Kaleidoscopic Katas – Spring 2021

Dance your way to wellness in this experimental research study. Kaleidoscopic Katas is an innovative fusion form that combines somatic elements of Afro-Modern, Yoga, and Qigong. In this 3-day workshop you will learn five sequences (katas) for holistic health enhancement. This study is inspired by twenty years of the teacher/researcher’s lived experience, interest in the sacred geometry of the body, and curiosity about cultivating longevity through spinal health.

Dates: April 23 – 25

Time: Friday 5-7pm, Saturday/Sunday 9-11am and 1-3pm.

Place: TBD or Zoom

Total Cost: TBD

What to Bring: Athletic wear, water bottle, journal, and pen or pencil.

Level: This workshop is for adults (ages 18-64) who feel comfortable participating in 90-minute low-impact classes for strength, flexibility and balance.

Emily Seymour Yanvalou
Teacher/Researcher: Emily Seymour is from Camden, Maine. She has been teaching dance, yoga, and martial arts for seventeen years. She has a BA in Traditional Eastern Arts and a 1000-hour Yoga Teacher certification. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Dance Education through the University of Northern Colorado. For additional information about Emily please visit her website at: mindbodymandala.com  
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Inspiration – Sri Yantra

Red Sri Yantra

 

The Sri Yantra is the symbol of Hindu Tantra. This sacred geometrical symbol is a visual representation of the energy pattern of the universe and the goddess Tripura Sundari.

The Sri Yantra design consists of:

•   9 interlacing triangles which create 43 smaller triangles

•   a lotus of 8 petals

•   a lotus of 16 petals

•   a square representing the earth as a temple with four doors

The interlocking triangles represent the union of divine Masculine and Feminine energies. The four upward pointing triangles represent Shiva as the Masculine, and the five downward pointing triangles represent Shakti as the Feminine.

Tripura Sundari translates as the “beautiful goddess of the three cities.”

The three cities represent:

•   The trinity of matter, energy and thought

•   Our three bodies: physical, astral and causal

•   The three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and deep sleep

The three cities are symbolized by the three lights of fire, sun and moon.

Tripura Sundari represents the highest form of beauty – the light of consciousness.

External beauty is but a reflection of our inner light. The light of divine beauty can never be permanently contained in any object and will never die.

We can raise our awareness of divine beauty when our minds are clear and calm. This allows for pure perception. When we release self-defeating thought patterns we can delight in seeing all of the beauty in the universe as a reflection of true consciousness.

Where has your light been shining lately? Feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

Resources: Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses by Dr. David Frawley