Yoga - Tantra - Coaching - Vegan Food

We are the one of the few places in the world which teaches a system that integrates yoga, tantra, neuro-psychology and vegan  food to help you live a happy, meaningful and free life. 

While each of those disciplines are very powerful and healing on their own, combining them provides a synergistic effect where the whole is far greater than the individual parts. 

Why go to one place for yoga, another for bodywork and yet another for counseling, etc? 
The modalities may not match. 
In the following paragraphs, find out  how the yoga, tantra, and neuro-psychology we share here fits together as an integrated whole, resting on more than 40 years of research and trial and error, on top of wisdom that is thousands of years old. 


The yoga we practice here is Kaula Yoga, an authentic form of yoga that Julian von Loesch and Laura Roseman learned in India from the  traditional acharya (teacher) Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha Ananta Natha at Shri Kali Ashram. Out of the 5 years Julian stayed at the ashram, he taught for 3, being one of the two main teachers in the Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training program there.

The foundation of Kaula Yoga  is relaxation. It is impossible to be blissful or even happy when you're stressed or anxious. According to Dr. Herbert Benson of the Mind-Body Institute at the Harvard Medical School every illness today is at least in part caused by stress.

As virtually everybody living in the modern world experiences some sort of stress, we start by relaxing through the meditative practice of Kaula Yoga.

We refer to this as passive dynamism. 

As some people prefer more active practices to work off stress, we also offer a
Strength & Inversion Class:

Employ practices from traditional Kung Fu and Yoga which include body weight exercises, low impact cardio, pranayama (breathing exercises), and bandhas (body locks for energetic balancing) to strengthen and integrate your body/mind.

We call this active dynamism.  
We recommend trying either and seeing which one you prefer. Some like to do both.

Research shows that once a person is relaxed, the body's natural healing mechanisms are activated (see Dr. Benson's Relaxation Response).

In addition, these practices help balance one's prana/chi (life force energy), which in turn balances one's hormones and metabolism, while cultivating optimal levels of strength and flexibility for overall health. 

Traditional Bodywork:
​​Employing Ayurvedic Partner Bodywork, old wounds and patterns will be allowed to gently exit the body/mind. Ayurveda is an Indian Vedic Science dedicated to Whole-Self well being.

You will receive and learn to give this easy to learn treatment and thus be able to share this wonderful gift with friends, family, and loved ones.

For some people the mind-body practices and/or bodywork is all they need to restore optimal health.

As in today's world we are so inundated with stressors both external and internal, stressors that were simply not present when these traditional practices were devised, additional practices are included in this system designed for you to realize your innate potential:

Neuro-Psychology based Self-Discovery Class

​​Learn to become your own healer/guide through a method so powerful it has a scientifically proven record of being able to heal stage IV cancer without medical intervention.

Employ practices that have an evidence based track record of re-wiring the physiology of your brain to break even ingrained negative habits, difficult to address with conventional methods. 

Authentic Intimacy Circle:

​​As relationships and sexuality play an important part for our overall well-being, and have become a big challenge for many of us as we tend to live such isolated lives, we have designed a course specifically addressing just these two aspects of our health through our weekly Intimacy Circle.

The Importance of Community:

​​We consider community a vital part of our health and happiness as human beings (see research). This is a major reason this temple was founded. Isolation, with only pseudo connection through social media (which is even more isolating), has been linked to such prevalent mental illnesses as depression and anxiety (see here). Thus we have community events most Saturday and Sundas, such as vegan potlucks, community gardening, dances, etc.

Vegan Food:

Traditional Tantra: A Spiritual Science from the East​​

We are all so different in our beliefs, yet so similar in our hopes and fears, and we all have the exact same blueprint of bliss. Bliss is our nature. Given the state many of us are in this may be difficult to even fathom.

However, this is something all world spiritual directions and religions originally were aware of.

All classes mentioned thus far do not address religion or spirituality. You can reach a profound level of healing and happiness by participating in and practicing the principles taught in those classes.

We are not interested in preaching or converting anyone to our own spiritual beliefs.

Addressing the Split between Science and Spirituality:

If you'd like to find out more of why we are following the spiritual science of Kashmiri Shaivism or Tantric Vedism, which is based on the oldest scriptures in the world, the Vedas (which share vast similarities with all other world spiritual systems and religions, see Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces), the following class might be of interest to you:

We hold a puja (sacred ceremony) most mornings, where anyone interested can see how we practice our spiritual beliefs or participate themselves. We also celebrate a weekly evening puja where we go into more explanation behind the meaning of this practice.

In short, it is a form of meditation that includes mantras (affirmations) to aid us in returning to our essential self. In this spiritual science, women are honored as goddesses and this puja is also the primary practice in this regard. Further, we offer chanting classes. Chanting is a powerful way of practicing self-affirmation through singing in a group.

Note: Traditional Tantra is not to be confused with Neo-Tantra, or what is commonly known as tantra. While neo-tantra can certainly help somebody be more in tune with their sexuality (Julian von Loesch studied neo-tantra (Ipsalu Tantra) for 2 years and participated in their teacher training program), he says that it lacks the theoretical underpinnings and thus doesn't provide the depth and effectiveness that Traditonal Tantra does in helping a person integrate their sexuality with all other aspects of their life.

Summing it all up:
At Svatantrya we offer a holistic system through which you can realize your innate potential in a supportive community. The teachers, Laura Nicole Roseman and Julian von Loesch, Ph.D. , spent several years in India learning vital aspects of this system from the traditionally trained acharya (spiritual teacher) Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha Ananta Natha.

Some people dive right into the spiritual talks, it's really up to you!