Creativity, Sexuality and the Cycles of our Lives: a Yoga CPD Day | LONDON
9 September 2016 |
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
What is the relationship between creativity, sexuality and the cycles of our lives?
How does energy move, as creative and sexual expression, and how does she get blocked?
What is the relationship between rest and activity in relation to our creative and sexual cycles?
What is the nature of Shakti and how has she been constrained? How can we understand the movements of Shakti?
How can the Great Wisdom Goddesses Kamalatmika (the lotus goddess of delight) and Matangi (the wild outcaste poet) support our understanding of creative and sexual energies?
This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive experiences of creativity and sexuality in women’s lives, either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.
The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists, depending upon the requirements of their professional associations. Health care practitioners, psychotherapists, sexological body workers and coaches with an interest in yoga, sexuality and creativity are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.
The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that promote healthy creative and sexual energies. Supportive sequences of integrated yoga postures will be taught, and there will be time for discussion. An overview of common creative and sexual challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga-tantra responses that are helpful to support the expression of women’s creativity and sexuality.
There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.
1000 Welcome, meditation, introductions and motivations (reasons for attending the day).
1030 Yoga nidra to support positive experiences of creativity, sexuality and the relations between them, including an introduction to the Great Wisdom Goddesses Kamalatmika and Matangi.
1100 Overview of and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response for the support of creative and sexual expression including the Heart-womb river movement, breath and gesture meditation to reconnect heart to source energy through hasta mudra (hand gesture), conscious rhythmic movement and mantra (sound)
1140 Short break
1150 Practical yoga to support the flow of creative and sexual energies, including pranayama (breath), nada yoga (sound), rhythmic asanas to unblock energy (shakti bandhas), pointers for self-study (swadhyaya) - restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimise prana and deepen our understanding of the relationship between Kamalatmika (the lotus goddess of delight) and Matangi (the wild creative poet).
1400 Questions and offerings - issues arising from the morning practice and talks, including an option to work with mantra and sound to honour our understanding of the relationship between Kamalatmika (the lotus goddess of delight) and Matangi (the wild creative poet).
1430 Exploring creativity and sexuality yogic perspective: considering the significance of breath, relaxation and relevant appropriate use of supportive bandhas (pelvic locks and seals)
1500 The energetic dimension of yoga for the support of our creative and sexual energies. Clearing energy blocks and promoting a connection with the inner teacher.
1530 More on the Mahavidyas (great wisdom goddesses) and their relation to creativity and sexuality.
1600 Mantra and yoga nidra to optimise prana flow in the heart/womb meridian 1630 Further questions and evaluations
1640 Closing meditation and shakti circle for support of positive creativity and sexuality
This session is informed by extensive research into the history and politics of yoga, and it reclaims for women’s bodies, the practices that nourish our source and heal the disconnections that we often experience as women living in a man’s world. The cycles of energy and the rhythms of sexual and creative pleasures that the session explores are rooted in menstruality consciousness, an awareness of the cycles of creativity and sexual patterns of arousal, desire, satiation and disinterest.
Optional suggested course reading (during and after the day workshop): Yoni Shakti is the key text for reference during this day workshop
Cost and Bookings
The cost for this day is £75
To book go to: www.yogacampus.com/workshops/creativity-and-sexuality or contact firstname.lastname@example.org