Long ago, existed a thriving culture whose collective focus was honoring the Divine, and all interconnected facets of the Universe. The masculine force, or “Shiva” energy, of the universe was celebrated as the ground, container, protection. While feminine energy, or “Shakti,” was understood as creative, life-giving, and relied on as the source of fertility and abundance.

Great architectural achievements were made in devotion and as the structure that enabled society to function on both physical and spiritual realms. This was a society who cultivated Yoga (Union) as a lifestyle, for they deeply understood the essential nature of life depends on harmonizing all elements of the seen and unseen.

The Sanskrit root of “Yoga” is “yuj,” meaning “to unite”… Union with Divine, Union with Self. I take this to mean Union or Mastery of Body-Spirit-Mind, thus Union and Embodiment with our Divine innate state of being.Yuj or Yoga also means to “yoke,” to discipline or control, as if yoking a horse on a carriage.

In this Yoga focused society, “Shakti” energy and the feminine was so revered, that any Temple constructed would not be complete without the presence of sensual and fertile feminine iconography. It would be like building a house without turning on electricity… Shakti was understood as THE ELECTRICITY that ignited the Temples, solidifying the connection with the Divine.

The Sacred Feminine was not only found on Temples, yet had one of the highest places in society as Temple Dancers. These women were trained from childhood to awaken their body-spirit-mind as a pristine vessel for the Divine to inhabit through dance and ritual. Many years of intense dedication, discipline, and cultivation as authentic Yogini was required before they were initiated into Dancer.

Essential attributes of the Temple Dancer included subduing the ego and mind, clearing and awakening the energetic system, cultivating a personal and intimate relationship with the Divine, training the body in strength, agility, and awareness to master intricate and symbolic movements.

Sacred Sanskrit terms:

“Deva”: Deity

“Dasa” (masculine) / “Dasi” (feminine): Servant

“Deva Dasi” = Servant to God

~ Awakening into the Embodiment of Deva Dasi begins with Yogini ~

Traces of this time still exist, yet seem nearly forgotten as we live in a world whirling at such speeds that it’s rare to encounter people who dedicate their lives to being in Union with the Divine. Or disciplined enough to “yoke” their body-spirit-mind as an authentic Yogi / Yogini or Deva Dasi.

You may know from personal experience how challenging it is to cultivate and maintain this level of self-discipline. It can literally feel like swimming up-stream in a culture so disconnected.

Take a moment to visualize the ancient images of Yogini/Yogi:

Naked and unbound, possessing trident or other fierce weapons, unwavering gaze as if peering through layers of illusion, resting in timelessness, with a body-spirit-mind sense of discipline, dedication, and vitality.

You may think these ancient forms have no meaning or place in your demanding modern life. Yet there is a daring invitation for you to consider…

How does this ancient system of Yoga relate to the various parts your life?

How can simply being AWAKE throughout your day be an act of Yoga?

Can you put Yogini/Yogi/DevaDasi focus and discipline into transforming the mundane, essential parts of life into conscious acts of Ritual and Devotion?

I have dedicated my life to live closely with these ancient philosophies and natural human rhythms. And my Path has unfolded to focus on intensive training for both myself and fellow women to authentically embody Yogini and Deva Dasi.

Contact me to discuss how you can shift your lifestyle into a Path of Union as Yogini, Yogi, Deva Dasi.

In devotion,

Tenley*

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