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Tantra, Art, & Shamanism Classes & Workshops
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”
― Gabrielle Roth
Tantra, Art, & Shamanism is a class unlike any other. It challenges us to leave ordinary ways of thinking and acting, and enter into the extraordinary. It teaches us to laugh at ourselves, connect with our inner child, slow down and observe, challenge and set our boundaries, and gain insight into ourselves.
What does this have to do with Shamanism?
We are accustomed to the painted, red-nosed clown of our childhood, but very few are familiar with the Shamanic Clown. Sacred Clowns have existed in cultures all over the world, but perhaps the most infamous is Heyoka, of the Lakota people. The role of the Shamanic Clown is to act in contrast, to deflate the ego that corrupts, and remind us of our fallibility and need for balance.
Clowning is about turning things upside down and reclaiming our vulnerability. The process of learning clown is the process of unlearning the societal structures we have been taught. It is learning to be you, without judgment, and really enjoying it!
How is this related to Tantra?
The overarching themes of this class are the 7 Keys of Tantra: Surrender, Awareness, Movement, Breath, Sound, Intention, and Non-judgment. We will focus on our relationship with ourselves, each other, and with all other aspects of creation, including the invisible forces that govern our lives.
No two classes will ever be the same. You can expect anything from dancing, singing, games, massage, dyad conversations, partner yoga, and so much more.
* This class is best offered in blocks of at least 3 hours. I currently offer shorter classes at Karma Yoga Winnipeg once or twice a month. These donation-based classes act as an introduction to the core concepts outlined above, and allow attendees a glimpse into the larger process. Follow Nani Honua on Facebook for more information on class dates, times, and pop-up workshops.
Kaula Tantra Yoga
Kaula Tantra Yoga is a deeply meditative practice that utilizes long holds and breath retention. The focus is on relaxing into postures, and giving your nervous system time to integrate through repeated shavasanas. The process is slow and mindful, and when done regularly you will see a marked improvement in your other yoga practices.
In keeping with its meditative nature, the instructor speaks in a manner that is free of distraction and directed to the subconscious.
Meditation is an excellent tool for calming the mind and reconnecting to your centre. It reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, improves your immune system, enhances your ability to focus, and increases awareness and creativity. Nani Honua facilitates both guided and moving meditations that can easily be incorporated into staff wellness initiatives and workshops.
While most of us are more familiar with cacao in its contemporary form as chocolate, its use as a medicinal plant in South America dates back to the time of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Used for spiritual and ceremonial purposes, cacao is a powerful heart opener that allows us to connect to our higher selves. It helps to release negative emotions, cultivate self-love, and increase self-awareness.
Come gather around a fire and partake in a traditional cacao ceremony. This includes guided meditation, medicine songs, and setting intentions for your own personal journey.
Henna Body Art
Henna is a medicinal flowering plant. It is a natural dye that, when mixed with water, essential oils, and sugar, can be applied to the skin. This can be used to create beautiful designs, which last approximately 1-2 weeks (pigment retention varies depending on skin type and location on body).
Body adornment in the form of tattoos has been common practice for thousands of years across many cultures. Used to mark rites of passage, celebrate milestones, beautification, and more.
Perfect for celebrations, parties, and gatherings of all sorts.