A Wellspring in the Tantrik Mode
Empower your practice of Yoga by exploring what practice in a Tantric mode means, and why it accelerates the effectiveness of yoga on all levels. Explore the influence of Tantrism on modern yoga, and the historical connection between the two. Discover what the term “yoga” really means in the original Sanskrit texts, and how Tantrism refined the nature of yoga for the modern age.
Explore practice on a subtle level, analyzing the challenges that arise in our practice and how they can be overcome.
Friday 6pm – 8pm
Tantra Illuminated: The Original Teachings and Practices of the Ancient Tradition
Though Tantrik philosophy was deeply influential on all the Indian religions, especially the spiritual path of Yoga, “Tantra” is a much-misunderstood concept today. Going back to the original sources, we discover that the roots of this tradition possess some of the most effective teachings and technologies for human transformation, and these offerings are particularly relevant for our time. As teachers and practitioners of yoga, these powerful teachings and practices can creates shifts and openings on the deepest levels of our being, clarify the sources of suffering and bliss in our lives, and leading us to illuminating insights that more fully connect us with our true nature.
Saturday 11:30am – 2:00pm 3:30pm – 6:30pm
The Secret Science of Sound and Mantra:
How mantra-practice can invite health, prosperity and happiness.
American yogis are increasingly awake to the joy and power of kīrtan, or singing Sanskrit mantras. In this new workshop, you will learn from a Sanskrit scholar about the six kinds of mantras and how to use them to cleanse the mind, open the subtle centers, and create greater ease and flow in your life.
Mantra practice has a unique power to increase the “juiciness” of life! Since it can only be learned from a qualified scholar-practitioner, join us for this rare offering.
Sunday 11:30am – 3:30pm
Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, was introducedto Indian spirituality at the age of seven and initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling.
Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of the Mattamayura Institute. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru and mūla-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Dharmabodhi Sarasvati (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation). Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece.