradition sadhaka (seeker) transforms their life though a journey of self discovery. Because this movement of awareness naturally moves from gross to subtle; pragmatically the seeker is given practices that attend to the gross levels first such as social and lifestyle disciplines and physical care, followed by physiological management and psychological integration and ultimately to discover the all-pervasive, limitless nature as essential Self. Through this journey, insights into the nature of self, the world, the divine, the source of suffering and freedom are revealed and integrated. This is the path of Yoga.
The 200hr and 300hr courses are offered consecutively to reflect this natural process of unfolding awareness that will arise through systematic practice. The courses do not give awakening, but rather offer a path and initiation into the practices and teachings. It is up to the passion, and dedication of the individual to take the steps towards realization. Ultimately, the seeker realizes directly, not as a concept, that all along they were full and complete - already whole, already holy, already free. Upon realization, what follows is a process-less process of integration and unfolding ever deepening embodiment bridging what remains of the human-divine gap. This ego-death can range from incremental and mild to sudden and tumultuous, and so the final portion of this course offers insight into this process and how to navigate oscillations of consciousness skillfully.
While Tanya teaches some portions of the course, she has carefully curated a faculty of masters in each field for the highest integrity course and most authentic guidance.
MODULE I: LIFESTYLE-BODY-HEART
MY YOGA LIFE: Ayurveda (50 hrs) (optional)
Gain knowledge and tools to effectively maintain balance and thrive in daily life:
discover your unique constitution and learn how balance your body-mind-life
consciously navigate the outer weather (environments, social, diet, activities)
consciously navigate the inner weather (physical, physiological, psychological)
MY YOGA HEART: Karma & Bhakti Yoga (50 hrs)
Experience radical inner transformation through reorientation and liberation of the heart
From wanting to gratitude
From grabbing to giving
From feeling separate to embodied sense of connection to others, the world and the divine
Discover the power of daily ritual, ancient sacred prayers, service to others, devotional chanting
Explore transcendent states, open to insight
transpersonal orientation - to include others, the world and Divine
Purifiction of being (less reaction & distraction, more reliance, strength & openness)
Release of fears, anxiety, depression rooted in feeling disconnected and small
Clarification of meaning, values and purpose
Deep psychological healing through increase in sense of connection to others, the world, and divine
Intensification of spiritual desire
Insight into and discernment between: permanent and impermanent | the relative and absolute | shakti and shiva
Dispassion and non-identification
MODULE II - MIND
MY YOGA MIND: Yogic Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology (50hrs)
The source of suffering, the source of freedom
Resourcing from higher states
States of consciousness
Stages of consciousness
1:1 transpersonal coaching session
Inquiry into the source of suffering and the source of freedom
Text Studied: Bhajagovinda
MY YOGA SOUL: Samadhi Yoga (a.k.a: Classical Yoga, Raja Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, 8 limb path) (50 hrs)
Four disciplines: Physical, verbal, sensory, mental
Text Studied: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Discernment between permanent and impermanent
Dispassion, non-identification, non-attachment
Intense desire for liberation
MODULE III: SOUL-SPIRIT
I AM: Jnana Yoga (Advaita Vedanta) & Nondual Recognition (50 hrs)
Transcendence and nondual recognition
Self Inquiry, contemplation, integration
Liberation through Self knowledge
I AM: Tantra Yoga & Nondual Embodiment. (50 hrs)
safely navigating the bio-psycho-social phenomena of spiritual awakening
navigating kundalini awakening
300 hr SCHEDULE
MODULE I & II (100hrs)
10 day Bali Immersion - Feb 16-28
Six month home practice - Mar- August
MODULE III & IV & Va (150 hrs)
10 day Bali Immersion: Feb 16-28
Six month home practice: Oct - Mar
MODULE Vb & VI (50 hrs)
10 day Immersion: 2021 (dates t.b.a)
Six month home practice
Personal Practice at home
Commitment 1hr- 2hr/day
Continued learning and guidance into depth over 6 months
One-One Sessions w Tanya
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