Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
The course content is focused on Kaula Tantra Yoga
- Other techniques explored:
Meditations, Chakra work, Bandhas, Pranayama, Kriya Yoga
Heyoca - the shamanic clown, Expressive arts of the being, Shamanic practices, Tantric & Shamanic ritual, Durga’s Tiger Dance, Applied Tantra Philosophy, & Mantra chanting
Kaula Tantra Yoga
Kaula Tantra Yoga is a unique sequence that follows a lineage of 5000 years. The series taught at Durga’s Tiger School is delivered directly from the teachings of Bhagavan Shanmuka Anantha Natha at Shri Kali yoga, in India.
This practice works through a deep relaxation where students learn the feeling of flowing into asana without struggle, while each asana is practised in a slow manner to build patience and awareness of body movement. In this way, each individual finds their unique way of expressing the asana without the pressure of competition or ‘performing perfectly’.
Tantra Yoga facilitators approach students as whole human beings and discourage ‘isolating’ or forcing muscles. Their priority is to hold a space of acceptance and love, with reserved guidance when necessary.
This type of yoga is a meditative flow, completed by the practice of bandha holds, pranayama, mantra chanting, and Samadhi, through seated meditation to develop a deeper form of yogic understanding.
During their time at Durga’s Tiger School, students will explore Tantra yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and arts.
Through Kundalini yoga, students learn another approach to energy work in yoga. Students explore kriyas, pranayama, and chakras theory. Students explore and cultivate the energy of the two poles, masculine and feminine inside of themselves and all around. Please note that kundalini yoga at our school, IS NOT based on the teachings of Yogi Bajan
Durga’s Tiger Dance
is a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles. This is another form through which students can explore creativity and relaxation through body movement combined with voice work.
Shamanism & Andean Cosmovision
As we are living in Ecuador with a huge American Indian population, students have the opportunity to learn about Andean culture, its Cosmovision, and the similarities with the Tibetan Tantric tradition.
The parallels are slowly unveiled, weaving together both understandings of energy, astrology, subtle anatomy and physiology of the bodies.
Shamanic Clown — Between Ritual & Play
is an energetic fusion of techniques such as improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical/rhythm work, meditation, and practical shamanism. Through these exercises, you can integrate the foundations of ART into LIFE.
Some themes we work in are connecting with the inner child, connecting with intuition, developing right brain activity to enhance lateral thinking, releasing old patterns and blockages, opening senses to the present moment, and group work that fosters loving, compassionate ways of relating.
With these skills, you begin to increase your creativity and may open to a new perspective completely.
Applied Tantric Wisdom
These classes are a powerful opportunity for self-discovery through dynamic group and partner work.
Please note there is no nudity or sexual contact.
We come together to open to life; learning to embrace the dual nature of reality, dancing between beauty, chaos, magic, intensity, and intimacy - we begin to make a clear connection between yoga, sacred sexuality, and art.
How can I integrate the liveliness of new experiences into my everyday life and relations?
Intuitive Anatomy and Physiology
We will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practice in these classes. We will develop a connection with our inner body intelligence, learn how to read it better, and act according to its current needs.
It’s about the combined powers of the mind and the physical body and the effect of being totally in harmony with the messages we perceive from our bodies in each moment.
We will discover the joy and the importance of support and being supported, through this experience the delight of giving and receiving. The challenge is, how do you cultivate and care for your sacred space, but also nurture your partner’s needs and desires?
In these classes we will continue to work with the asanas of the Kaula Tantra series; through the tantric wisdom approach, we cultivate a focus on presence, senses, connection, and body communication. Through these functions, we enter into the dance of Shiva and Shakti.
(select courses will feature Partner Yoga)
Yogic Walking Massage
Derived from Ayurvedic wisdom this ancient foot massage was used to prepare warriors for battle as well as open the physical and energetic bodies for the Yoga practice.
Working with partners it’s a very effective, meditative and intuitive way to give and receive before the Yoga practice. The massage activates important Marma Points as well as softens the muscles.
is part of the learning process of community life. We help each other to maintain a common space, and by focusing energy in the collective, we come together to maintain a high vibrational space. Through karma yoga, we keep in contact with the Earth (Pachamama) and her fruits while we contribute to the well being of the collective environment.
Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from everyday tasks and distractions; allowing them to fully immerse themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery.
An energetic group environment is created, enabling students to share their experience and learning processes; in turn, collectively deepening their understanding of tantra and yogic practices.
We ask that you enter the course with an open mind to EXPERIENCE and allow each encounter to guide you to a deeper understanding of your SELF. The knowledge gained through experience is a core part of the Tantric perspective and for this reason, the course is not entrenched in theory.
Extras & weekend offers
Day trips to hot springs, the mountains, or to Otavalo Market, etc. Shamanic experiences (power plants, Temazcal, etc) can be explored after the training.
During your free time, you can explore the surrounding mountainside. Enjoy a coffee and a chat at Cafe Arte or catch a concert at night. You may choose to relax in the hammock, take a day trip to hot springs, hike up the mountain, or a trip to Otavalo Market. The bio Mercado is located on the other side of the ravine where you can find organic produce, fresh German bread, and vegan treats. After the course, there may be an opportunity (depending on interest) to work with local shamans and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes.
Many teachers specialize in a variety of healing arts and Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is thus able to offer at an extra cost, including
- Abhyanga and Marmas massage
- Personalized qigong practices
- Relaxing massage
- Tantric counselling about love, couple, and sexuality
- Zen shiatsu treatments