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Thursday Immersion: Yoga, Tantra and the Heart Lotus

Unlocking the wisdom and power of the heart center leads to supreme glory, peace and capacity. According to the traditions of yoga and tantra, the heart holds the keys to the "highest fortune." The heart lotus and the soul secrets it holds are closed, until we begin to nurture the heart through the practice of inner worship. As it opens, its unique capacities, including complete understanding of our own mind as well as the teachings is awakened. The heart contains eight unique shaktis (powers) that grace our inner and outer life with extraordinary gifts.
This master class will weave a journey into the heart lotus through different methodologies––including asana, bandha, mudra, pranayama and meditations––that unveil the qualities of the awakened heart: unsurpassed joy, complete stability, mastery of mantra and the highest light of discernment.
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8:30AM - 10:30AM

Tantra Yoga Vinyasa: Awakening the Sacred Channel

According to Tantra, the spine––and more specifically, the energy channel inside it, called sushumna––is the abode of our soul’s untapped potential, the source of our creative energy and spirit. All yoga practice is meant to prepare us for tapping into this sacred channel.
However, in this class we move through a sequence of asana, pranayama, and meditation specifically designed to awaken this central channel and to unlock the spiritual energy that resides within it. Some theory gets us started.

Class Level: All Levels.
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11:00AM - 1:00PM

Kundalini Vinyasa: Bridge to Spirit

According to Tantra, Kundalini is the source of creative energy and the soul of the material world; it is also the yogis’ bridge to spirit.
In this class, we move through a sequence of asana, pranayama and meditation––practices that awaken your connection to eternal, creative energy and the pulsation of your spirit. Some theory gets us started.

Class Level: All Levels
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Gaia Living Yoga - Panel Discussion: Lineage Transmission: The Evolution of Ancient Practices for Modern Life

The essential transformative power of yoga is lineage transmission. Timeless wisdom passed down for thousands of years from teacher to student, creating a golden thread that connects us to our ancestors and the ultimate teacher -- the Absolute.
The energy that flows through the tradition of receiving a teaching or practice that has come through a lineage of teachers -- even though every single one of those people is flawed and imperfect, that energy is sacred-- it is awakening, it is pure consciousness. How does lineage transmission work? How have teachings of the past been able to hold their value and still be applicable to modern life? How can we continue to preserve and uphold this tradition in an authentic way?

Panel discussion hosted by Ashleigh Sergeant.

Join top scholars, philosophers, educators and life long practitioners as they discuss ancient topics that are relevant to our modern lives. Gaia brings together an incredible lineup of charismatic and profound speakers to share in a community conversation that is sure to be lively, deep, transformative and magical.
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Tantra Yoga Vinyasa: From Detox to Freedom

Tantric Hatha Yoga maps a complete journey, from purification to spiritual awakening. In this class we cover the entire spectrum, focusing on the tradition’s most essential teaching on mastering both the inner and outer universe.
We’ll churn the body to stoke vital force and then access a vision of the highest. In addition to asana, bandha and mudra, this session will include chanting as well as kriya and tantric meditation techniques.

Class Level: All Levels
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About Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is widely considered the West's leading authorities on yoga, tantra and meditation. He has taught for more than thirty-five years, is the founder of ParaYoga® and author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. Rod has contributed to countless wellness publications and recently launched one of the most comprehensive online yoga teacher trainings in the world. At the forefront of integrating ancient yogic wisdom into a broad array of modern-day applications, he is a thought leader and mentor to thoughts of ParaYoga® practitioners and hundreds of teachers throughout the world. Rod lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

ParaYoga®––the style of yoga he developed based on his intensive and close study with two great masters––bring the ancient practices of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra to life for the modern yoga practitioner and anyone wanting to deepen their understanding/experience of these teachings.

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