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Workshop: What Is Tantra In Practice?

January 28th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: One Down Dog Echo Park
Led By: Nish Selvalingam


Everything we know and love about modern postural yoga comes from Tantra. The poses, the breathing techniques, the meditative visualizations, the hand gestures, the mantras, the iconography, the life-affirming worldview, the embodied practice approach, chakras, kundalini...most of it -if not all of it - comes from Tantra. And yet, isn't it interesting that the word "tantra" is one of the most misunderstood, misappropriated, and maligned words of all time? In India, "tantra" often connotes black magic at worst or a dangerous and occult spiritual path at best. In the West, "tantra" means hedonistic pursuits of pleasure.
In this workshop, we're going to set the record straight. The what, why, and how of Tantra – all in one workshop!

This workshop is open to all who are curious! 
*note: this will only count toward a 300 hr. teacher training if you have already completed 200 hr.


About Nish

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Nishanth Selvalingam spent the first few years of his life learning yoga philosophy in his grandfather’s ashram in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he grew up. A devoted Saivite Tantrika, Nishanth’s grandfather, worked tirelessly to plant the seeds of reverence in his young heart. Years later, while visiting Sai Baba in India, Nish experienced singing kirtan with the other devotees. He couldn’t really tell you what happened except that he felt the awakening of an appetite for religious philosophy. That day, he went to the ashram bookshop, purchased a commentary on the Gita and devoured it promptly.

The seed that his grandfather had planted flowered into a deep love for philosophy that has stayed with him since. He returned to the Upanishads and Vedas with a renewed curiosity, which only doubled when he took up the study of scriptures from other religions. Eventually, he found his way to Los Angeles, California, to study Philosophy at UCLA, where he continued to find parallels between Plato and Patanjali, Aquinas and Shankaracharya. He coached college debate at UCLA and developed a love for teaching. Nish now spends his time playing guitar in rock bands, coaching middle school debates, and teaching yoga. His calling is to share the philosophical traditions that were handed to him by his teachers because he believes with all his heart that for the practice of yoga to blossom into the fruits of Liberation and Joy, there must be a strong grounding in the philosophical frameworks out of which those practices emerged. Read more about Nish >>


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