Dark Asana: Setian Initiation and Yoga

Diving

Off to a small island in Thailand to learn how to dive. I’m going for my dive master certification. The course is two months, and if I really love it, I’ll continue my education and get my PADI master trainer certification. Yoga is getting moved to the back seat as I want to learn something new. I loved what I learned about Tantra yoga, but it’s time now just to do something fun… meditating underwater… compressed-air pranayama while frolicking with the fishes… I can deal with the sound of that.

These past few…

It’s been an interesting few months since my departure from the UK. The move to India to study Tantra yoga went off with great satisfaction in the beginning. The teaching was excellent, the subject matter was superb, but as time went on, it became very clear that Shri Kali Ashram was not what it pretends to be.

They focus entirely on what makes them money, which is the 200 hour yoga teacher training. In some ways it’s great, but in some… mediocre. The owner doesn’t teach and it’s a long and disappointing wait to get to see him in person. He’s the guru, after all… 

Oh, they swear that they are “at the top of the world” regarding Tantra yoga and its teaching. Ma Kristina also swears that Bhagavan Shanmukha is “the most important guru to come out of India in the last 500 years”. <ahem> If that were true, then they wouldn’t say that _about themselves_. Yikes.

What’s coming up for me now is diving. I have a lot of gratitude for my time at Shri Kali, but not for Shri Kali directly. It’s more about what I’ve learned about myself, what I realize within my Self and what I’ve Become as a result of my time in the Temple and my tantric and yogic studies and practices. The experience at SK served to confirm what I’ve known for some time now; that I am complete, whole and entirely happy with who I am and what I have.

This immense sense of freedom that I am experiencing comes from my evolution from a mind-based existence to an existence-based existence. With now a greater appreciation of the Absolute, devoid of any new-age-y sounding fluff, Setian Individuality makes much more sense. I find that the Temple of Set is actually a very Tantric school in how Initiation is carried out and the great appreciation for individuality that both the ToS and Tantra hold so dear…

Sitting here in the lovely guest house in Ubud, Bali, I am contemplating the next move… I was originally thinking that I would head immediately over to Agama to continue my Tantric and yogic studies, but now I am thinking about another Initiation: Diving. There are several schools on Koh Tao (like the name) in Thailand that have professional internships for deep sea and mixed-gas PADI dive instructors. This sounds like heaps of fun to me…

Haven’t made a final decision yet, however. Gonna go to Koh Tao and Koh Pangan and check out Agama and the dive schools first, rather than just booking something blindly over the internet as I had with Shri Kali.  

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