Luscious body- yearning heart

The Sufi Tantric art of self nurture & radical love.

                                                       24th January - 7th of March 2022

                                                       

                                                                                                 

I created these circles  to re assert the value of forgotten/neglected Indo-Sufi Yoga traditions, to challenge current day prejudice and erasure of Muslim pluriversality*, to include BAME/BIPOC needs to align with ancestral wisdom and to offer a decolonial alternative to mainstream talk therapy which perpetuates the cartesian split (of mind, body and soul).

(* Pluriversality = many truths, many experiences and many realities)

make reference to Black feminist literature on the erotic and platform Indo- Sufi tantra texts and Sufi- romance poetry, spanning the period from the Delhi Sultanate to the Mughals. Demonstrating how Hindus and Muslims (and later Sikhs) shared and co -existed without placing themselves into a politics of religious identity.  

The decolonial focus is to re-imagine ancestral wisdom for present day healing, reinterpret  patriarchal sources to center feminine spirituality for all genders and to challenge current day injustices. This course would not be suitable for those who hold conservative world views. It would appeal to those  willing to springboard closer to their own spiritual path and therapeutic journey.

                                                                                                                       

Course description:

Our true self is a perfect reflection of the Divine, infinitely merciful and compassionate. 

However, we can suffer deep hurts from being challenged in this life and sadly loose connection with our balance, wisdom and peace.

 Acts of radical self love protect and push back against the objectification, de humanisation and oppression of our times.

Self nurture raises us beyond survival states to higher vibrations and can support the healing of intergenerational trauma, neglect and shame.  

These therapeutic circles celebrate the wisdom of cultivating a  luscious body to realise Divine compassion through our heart  The awakened heart, supported by a spacious belly gives us the means to be at One with the diversity of life. As we engage in a sensual art of moulding our bodies as refractions of light and beauty, we can subdue the winds of degeneration, suffering and anxiety.

The goal is to become inwardly spacious and juicy, nothing to do with satisfying the gaze or approval of others.

Working towards physical well being is a sensual experience of manifesting heaven on earth. Unapologetic about embodiment.

The healthier we are, the stronger we can be to maintain our love affair with the divine to face adversity and the vicissitudes of life.

Patient with challenges: in this world but not of it. Devoted to others yet non attached.  With -out having to leave the world or spiritually bypass, Sufi yoga is to fully embrace life, and renew oneself in every opportunity.  It places emphasis on knowing ourselves deeply, aligning to our truth (subjective discernment), coming back to zero (mercy and re birth) listening with feeling, celebrating Rasa and the Feminine erotic, embodying Ishq (Love), harnessing creativity to channel emotion and contain our ego, remembering our core worth to protect against fragmentation and pain.

This therapeutic sessions are held on zoom. We come together weekly, in a circle of respect and curiosity. In each session  there is time for sattvic restorative movements, ( a hatha yoga- Tao yin embodiment practice)  remembrance, self reflection, drawing as well as satsang; a holding space for people to share from their hearts.

Every week we explore themes:

Brokenness and wounding as the means to begin our journey to Love

Remembrance and invocation of Her: the Divine Beloved

The body as our mosque: strengthening our capacity to feel, listen and take care of our sacred body. 

Finding beauty in mirroring the natural world: respect and reverence for shakti nature.

Cleansing and coming back to zero.

Manifesting erotic rasa - pleasure, feeling and playfulness in movement and intention. 

Knowing yourself: Humble self inquiry and gentle self reflection. 

On your enrolment, I will give out guide to gentle cleansing - which involves taking 15mins to ½ hour extra in the morning to put this routine into practice.  

 

Mondays 6.15 p.m-8.15 p.m GMT

Spaces limited to 9 

Price: £105 for 7 week course, this works out at £15 per weekly session

                            To book your place: e mail Sophia Ayesha at sofya@sofya.co.uk



     


 



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