the divine union of Shiva and shakti
Real Tantric Yoga consists of unfolding the Divine powers within ourselves,
the inner God and Goddess, whose natures are the light and energy of consciousness.
~Dr. David Frawley
O Uma (Shakti)! This waist emerging from large, heavy and full breasts, smiling countenance, bewitching glances
like several Kamadevas, body with the splendor of a flowering kadamba tree, all these together create agitation in
the mind of Hara (Shiva) and other people, as if Thou, who art spotlessly pure, art transformed into an object of
worldly enjoyment for Thy devotees.
~From Sri Saundarya Lahari
About Soma Temple
Soma is the lunar nectar, or ambrosia, that is released from the crown chakra when the awakened Shakti of Kundalini meets with her beloved Shiva in this thousand petaled lotus. Together they descend back to the root chakra flooding the body and mind with the bliss of Soma; the nectar of the divine union of embodiment and consciousness, and the sacred merging of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine essences. Soma is the path of magnetism and delight, of radiance and blissful embodiment, of beauty and sacredness in all that we are, and all that we do. It is the path of honoring God/Goddess IN and THROUGH these very bodies that we find ourselves experiencing this miracle of life!
Soma Temple is an offering of honoring, cultivating and exalting this experience of inner alchemy and embodiment through the ancient lineages of traditional Tantric practice. Drawing primarily from the two main lineages of Tantra; the Shakti oriented Sri Vidya system, and the Shiva oriented Kaishmir Shaivist system, Soma Temple weaves the powerful Tantric languages of Mantra, Yantra, and Mudra to connect us deeper with the powerful forces of creation that are Shiva and Shakti. These powerful forces exist within us, and are reflected out in all that we experience through the senses. Soma Temple is an invitation to remember our own Divinity, to awaken our true nature, and to begin living as embodied Dieties through the temple of the heart, and the way of beauty and mindfulness.
Rooted in the yogic philosophy of Tantra, Soma Temple weaves the threads of meditation, asana, pranayama, puja, and ritual. Deepening into Tantric theory we get to know intimately the forces of nature and consciousness that are the essence of existence, and explore the multiplicity of energetics through their embodied forms as Gods and Goddesses, primarily Shiva and Shakti in their many faces. While we do work directly with sexual energy cultivation, this is but a bridge that we must cross to reach the higher goals of Tantra, and of our souls longing. Soma Temple is a weaving of the red and the white, the Sukra (seed) and Rakta (blood), the left and the right hand paths. Remembering the ultimate goal, we sanctify our sexuality, and allow this powerful creative force to guide our souls into the light of ultimate consciousness and union with the Divine.
Each Soma Temple is a unique experience, with varying focuses and intentions, and combinations of practices offered accordingly. Focusing primarily in a container with women, there are occasional Soma Temples open to both men and women.
Stay tuned for upcoming Soma Temples!
August 6th from 5-9pm in Sebastopol CA
As we approach the full moon, we come into a potent alignment for balancing the powerful internal energies of Shiva and Shakti within our bodies and consciousness. In this portal of pranic activation, we connect with the immortal energy of Soma, the nectar of union and bliss.
In this mini intensive/ritual in Tantric practice we will explore our connections to, and embodiments of, Shiva (consciousness and transcendence) and Shakti (energy and immanence) through the traditional Tantric languages of Mantra, Yantra, Mudra and Puja.
We will explore our own sovereignty and innate wholeness through the indwelling energies of Kundalini (serpent fire) and Soma (lunar nectar), Sukra (seed) and Rakta (blood), Lingam (phallus) and Yoni (womb).
We will explore specific Pranayama and Nyasa to open, awaken, and activate our chakra centers and allow for the experience of Soma and then participate in a group Puja to activate these energies further.
- This evening is a clothes on evening of *traditional* Tantric practice for men and women, held in a ceremonial container to allow for the highest unfolding and containment of our practice together.
- It is not necessary that men and women come as couples, however couples are very welcome to participate!
- Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring any additional means of comfort such as a sheepskin, shawl, extra pillow, etc., a journal to take notes, and an optional altar item aligned with your intention for the evening.
- Space is limited to 20 participants, and pre-registration is required. Tickets are available on Eventbrite at the link below.
- $66 until August 1st, $75 after.
- If you are unable to attend, please cancel a minimum of 24 hours before the event, or the fee is non-refundable.
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