What is Tantra? 4 Month Immersion.
You've participated in Tantra events, you love the awakening you have felt in your body, but where have these practices originated from? Can knowing those origins take you deeper on your own journey?
So much of the work we do at Embody Tantra is what I sometimes refer to as 'pre-Tantra' or 'support practices'. It is the work of preparation for the body, spirit + psyche in order to clear the way for some of the more ancient practices for awakening.
The What is Tantra? course is for those who are both curious and called into the traditional practices...
There is nothing quite like what happens when we ignite the body through practices that have been used for thousands of years. We truly begin to understand the profound magic of what is possible through Tantra.
I have found that the ancient practices are able to unlock things and reach places deep in my subconscious that I could not reach any other way. I often don't know exactly what they are shifting until months later when I notice I have handled a situation completely differently, without the 'hooks' or patterns from my past that were dictating my reactions. It truly feels like magic. Behaviors that I felt trapped within, even relationship dynamics with Martin have literally melted into nothing and given way for deeper nourishment and connection and genuine relationship with life.
I believe working with the classical practices is an essential part of the path for anyone who has been called to this work.
For me personally, there has been a natural evolution. The work we do in the Levels 1 + 2 was absolutely essential for my body to be ready for a next level of deepening. The kind of practices Embody Tantra shares continue to support my emotional and physical body to stay vibrant, conscious, aware and emotionally open and healthy. This kind of preliminary work has been a necessary step to preparing me for a whole new level.
While the What is Tantra course is a requirement for Embody Tantra Teacher Certification, I am opening it up to anyone who has completed the Level 1 Awaken Weekend and is curious about the origins of Tantra, is looking for a context for the work we have been doing and who is excited about working with the traditional practices.
For my first time offering this course, I am bringing in one the most educated practitioners/scholars that I know, Serge Berliawsky (seriously, just wait until you read his bio below...it's mind-blowing). I have known Serge for many years and he was the first teacher to introduce me to where this Tantric work, that has moved me so much, fits into history. His knowledge is vast and his style is super-easy to understand...this is why I knew he was the right person to bring this work to our community. He will present information as well as offer an embodied approach to understanding through simple yogic asana and traditional practices.
This course is intended to be an immersion of both knowledge and practice.
We will meet live for 3 full-day events over the course of several months. Each time we meet, you will be given a practice that you may choose to enter into Sadhana (devoted practice) with. If you can't make it to one of the live meetings, it's not a problem. You will be provided with audios of the work we do in class within a few days of our live meeting. These will be gifted to all participants so you can easily go back to anything you have learned ~ believe me, you will want this! We will have a check-in in between live meetings via video-call with Serge so you can ask questions based on what is coming up for you in practice. We will stay connected as a community via facebook and a buddy system will support you in bonding, deepening with others in the group and accountability to your commitment to make practice a part of your daily life if you choose.
3 Live One-Day Events with Practitioner + Scholar: Serge Berliawsky
3 Follow up video-call sessions with Serge Berliawsky
3 Practices for you to experiment with dedicated Sadhana of this ancient, classical approach.
Audio Recordings of each full-day LIVE session for you to keep + study (whether you are able to make it to the event in person or not).
Video + Audio Recordings of all video-calls with Serge.
Check-in Video-Call with Martin + Charu Q + A with discussion of how this work integrates with other work you have done with Embody Tantra as well as navigating relationship while in deep practice.
Facebook Group to connect, share experiences and ask questions.
1 Month FREE: Tantric Living Membership. This incredible archive has 15 audios of interviews + lectures with Tantric Masters, Teachers, Practitioners and Scholars as well as several guided Tantric practices. It's the perfect compliment to this immersion series!
What we will cover...
Immersion Day 1: The Evolution of Tantra: Tantra's evolving presence in India, from ancient Nomads through the Yoga Sutras.
- Traditional gentle south-asian tantric asana practice
- History of Indian Yoga + Tantra, from Shamanism, through the Vedas + Vedanta, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.
- Reading the Upanishads, from a Tantric perspective.
- Seeds of Tantra: how did Tantric practice evolve?
- Chandra Sadhana: Moon Practice
Immersion Day 2: Classical Indian Tantra: Definition, History + Practice
- Traditional gentle south-asian tantric asana practice
- Definitions of classical Tantra ~ how did it arise and what defines the multitude of practices it produced?
- Asana + Hatha Yoga: an entirely Tantric Practice
- Tantric Lineages + Schools
- Readings from Tantric Texts
- Sadhana Practice
Immersion Day 3: The subtle body: How the Tantric system works inside us.
- Chakras: What are they + how do they function?
- Nadis, energy channels
- Gunas, the appearance of phenomenon
- Ayurveda: Doshas + Vital Essences
- Bandhas, energy movement in Hatha Yoga
- Nada + Bindu, subtle sound + subtle seed
- Shiva and Kali
*If this reads like Greek to you, not to worry, it's the spark of your desire to learn combined with Serge's easy to understand style that will hold you!
Who is Serge Berliawsky?
Serge Berliawsky has been practicing the Yogic arts of India & Tibet since his youth...
He has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years. His approach evolves out of a deep transmission from younger years living in Kula (yogic community), engaging in lengthy daily practice before the hours of dawn, and undergoing rigorous study with his teachers. In classes, Serge blends his knowledge of traditional Yogic practice & philosophy with 1000's of hours of training in Ashtanga, Yin Yoga, Rudra Yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on South-Asian traditions, a certificate in Yoga Philosophy, a diploma in the study of Yoga & Ayurveda, an E-RYT designation from the Yoga Alliance, he reads/writes Sanskrit, and is currently enrolled in a Ngakpa (Tibetan Yoga) Seminary program.
Serge entered residential training in a tantric yoga school as a homeless 19-year-old, completing a 1000-hour yoga teacher training program in traditional lineage-based Hatha Yoga. There he further studied, practiced, and completed intensive retreats in Kundalini Yoga, Taoist Yoga, Tibetan Yoga, and Sufism. During this time, Serge began managing the school's local yoga center, teaching countless yoga classes each week and organizing retreats. Upon completing his training and being initiated as a teacher, Serge moved on to complete over 20 retreats with Pema Khandro Rinpoche, wisdom holder & Lama in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He further took refuge with and continues to honor/attend teachings with Lama Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche, and spent years studying and practicing Kundalini Tantra intensively with Umaa (Uma Inder), master kundalini tantrika & dedicated practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine.
While continuing to practice with his heart-teachers, Serge refined his studies in Sanskrit mantra with Vedic priest and pujari Shri Shiva Kumar. He deepened his knowledge of sacred texts studying with Srivatsa Ramaswami, longest-standing disciple of Sri T. Krisnamacharya (outside the guru's family). Serge studied Yin Yoga with it's founder, Paul Grilley, and completed residential training with Yogiraj Ganga White, founder of the original Center for Yoga in Los Angeles in 1967. He has undertaken in-depth studies with (Yogarupa) Rod Stryker, received certification in Vedic Yoga from Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda, and completed advanced residential Yoga training with friend and teacher Saul David Raye. In India, Serge was certified to teach traditional Tantric Asana practices by Shri Kali Ashram, and studied the system of Shri Vidya extensively in a remote complex of Goddess Temples. He has stayed in many Ashrams, received meditation instruction from many Swamis, learned classical Hatha Yoga directly from Nath and Kanpatha Yogis in the North, and received Puja & Homa instruction from a wide variety of priests, saddhus and tantric adepts throughout the Indian sub-continent.
Academically Serge studied Samkhya, the Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and many other sacred texts/philosophies under Dr. Christopher K. Chapple, founder and director of the Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University. He further completed a wealth of coursework and large body of papers under the advisory of Dr. David White. Perhaps the greatest living historian of Hindu Tantra, Dr. White is known for publishing encyclopedic works such as Kiss of the Yogini, Tantra in Practice, and The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India.
When not teaching, you can find Serge DJing, making music + digging for records around Los Angeles under the name Sahaja.
Dates + Details...
Audios of the entire day will be provided for self-study for ALL Live events! (so no worries if one of the dates doesn't work!)
LIVE Day-long 1: Oct 8th 10am-5pm
Follow-up video-call 1 (1 hour): Week of Oct 25th TBD
LIVE Day-long 2: Nov 12th 10am-5pm
Follow Up video-call 2 (one hour): Week of Nov 28 TBD
*Martin + Charu BONUS call*: Week of Jan 1st TBD
LIVE Day-long 3: Feb 4th 10am-5pm
Completion Circle/ Pot-luck Party! Feb 4th 6pm-9pm
Follow Up video-call 3 (one hour): Week of Feb 13th TBD
NOTE: All follow up calls will be booked on varying days/times with the hope that everyone will be able to make at least ONE live! Both video and audio recordings of these will be available for you as well.
This What is Tantra Immersion which includes 3 full-day sessions, 3 group coaching calls with Serge, and special call with Martin + Charu (as well as all goodies in 'extra love' section above)
will be offered for $2,000
The special rate since this is the first time we are offering it, will be $1,800.
*Space is limited to 16 participants.
If you register by Thursday, Sept 15th you will receive the EARLY BIRD rate of:
or Payment Plan: 3 payments of $550