Luscious body - yearning heart.
A sufi yogic tantra journey
into the art of self nurture & radical love.
I created this course 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). Open to all.
(* Pluriversality = many truths, many experiences and many realities)
Our true self is a perfect reflection of the Divine, infinitely merciful and compassionate. We can suffer deep hurts from being challenged in this life and sadly loose connection with the Absolute within.
Systemic powers and parasitical forces at play will profit from prolonging misery. 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.
This therapeutic course discloses the wisdom of cultivating a healthy, luscious body to support individuals to realise the Divine reality through their heart The awakened heart, supported by a spacious belly gives us the means to be at One with the diversity of life. We also explore the art of moulding our bodies to be refractions of light and beauty to subdue the winds of degeneration and suffering.
The goal is to become inwardly spacious and juicy, nothing to do with satisfying the gaze or approval of others. Working towards our 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 live with 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 coming back to the merciful moment, forgiveness, listening with feeling, unveiling illusions, poetic mirroring and keeping our inner space sacred (still) to protect against fragmentation or pain.
This therapeutic course is held on zoom. We come together weekly for 6 weeks , in a circle of respect and curiosity. In each session there is time for sattvic embodiment ( a hatha yoga body process) as well as satsang; a holding space for people to share from their hearts
The value of this therapeutic course lies in the experiential learning and growth that happens from exploring the following themes in each session:
Ishq in orientation and remembrance
Thinking and feeling with the body.
Cleansing, forgiveness and coming back to zero.
Focus and surrender
Rasa, imagination and creative flight.
Humble self inquiry and symbolic mirroring
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.
NOTE: This course is based on the Sufi yogic traditions of North India including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, traditions that bridged and synthesised Islamic, Neoplatonic, Tantric and Samkhya cosmologies. Everyone of all backgrounds, of any faith (or none) is welcome.
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 individuals willing to use this opportunity to springboard closer to their own spiritual path and therapeutic journey.
Suitable for everyone. Of particular interest to:
Yoga-mindfulness teachers, health therapists, caring and mental health professionals, change makers and community leaders, human rights activists.
Mondays 6.15 p.m-8 p.m GMT
Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of October, & 1, 8th of November 2021
Investment- offering: sliding scale £60-£120 for the course, this works out as £10-20 per session.
© Sophia Ansari