Full Spectrum Tantra Yoga Academy
Philopsophy, teaching style and aims
The Full Spectrum Tantra Yoga Academy focuses on traditional Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra practices and philosophy and also complimentary practices that embrace and support emotional/psychological release in order to allow the life force to flow more fully through the system. It acknowledges that all levels of the human system need to be addressed and balanced – physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual and that over focus on or neglect of any one of these aspects can be damaging.
The yoga asana (physical yoga/posture work) taught by the academy is firmly rooted in traditional practice and form, yet focuses on somatic experiencing and facilitates students to listen to their own body and what it needs and wants to do (in its deep wisdom) to restore wellbeing on all levels. The physical practice can therefore be as simple or advanced as meets the student’s individual body type, level of experience and feeling in the moment.
The yoga academy is not suitable for those wishing to learn the more ‘gym/gymnastic’ style of much western yoga.
It IS suitable for those who wish to listen to their body wisdom, release blocks and develop observer consciousness, embodied presence, energy awareness and increased energy flow through their asana practice.
It aims to integrate and accept all aspects of human/worldly experience (duality) in order to become fully alive and move towards experiencing wholeness (oneness/unity).
It acknowledges the many levels of conscious awareness – not only spiritual awareness.
It acknowledges that the development of discipline and understanding of the traditional teachings are the foundation of all practice and self development.
It acknowledges the somatic intelligence of the body and that all experience is stored in the body. By contacting the felt sense (physical sensations) safe release and personal style/safety/development within postures and practices can be established.
It acknowledges that sexual energy is the most immediate and powerful expression of the life force and that to overlook or suppress this is not beneficial. Practices are given to awaken, circulate and absorb sexual energy throughout the whole bodymind.
It acknowledges that levels of conditioning, shame and addiction need to be processed in order to access and enjoy sexual energy in a safe and non-erotic context. It aims to integrate sexual energy/desire into a deeper connection with self and life, becoming more alive and creative in every moment, with no need for frustration, repression, excess or needing to act on sexual urges.
It utilises the chakra system as a map for the development of the human system on all levels.
It focuses equally on the inner journey of all course participants and then directs this inner knowing and experience into becoming a teacher, ensuring that teachers only teach what they know. Participants understand from the theory and relating this to their own personal process. By sharing in the process of their fellow participants they discover how unique we all are and how to meet the needs of various individuals and diverse groups with care and safety.
It focuses on creating sacred space, carefully planning the themes of classes to bring spiritual understanding and the careful sequencing of classes to promote both safety and understanding.
The level of care in the holding of the group space during the training will be training in itself and this will be explicitly taught in the second year of the training, so that participants become safe, sensitive and strong teachers/holders of transformational space.
The Full Spectrum Tantra Yoga Academy aims to make eastern teachings accessible and practical to a western audience and to equip its teachers to do the same.
You can read more about our history and our full Code of Ethics on our website www.fullspectrumtantra.com