Kali Natha Yoga
Kali Natha Yoga, or as it is often called by its founder, Ma Jaya, Kali Natha Tantric Yoga, is a yoga of transformation that embraces and unites Eastern and Western philosophies. A moving prayer and worship, Kali Natha Yoga is deeply spiritual in nature, designed to enable the practitioner to experience oneness and achieve a state of union and lasting happiness.
Although she has taught yoga to her students since ‘the early days’ in her back yard in Brooklyn, it wasn’t until 2006 that Ma began introducing Kali Natha Yoga asana flow series. These usually focus on a specific deity or spiritual quality or aspect, for example, The Ganapati Asana (Ganesh), Dance of the Five Pranas, Serpent Power Kundalini Rising Asana. As of 2011 there are 73 of these asana series varying in length from 15 to 45 minutes with new ones still coming out!
Kali Natha Yoga takes its name from Mother Kali, the all-embracing Mother who takes the pain and suffering of her children, and the Nathas who are ancient yogis from the lineage of Lord Shiva. It is this balancing of masculine and feminine that makes Kali Natha Yoga transformative. This yoga awakens the Divine feminine principle of Shakti and moves the practitioner to a deeper self-awareness.
Kali Natha Yoga is a root yoga, complete in itself, and can be used as the basis for all other yoga practices. It utilizes many of the yogic tools including mantra, mudra and pranayam and can change the breath and the quality of blood. It changes air to prana and prana to pure shakti. Every chakra is opened and stretched. The essence of Kali Natha Yoga interweaves together the mind, body and soul.
Kali Natha Yoga is truly a yoga of “intent”. Intent can be translated as the desire to go deeper into one’s practice and the passion with which one lives his or her life. This yoga is extremely accessible and can be practiced by anyone, at any age and in any physical condition. Kali Natha Yoga is a practice of going beyond one’s limitations in every area of life. In addition to expanding the capabilities of the body on the physical level, Kali Natha Yoga takes us beyond our mental, emotional and spiritual limits as well.
For those who wish to go deeper into their yoga practice, Kashi School of Yoga offers 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings in Kali Natha Yoga.