Karma & How to Break the Cycle

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Sunday 16th July 2023
London
7 – 8.30pm

Many of us go through life under the influence of negative habits from our past, and become the ‘victims’ of the unpleasant results of these habits. It can be a struggle to change our habits and thought patterns. 

Karma is a Sanskrit word meaning action or work. It also signifies cause and effect, whereby each action a person performs in life – including thoughts and speech – will affect him or her at some point in the future.  

Through karma, we receive the lessons we need to learn so that we can evolve spiritually. Everything that happens in our lives occurs because of karma, because of our past actions, including those from previous lives.

This means that everything we experience happens for a reason – nothing is insignificant. 

We have the power to create both good and bad experiences, and we can learn to reduce and even eliminate the regretful poor choices that we make, that may be at the expense of someone else or of ourselves. But both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ karma enchain us in our spiritual evolution, slowing our journey on the path to liberation. 

Discover profound insights into the nature of karma, and some methods for your transformation and for ‘burning’ your karma. 

Meet the teacher

Foca Yariv

Foca, born in Jerusalem, Israel, had a keen thirst for spiritual knowledge from early age. He started practising yoga and Tantra at the age of 17 (in 2001), and since then he has devoted himself to the spiritual journey. He has been teaching since 2009 in various places around the globe. Since 2011 he has been living in the UK, teaching yoga and tantra and offering various workshops on a wide range of topics from the purpose of life and the art of dying to workshops on masculinity, kama sutra and eroticism, he teaches in London and Cambridge and is guiding men’s groups. 

Contact: foca@tarayogacentre.co.uk 

International Yoga Day

Ritual for Healing Planet Earth

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Wednesday 21st June
London
6.30 – 8.30pm

Tara invites you for a Ceremony and Ritual for Healing our Planet. 

On the summer Solstice on 21st June, we invite you to channel the sublime and powerful energies of this auspicious moment for the benefit of Planet Earth. 

The Summer Solstice is the most solar or yang time of year, and an excellent moment to plant the seeds for all the good that is to come. 

Let’s help Mother Earth and all her inhabitants be in harmony! 

Meet the teacher

Magdalena Hau

Magdalena’s Tantric journey began in India in 2001 and since then she has discovered a life full of transformation and personal growth. Intrigued by mysticism, sacred eroticism, and the wisdom of the heart, she aspires to share her love and passion for life in the classes and workshops she teaches. She also holds Tantra groups and workshops for women, where she inspires women to discover their profound, mysterious and powerful feminine nature. 

Contact: magdalena@tarayogacentre.co.uk 

The Role of Women in Persian Culture

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Sunday 11th June
London
7 – 8:30pm

Within the Tantric tradition, women are considered to be the force of inspiration and transformation, the energy that elevates and liberates the spirit. Within this talk we will be looking at the role of femininity more specifically within the Persian culture, to discover the unique and powerful ways femininity can come to life and influence an entire nation. 

Contrary to common belief, Persian women have traditionally lived extremely liberal lives, actively participated in all areas of society, been the force behind the most powerful kings, and were viewed as a valuable asset to Persian society. 

Persian Culture, as we know it, has developed through a tapestry of Zoroastrianism, Sufism and modern-day Islamic influences.  

The discussion regarding Persian women would not be complete without honouring the words of Persian Sufi poets such as Hafiz and Rumi:  

Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.

– Rumi

Through their timeless writing, we discover a true depiction of the role women have played in spirituality, referring to one of the most repetitive themes in Persian poetry: wine of ecstasy, the wine bearer Saghi, and being in a state of ecstatic intoxication of love for divinity. 

Other arts mostly associated with women in this region, such as dancing, carpet weaving, culinary heritage and storytelling will also be described to demonstrate the significant impact on the culture through the synergy created between spirituality and creativity. 

“God is never seen immaterially; and the vision of Him in (a) woman is the most perfect of all.” Rumi 

This talk will offer a true perspective on the nature of the feminine role in the Persian culture, aiming to bring us closer to the mystery of Persian femininity. It will aim to overcome many of the stereotypes that cast a shadow on the role of women in this vast region, and leave an enriching insight into the complex nuances offered by the women of Persia. 

Meet the teacher

Mojdeh Moasser

From a young age Mojdeh has been interested in finding the golden thread between a worldly life and spirituality, and the balance between the two has become more and more of a reality through a disciplined practice of Yoga and Tantra. Mojdeh has been a Tantra teacher for women for six years, while organising workshops, personal transformation programs, retreats and festivals both in Denmark and UK.

Contact: mojdeh@tarayogacentre.co.uk

Tara Café – The Art of Connection – through the eyes of Astrology

Conversations and cake

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Friday 19th May
London
7 – 8:30PM

Now we are well into the new year, we are continuing with the second session of our new initiative for 2023 – the Tara Café. One Friday evening each month the beautiful Parvati room in our London centre will be turned into a cosy café. Tea and cake will be available of course, but the main purpose will be to engage in meaningful conversation, dialogue and sharing with like-minded people on a specific topic.

These café evenings will be more informal conversations, rather than lectures or presentations. A Tara teacher with relevant experience on the topic will be there to guide the conversation, and members can contribute with their experiences, questions or revelations.

The Café series continues on Friday 19th May with, “The Art of Connection – Through the Eyes of Astrology”. Join us for a playful exploration and open discussion on the topic of building bridges between souls and creating harmonious relationships. We will touch on subjects like compatibility, communication, awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and the purpose of each relationship we form. 

We hope to see you on the 19th! 

Meet the teacher

Alina Chereches

Alina began the study and practice of Integral Yoga at the age of fifteen, moved by a deep thirst to understand the nature of everything. Gradually, she found her home in meditation. She immersed herself into many spiritual traditions, fell in love with the Tantric philosophy and practice, Kashmir Shaivism, Advaita Vedanta and Esoteric Astrology. She weaves these together with Transpersonal Psychotherapy into one integral path. As a teacher of Tantra and Astrology, Alina loves sharing her vision that life is our deepest meditation, in a playful and approachable manner.

Contact: alinac@tarayogacentre.co.uk

Eros: Why do we need it on the spiritual path?

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Sunday 21st May
London
7 – 8:30pm

Eros is not only about lovemaking – it infuses every aspect of our existence, including our transformation. 

Human beings have always intuited that the entire creation, that nature itself, constantly springs forth from the divine Eros, the holy union between the masculine and the feminine, between Shiva and Shakti. United in erotic rapture, Shiva and Shakti, consciousness and energy, give birth to all that exists in a continuous process of creation and transformation. When we awaken to Eros we can join the game of creation and transformation fully, in all our manifestations.  

Erotic fulfilment plays an important – even a catalysing – role in our lives, especially in our success and fulfilment. The importance of the state of effervescence without inhibitions and blockages in our spiritual life often escapes the aspirant on the Tantric path. It is not enough to engage only in great effort or endless sacrifices in order to attain superior states of consciousness. If we cannot also enjoy life and be happy with no inhibitions or limitations, we will not be able to concentrate on the sublime aspects of the manifestation, because these sublime aspects all spring from the plenary ecstasy of the endless union between Shiva and his beloved Shakti. 

The creative energy empowers every aspect of our lives, and bringing the creative energy to its maximum state of effervescence in any project or action will empower and enrich not only the action but also ourselves, and will awaken within us latent potentials and qualities that can be freely expressed through our being. 

Meet the teacher

Maria Porsfelt

Maria started her journey of self-discovery through Yoga and Tantra in 2001 – a journey that started in Denmark and took her to both Thailand and India. She has been with Tara in London as coordinating teacher since 2009, teaching Yoga, Tantra and meditation, and facilitating women’s groups, and running workshops and retreats on various topics. Through her own practice Maria has discovered how, in accordance with universal principles and laws, each life experience has its own purpose and significance on the path to the realisation of the Self. The fundamental aspects of this journey include erotic fulfilment, and fully enjoying the beauty and sensual pleasures of this world while centring more and more in our true nature. Maria’s style of teaching is practical and approachable, expresses a deep understanding gained through personal experience and is animated by a great joy of life.

Contact: maria@tarayogacentre.co.uk 

International Women’s Day celebration (for women only)

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Wednesday 8th March 2023
London
6:30 – 9pm

As part of the celebrations of International Women’s day, at Tara we will host a ritual of communion with the eternal feminine aspect that resides in every woman, Maha Shakti. 

Those who have had even a glimpse of her, know that there are no ends to the wondrous ways she may appear, and we celebrate this variety and diversity, for it is indeed the spice of life. 

In this ritual we will aim to awaken the four main feminine archetypes of the soul, to create a synthesis of them all within our inner universe. The archetypes will be exemplified through various artistic ways such as music, poetry and dance, to be a true reflection of Maha Shakti’s glory. 

We will then direct the energy towards awakening our true feminine potential, to be the very best versions of ourselves in this life and to become a beacon of love and unity between the hearts of all the women in the world. 

This will be a free event open to all women, the dress code is an open heart and anything that makes you feel at your most beautiful. You’re welcome to bring fruits and flowers as offerings for the altar. The ritual will be followed by light nibbles and refreshments. 

Gathering will start from 6:30pm, with the ritual starting at 7pm, entry will not be possible once the ritual has started. 

Registration essential.

Polar Hormones

Happiness for him & her

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Sunday 19th March
London
7 – 8.30pm

The importance of hormones is by now well documented. More and more evidence and information are available to help us find happiness through these mysterious but powerful phenomena. 

Often the conversation around hormones focuses exclusively on female hormonal balance. If male hormones are mentioned it’s usually relegated to a few cursory remarks about testosterone. But hormonal balance is just as important in men as it is in women. And for a happy, harmonious relationship between a man and a woman, hormone balance becomes even more important… and complicated. 

In this talk, we will cut through the complication and provide some practical tips so both men and women can feel hormonally balanced and happy together. Men’s hormones are very different from women’s and vice versa. Understanding how our own hormones work as well as how the hormones in the opposite gender work will allow us to support each other and work together rather than against each other… leading to happier individuals, happier couples, and an all-round better world for everyone.

Meet the teacher

Kieran Martin

Kieran has been studying Tantra at Tara since 2010. Initially drawn to Tantra by an interest in eroticism, it was the game of polarity that turned his curiosity into a passion. For Kieran the interaction of the masculine and feminine is the juice of life. And playing that game, we discover and enjoy much transformation and inner growth along the way. His approach is practical and down to earth. 

Contact: kieran@tarayogacentre.co.uk 

The Science of Happiness

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Sunday 19th February
London
7 – 8.30pm

Happiness, in one form or another, is the end goal and dream of everyone. Bliss, enlightenment, nirvana –  the goal of spiritual seekers all over the world along the millennia. 

Has science found any evidence to back up the worthiness of this gargantuan effort of human consciousness? And if so, can science and spirituality come closer to a common language? 

We will explore modern findings in linking the power of human consciousness over physiology and matter, and new ways to look at achieving harmony in life. 

Meet the teacher

Bogdan Radasanu

Bogdan has been practising yoga and tantra since 1994. He has found that sharing his experiences on the spiritual path with others is the best way to teach, and a fast track for self-development and opening the soul. Bogdan also believes that love, manifested in the most concrete way, is helping others unconditionally – the very core of Tara’s mission. Expect a very down to earth and practical approach. 

Contact: bogdan@tarayogacentre.co.uk 

Pilgrimage 2023

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Sept/Oct TBC
Other
TBC

Following the beautiful and uplifting success of Tara’s first community pilgrimages last year, we are excited to be arranging more one- and two-day pilgrimages in 2023. These events will provide the opportunity to share moments of spiritual awareness, unlocking the secrets of the English countryside and numerous sacred sites in a spiritual way, following in the footsteps of this thousand-year-old tradition.

Here are the provisional dates for your calendar. More details will be published soon.

22nd April 2023 – 1 day pilgrimage, Chartham to Canterbury 

14th May 2023 – 1 day pilgrimage, Radlett to St Alban’s Cathedral 

September/ October 2023 – 1 day pilgrimage TBC

If you would like more information, and to join the next pilgrimage please join the Telegram Channel.

The pilgrimage is open for our members only. The event itself is free, however participants may incur costs for travel, food etc. 

Read a student testimony from one of last year’s pilgrimages

What is a Pilgrimage?

Pilgrimage in England has taken place since hunter-gatherers followed well-worn tracks, which then became ritualised journeys in Celtic and medieval history and in early modern Christianity.

Usually done on foot, a pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place that touches the hearts and souls of the pilgrims, drawing them closer to God.

The purpose of a pilgrimage is   growth, and can often start with an intention, or questions such as: Who am I? What is my purpose in this life? What do I need to hear now? What do I need to draw me closer to my true spirit? What do I need to heal? By asking these questions the pilgrimage becomes both an inner and an outer journey. The spiritual practice of pilgrimage can also begin without an intention or initial awareness, and it is only on later reflection that the pilgrim realises that their life has been spiritually enriched by the journey.

On the pilgrimage it is important to cultivate an attitude of self-reflection and openness, and attention to what comes to you. Without this awareness, the pilgrimage can become just a walk in the countryside and lack a deeper purpose.

We are very much looking forward to sharing this experience with you!

Intro Session to our Yoga Course in Plymouth

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Monday 18th September
Plymouth
6:30pm-8:30pm

We are happy to open our courses to newcomers in Plymouth too, with a free taster yoga class. Join us for our free intro classes on 18th September and 16th October 2023, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Course starts 1 week later, on 23rd October 2023 (6:30pm-8:30pm)

This class will give you an opportunity to meet our yoga teacher, and to spend a relaxing evening practising body postures (asanas), followed by a very effective technique of deep relaxation.

This session will provide a sense of balance and regeneration, that can be felt both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Location:
Abbey Hall (Lower hall), PL12AD, Plymouth
contact: plymouth@tarayogacentre.co.uk, 07459 486606

The class structure:

  • introductory presentation of the course and yoga style 
  • warm up exercises
  • practice of gentle but very effective yoga postures
  • relaxation
  • Q&A

Meet your teacher

Sorin Negrea

Sorin is an enthusiastic yoga practitioner of over 30 years with teaching experience. He assiduously seeks to combine the teachings and practice of yoga with everyday life for a better transformation of his own existence and those around him, he believes that the accumulated spiritual knowledge has no value if it is not reflected in real life, both his and and sharing it with others who are open. He also capitalizes on ways to evolve through art, dance, and seeks ways to express his Self in real life.

Contact: sorin@tarayogacentre.co.uk