Learn to apply yoga to your sexuality. Join us for an evening workshop on Yogic Sexuality to enhance sex, sexual energy and sexuality.
In this workshop we will cover a variety of techniques including bandhas (energy locks in the body), a few useful postures and breathing practices. These are important practices for raising sexual energy, controlling it and moving it around. We also teach a specific type of massage.
In addition, we will cover the Maithuna ritual. This is a special yogic ritual for when two people come together to make love in a particular way. Since this ritual includes food, it will be taught over a (vegetarian) dinner.
This course includes paired work. If you are single then either bring a friend along to work with or come by yourself. If you come by yourself then we will give you a number when you arrive which will pair you with someone else. There is no nudity or kissing in this course and all parts of this workshop are optional.
Please note that this course has been updated since the last one in November. This course includes more grounded physical techniques. If you did the previous course, then you would learn new techniques on this course.
We interviewed three participants after the November 2011 course. Read about their experience here.
Interview with Shantimurti
The workshop will be lead by Swami Shantimurti Saraswati. We talked with him about it:
Is prior experience required?
A little bit of yogic knowledge is helpful, but not essential. This course is really taken from a beginning level because most people won’t have applied yoga to their sexuality.
That’s what it is all about – applying yoga technique to sexuality. And also experiencing and investigating the Maithuna ritual and its various steps.
Do you have to be in a relationship?
No. You can be single, but you will have to work with somebody. There doesn’t have to be physical contact, but you will be working with someone with breathing practices. And the closer the people are to it the better it is.
Is this course more for men or women?
This course is about sexual technique and sexuality in general. The girls get as much, if not more, out it than the guys do. The guys learn self-control. The girls learn to express themselves and actually lead sexual situations rather than be dominated.
What would you say to people with a lot of baggage around sexuality?
There are some techniques for releasing past sexual conditioning, but the main focus of this course is practices based in the present. We are learning to move in a new direction and develop a more empowered attitude towards sex and sexual energy.
The thing about yogic sexuality is that it is therapeutic. The past does come up and it gets resolved as you move into it with your partner – and this process happens consciously. We don’t go looking for old wounds, but if they do come up then there are ways to manage it.
What is the high side of yogic sexuality?
It raises sexuality to a whole new level. It gives skills and techniques that allow it to rise from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
The high side of yogic sexuality is that you gain mastery over your sexuality. You have the potential to be in control of it – whether you are having it or not – it doesn’t make any difference.
If you are single then you are not constantly on the go for it. You become more selective in the way that you expressed yourself in that area. In a partnership it could be very exciting bringing a whole new element to your sexuality and elevating it out of the mundane.
What do you mean by mundane?
Many women I talk to often say how boring their sex life is. They say there is a lack of quality. I can assure you it doesn’t have to be like that at all.
What if a woman is married to a guy who is really not interested in this?
She can learn techniques for herself. We also cover techniques that you can do on your own. She can bring her own sexual energy up so when she is with him she can introduce him to stuff without him even really knowing. This makes it more exciting for her which in turn should make it more exciting for him.
Instructor:………..Swami Shantimurti Saraswati
Date:………………..Saturday 18 February 2012
Time:……………….4pm – 9pm
Cost:………………..$95. Since this course has limited spaces, we ask for payment in advance to secure your place.
Location:…………..Ashram Yoga Parnell
Registration:…….Bookings essential. Enroll online.
Please note: this course is limited to 10 men and 10 women.