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The Foundations of Tantra

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Course Overview

The practices and philosophy of tantra are designed to help us realize the beauty and sacredness within us, manifest our highest potential, and make the world around us a better place to live in.

In this beginner-friendly program, you’ll gain an experience-based understanding of tantra by learning to integrate its methods in asana, pranayama, and meditation practices.

In this program, you will:

  • Practice the Gayatri mantra and asana together to feel the subtle and illuminating effects of sound vibration.

  • Learn about and practice agni sara (fire essence), a central tantric practice that can help you experience deep inner awareness and vitality.

  • Explore a chakra-based meditation that’s designed to accelerate the process of getting to know yourself at a deeper level.

Enjoy this systematic approach to a whole-body, whole-being method that will enliven your outlook on life and practice.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

1.5 to complete

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Section 1
  • In this brief introduction, Rod outlines the history of tantra, discusses common misconceptions and misapplications of it, and explains what this holistic approach to yoga is all about.
Section 2
  • This simple practice is designed to help feel the subtle and illuminating effects of sound vibration as you experience the synergy of mantra and asana. You’ll move through a sequence of movements and holds in familiar postures (such as warrior l and bridge pose) as Rod leads you in a “call and response” of the Gayatri mantra (a sacred, all-pervading mantra considered to be the “mother of the Vedas”). Along the way, you’ll pause to experience the effect of the mantra’s sound and meaning.
Section 3
  • How do you practice yoga off of your mat each day? In this discussion, Rod explains how tantric practices can help us influence and shape our physical, emotional, and mental energy. In other words, how they can help us “cultivate power” so that we can maximize our capacity to benefit the world around us. He then delves into the benefits of agni sara—fire essence—a focused practice that gives us access to a deep, enlivening energy.
Section 4
  • In this short tutorial, you’ll learn essential guidelines for the practice of agni sara (fire essence), including breathing instructions, helpful postural tips, how to incorporate it into your asana practice, contraindications for practicing, and more.
Section 5
  • In this module, you’ll go deeper into tantric concepts and learn about a chakra-based meditation that can help you “melt” internal barriers and experience your inner sacredness.
Section 6
  • Accelerate the process of discovering your innate beauty and sacredness with this guided chakra-based meditation where sound, feeling, and image are the main components.
Section 7
  • Now that you’ve experienced an introduction to tantra, where do you go next? In this final module, Rod sheds light on key ways that you can continue to grow your practice.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Rod Stryker
Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose,... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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