BREAKING FREE from conventions does not entail becoming a rebel (that is, to be ‘against’ something), but it does require confronting the power dynamics that might have been keeping us in a state of subordination in our life, including our social and intimate relationships.
Bringing into question the archetypcal figure of the Father – ruler and patriarch – and thus our relationship to our very own father, becomes a prerequisite to venture on a journey of self-discovery towards a more authenitic self. A self at peace with life.
The ancestral practices of yoga recognise that the relationship, or non-relationship, to our father is a key of to the broader field of life and relationship.
On this 5-day yoga retreat we will operate within the Shamanic circles rich in intensive Hatha-tantric, Asana-Kumbukh practices addressing the theme of the Father in all of its broad manifestations. The practices will span many themes relative to how we relate to the Farther energy.
The retreat will be composed of healing and confronting yoga practices focused in the direction of healing energy in connection with one’s own father.
We will work with the energy of Shiva to guide us on this retreat.
Shiva is a paradoxical figure, for he is both honoured by the those against convention and restriction, and at the same time he is a central figure to the self-righteous religious institutions.
Shiva is at once the restrictive Lord of Tamas and limitation – God to the Gods – but equally he is the archetypal Wild dancing Shaman and Goblin King.
Working with the energy of Shiva will help us intuitively resolve this apparent paradox, for he understands the empty one-sided patriarchal game of dominance and weaves through it’s landscapes without showing a hint of disempowerment…
Shiva is he who has come to know all aspects of himself and can therefore dance with all aspects of creation.
Shiva’s Third Eye is the eye of singularity that sees nothing foreign but has attained the secret vision of seeing all of life as a mirror of his own soul.
This is the vision of the yogis, this is the path that is said to lead home, the path where all fear and separation ends and friendliness born of fearlessness prevails.
The wise honour Shiva because he knows wisdom, the Goblins honour Shiva because he has met and made friends with his own inner Goblins.
Nothing is out of bounds for Shiva because his heart is pure.
Shiva sits in the Seat of Power and so can we. Not necessarily an asumed throne of rulership and authority over our lives, but perhaps a seat where the inner child of the wilderness can sit safe and free in powerful inoccence.
We will call on you Shiva. Oh great Father,
eternal wandering Yogi, wild and untamed,
standing outside of convention and yet friend to all,
Seeing the unseen with your secret eye,
eternity locked in your hair
dancing with drum in hand
chanting with the hum of tantric song
”we salute thee oh maha yogi.