Bhairava aka The Creepy Lord

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Every Fall I love to visit the energies and practices that pull me into the darker recesses of the heart and mind. It’s the witching season. Time to hunker down a bit and have some fun in the shadows. And in tantric tradition, the darkness is a place of refuge and primal creativity. Let’s go there together.

This year I’ve been revisiting teachings connected to Lord Bhairava. He’s the bad to the bone form of Shiva, Lord of Yoga. This is a dude who cuts deals with demons. He’s also a protector and creates a powerful shield of safety between the world outside and the world’s within us when we invite him near. It’s been such a long time since I’ve offered a course and a bunch of you have been asking for more. Thank you for continuing to hound me. Did I mention Bhairava often comes with a mangy, wild hell hound?

So I’d love to go here with you this October. Join me over three weeks. We’ll do an hour or so of teachings, stories and practices each week. I’ll give you a couple of separate meditation practices to make your own. We’ll play in the shadows with a ferocious friend. He will invite us into the liminal spaces between deep sleep, dreaming and waking. This energy willingly unpacks the treasures tucked away in the dark recesses of our own hearts and minds.

October 6, 13, 20, 2014 @ 7p. $69. Listen live or download from Dropbox and listen any time.

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Kali Moon Blessings

October is my favorite month here in New York City – weekend escapes to pick apples and pumpkins, apple cider doughnuts, the fragrance of dry leaves (I can smell them through the open window even as I type), corduroy trousers, cashmere sweaters and Halloween adventures with my son. And always a new tantric offering. This season I’m looking forward to deepening my own connection with Kali. And I invite you to join me. See details below.

This morning I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5.18 am (what the what?) and somethin’ told me to get up and peek at my 2013 Moon Phase calendar. Sure enough, 5.18 am was the start of the New Moon. Kameshwari, Goddess of the New Moon, wants me to plug in to her resonance once again for this cycle. (And publish my ever before-the-sun-comes-up post. Usually I’m a night owl in the other direction.) It’s been quite a while since I followed the moon phase goddesses each night. So in addition to the Kali course, I’m revisiting them for this lunation. If you’d like to join me on THAT adventure, I’ve recently made all of my previous Tantric Yoga Vision Quest offerings available for download. Check out the Moon Goddess course below to learn more.

Enter the Darkness – Kali 

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OCTOBER 14, 21, 28 – 2013

LISTEN (OR ATTEND LIVE IN NYC) @ 7PM

RECORDINGS AVAILABLE WITHIN 24 HOURS

October is the perfect month to engage our connection to the Dark Mother goddess, Kali. Happy Halloween! The blacker the night sky, the more stars we see. In this 3 week course we will learn to appreciate Kali as that dark field of raw potential within our own hearts.  We’ll unpack her distinctive 12 fold form as well as see her hidden inside some of the beautiful goddesses who are her complimentary opposites. Through story, mantra and mudra we will bring this powerful energy into practical application and experience. In addition to the 3 weeks of teachings, 3 individual meditation practices will be yours to download and access again any time you wish. We’ll also have a private group on Facebook to share our insights and inspire one another with all things Kali during this month of Halloween blessings.

Exchange $79

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All of my previous Tantric Yoga Vision Quest offerings are now available for download. Listen anytime. October 4 begins the 11th lunation of 2013. Lucky 11! Now is the perfect moment to channel our subtle energies into a powerful connection with the eternal moon phase goddesses.

Forever and Ever – 16 Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses

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Life is forever more luscious, more intriguing and more irresistible when one learns to align one’s reflective powers with this eternal sequence of evocative energies. To know them intimately is to invest oneself in a recursive process that starts with the question “What do I really want?” and culminates in an artful life story worth sharing.

This very special course includes not only 3 weeks of foundational teachings, but also 16 daily meditation downloads (!) for you to savor each night while moon-gazing. To follow the Moon Goddesses each night from New Moon to Full Moon is a promise worth keeping.

Exchange $89

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Turtle Imprint, Kurma Mudra

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Anjali Mudra, Prayer Hands

So I just noticed yesterday that over 1500 people have watched a 15 second video I put up on YouTube demonstating to my telecourse participants how to get into Goddess Mudra. I thought it would be fun to share some more. Once upon a time I knew how to read and write.

Laksmi Tantra: 16 Imprints

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New telecourse offering ~

2013 June 10, 17, 24

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7-8.30p EST Listen live or download for future enjoyment

Like phases of the moon and the beauty of summer’s abundant vitality, Laksmi appears in the cycles of life and the plentiful light of summer solstice. Join me for a very special 3 week telecourse as we delve into the 16 imprints of the Goddess Laksmi. We will explore the images, meanings and practices of Shodashi Laksmi. This is a rich, abundant and deeply secret tradition of tantra. 

Together we will explore a vision of Laksmi not as a dutiful housewife but as a warrior goddess, one who welcomes us to rise to the occasion of our own embodiment. I will provide 2 bonus meditation sequences in addition to 3 weeks of tantric teachings. All of the recordings are yours to keep forever and are designed to awaken you to the greatest aspect of yourself, access it, count on it and bring it forward to enrich your day to day life. 

RESISTER HERE.

Gong Bathing

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To study and sit with the gods of yoga is to certainly encounter along the way your ISHTADEVATA, the deity you most desire. As we unpack the gods and encounter their subtle energies, certain ones simply resonate more than others at the deepest fibers of our hearts. For me, that’s Subrahmanya, Shiva’s peacock riding son. He has been the focal point of my meditative sadhana for over a decade. He’s an edgy and wondrous fellow who keeps very close company with the GHANDARVAS and their wives, the APSARAS.

The Ghandarvas are healing energies – they are the physicians to the gods, ecstatic dancers and “celestial bongo players.” Basically these are the sexiest male entities in the Hindu pantheon, sometimes taking form as half-men, half horse centaurians. Sometimes they are bird-men, similar to the APUS, important energies in the energetic healing traditions of Peru. They frolic with the Apsaras who are beguiling musical nymphs, mermaid-like creatures who haunt secret fresh water springs in deep forests. Apsaras are equally just as sexy, musical and magical as their male counterparts. More so. It was the bewitching presence of an Apsara maiden who inspired the birth of the first unicorn. More on that tale another day…

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Having sat with Subrahmanya for so many years, I have encountered these spirits often in subtle worlds of meditation. So how freaking cool was it for me last week to experience them in manifest reality? My friend Lucy Child IS in fact the Queen of the Apsaras. I’m pretty sure. No. I know it. And she’s co-creating a healing soundscape with me at my classes at Virayoga on Thursdays at 10a.  Lucy is a wildly generous, skillful, intuitive sound healer and musician I had the great fortune to get to know a couple years ago in Peru. Together we studied with Celestial Shamans of the Andean Tradition. Ever since then, my yoga has been blending the Peruvian Cosmology with my love of Hindu Tantra. Early on in last week’s class I looked over at Lucy as she was playing chimes and bells and bowls – and time, space and identity became a kaleidoscope (hold it together, Eric, you’re teaching a yoga class.) I was in the enchanted healing forest, right there at 580 Broadway.

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After attending a Gong Bath with Lucy and her colleague Emily last month, I knew Lucy and I needed to collaborate. I went into the Gong Bath with a feeling of Peruvian love in my heart, thinking so fondly of our trip together and all the weird and powerful healing magic we’d experienced. And I was wondering just how and when I might find a way back there. The gong bath itself was like a Shamanic journey, similar to a lot of the meditative experiences I had in Peru. I woke up from the Gong Bath that night feeling that a piece of my heart was back in place that had gone missing, a soul retrieval. It was so visceral, so palpable. And continues to be so weeks later. Just breathing right now and tuning in, I can feel this strong little energetic spot near my physical heart that wasn’t there before. Or was always there but had disappeared for a long time. The sacred gong is a magical healer fer sure. Oh! And the DAY AFTER the gong bath I got an email from Tamandua Expeditions in Peru, looking for me to lead the yoga portion of an Amazon adventure this summer. I’m going back to Peru! To the lungs of the world this time – in the Amazon. I can’t wait. Details on that adventure forthcoming…

It’s so often in the collaborative process that I discover my favorite juju. Come play with Lucy and me on a Thursday morning soon. Or attend our special yoga + gong bath ceremony on April 28.

And I would so love to hear comments from YOU about your own experiences with the healing power of SOUND.

 

New Moon Dance Party

It’s Monday night and another opportunity to Get Your Dance On with me and Natasha. Do it. Atmananda Yoga on Irving Place @ 7.30p!

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Tonight is the New Moon. And so my tantric tradition creates a special energy we can work with in our bodies, minds and hearts in the form of a Moon Goddess (there are 16 of these in total – a different one each night from New to Full Moon) named Kameshwari. Kameshwari’s name means “Empowering Desire.” And whether you’re a dude or a girliegirl, or something in between, this is a brilliant energy to work with because, well, she’s all about empowering desire. The new moon means that there’s no moon out tonight. And so together we’ll enter the fertile darkness of raw possibility. The darkness is the place where everything is possible, where “I don’t know” becomes a resource for meaningful exploration. Tonight we’ll tap those nooks and crannies of consciousness and explore a yoga dance ritual that’s sure to draw down unexpected sursprises.

When a bunch of folks gather to invoke a deity, we create a space where that energy just shows up. Kameshwari is tender in her receptivity. Her soft eyes are a subtle experience of receiving. In her power we can let go of the transactive process – “I want X so I must do Y” – and so we encounter a much more refined vision of desire. Desire without an object. Our bodies and hearts AS expressions of desire – beating and moving because that’s what they love to do.

Among her treasures she carries a cup of liquid gems. Those are the desires in your life you’ve already identified. The stuff you know you want from this gift called YOUR LIFE. So whaddya want? Let’s offer up our expression tonight in honor of those identified desires. Her other hand is outstreched and her palm is open – willing to receive more than what she’s even yet imagined. Are you willing to reach into the depth of darkness and discover more than you thought was there? Of course you are. It happens every time you shake your groove thing in a new way. Her open palm is also a willingness to share the gifts of a meaningful life – one infused with ever-enrivhing value, community and love. That’s what these Mondays have become for me. (((Loving this weekly yogadance ritual!))) Super special vibes await. Natasha and I look forward to seeing you for an ecstatic New Moon ritual THIS evening. 7.30p. Don’t be late. Get Your Dance On.