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Dancing with Shiva

26 Jan 2017   Shanti Gowans
The elements dance.
Sadashiva dances.
Consciousness dances.
Shiva-Shakti dances.
The animate and inanimate dance.
All these and the Vedas dance
when the Supreme Presence dances the dance of bliss.
Infinite worlds as the limitless abode,
the five chakras as a pedestal,
the central kundalini shakti as the divine stage,
thus in rapture the Presence dances.
That which is transcendent light,
dancing with the celestials,
in the golden hall,
with the 3 Gods,
with the assembly of silent sages,
dancing in song,
in ultimate energy,
dancing in souls,
is the Lord of Dance.
 
It is no accident that you have found Shanti Yoga
and the treasures it offers.
It is all part of the divine dance of destiny.
The treasure you will uncover is divine knowledge.
knowledge about you and the Divine,
knowledge how to live a spiritual life,
knowledge about what Yoga teaches.
All this and more awaits you in the path that follows.
Attend and practice with a teacher
who puts this knowledge into practice,
and one day you will hold Truth in the palm of your hand.
 
Dancing with Shiva…
The cosmic dance describes the Vedic view of existence,
from the first thunder of the drum in his right hand,
announcing the beginning,
to the final all-consuming flames in his left hand,
pronouncing the end,
which heralds a new beginning.
Thus dancing with Shiva
in everything you do, think, say and feel,
from a seeming birth to a so-called death.
It is you and God forever
engaged in sacred movement.
 
Movement is the most primal act of existence,
without which there would be no universe, no us, no experience, nothing.
Light is movement. Thought is movement. Atoms are movement. Life is movement.
Dance is the only creative act in which there is perfect oneness
of the creator and her creation.
Unlike a painting, poem, invention or any other artistic impulse,
when the dance is over, there is no product,
no thingto save and enjoy.
As with live.
We may perceive the dance, never possess it. 
One cannot separate the dancer from the dancing,
just as one cannot separate the presence from the world or from ourselves.
Shiva dances in the chitsabha, the hall of consciousness.
In other words, it happens within each of us.
 
The vast complexity of Shiva's Cosmic dance
is traditionally represented in 108 yoga-dance poses .
In all worlds is the cosmic presence..
In darkness is the cosmic presence,
In light is the cosmic presence,
in the sun and moon is the the cosmic presence.
Everywhere is the cosmic presence.
The cosmic presence is in all creation.
distant, near, multiple and one. 
Earth, water, fire, wind, space, the spark within the body
all these are the cosmic presence 
no one knows its coming and going
the cosmic presence animates the universe from within.
Pure love, light, energy and consciousness,
timeless, formless, spaceless Absolute Reality (parashiva) 
unfolding ancient truths
that lead from unreality to reality
from darkness to light,
from death to immortality.
 
While religions are precisely defined by explicit and often unyielding beliefs, Yoga condones no such constraints. For the yogi, intuition is far more important than intellect, experience superceded dogma, and personal realisation is held infinitely more precious than outer expressions or affiliations of faith. Know thyself, inquire and be free. Here is how…

1. How to begin a Practice of Yoga: Basic aspects of Yoga philosophy, Hygiene, Diet, Asanas and Pranayama

2. Yoga - Intermediate Practice: Basic intermediate aspects and practices of Yoga asanas, pranayama, relaxation and concentration, in sequence to 'How to begin a practice of Yoga'.

3. Advanced Yoga Practice: Advanced aspects anbd practices of Yoga asanas, pranayama, relaxation and concentration, in sequence to 'How to begin a practice of Yoga', and 'Yoga - Ingtermediate Practice'.

4. Senior Yoga Practice: The senior most yoga aspects and practices of Yoga asanas, pranayamas, relaxation and the first stages of Antaranga Yoga, Pratyahara, and the Jnana Yoga kriyas including the hang Sah Kriya and Yoga nidra, in sequence to 'How to begin a practice of Yoga', and 'Yoga - Ingtermediate Practice', and 'Advanced Yoga Practice'.

5Yoga Samyama: An intimate study and practice of trhe higher phases of Raja Yoga, the Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga kriyas. These practices should never be practised independently from wholistic yoga, which must include asana, kriyas, mudras, pranayama and Yoga relaxation.

6. Surya Namaskar: The yoga path of solar attunement

7. Mudras: A language of hand, foot and other body parts, emotions, mind and psyche.

8. Yoga for Children: Children's book of Shanti Yoga. As a twig is bent

9. Yoga for Tween and Teens: Peaceful Warrior

10. Yoga for Seniors. The Best is yet to be

11. Chair Yoga

12. Yoga Nidra

13. Meditation: Easy Guide to Meditation. 

14. Teaching Yoga

15. Pranayama, Yoga's science of Breath Control: Breathe for Health

16. Moral restraints (yama) and Ethical observances (niyama) in Yoga: For better, not worse

 

 

BEGINNERS    

Love Yoga or want to try it finally? Walking into a yoga class as a beginner can be an intimidating experience. You may feel you're not flexible enough, not strong enough, or not calm enough to make it through an entire class. However, this Beginner series provides you with the opportunity to engage your mind and body in a study of your self, discovering breath and movement in a non-competitive and nurturing environment.

 

We focus on foundational Shanti Yoga work and breath practices. The practices are progressive, layering one movement on top of the next, so that your experience and understanding of yoga continues to deepen.

• Introduction to Yoga, Pranayama (breathing). Neck, shoulders and Nidra (deep relaxation)

• Introduction to Standing postures: Forward bends and twists, Back bends

• Introduction to Balance.

• Sitting sequence, Hip openers and heart openers.

• Introduction to arm balances and inversions.

• Introduction to Meditation

• Introduction to vinyasa - sun salutations.

This series is designed to empower you to attend any class at ShantiYoga with confidence after its conclusion, armed with appropriate variations to protect yourself from injury and get the most out of the class. 


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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography


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