THE ART & SOUL OF TANTRA YOGA

WITH JASMINE TARKESHI

Join Jasmine Tarkeshi

Join Jasmine Tarkeshi, one of the founders of  Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in the US and now Body and Soul Yoga Collective, for a 25 hour Teacher Training, The Art and Soul of Tantra!

Jasmine has been coming all the way from San Francisco to Sydney in August over the past few years. Last year and this year she cannot physically fly over, but we make sure we keep the connection alive by running these online offerings!

You do not want to miss this! So make sure you read all the options we have created for you!

 

Jasmine will lead us on a healing and creative journey through living, practicing and teaching through the lens of Tantra Yoga. Joins us for a 25 hour Advanced Teacher Training over 4 Sundays or a 1-4 day immersion of morning practice  or 1-4 day immersion of morning practice and a philosophy session.

You will learn the beautiful Tantric teachings that will inspire you to live, practice and teach in deep intimacy with nature and your nature through ancient and often misunderstood wisdom of Tantra Yoga. One of yoga’s original paths and practices as art, science, healing and liberation, in Sanskrit, Tantra means “weaving” or “interconnection.” It comes from the root tan, meaning “to extend” or “to expand.” It is an ancient form of yoga, path of ritual and practices to awaken shakti (dormant creative energy) . NOW, more than ever these teachings are essential to integrate into our practice and lives to heal our relationship to our bodies, each other and our world.

One of Tantra Yoga’s basic principles is seeing the sacred in the mundane, so there is no better time than now, during a global pandemic when we are asked to restrict our external movements, to recognize the sacred within and that is present within the most simple, familiar and challenging moments.  The objective of Tantric training is to transcend the barriers of duality; body and spirit, holy and unholy, dark and light, as a means to reveal our true Self. Through the tantric lens we aim to see all aspects of the natural world as manifestations of the Divine Shakti. Tantra celebrates the human body and teaches the acceptance of the world—of all events and experiences—viewing everything as sacred teachings of life to cultivate spiritual understanding and that no area of life should be rejected moving us towards Freedom, spontaneity, creativity, and well-being in this lifetime.

Tantra Yoga uses Asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing practices)  mudras (sacred hand gestures), mantra, (sacred formulas) and yantras (mandalas symbolizing the Cosmos) as rituals to connect to Shakti (the Divine Mother) in Her countless forms and merge with her beloved Shiva (transcendental self). Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of Devotion) is an integral aspect of Tantra and at it’s heart its heart is Dasha Maha Vidya Yoga (the yoga of the Ten Great Wisdoms) around which this training will weave.

 

​Tantra 4 Day Teacher Training

Our 4 day Tantra Teacher Training will be an exploration of Tantra’s 10 great wisdom through practice, theory and self inquiry. You will learn to recognize the sacred teachings of every aspect of life and simple daily rituals to incorporate into your practice. This training will also be an exploration of the teachings in the great Tantric and yogic texts; The Shiva Samhita and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika where the body is honored as a microcosm of the macrocosm though which we return to our beautifully balanced state.

 

Let’s  plunge into the world of Tantra to inspire and empower you on your Path to a lifetime of health and happiness.

Through this training with Jasmine you will learn to incorporate Tantra’s basic principles into your practice, teaching and life.

 

  • An exploration of Tantra’s great wisdoms, or the Maha Vidya through a daily live zoom 90 minute Vinyasa class, 3 hour interactive and dynamic Philosophy session and recorded content and journaling to inspire your week between sessions.

  • Discover how these wisdoms are represented in the body, mind and spirit, their particular approach to self-realization and how they challenge us to look deeper into life.

  • How to weave this wisdom through your practice and teaching.

  • Yantra coloring and meditation with accompanying mantras.

 

Morning Master Classes

The Morning Practices each day will each be  a Master Vinyasa Class invoking the Art and Soul of Tantra Yoga and the  tantric super powers, the Mahavidya, the great wisdoms. Through Movement, Mantra, Mudra and Meditation and Yoga’s rich heritage of Hindu Mythology, we will learn to spiritualize all our human experiences.

 

These classes will be creative expressions of Vinyasa Krama, which means " wise progression " where each asana is a preparation for the next. As we nourish each part of ourselves from root to crown, with breath, movement and intention, we awaken to our spiritual anatomy through our physical anatomy and unlock and unblock our creative potential to heal and transform . Join us on this journey of discovery and self-exploration that balances every part of our selves and our lives and integrates mind, body and spirit to help us live more fully. Perfect for yoga teachers looking for inspiration and wanting to share this enlivened and transformative practice with their students and wants to experience more depth, joy, and freedom through their practice of yoga.

 

DAY 1 - TARA
Compassion & knowledge

Sunday October 10th


The Great Cosmic Power TARA is also called “The Savioress” and the “Guiding Star”. She represents the very manifestation of Divine Grace ‘saving’ us from the life in “samsara” (the ocean of illusion). Among other aspects, She emanates from Divine Compassion and the power of Sound, the fundamental pranava AUM, the quintessence of all the sounds speech, and knowledge to dissolve ignorance or Avidya.

 

This first class will focus on standing pose sequencing and practices to cultivate compassion and peace with our bodies and minds to prepare us for the journey ahead!

 

DAY 2 - TRIPURA BHAIRAVI/KALI

Courage, Discipline and Sacrifice

Sunday October 17th
 

The Great Cosmic Power TRIPURA BHAIRAVI is the energetic expression of Self Discipline (Tapas) and Sacrifice. The resonance with this Great Cosmic Power amplifies within the human being as Tapas, enthusiasm, which allows the annihilation of the negative karma and the accumulation of the necessary energy for spiritual ‘jumps’. The Great Cosmic Power KALI represents transformation and unfolding of the divine possibilities as  the supreme and mysterious power of Time and divine discrimination, the right action, which overcomes any obstacles.

 

This class will focus on fiery Twists, arm balances and practices to cultivate courage and discipline to change.

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DAY 3 - CHINNAMASTA/MATANGI

Truth and Transcending of the Ego

Sunday October 24th

 
CHINNAMASTA is the Great Cosmic Power of endless Courage for realizing the supreme self-sacrifice: the cutting off of the mind in order to discover what is beyond it! She manifests the true spiritual heroism, boldness, bravery to help overcome our negative qualities. MATANGI
makes the beauty, harmony, love and splendor of the whole Universe to exist and the Divine Wisdom that exists behind everything. She is the power that inspires the talented writers, the inspired poets, the famous singers, the eloquent speakers and musicians and is the power that is given to the spoken word to bring harmony and peace This class will focus on inversions and liberation from ego and poses to cultivate truth and honest expression.

DAY 4 - KAMALATMIKA/TRIPURA SUNDARI

Divine Abundance, Harmony, Beauty

Sunday October 31st

 

KAMALATMIKA is the Great Cosmic Power that expresses  the manifestation of the Divine in the act of creation. She is the beauty and bliss expressed in the entire creation and removes any kind of poverty: the poverty in the physical world as well as poverty in the spiritual world with great generosity. TRIPURA SUNDARI represents the manifestation of Divine goodness, grace, love, beauty, truth and harmony. When happiness mirrors and manifests itself harmoniously, its expression is Divine Beauty.
 

This class will focus on backbends and practices to awaken Love, generosity and kindness and forward bends to offer the fruits of our actions as service to all beings.

Dates, Times, Costs

ASANA PRACTICE- INDIVIDUAL

 

Sunday October 10th, 17th, 24th OR 31st

07:30-09:00am

EB By September 10th $45 Per Masterclass / $55 Afterwards

* Classes will be recorded. A link will be sent for each class you enroll to & will be available to view for 7 days.

**10% Discount if you book more than 1 day

ASANA PRACTICE- ALL 4 PRACTICES

 

Sunday October 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

07:30 - 09:00am

EB By September 10th $150 for all 4 masterclasses / $170 afterwards

* Classes will be recorded. A link will be sent for each class after it is finished & will be available to view for 7 days.

1 DAY TANTRA TT IMMERSION

Sunday October 10th, 17th, 24th OR 31st

07:30am - 12:30pm

EB By September 10th $180/ $205 Afterwards

 

 

* Each day will be recorded. A link will be sent at the end of the day & will be available to view for 7 days.

**10% Discount if you book more than 1 day

4 DAYS TANTRA TEACHER TRAINING

 

Sunday October 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

07:30am - 12:30pm

EB By September 10th $600/ $695 Afterwards

 

* Each day will be recorded. A link will be sent at the end of each day & will be available to view for 7 days.

 

ABOUT JASMINE

An Iranian-American raised across countries, cities and traditions, Jasmine Tarkeshi has spent her life steeped in dualism: from sacred Eastern spiritual traditions to the exhilarating dance, music and art scenes of the eighties and nineties in New York and San Francisco. At a young age this dichotomy served as both a fertilizer for creativity- and a source of uncertainty in finding her place in the world. Being introduced to yoga and meditation by her mother was the link that bridged this duality and culminated in her co-creating Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in NYC in 1999 and bringing it to SF in 2007, along with its celebrated style of vinyasa, Lotus Flow.

 

Jasmine has stood up to injustice since childhood, when she first became aware of the human, animal and environmental suffering. This activism became integral to her personal yoga practice and was also central to Laughing Lotus with Love Saves the Day, the non-profit offshoot of the yoga center. Every month, the studio highlighted a different organization to raise community awareness and funds contributed via donation-based classes. 

 

She believes yoga is a practice to rewire our brains and disrupt the patterns that breed suffering. By awakening the qualities of love, honesty, courage and service on our mats, we are better equipped to co-create a more loving, caring and just world for *all* people to thrive. 

 

Jasmine’s classes offer thoughtful and inventive sequencing, soulful music, and physical and emotional intensity with yoga wisdom to create an integrated experience that awakens students’ courage, compassion and joy. By sparking these often-dormant traits, she encourages her students to live a conscious life off the mat to invoke their own healing- and in turn, serve their communities with love. 

Jasmine has studied with many of the great teachers, mystics, and sages in the US and India across yoga’s vast healing traditions, including bhakti, Ayurveda, karma, tantra, yantra, meditation, mantra and vinyasa. Her comprehension of yoga’s spiritual texts and traditions along with her knack of weaving this insight in her classes has made her a highly sought-out international teacher. 

Jasmine lives in San Francisco with her seven-year old daughter Indigo and is passionate about raising conscious, confident kids- and being a mirror to reflect those qualities upon them.  She’s written 2 books that are available online via Bookshop and Amazon: Yoga Body & Mind Handbook and Good Intentions: A Guided Yoga Journal. She also has three seasons of yoga classes available on YogaAnytime here.

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