October 9, 2012

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

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

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

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 YJ staff taking a pose with event sponsor Subaru Douglas Brooks under the stars of Estes, the Agni- The fires inside out Shiva’s fire 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?” Shiva Rea’s Yoga Trance Dance_ 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 Manoj Chalam – secret symbolisms of the self and Shiva Saul David Raye leading a mantra Dharma Mittra sending prayers for an illuminated path Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa – The way of the spiritual warrior Oxygen bar keeping attendees grounded while at 8,000 feet. Waylon for president Amy Ippoliti – then we lift EJ crew Ryan and Yuki balancing on hands Where is My Guru Sponsor, Backjoy with Katrina Gustafson of Karma Yoga Center The Yoga Votes class in the marketplace Boulder Yoga Teacher, Shannon Paige taking you deeper Sianna Sherman finding peace Lilias Folan with Jessica Durivage fireside Jai Uttal Kirtan Concert! Visvambhar of The Mayapuris with Jai Uttal Boulder bookstore holding it down in the Marketplace 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!


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!

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



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