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“This is a liberated being: one who experiences reality as divine. That experience is the fulfillment of the awakened ones, known as embodied liberation.” -Śrī Abhinava Gupta




A New, Ground-Breaking Visual Course!


Vīra Vinyāsa: The Tantric Origins of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā Unveiled


~ from the Vārāhī Tantra, the source text for the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā and the Haṭha Yoga tradition ~

with Christopher Tompkins & Shiva Rea

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A groundbreaking, 7 Session course beginning July 11th.

  For over a century, the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā, a post-tantric compilation of adulterated Tantric Yoga practices, has been known as extolled so-called ‘Bible’ of Haṭhayoga.

It is not.
In March of 2016, Christopher Tompkins discovered that  Haṭha (Yoga) Pradīpikā, erroneously prescribed by the Yoga Alliance as the authoritative text for modern Haṭha Yoga, is actually the adulteration of two chapters from the (unpublished) Vārāhī Tantra, an unpublished Goddess Tantra totaling 4,300+ verses.


Vārāhī Tantra manuscript (Nepal).

Vārāhī Tantra manuscript (Nepal).

Students will be shown evidence that those who fabricated the HYP from the Vārāhī Tantra removed all vestiges of Shakti as the active, maternal power of Kuṇḍalinī, celebrated in the Vārāhī (and in all Tantras) as the descending power of our life-force (prāṇa); we will learn how the term ‘haṭha,’ originally referred to the liberating, sonic ‘force’ of the Goddess in the form of  mantras, and how this mantric force mantras was originally choreographed with mudrās, prāṇāyāma, and visualizations, in forming the daily Yoga Sequence (Vidhi, Vinyāsa) found in most Tantras.

These  features were later distorted or removed from the HYP, which devolved haṭha practice into a semen – retaining regimen for male renunciants.

  For the first time in this exciting online course, students will be introduced to the original teachings, meditations, and practices of Haṭha Yoga from the Tantric source of the HYP, the householder-based Vārāhī Tantra.  We will re-discover the major yoga practices, dynamic sequencing (vidhi, vinyāsa) which originally defined ‘Haṭhayoga.’


Students will be re-introduced to the dynamic, physical (kāyikā) sequencing of mantra-led poses as originally taught, in many variations, in the Vārāhī (and most other Tantras), and learn how and why the HYP outlawed and removed all  Vinyāsa-based practices, such as Sūrya Namaskāra – -the formative devotional sequence which forms the basis for all Vinyāsa Yoga practiced today – one that is prescribed in at least 7 variations in the Vārāhī Tantra (see below).
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Each session will feature-

  • A 10 minute invocation & translation practice via audio download or vimeo
  • A 30 minute – visual teaching via audio download or via vimeo
  • 30 Minute Key Tantric Realizations/Concepts via audio download or vimeo
  • Meditation and/or movement meditation sādhana based upon the practices revealed in each session

Practices filmed in Varnasi, Khajuraho, Kailashanata Temple and by the ocean and available via audio or video with Shiva Rea, global vinyasa teacher who has been dedicated to the realization and revival of namaskar and prostration practice within yoga.

For more information on each Session, please visit the Yoga Alchemy website.



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Experience the profound wisdom of Tantric Masters, translated directly from un-published texts and presented in simple language.

Discover how the timeless, life-affirming teachings of Tantra can serve as a direct means to self-healing and deep transformation to help face the challenges of everyday life.

Cultivate the power of your own intuitive insight (pratibhā) to illuminate your path to freedom and awakening.


“I am the Divine. I am nothing else. I am not a receptacle for sorrow, for I am the Absolute alone. I am made of Being, Consciousness, and Bliss. My truest home is my highest Self, Who is forever free.” -Tantric quote (Click here to hear the Sanskrit)



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