Learn and practice Niguma Yoga with Kalu Rinpoche
Niguma was one of the two dakinis upon whose wisdom and teachings was founded the Shangpa Kagyu lineage of Buddhism in Tibet. She was a realised Buddhist yogini born in a Brahman family in Kashmir during the 11th century, who transmitted her yoga to a single disciple, Khyungpo Naljor, with the condition that it remains secret and only passed on to a single disciple for seven generations. In the 13th century, it was made more widely available to other practitioners by Sangye Tonpa, the seventh generation lineage holder.
The yoga exercises that Niguma taught are extremely beneficial for both the physical body and the inner, subtle body, which is related to the energy channels and wind movement, and has many benefits for the mind as well as for general health and well-being.
It is very fortunate that the general public is now able to receive the precious teachings around this practice from an authentic and experienced master such as Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, current lineage holder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition.
In order to attend this introductory workshop, we ask that you follow certain instructions set out by Rinpoche. Therefore, we kindly request that you carefully read the following information before registering for this event.
Date and time: The classes are held online (via Zoom) over four weekends as follows:
July 30-31 (Sat-Sun) 2-5 PM PDT
August 6-7 (Sat-Sun) 2-5 PM PDT
August 13-14 (Sat-Sun) 2-5 PM PDT
August 20-21 (Sat-Sun) 2-5 PM PDT
Each afternoon consists of two sessions with a break in between. You can participate in one or multiple weekends.
Due to the nature of this practice, it is unsuitable for children under the age of 6 or someone with spinal injury, underlying spinal issues or physical impairment.
Clothing: Please wear loose fitting clothing. We recommend tops to be short-sleeved cotton tees, while lower garments are to be knee-length cotton shorts.
Mat & Cushion: It is recommended that you use a thick zabuton cushion and place a firm mat underneath it (as seen in the photograph below). If you have difficulty finding this type of cushion/mat, a yoga mat or soft carpet will suffice for this introductory workshop.
Diet: It is recommended that you follow a vegetarian diet throughout the entire event. One should try to avoid white bread and other heavily processed or greasy foods too. Please refrain from smoking, alcohol, or the use of any other substances during the event.
Zoom: A link to the Zoom session and password will be emailed to registrants prior to event start date. Due to limited capacity of our online meeting room, we ask you kindly not to share the Zoom access with those who have not registered.
We look forward to you joining us this summer to learn Niguma Yoga, and may it benefit your body, mind, and Dharma practice.