I’m retreating on a forest mountain called Sky Island in North California. I’m here for a month. From this place, I see no man-‐made structures. The pi built home is filled with sacred art and healing crystals. It is situated at the mergence of Mother Earth and Father Sky (masculine and feminine qualities). I’m here with my boyfriend, who is upstairs working on his yoga. From my studio, I hear rivers, frogs and Indian music playing.
I’m taking a detoxifying yogi diet (Ayurvedic ) with raw and live food, superfoods, medicated ghee, teas and tinctures. No sugar, flour or processed foods. I’m receiving marma massage, practicing pranayam , asana and meditation daily. I’m reading yogic scripture and writings on Ayurveda. I am engaging in ritual, art making, journaling.
I’m here to dive deeply into my layers and strengthen a healthy relationship to myself as a woman in this world. My intention is to experience a renewed freedom of self love and acceptance. Using the teachings and practices of yoga, I call in a balancing of my Shiva and Shakti (male and female) attributes.
For our individual and collective healing, I feel it’s important to witness the misrepresentations of male and female and the dominance of a perverse male presence, which impacts and influences everything we know.
It’s 2013. According to ancient scriptures and new ages everywhere, it’s a shifting time for consciousness. In yoga, we enter a new “yuga” (cycle of time) known as the Golden Age.
Naturally, no one is exempt from this excruciatingly beautiful transformation of burning our individual and collective karmas.
The mission to reclaim Truth is on; whilst an opposing force works to control minds and bodies with low vibrational media, “foods”, “medicines” and other distractions designed to remove us from our Satya (truth).
As a yogi and First Nations woman in the West, I am observing a great urgency for the Indigenous teachings to come forth and heal our understandings of Truth (our Satya).
Yoga is rooted in the Indigenous traditions of India. The fundamental truths and systems of yoga run parallel with all ancient systems I have studied, including my own Indigenous teachings.
Shiva Nataraja, the Lord of Yoga is half female and half male - depicting the entirety of creation. Yogi’s understand that balancing these qualities is crucial to the goals of yoga.
When ancient ways are compared to present day cultural practices and priorities, the most obvious polarity is respect for Feminine qualities. 95% of those who control our media are male.* If you haven’t noticed, mothers are undervalued. Women and girls are sexually exploited in every country touched by imperialism. Just as an example the word motherfucker is commonly used and even laughable as seen on lululemon You Tube video, “Shit Yogis Say”, “Namaste Motherfuckers”! This type of verbiage has become so prevalent we for the most part are not even aware of it, yet rape is an official weapon of war.
“Yoga”, in North America, is a multi-‐billion dollar industry. Interestingly, according to recent studies, women compose 72.2% of the consumers exchanging yoga products and services in America.**
Because of this trending, women are on the forefront of our collective spiritual awakening. Even if unaware of this fact, us yoga teachers are front lines workers of bringing trans-formative indigenous traditions to the masses for the healing of all. Workout yoga is big and although its willful approach is undoubtedly a male quality, still power yoga teachers invite students to embrace feminine qualities like surrender and integration or at the very least, offer 5 minutes of savasana.
Yoga teachers encourage compassion, and releasing attachment to “getting it done”. These simple messages are critical reminders to embrace our feminine nature as together we re-balance and snap out of the patriarchal, consumer driven, externally focused, violent, imperialistic rajastic maya (illusion) which steals our right to know ourselves day‐in and day‐out.
As I rest & reflect in the nurturing embrace of Mother Earth below me, and the vast un-manifest of Father Sky above, I call these Satvic (balanced) qualities to impress upon me, so I can experience healing of my consciousness (Truth) and share this healing with others.
Healthy change begins within the individual; we know this. This is why we practice yoga, to move into our healthy natural alignment, to discover Satya (Truth) within ourselves.
When we come to our practice authentically, we can embrace the Feminine in her many forms, there by synergizing Masculine energies, restoring balance, Truth, Satya.
Here’s a prayer of gratitude to the women and the yogis of the world for your practice and your teaching, so we can heal by embracing our feminine to balance the elements that comprise all of creation.
All my Relations
Tina will be teaching local workshops here is her next one:
*Women hold only 5% of clout positions in mainstream media.
** of US yoga practitioners: 72.2% yoga women Female http://www.namasta.com/pressresources.php