Tantra Yoga Meditation18 October to 6 December 2017
Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire
£95 including course materials and audio recordings of the course.
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"When, with a one-pointed and thought free mind, a seeker contemplates his whole body or the entire universe all at once as being of the nature of Consciousness, he experiences the supreme Awakening".
(Vijnana Bhairava Tantra)
(Vijnana Bhairava Tantra)
This evening class of eight sessions at the meditation house in Leeds will focus upon the simple yet profound and effective meditations of the Tantra Yoga tradition. The aim is to build a very stable and deep meditation practice, so we no longer cling to our habitual thoughts and emotional patterns, but come to rest in our own free and unencumbered nature as pure awareness itself.
'Tantra' is translated as 'technique' or 'to liberate' and 'yoga' can be translated as 'unity'. So Tantra yoga meditation is a set of practices that reveal our basic unity, or wholeness, by liberating us from the conflicts and limitations of the everyday mind. The Tantra yoga meditation methods are simple and accessible ways for us to realise the pure Awareness that lies beneath the chatter and drama of our thoughts and emotions; and they help us to step back from these patterns of mind and to rest in the calmness, clarity, joy and wisdom of our true nature. Tantra says that we don't have to meditate for decades to taste a depth of stillness, peace and blissful inner expansion; it is available right now to any one of us.
The practices work with concentration, mindfulness, simple visualisation and inner sound. Each meditation involves bringing our attention to some object, such as our breath or our senses; or for example, visualising an inner object, such as light moving within the body, or our body empty like space. As we hold our attention on the object, the mind stabilises and true presence is revealed.
This guided audio, Meditation on Inner Space, will give you a flavour of the meditations we'll explore on this class:
Many benefits arise from the practices such as improved focus and concentration, increased energy and vitality and greater connection with positive internal states such as joy, tranquillity and compassion. In essence we discover the vast spaciousness and stillness at the core of our being. We realise that we are Awareness itself, far more than the ever-changing and insubstantial flow of our everyday thoughts and emotions.
Although the meditations derive from the ancient schools of Buddhist and Hindu yoga and tantra, they are strikingly relevant to modern times, and are easy to integrate into busy lives. The whole approach is about enjoying our lives, and living deeply in the world, yet without being overly affected by its stresses and demands, or becoming overly attached to its pleasures.
The course will consist of eight weekly evening classes. It will be practically focused, with guided meditation and time for sharing and discussion in the group. We will work specifically with several of the methods given in key Tantric and yoga texts, including the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and the Yoga sutras.
The classes are suitable for those with previous experience of meditation and/or mindfulness, or who are practising related disciplines, such as yoga, and who want to explore the world of meditation in more depth.