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Saturday Satsang: Beyond Intimacy

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  • Mokṣa Laya Yoga & Tantra

    9414 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA (map)

    47.697258 -122.317345

  • 95th & Roosevelt. Street parking is free - easiest on side streets. Don't park in the loading zones on Roosevelt!
  • Saturday Satsang > Beyond Intimacy

    Mokṣa -- "liberation" -- means exploring reality in its fullest. "Intimacy" often refers to the simple commitment of one to another, or the delightful experience of connection and reciprocal emotional connection.

    But there is connection beyond the ordinary feelings of being in love.

    Tantric intimacy connects at levels of awareness that go beyond these basics. Tantric intimacy is an intimacy of energy, soul, spirit -- as well as new dimensions of physical and emotional intimacy. 

    Saturday Mornings at Mokṣa Tantra & Laya Yoga: 9am

    Every Saturday morning we set aside 2 hours to explore and experience the full breadth, practice, and spiritual discipline of tantra. After a brief introduction to Mokṣa Tantra, we do some "white tantra" practice, some teaching & discussion, and conclude with an energy circle or other connecting practice. A typical satsang will go something like this:

    9:00 - Brief intro to tantra for newcomers; introductions.

    9:10 - Asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation

    9:50 - Teaching & Discussion

    10:15 - Puja

    10:45 - Social Time

    What is a "Satsang"?

    In tantra, a satsang is a gathering of spiritual people for the purpose of sharing practice and wisdom. And this is exactly what we do. Saturday Satsang brings different themes and topics, usually presented by Matthias, with all discussion welcome and invited. The themes and topics generally touch on aspects of sacred sexuality and the embodied spirituality of classical and neo-tantra. Sometimes we branch into Christian sexual mysticism and the relevant teachings of other traditions, as well as the nuances of non-dual spiritual experience.

    How much does this cost?

    Satsang is offered on a "dana" basis. Your gift of any amount to help sustain the instructor and cover costs of the event is welcome. We offer the guidance of $20 to help cover costs and sustain the teacher. Gifts of greater amounts are always welcome and help extend and expand this project.

    Who is this for?

    Our satsang is suitable for beginning and experienced tantric practitioners interested in the full range of tantric teaching, including meditation, breath, visualization, yoga, diet, philosophy, and sexuality. 

    Satsang is open to absolutely everyone regardless of gender, ethnic background, levels of fitness, sexual orientation, and religious or spiritual framework. No experience is assumed. Drop in visits are welcome. 

    If you have an airborn-communicable illness, please wait until you are better and do not share! We love your energy, we don't want your cold.

    Do I need to have a partner for tantra?

    No! Singles are welcome and encouraged at this event. 

    Is this a dating event? A singles event? A way to meet prospective lovers?

    Saturday morning tantra is not a hookup event, and is not structured as a dating experience. But you never know where you might meet your soul mate...

    What is Tantra?

    We begin each class with a very brief intro to tantra, which touches on different aspects of this rich spiritual practice from week to week. But in short: tantra is a practice of embodied spirituality that includes forms of yoga, meditation, visualization, breathing techniques and other mechanisms for fully unifying the different aspects of yourself. The solo and non-sexual practices are sometimes called "white tantra" and when tantra incorporates sexuality and connection between people it is sometimes called "red tantra." Although this is a fully clothes-on event and there is no sexual activity in satsang, we do teach both white and red tantra. (And, if you are further into distinctions, we are rooted in classical tantra, but teach from a neo-tantric perspective as well.)

    Is Tantra actually friendly to all genders and sexual orientations?

    A key principle in Tantra is the polarity of masculine and feminine energy. However, each of us has masculine and feminine energies within us, and there is no assumption that the dominant energy coincides with biological gender.

    Although the contact between students is non-intimate at the satsang, everyone will share energy and some contact with all genders, on most occasions.

    The teachings of tantra are applicable to any expression of human sexuality.

    All sexual orientations are welcomed and honored as legitimate pathways to the divine.

    I just want to learn about sex, is this a good place to go?

    Tantra, even tantric sexuality, is about more than just sex. Although there is no sex or sexual activity in satsang, we do relate each theme to both the whole of tantric spiritual practice and the path of spiritual sexuality. This is not specifically a sex education class, but applying the principles of tantra to your sexuality will undoubtedly expand and improve your sexual experience.

    Are there rules?

    Even without sexual activity, this can be energetically intimate work. We expect everyone to be extremely respectful and compassionate towards each other at all times. This may seem like a fuzzy area, but we have a zero tolerance policy for any words or actions that do not fully respect the other.

    How to prepare?

    Dress comfortably, as if for yoga class.

    Bring a cushion or zafu, if you can -- especially if the event seems to be more crowded. You may also want to bring a yoga mat or blanket to make sitting most comfortable.

    Please don't wear any strong perfumes or aromas! Help out our scent-sensitive members!

    What to expect!

    The experiential exploration portion may include energetic and physical interaction with other students. All exercises are optional. You are never asked or expected to do anything you are not comfortable with, or with a person you are not comfortable with. Still, tantra is an adventurous path so within this framework, be prepared for anything! 

    Do I have to go every week? 

    Of course not. 

    I'm running late, can I still show up?

    We do encourage you to respect others by making a good faith effort to be on time... but if life has you running late, please don't turn around! Join us at any time. Simply slip in and join us wherever we are in the process.

    We have a short intro to tantra for newcomers right at 9 -- it's ok to arrive a little early your first time!

    Is there any "prerequisite"? 

    No. Satsang is always open to all.

    Is this a yoga class?

    Not in any traditional sense, but we do sometimes include some asana -- postural yoga -- in a gentle fom of a traditional yoga called "laya yoga."

    Is this a meditation class?

    Tantra incorporates a variety of meditations from traditional silent meditation to mantra and visualization. There will usually be a meditation portion of satsang, but teaching meditation is not the primary focus.

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