3-Week Morning Challenge: The Union of Śivaśakti
Embracing the two opposite polarities with Krishna Kumar K.
Sep 24-Oct 12, 2018
A postponement of the holiday will be discussed with the group at the first day.
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Śivaśakti Yoga is an energetic approach that inspires the practitioner to experience the fullness of life in all its diversity, by creating a balance between stability & mobility, firmness & openness, peacefulness & joyousness. This art of yoga is deeply rooted in the saiva siddhānta tantric tradition, which reconnects the network of an individual microcosm with the divine macrocosm. This interconnectedness that goes beyond human anatomy will align the five bodies (pañcakośa) and the psychic energy centers (cạkra) at the gross, subtle and causal levels to experience total well-being. In the tantric tradition, śiva and śakti represent the polarities of the divine in the universe, in nature and in ourselves. The qualities of śiva are centering, grounding, muscular and rational, meanwhile those of śakti are expansive, growing, organic and intuitive. In Śivaśakti Yoga, these opposites embrace each other and merge consciously.
This 3-week intensive practice will integrate many yogic themes that fuse with dynamic vinyāsa sequences accompanied by clear alignment principles, different āsana and prāṇāyāma, including meditation and relaxation techniques as part of aṣṭāṅga sādhana, the eight steps of systematic yogic practice. It also includes important philosophical instructions that embrace the findings of modern science which are not limited to practicing on the mat, but are applicable in everyday life situation.
Week 1: Grounding
- Fundamental principles of aṣṭāṅga sādhana.
- Three forms of Śivaśakti energies.
- Sūrya namaskār (sun salutation) I & II.
- Loops and spiral rotations.
- Basic alignments in the āsana: standing & forward bending poses.
- The depth of “yogaś citta vṛtti nirodhaḥ” || PYS 1.3 ||: When yoga initiates.
- Savitri prāṇāyāma (rhythmic breathing).
Week 2: Growing
- Introduction to pañcakośa (five bodies) and cạkra (the psychic energy centers).
- Sūrya namaskār (sun salutation) III.
- The depth of “sthira sukham āsanam” || PYS 2.46 ||: steadiness and easiness in the practice.
- Basic alignment principles in the āsana: back bending & twisted poses.
- Hathena practices for expansion of lung volume and capacity.
- Bhastrikās and kapalabhati.
Week 3: Integrating
- Contemplation of yamas, ethical moralities and niyamas, virtuous attitudes in daily life.
- Sūrya namaskār (sun salutation) IV.
- Basic alignment principles in the āsana: inverted and balancing poses.
- Method of pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dhāraṇā (concentration) and dhyāna (meditation).
- Sukha purvaka prāṇāyāma.
Ideally it is best not to eat before the class or to have a very light breakfast. Bring a water bottle and small notebook for writing.
Krishna Kumar Krishnan Yogamunīśvaradāsa grew up in a yogic family from South India and has practiced yoga since the age of 7 in the Tamil saiva siddhāntic tradition. Through the experience of western lifestyle, he realized the importance of yoga and mindfulness training for a balanced, healthy and sustainable life in a modern world and started exploring the diversity of yogic philosophy as a holistic approach to life. He combines the essence of siddhayoga knowledge from his father with kuṇḍalinīyoga with mindfulness, awareness and meditation techniques. Additionally, he became a registered member of the Berufsverband der Yogalehrenden Deutschland (BDY) and the European Yoga Union (EYU) under the guidance of yogācārya Ananda Leone. Through his involvement in yoga, he has realized that different yoga practices suit different people and began his exploration with acceptance, curiosity and joy. He is known for his sense of humor and dynamic teaching style with the ability to present the ancient wisdom of saiva siddhānta in a fresh and accessible manner.