Chakras Unveiled - The History & Evolution of Chakras Part 1

with Christopher Tompkins & Shiva Rea

Course Overview

History & Evolution

THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF CHAKRAS AND THEIR FORGOTTEN ROLE IN TANTRIC YOGA

* An Online Course with Christopher Tompkins and Embodying Chakra Mantra Vinyasa - Inner Arts Meditation with Shiva Rea

* Drawn from Dozens of largely un-published texts dating from the 5th to the 17th centuries

In all source Tantras, Chakras played a specific and pivotal role in the daily performance of the innovative Yoga Vinyāsa (‘Sequence of Yoga Practices’) that defined the Tantric tradition (ca. 500-1400 A.D.).

Until now, our understanding of Chakras derives largely from a relatively recent translation of a 16th century ‘Hatha Yoga’ manual based on Tantras written centuries earlier. Unfortunately, it does not contain the core Vinyāsa of Yoga practices that informs its own chakra system, the sole function of which was to serve as an internal guide for this missing practice. As a result, the chakra system known to us today is effectively useless without it.

Drawing from dozens of un-published Tantric texts, in this course Christopher Tompkins will finally reveal the critical role that Chakras played in the powerfully innovative Yoga that defined the Tantric tradition (ca. 500-1400 A.D.), one that inspired the embodied vinyāsa of our practice today.

‘The source power (Śhakti) who fuses together the sun and moon into fire is to be envisioned in the shape of a ‘Coiled’ (Kundalini) sprout within the region of the heart.”
–Kālottara Tantra, ca. 7th century, A.D.

What students will receive--
  • A history of the 1,200-year evolution of the various Chakra Systems
  • Solstices, Equinoxes, and Seasons: the subtle body microcosm in Tantric Yoga.
  • The forgotten role of Chakras in the Tantric Yoga
  • Ucchāra (‘Sonic Ascent’ of Kundalinī): the Core Practice of Tantric Yoga as revealed in Shiva Rea’s new book, ‘Tending the Heart Fire’
  • The Pivotal Role of Kundalinī in Tantric Yoga: Cultivating the Fire of Liberation
  • Anāhata: The Forgotten meaning of ‘Unstruck’ sound in the Heart Chakra
  • Bīja (‘Seed’) Mantras and their critical role in Tantric Yoga (they are not ‘lam, vam, ram, yam, and ham’)
Included with the courses:
Embodying Chakra Mantra Vinyasa - Inner Arts Meditation with Shiva Rea
Based on source tantric meditations, we will explore the creative sound current or bija mantra as the source of movement.
- Embodied integration of chakra vinyasa material
- Movement meditations with Chakra Mantra Vinyasa

Course Outline