Shamanic Yoga is the Yoga of Power, the Yoga of Energy and Joy. It is the most ancient and original Yoga, an extraordinary poetic, ecstatic, creative and magical phenomenon.
Shamanic Yoga teachings can be found in different religions and philosophies, dealing with Indian and Himalayan traditions, as well as with Western traditions, such as Alchemy.
It is made of wonderful practices, a imed at the awakening of the sleeping energy, the so-called kundalini, the inner potential lying within each man.
By practicing Shamanic Yoga one can become a Psychopomp, able to remain aware through death and life, able to see in death an life at the same time.
Shamanic Yoga trains the body and activates all the deepest energies, such as Kundalini. It pacifies mind and thoughts, awakens all mind resources and reaches the heart, that is longing for the creative beauty of the original state of nature, the heart who is longing for a new breathe.
The meaning of the word yoga is union, a state where all conflicts have been overcome and anxiety and worry have gone. Practicing yoga one can achieve wellness and the peace of mind.
The word Shaman stands for a state of being one with the spirit of nature. Shamans are poets melt with natural beauty. They constantly live in creative ecstasy, enabling them to practice “soul making”.
Shamanism allows us to regain full balance with the Anima Mundi, or world’s soul, with the eternal feminine, the invisible, the great lunar universe, the underworld. A shaman is an underworld traveler. During his shamanic journeys and tantric ecstasies, he travels in the world of dreams.
Shamanic yoga allows us to regain a sublime relationship with sleep and dreams, resulting in a great energy available for our life. Through Shamanic Yoga we learn to meditate with the body, that is different but not separated from the soul.
Shamanic Yoga as well as Shamanism is a worldwide phenomenon. It can be found among South American Shamans (Andean Yoga) and North American ones, among tantric Buddhists of Himalayan regions (Himalayan Yoga), among Sufis of Islam (Dervish Yoga), in India (tantric Yoga) and finally in the West (Alchemic Yoga or Alchemy).
It is always a creative process, arising from listening to and being open to nature.
Every shamanic yoga session is unique and different from the others arising from the teacher’s inspiration. Shamanic yoga resembles therefore to the yoga of the origins. It is the most ancient, complete, revolutionary and satisfying experience of yoga.
As well as many other esoteric paths, i.e. alchemy, tantrism, sufism, tantric shamanic yoga has its roots in a time of origins, a time when instinctual knowledge was alive and available for life.
Shamanic yoga is always a “work in progress”, being it hardly coded in a fix form, being it let to the teacher’s inspiration. It is always alive and changing at the present day too. The practice of this kind of Yoga particularly suits today human beings, as told in the ancient Tantric Purana.
Shamanic Yoga has been recently spread out in the West by Selene Calloni Williams, a scholar, researcher, writer, author of documentary films regarding anthropology and ancient nature traditions.
Selene has spent and is yet spending her life travelling all around the world, living in touch with yogins, shamans, monks, hermits, Sufis, alchemists and other great opinion leaders of philosophical and spiritual thought, such as Michael Williams, Karan Singh, James Hillman, Raimon Panikkar and Venerable Gatha Thera.
In 1992, being asked to do so by her Master, Michael Williams, Selene founded the Shamanic Yoga Movement in. The Movement trained several scholars that in turn created associations and centers to practice Shamanic Yoga.
Her book “Initiation to Shamanic Yoga” is a cult book of Shamanic yoga. In 1999, it was published by Edizioni Mediterranee, Rome, and later reprinted in several editions, the last of which was revised and extended.
Selene Calloni Williams’s ability to embrace both Eastern and Western teachings is rather important because it enables her to adapt Eastern philosophy into suitable practices for Westerners who belong to a Western-oriented imaginal tradition.
Selene Calloni Williams through her courses trained hundreds of professionals all over the world while her books contributed to open the mind of thousands of people..
Shamanic Yoga practices suit perfectly both psycotherapy and counseling helping to transform troubles into opportunities.
Here are the different Yoga techniques will be practicing during our Seminar:
1) Soul Hunting
A distinctive trait of shamanism is certainly the “loss of the soul” vision. Shamans all over the world consider the soul and reality as a complex image, as an hologram or a fractal in which the part is in the whole and the whole is in the part. Due to traumatic events a soul fragment can be lost, that means the loss of the soul itself.
Many people live constantly with this loss without even knowing it. They live a tough and unsatisfying existence running the risk to get ill. The trauma that caused the soul loss can be personal, transgenerational or karmic. As far as a personal trauma is concerned, the traumatic event took place in this life. As far as a transgenerational trauma is concerned, the traumatic event took place in one of ancestors’ life. As far as a karmic trauma is concerned, the traumatic event took place in past lives.
Shamanic Yoga represents a reintegration process through which you can retrieve your soul fragments lost by your ancestors, by yourself in this life or in your past lives.
2) Yoga of night and day
The Yoga of night and day is a transvaluation training in which the meaning of our experiences get completely overturned in order to allow us to get rid of guilty feelings and uncertainties enabling us to embrace the esthetic experience of beauty, that is a natural experience where no good nor evil exist. It is practiced through breathing techniques, psychic gestures, symbolic visualizations and sounds.
3) The Yoga of the Mystical marriage and of the withdrawal of projections
It represents the core path in which the wonderful healing and awakening practices of the MM tradition are contained.
The ecstatic trance produced by the drum and the shamanic song leads to the extracorporeal journey, a peculiar and extremely important trait of shamanic yoga practices.
5) Fluid sequences and the journey through the chakras
Postures, kriya, mudra and pranayama to open the chakra and kundalini awakening.
The so-called “fluid sequences” are “asana” or “postures” combined to pranayama or to the practices of vital energy (prana) awakening through the use of breathing techniques and mudras, psychic gestures. Fluid sequences took their inspiration from animal movements, i.e. condor or cougar sequences. They help us meditating with the body going beyond the sphere of matter and pre-established behavioral patterns. Thanks to body meditation, progress is much faster and safer than in any other yoga tradition.
6) Ancient lineage tantric shamanic practices such as the yoga of psychic heat, the yoga of night and day, the non-existence yoga, the yoga of emptiness. These practices lead us to a fulfilled life both at spiritual and material level. There is something dormant inside us: the ability of being happy. controlling events instead of being their victims. It is the ability to love and to recognize unconditional love. The overwhelming power of metropolitan life forces us to awaken and enhance this ability that is an integral part of shamanic yoga.
During our workshops we will practice some of these rituals focusing especially on those belonging to the MM tradition. As far as this tradition is concerned, I remind you that the book Mother Mantra by Selene Calloni Williams is now available in English and you can find it here: https://selenecalloniwilliams.com/en/book/mother-mantra
How it worls - OnLine or In Classroom
If you choose this path, in one yeat you will achieve the Shamanic and Integral Yoga Instructor Degree.
To obtain the Shamanic and Integral Yoga Instructor Degree, with the final registration to the Aiscon list, it is necessary to complete the 150-hour course.
The school is cyclical and you can start at any time of the year and continue into the following year. Additionally, you can participate in individual seminars in the classroom.
The School is open to anyone, whatever their religious belief, ethnicity or social background.
Let's recap School of Shamanic and Integral Yoga- OnLine or In Classroom.
Duration: 9 months
150 hours of overall training divided into:
- 4 week-end seminars in classroom (15 hours per seminar)
- A 3 day residential seminar (10 hours per day)
- 6 video courses (10 hours per course)
- 4 week-end seminars in classroom (15 hours per seminar)