Tantra & Yoga Journal: Did Sex Come Up? Yes! Then We Practiced More Yoga. {PHOTO WRAP UP}

Via on Oct 9, 2012
Tantra faculty -  Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Gary Kraftsow, Sianna Sherman, Sally Kempton, Manoj and Jhothi Chalam, and Douglas Brooks
Tantra faculty – Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Gary Kraftsow, Sianna Sherman, Sally Kempton, Manoj and Jhothi Chalam, and Douglas Brooks

Tantra was the word on everyones tongue this year at the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park, CO. The very first Tantra Immersion took place with an impressive faculty of Master Teachers; Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Douglas Brooks, Sally Kempton, Gary Kraftsow, Sianna Sherman, Shiva Rea and Manoj and Jyothi Chalam. Three full days flowed fluidly as our presenters filled us up with the sweet Rasa (nectar) that these ancient teachings have to offer. We emerged feeling more confident in the ability we have, through practice and study, to live a more skillful life. It is also exciting and reassuring to know there are a group of dedicated “keepers of the sacred fire” who are invested into leaving a legacy of these teachings behind. Gary Kraftsow said it best, “This was the first ‘real’ yoga conference ever organized in the his experience…”  Did SEX come up during the conference?  Sure it did.  We spent the better part of our roundtable with the entire faculty talking about it.   Was it a big deal?  If you want your spiritual practices to encapsulate every part of your life, I guess it is.

Douglas Brooks under the stars of Estes, the Agni- The fires inside out
Douglas Brooks under the stars of Estes, the Agni- The fires inside out

As the Tantra Immersion (and the warm weather) left fertile ground for much, much more to come and the full conference descended upon us, you quickly realize that there is not much in the yoga community that compares to the level and mastery of teachers that can call themselves, “Yoga Journal Conference Teachers.” Even with the freezing cold (like, yeah.. it snowed) temperatures, dedicated yogis made their way to Estes Park, CO to sit at the feet of the living Masters of Western Yoga as we know it today.

Dharma Mittra sending prayers for an illuminated path
Dharma Mittra sending prayers for an illuminated path

Where is My Guru is honored to offer this photo story of our week in Estes Park. All photos taken by Carl Kerridge. Please look for interviews from the conference with Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Alanna Kaivalya, Chelsea Roff, Manoj and Jyothi Chalom and Saul David Raye. Check our facebook page for current programming. To see the complete gallery of photos from the conference click here.

Shiva Rea shining under the golden Aspen's of fall
Shiva Rea shining under the golden Aspen’s of fall
YJ staff taking a pose with event sponsor Subaru
YJ staff taking a pose with event sponsor Subaru
Douglas Brooks under the stars of Estes, the Agni- The fires inside out
Douglas Brooks under the stars of Estes, the Agni- The fires inside out
Shiva's fire
Shiva’s fire
Douglas Brooks - "What if life asks more of you?"
Douglas Brooks – “What if life asks more of you?”
Rod Stryker, "If you don't work systematically, you don't know what to expect from your practice?"
Rod Stryker, “If you don’t work systematically, you don’t know what to expect from your practice?”
Shiva Rea's Yoga Trance Dance
Shiva Rea’s Yoga Trance Dance_
Shiva Rea with Jessica Durivage of Where is my Guru for there fireside interview
Shiva Rea with Jessica Durivage of Where is my Guru for their fireside interview

 

Olivia Hsu overlooking the beauty of Estes Park and the YMCA
Olivia Hsu overlooking the beauty of Estes Park and the YMCA
Manoj Chalam - secret symbolisms of the self and Shiva
Manoj Chalam – secret symbolisms of the self and Shiva
Saul David Raye leading a mantra
Saul David Raye leading a mantra
Dharma Mittra sending prayers for an illuminated path
Dharma Mittra sending prayers for an illuminated path
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa - The way of the spiritual warrior
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa – The way of the spiritual warrior
Oxygen bar keeping attendees grounded while at 8,000 feet.
Oxygen bar keeping attendees grounded while at 8,000 feet.
Waylon for president
Waylon for president
Amy Ippoliti - then we lift
Amy Ippoliti – then we lift
EJ crew
EJ crew
Ryan and Yuki balancing on hands
Ryan and Yuki balancing on hands
Backjoy with Katrina Gustafson of Karma Yoga Center
Where is My Guru Sponsor, Backjoy with Katrina Gustafson of Karma Yoga Center
The Yoga Votes class in the marketplace
The Yoga Votes class in the marketplace
Boulder Yoga Teacher, Shannon Paige taking you deeper
Boulder Yoga Teacher, Shannon Paige taking you deeper
Sianna Sherman finding peace
Sianna Sherman finding peace
Lilias Folan with Jessica Durivage fireside
Lilias Folan with Jessica Durivage fireside
Jai Uttal Kirtan Concert!
Jai Uttal Kirtan Concert!
Visvambhar of The Mayapuris with Jai Uttal
Visvambhar of The Mayapuris with Jai Uttal
Boulder bookstore holding it down in the Marketplace
Boulder bookstore holding it down in the Marketplace
Kasey Luber on a Subaru busting out a Mayurasana
Kasey Luber on a Subaru busting out a Mayurasana
Big love and thanks to Yoga Journal for an incredible conference and much gratitude to Mother Nature for providing the outstanding scenery!
Big love and thanks to Yoga Journal for an incredible conference and much gratitude to Mother Nature for providing the outstanding scenery!

 

BONUS! Where is My Guru pre-conference interviews with Gary Kraftsow, Sally Kempton and Rod Stryker (click on links to listen) and Big Happy Day’s two amazing videos from the Tantra Immersion and the Conference! ENJOY!

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Very special thanks to BackJoy and Namaste Light for making our interviews and photos from Yoga Journal possible!

 

 

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4 Responses to “Tantra & Yoga Journal: Did Sex Come Up? Yes! Then We Practiced More Yoga. {PHOTO WRAP UP}”

  1. Joshua Plant JoshMPlant says:

    This is an amazing recap!

  2. Thank you, Joshua! It was such a wonderful week and Carl and I have a great time putting together the images, stories and interviews that share our experience! Find the rest of the images here: http://carlkerridge.smugmug.com/Events/Yoga-Journ

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  4. shiva says:

    Amazing. Thanks for posting this.

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