Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Breathwork and Tantra Events

Breath of Life Breath of Love
Breathwork and Tantra Retreat
Dan Brulé and Shakti Malan
1 - 6 April 2011
Blue Butterfly, Tulbach



The Retreat

There are two energies running through your body that can profoundly transform your access to life and love:
  • Breath, prana or Chi; and
  • Kundalini, or sexual energy

Join us in April for an extraordinary opportunity to work with two internationally known teachers, Shakti Malan, dakini or teacher of the art of sacred sexuality, and Dan Brulé, teacher of breathwork

We have put aside five days for you to immerse yourself in the beauty and perfection of your own being, facilitated by the opening of your breath and your sexual energy.


There will be two main components to our work:

1. Releasing and reintegrating energy from the unconscious

From the moment of our conception, human beings can encounter experiences that feel traumatic or overwhelming. As little ones, we simply do not have the capacity to deal with the intensity of some life experiences, and so we suppress what we cannot cope with. Later in life, suppressing, denying and controlling becomes a way of living. We live our lives protected by body armoring that keeps us from feeling the full impact of the moment.

But there comes a time when we are ready live life fully. At this point, it is time to feel what has been suppressed before, and to let what is hidden away in the unconscious be integrated back into the fullness of our energy bodies.

During this retreat, there will be collective and individual opportunities for you to release trauma and integrate experiences that have been suppressed and that inhibit the flow of your life force. Dan and Shakti will guide you through the use of loving, conscious breathwork and facilitated nervous system re-patterning to help you reclaim the life force that is rightfully yours.

2. Immersion in pure presence

When we stop denying and suppressing, there is more space in us for pure awareness and simple presence.

The question that your sexual energy presents is: How much ecstasy or bliss can you tolerate? The question that the breath asks you is: how deeply are you willing to open and feel in this moment?

Are you ready for the ride of your life?
Are you ready to be alive, total and expanded like never before?

Then come, beloveds… Come take this opportunity to open more to the flow of your own pure life force.

Say yes to life
Say yes to love
The breath will help to take you there


About Breathwork

Breathwork is the use of breath awareness and conscious breathing exercises, techniques and meditations meant to clear your head, settle your stomach, calm your nerves, and open your heart. We use the breath as a bridge, a force and a tool for health, growth and change in spirit, mind and body. Our style of breathwork is called Spiritual Breathing. It engages every level of your being in the simple natural moment to moment process of breathing. As you become more conscious of your breathing, you become more conscious in general. As you become more aware of your breath, you become more aware, period. Awareness is the key to liberation!

About Tantra


Tantra is an ancient mystery tradition that regards all aspects of our experience, including our sexuality, as a gateway to our awakening. Only when a meditator or a monk was deemed ready by his master would he be introduced to the secret practices of Tantra. When the celibate monk got introduced to the Dakini, a woman who embodies the sacred power of female sexuality, this confrontation with taboo would instantly shatter his spiritual ego and give him an opportunity right there to wake up. She would then initiate him into the sacred sexual mystery practices.

The world is ready to wake up, and is waiting for seekers like you who are willing to face your deepest desires and fears. As a leader of the Advait Tantra school, Shakti has adapted the mystery practices to be accessible for the modern world. It is possible to encounter the touch of the Dakini without any nakedness or even physical touch being required. As we learn to open to the flow of breath, sensuality and kundalini in our own bodies, this energy starts to emanate from us, to bless, uplift, and awaken whoever we meet.


Breath and Tantra coming together

Imagine taking this beautiful awareness of the breath into your relationships. Imagine consciously breathing with your beloved. Imagine making your sexual intimate life a space for awakening to happen, through the breath. This is what we will be extending the breath work into this time.

Expect naked hearts rather than naked bodies.

Expect people breathing together in loving support, rather than any overt sexual activity.

Expect a deep embracing of yourself, and a dropping of the false protections that keep us from being able to meet another in truth.

Expect to discover more about your essential impulse rather than pressure to participate in experiences you are not comfortable with.

I have found that many seekers of truth have done deep work in all areas of their lives except their sexuality. And yet our sexuality is such a potent gateway to consciousness!

What if we could use this tremendous power of the breath to break through into deep, unconditional loving?

Retreat Methods

Group and individual breathwork sessions
Group and individual tantric release sessions
Dance, yoga and chi kung
Active meditations using sound, breath and movement
Tantric breath exercises for individuals and couples

Cost: R5 500 pp facilitators fee plus accommodation fee depending on choice of accommodation (from R250pppn)


Breathwork Facilitator's Training
Dan Brulé
8 - 10 April 2011
Erin Hall, Cape Town
Cost R3000
Dan will be presenting a 3 day Breathwork Facilitators' Training in Erin Hall, Cape Town 8 - 10 April 2011. Cost R3000. This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from a master breath worker. Dan says about the Breathwork Facilitators' Training: " the practitioner training involves deeper work on one's self... as well further theory and practice in the art and science of using breath and breathing as a tool, a force and a bridge for health,growth and change, in spirit, mind and body...ways of cleaning and balancing our energy body... breathwork as a spiritual technology for purification and awakening... prerequisites should be prior experience working with Dan or Shakti... and/or experience in some healing or meditation, yoga, personal growth or counseling practice."

Intimate Breath
Dan Brulé and Shakti Malan
Phakalane, Cape Town
16 and 17 April 2011 9am - 5pm each day Cost R2 100


The breath is the most intimate touch of existence. This first beloved caresses us from the inside, all the time, and yet we hardly notice its presence. Most of us have hardly begun to explore the power of the breath as a tool to deepen our intimacy with ourselves, with another and with existence as such. There is so much more capacity for aliveness in us, right here in our bodies - if we open up more deeply to the breath.

In this workshop, we will bring together the best of two mystery traditions - Tantra and Breathwork - to assist you in opening to the wonder that is right inside you.

On this workshop, you will discover how to
  • breathe more deeply into different dimensions of your body
  • open to the sensual, rhythmic flow of the breath
  • drop beyond the mind, into the mind blowing transformational power of the breath
  • share breathwork with a partner through tantric meditations
  • bring the power of the breath more strongly into your moving, dancing active life
Powerful physical, emotional and psychological healing happens spontaneously as a result of spiritual breathing. When we awaken to the energy within us, we merge with the energy around us - and vice versa. When we melt into the energy that surrounds us, we fall into the energy that is at our core...

The surface area of our lungs: if we were to stretch it pout and measure it - it would fill one side of a tennis court! That we means more of the world comes into intimate contact with us
with each breath - more than we could possibly touch with our hands or wrap our arms around.

And when we breathe... the essence of who we are flows out into the world to mix and merge with everyone and everything. It is lovely to hold a philosophy about oneness, connection, etc.
it is quite another to have a direct biological, an unmistakable cellular experience of divine energy!



About Dan Brulé

Dan Brulé is a modern day teacher and healer. He is a world-renown pioneer in the field of Breathwork, and leader of the worldwide Spiritual Breathing movement. Dan is one of the originators of Breath Therapy, and was among the first group of Internationally Certified Rebirthers. He is a master of Prana Yoga (the Hindu Science of Breath), and of Chi Kung/Qigong (Chinese Medical Breathing Exercises). Few people in the world have more hands-on experience in Breathwork. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Education from The University of Massachusetts, and a Masters degree in the Healing Arts from Lesley College in Boston.
Dan studied with Qigong Master Hu Bin at the Academy of Chinese Medicine in Beijing. He lived in the Osho community in Oregon, and took part in the original Breath Therapy Program at the Rajneesh International Meditation University. He learned "Prana Yoga" from Swami Rama and did biofeedback training at the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania. He also studied "Breathing Coordination" with Carl Stough at the Stough Institute in New York.

He has studied and traveled extensively with Leonard Orr, the founder of the "Rebirthing" movement; and he has worked with Stan Grof, the founder of "Holotropic Breathwork." In 1980, Dan traveled to India where he was initiated into "Kriya Yoga" and "Kundalini Yoga" and given the name Guchu Ram Singh by the legendary immortal yogi master Babaji (described in Pramahansa Yogananda's book: "Autobiography of a Yogi.").

More than 80,000 people in over 40 countries apply Dan’s breathing exercises and techniques in their work and in their lives. Among them are Olympic athletes and elite martial artists, leading psychotherapists and medical experts, monks, meditators, hospice workers, yoga teachers, performing artists, personal trainers, substance abuse and pastoral counselors, health practitioners, life coaches, and business executives. For more information, visit www.breathmastery.com.

About Shakti Malan

Shakti is a dakini (teacher of the mystery traditions of Tantra) and member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). She has a busy practice involving sessions, workshops, courses and retreats. Shakti is based in Cape Town and has been teaching internationally in the UK and the US. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her work, see shakti.co.za and totalitytherapy.com

Shakti is a woman who has always had a deep sense of calling, which first she explored in the development field working with township communities all across South Africa. Through this work she attained a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, a discipline that teaches the practitioner to listen to the reality of groups and individuals from an insider perspective, through immersion in the texture of their lives.

Following from many years of devotion to meditation, tai chi, yoga and shamanic work, Shakti had a sudden and profound redirection of her energy into the field of Tantra. This started at the age of 33 with 18 months of death processing in the wilderness, and then a long period of intense work with the Advaita tradition of non-duality, as well as deep personal emotional processing.

Her style of teaching is influenced by Advaita teachings in general and specifically Advait Tantra, shamanism (most poignantly African shamanic traditions), systemic and processwork psychology, her intellectual training as a Social Anthropologist and also her work as a dance and movement teacher.


Bookings

All bookings for all events with Rhianne: rhiannevdl@gmail.com Content inquiries to Shakti: shakti@shakti.co.za
Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and these events are bound to be very popular.

Attendance confirmed with R1000 deposit paid by credit card into the following account:

http://breathmastery.com/bookit.htm

Or into the following South African account:

Dr. S. Malan

Standard Bank current account

Thibault Square branch (02-11-09-00)

Account number: 073152811


Dan will also be teaching in Johannesburg 19 - 26 March; details below

Saturday 19 March 14:00 - Introductory talk at Woodlands Spa, Muldersdrift, R50 per person

Sunday 20 March 09:30 for 10:00 until 18:00 - One day, experiental workshop at Woodlands Spa, Muldersdrift, R1 100 per person, excluding lunch (can be ordered at Woodlands Café). Limited space available. Deposit R600 to secure your place.

Saturday 26 March 09:30 for 10:00 until 18:00 - One day, advanced workshop at Woodlands Spa, Muldersdrift, R1 100 per person, excluding lunch (can be ordered at Woodlands Café). Limited space available. Deposit R600 to secure your place.

Dan will also be available for private (one-on-one) breathwork sessions from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March.

For more information or bookings contact Kobus Burger at kburger@afrihost.co.za or 082 950 7327. Or visit www.breathmastery.com.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tantric Practice for Women, Johannesburg 6th March 2011




Tantric Practice for Women
First Chakra Workshop: Loving your Body

Facilitated by Dakinis Wendy and Shakti
Date: Sunday 6th March

Time: 6 - 10pm

Cost: R550

Venue: Parktown, Johannesburg


The first chakra opens when we say yes to our bodies. This happens effortlessly when we drop our criticisms. In this workshop you will be guided through beautiful creative exercises that invite you to look in to your relationship with your body. Opening the first chakra guides you to your bliss, which is deeply connected to your sacred sexual energy and power as a woman.
Breathing and movement in the pelvic area help to ignite the spark of our real aliveness.

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Tantric Practice for Women

Tantra, the art of conscious sexuality, is a practice that has since ancient times been led by women. What has been a secret and mystical practice has now become accessible to seekers who are exploring awareness. It is a special calling in our lives as Dakinis to support women into the full flowering of where our sexuality can take us. The main elements of this workshop are:

• Discovering the unique qualities of female sexuality
• Opening to the flow of sexual energy/kundalini through meditation, dance and breath work
• Unblocking and integrating what prevents energy flow through us

Working with the chakras

Chakras are points of consciousness along the central energy channel in our bodies. We can experience the flow of energy with presence when the chakras open. With Tantric awareness, our sexual vitality starts to move up our bodies like a snake uncoiling, originating with the first chakra, and culminating in full body bliss six chakras later. For more on the unique qualities of each chakra, see http://shakti.co.za/blog/2008/04/tantra-and-chakras_14.html



Growing with other women

Attending women's Tantra workshops creates a space for fluid community and support amongst women. We learn from each other and share in our experiences. The unfolding of our personal awareness can be deepened significantly through regular practice in a conscious group context.

Method

The focus is on the movement of sexual energy in your own body; on getting to know your own body, and becoming attuned to how energy moves through you. The kinds of methods we use are:
Breath work
Guided meditations
Group discussions and sharing
Shamanic journeywork
Collaging, journaling and other creative expressions
Movement and dance

For booking contact Dakini Wendy on 082 369 5437



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Friday, February 11, 2011

Reclaiming Sexual Energy

Human beings have become overly civilised and sexuality is not born in civilisation. We have become attached and emphasised in civility.

Long ago you were a free and wild being who belonged to this earth and the earth to you. No -one was your keeper. You have become tamed cultured civilised. You have traded your being for predictability and safety. You have forgotten the soft beast your body.

If you wish to experience your free sexuality you must be willing to drop your expectation of cultured order and predictability. Be willing to risk a little exposure allowing freedom in yourself and others.

Most people are trying to get something from each other as opposed to share their profound and full nature. If you remain in the former you will always be short changed and hungry.

Come to know your own nature, your own sexual energy and then your meetings with others radically transform into wild untamed encounters in bed and outside of it.

I offer you a key but you need to step up to the door and beyond ..

In this workshop;


I will explore the ways that masculine and feminine sexuality differ and how we can again come to the real expression of our sexuality. This exploration will be followed by a physical meditation that calls the sexual energy powerfully and intentionally.

This is a group meditation and the energy created within the group supports this process and deepens the possibilities, but the majority of the evening will be a solo exploration. First you meet your energy before you can share it with another.

The details;

16th February

Wednesday 7:30pm till 10pm

Fellside, Johannesburg ( a few minutes from Norwood )

R280

The venue has limited space so it is on a first come first serve basis. Please contact me on shima@shima.co.za or 0845911211 to confirm your place.

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