Philosophy of Tantra Yoga

If the vehicle to liberation were a bicycle you could think of the two wheels as Tantra and Yoga. It’s possible to get there with just one of the wheels, as in a unicycle, but when you align the two wheels precisely the journey becomes that much easier. In this way, Tantra and Yoga are harmonious spiritual sciences which work together on the soul of the aspirant to culture liberation. Tantra opens you to subtle dimensions of awareness. Yoga nurtures the body for optimal prāṇic flow to allow the knowledge of Tantra to permeate the whole body and become the whole reality. Tantra is the essential knowledge itself, and Yoga is the means for transforming the very corporeal reality of a person into its optimal expression of that knowledge.

To culture an understanding of Tantra and Yoga harmoniously allows the aspirant to take their understanding of life and integrate it into every cell of their being. Yoga re-calibrates the mind/body/spirit to perceive itself wholesome which allows for a wholesome experience of the universe. (Wholesome in the sense of a unified whole) The concept of unity becomes active as it expresses in the yogi. This is the way philosophy in general is understood in India. There is no such notion of arm chair philosophy in the East. The philosophy is only real when it is integrated, and becomes the philosopher himself. The integration of Tantra Yoga allows the entire self to harmonize and express its Divine nature. This integration becomes the basis of unconditional Love, the Bliss the Tantriks always refer to.

A Yogi understands the human being in a holistic sense. In Tantra Yoga we don’t approach yoga from mere physicality. Truly honouring the anatomy of the yogi to us means not reducing the person to a set of muscles and bones. The practice of yoga is seen as a way to intuitively understand yourself from within, rather than conceptually understand yourself from without. When the process of alignment comes from within, it truly belongs to you. As with all of the Tantrik teachings the emphasis is put on the integration of the knowledge for the aspirant himself. Having an externally appearing perfected asana is meaningless to a Tantrik if the internal perfection of the Self is not present. This perspective of wholesomeness allows for the experience of the Yogi to express itself in real freedom, rather than continuously culture a fear and dependency state of mind through competition and comparison to externally held ideals.

Traditional Tantra Yoga allows you to be yourself without punishing the body as something less than Divine. Tantra Yoga celebrates the body as an illumination of the Divine. The body itself becomes a temple where the yogi offers his prayers. The body becomes the temple where the Yogi worships life itself. Tantra Yoga views all of life as a dynamic celebration of expression. So all the yogic practices are understood and practiced as celebrations of life.

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