In this 5 day retreat (non residential & residential options available) Mark Whitwell will teach Hatha Yoga as handed down from his Vedic tradition. Guiding us back into relatedness with all ordinary conditions, instead of striving for particular energies or states.
The course will specifically explore the depersonalization of Love & sexuality through idealized spiritual concepts. Love and sex have been often obscured or dismissed by the ascetic traditions and major religions or abide in neo tantric practices that both deem that our natural state of sexuality and the expression of love is something that needs to be sublimed into some cosmic state or denied all together.
Hatha yoga is the means by which we heal the primal knot caused by this dysfunctional inheritance.
On that regard, we should start seeing sex as the essence and function of life. Yoga is the enactment of commitment, love, and tenderness towards your own embodiment, which enables commitment, love, and tenderness towards another’s”
Through actual hatha yoga practice, we discover how to relax and re-sensitize the body, so it can truly love another. Dropping into presence, without abiding in neo-tantric practices or the patriarchal methods of celibacy, renunciation and withdrawal from the world.
“Love is personal. It is the appreciation of an actual person or physical existence.
There is so much depersonalizing of love in spiritual discourses. The ideas of “higher love,” “all-pervading consciousness,” “unconditional love,” etc. have grossly distorted our ideas of it.
A disregard of others is inherent in the notion of reaching for God or “the all-pervading” through the vehicle of another.