Last night, I attended a lecture by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD entitled, “Essence of Living Tantra.” To be honest, I knew very little about what tantra means before attending the lecture and I still have a lot more to learn, as this system contains mines of valuable information.
Dr. Tigunait is spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. The Himalayan Institute, located in Pennsylvania, is a non-profit, international organization that is a “leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health.” I definitely recommend checking out some of their many workshops and retreats like, “The Art and Science of Breathing”, “Ayurveda and Allergies”, “The Brilliance of the Yoga Sutras”, and many more.
One of my teachers from my current yoga teacher training Luke Ketterhagen, lived and worked at The Himalayan Institute for several years before moving to Los Angeles to teach. He just returned from The Himalayan Institute where he taught a weekend retreat entitled, “Sweat to Bliss: A Yoga Retreat.” He is a gifted teacher and speaker – and I highly recommend his classes and workshops.
Some of my takeaways from last night’s lecture by Dr. Tigunait:
- The mind goes faster than the speed of light, so it can bypass time.
- The body is designed to master and experience kundalini shakti.
- Only when we have gained some degree of a stable mind (as opposed to a scattered, unfocused, chaotic mind) can we begin working with it to its full potential.
- Tantric Tradition: The tantric approach to life is meant to empower us to excel in every aspect of life: health, healing, spirituality, and religion.
- Tantric tradition focuses a lot on connection mind to breath.
- What does the mind look like? We don’t know, but we can begin to tame the mind by focusing on breath and using breathing techniques.
He will be speaking at a few more locations in the west, see The Living Tantra Tour schedule.