A Satsang at Sattvic Space: Saturday, February 28th at 7:00 PM

One of the goals of spiritual practice or being on a spiritual path is balance. We intuit that at least some of our discomfort, dissatisfaction, and dis-ease comes from being out of balance, so we strive to bring our physical bodies into better balance with Yogic exercise, breath work, diet, supplements. We may also strive to bring our spiritual bodies into balance through meditation, contemplation, devotional practices, and prayer. But one of the biggest black holes for most spiritual practitioners is the realm of intimate relationship. We can feel beautifully balanced and full of love at the yoga studio, retreat, or ashram and then watch it all dissolve in frustration when we interact with our intimate partners.

In spiritual communities everywhere we find “awakened” men who use carefully culled spiritual wisdom to suppress and denigrate the natural energetic flow of their more feminine partners, deflowering them of the very thing that made them attractive in the first place and cheating themselves out of a valuable guide to their own enlightenment. And, we find “awakened” women who inhabit more and more of the masculine end of the spectrum of energetic expression and still expect their more masculine partners to remain blissfully satisfied in gender-neutral, sexless relationships.

To be fair to the spiritual teachers who have come from the East, many of their traditions are traditions of celibacy and renunciation and they don’t have a lot to say about the texture of love found in intimacy. They’ve found the problem of intimacy and desire so challenging that they’ve simply taken it off the table. Serious practitioners are expected to forgo intimacy and sexuality (as celibates) or relegate it to a place of not mattering—of being an irrelevance. And yet, in the West many more practitioners are on a spiritual path while simultaneously engaged in an intimate sexual relationship with a partner. For many of us, the challenge to evolve our consciousness is driven by a desire for more happiness and less suffering and we would like that evolved consciousness to be a big enough vessel to contain the love that is most often found in intimacy.

What happens when our spiritual traditions ignore or relegate to unimportant status our healthy desire for intimacy and sexuality and the flavors of the divine we are capable of expressing from masculine or feminine ends of the spectrum, is that we end up trying to do a kind of spiritual bypassing. We end up repressing certain aspects of ourselves in a mistaken notion of what a “spiritually evolved or enlightened person” should look like. And, rather than engaging with our partners to evolve our consciousness, we disengage from intimate relationship by carefully crafted agreements of soul-deadening neutrality or by simple avoidance. Then we wonder why, when our “spiritual practice” seems to be going so well, our relationships begin to disintegrate.

In intimacy we experience both the greatest bliss and the deepest suffering of our lives. Intimacy is the crucible of spiritual evolution. If your spiritual beliefs or practices are not serving you in relationship, do you know why? Do you have the feeling that there must be something more to relationship than you are currently experiencing? Are you ready to explore living and loving fearlessly from your core sexual essence as a spiritual practice? Perhaps it is time to bring another aspect of your life into balance by exploring the householder’s path of Elemental Tantra. Elemental Tantra is not the cultivation of sexual talents and exotic postures, but rather a cultivation of the capacity to use what arises in life as one’s spiritual practice. Rather than deny sexuality and desire and intimacy in the name of some kind of spiritual purity, why not open to it? If all is God or Consciousness, how does it help us better know God or ourselves to exclude that part of God or Consciousness that is the love of intimate partners.

I’d like to invite you to join me at Sattvic Space on Saturday, February 8th, at 7:00 PM for a Loving Wide Open Satsang. Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means “being with the truth.” We are the truth and so a satsang, in a very real sense, is taking the time to be with ourselves, to be with the truth that we already are and have always been. The Loving Wide Open Satsang is an opportunity to be with the truth of why we suffer and why we can’t seem to find the bliss we so desire in relationship—a nudge in the direction of living and loving wide open and awake.

This is perfect for partners or single people looking for partners. Bring your questions bring your deepest challenges in intimacy and life for this lively and challenging discussion of what it means to wake up to your true nature as love.

Please email Tom Crockett at tomcrockett@mac.com or call Kelly Crockett at 757-472-4722 to reserve a space.

Suggested donation: $10.00 (to support activities at Sattvic Space).

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Tom Crockett is the author of the books One Drop Awareness: Picturing Enlightenment and Nonduality, PillowBook: Deepening the Art of Sacred Sexual Play, and Stone Age Wisdom: The Healing Principles of Shamanism. Books are available online at Amazon.com. Books purchased at Sattvic Space go to support community activities.

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William is a RYT 200 Yoga Certified and Life-Coach at Sattvic Space. William has over 20+ years as a New York Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specialized in post-traumatic disorders, addiction recovery and marriage counseling. William is trained in Gestalt therapy, psychodrama and healing the inner child. William has also been part of various 12-step recovery communities for over 20 years. His passion is in the integration of Western psychology and 12-step healing modalities with the ancient Eastern forms of healing of yoga, meditation, and Pancha Karma.

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Being an Ayur-Yoga instructor, Maury was introduced to the practice of mantra and meditation over 30 years ago, after the death of his mother. The practice then saved his life after the tragic loss of his son. He has made countless trips to his Ashram in Rishikesh, India to study Ayurvedic healing, meditation and Ayur-yoga. Maury is also the co-founder of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). iBme is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents, and professionals. Through mindfulness retreats, iBme helps participants cultivate awareness, compassion, and kindness for themselves, others, and the natural world.

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Charisse Minerva has a diversified background that crosses health/healing, science, arts (performance & visual), education, contemplative practices, and community development. With decades of experience she brings them together as Art Therapy. Her classes offer multiple layers of satisfaction; fun, healthy, healing and strength building (physically, musically, artfully, emotionally and spiritually).   Come have a great time growing together.

BS: MCV/VCU

MA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Dance Anthropology)

Urban Arts Center (UAC) Director: 15 years

Performance Companies: Dance, Theatre, Music

Mindfulness Teacher/Trainer: All ages & levels

Drummer/ Percussionist

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Carol has been practicing yoga for over 10yrs.  Her first contact with yoga was to improve her athletic performance, and later to release back tightness and also to find peace of mind. She holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, and completed her 200hr Yoga teacher certification from Sivananda International Yoga school, and is currently working on her 500hr Advanced Yoga Teacher under Lisa Asha Rapp.  Carol has 13yrs combined teaching experience as a Physical Education teacher and also Yoga.  She teaches Yoga at TNCC as well as at Sattvic Space. Carol holds a special interest in Integral Yoga for wellness, healing, therapy and improving ones overall quality of life.  Passionate about yoga as a whole, she looks for opportunities to teach yoga as it applies to our daily lives; empowering students to overcome their difficulties through the breath.  She likes to challenge the limitations of the mind through yoga, so that in the end it brings peace, calm & serenity. “Yoga is a way to free the mind”

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Dr. Abha Gupta is an Ayur-Yoga instructor with Sattvic Space.

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Terri is a LifeForce Yoga Level I instructor with over 20 years of experience in mental health and social services.

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Dr.Dilip is one of the foremost experts in Yoga Therapy combining his 45-year experience in Conventional Western Medicine with his extensive knowledge of Integrative Medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. 

Dr. Sarkar’s passion for yoga and the Ayurvedic healing modalities came after suffering a near fatal heart attack. Dr. Sarkar was an Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital. He is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner who is passionate about the integration of Yoga Therapy, Mind/Body Connection, Ayurvedic Wellness, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Medicine.
He currently is President, Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Hampton Roads, Virginia; Chairman, School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha University, Hampton, Virginia; President, Board of Directors, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

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Sue began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to stretch and relieve stress.  After developing a regular practice, Sue noticed great improvement with back pain.  In order to share the healing effects of yoga with others, she decided to become a yoga teacher.  Since her certification as a yoga instructor, Sue has been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin style classes.

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Jerusha, received her certification as a Holistic Health Practioner from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and American Association of Drugless Practioners. She is a registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and a certified Reiki, Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and Integrative Nutrition Specialist. She has training in Art Therapy, Pastoral Care and is currently studying for her PhD in Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition. 

Jerusha is a believer in the philosphy of Buddha, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” and Jesus, “What you do for the least of them; you do for me also.” With each student/client she uses a combination of different modalities to treat the whole person; not just symptoms or ailments. Jerusha’s in-depth training in spirituality, mindfulness meditation, Neuro-Linguistic (belief) repatterning and Yoga Therapeutics are a rare combination of healing modalaties to create a wholeheartedly blessed person; living an exuberantly passionate, authentic life.

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Nada

TJ Williams (Nada) lives in the D.C. Area. She is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner – Dhanvanatari Ayurveda, Norfolk, VA,. She also has completed: Advanced Clinical Internship – Ayuskama Ayurveda Institute, Rishikesh, India and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor – Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Fremont, CA. She is currently enrolled in Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner – Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Fremont, CA (Pending – Feb 2017). Nada is the founding Director of Y.O.G.A. – Your Organization for Global Ayurveda, A Non-Profit Organization for the unification of Ayuvredic practices globally.

Nada is also a Musician/Composer, Spiritual Enthusiast, Vedic Chanter, Ordained Clergy ( Vaidyacharya) with the Church of Spiritual Humanism.

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Neve has been a yoga practitioner off and on since 2003. After several car accidents, it became apparent to her that she would be practicing yoga the rest of her life in order to self-heal daily. She received her RYT 200 teaching certificate in Hatha alignment-based yoga at Health Advantage Yoga Center in 2012. Neve has studied many different styles of yoga under various senior teachers. She is drawn to Ayurveda and Tantra as they teach all of life is sacred. With 14 years of teaching experience in various physically related activities, Neve enjoys guiding her students along the yoga path of self-discovery. Her classes tend to be more playful in nature yet with an element of reverence for the Divine.

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After spending 25 years dedicating her life to corporate America in varied fields such as banking & finance, information technology and business development; Denise made the switch to her lifelong passion of helping others take a leadership role in their health. Denise is trained to focus on preventive healthcare with a specific focus on diet and lifestyle utilizing the principals of Ayurveda in a way that is practical and easy to comprehend.  She also provides a variety of body therapies designed to correct imbalances and promote harmony of the mind and body.  Her desire is to take the principals of Ayurveda back to corporate America to provide modern ways of implementing this ancient science for coping with modern day stresses and health challenges. 

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Aruna currently offers Hatha and Yin Yoga. She completed her yoga teacher training at Chesapeake Hot Yoga on June 5, 2006, Yin Yoga training in March, 2012 and her 500 RYT course in Multi Style Yoga in March 2012.

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Mary/Archa came to Sattvic Space after graduating from Vijaya Stallings class in Ayurveda. She then went on to complete an Associates degree in Ayurveda in 2015. As a citizen of Portsmouth where she was raised, she is thrilled to have a yoga and Ayurvedic center near her home. Mary is a retired nurse and counselor and has been a volunteer with Sattvic since its conception in 2013. She met Maury Cook in 2008 when they completed 200-hour yoga training in Norfolk. She has been active with Maury teaching Pranayama practice and volunteers to help with Ayurvedic treatments and decorating the Space with flowers from her mother’s garden.

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Christal is a native New Yorker who made Virginia her home after completing her enlistment in the Navy. She has been a dedicated practitioner of yoga for many years and completed a 200 RYT certification. Christal holds a Bachelor of Arts of Sociology and minor in Women’s Studies. She is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher with yoga alliance and is continuing her yoga education with a yoga therapy concentration, through Amanda Hamp CYT, 500 eRYT of National Yoga Academy. While maintaining her studies, Christal also assists NYA in teaching/guiding new 200/500 RYT programs/teachers. Lastly, Christal is a lover of life, animals, friendships and of course, yoga.

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Alfred, our Art Director, has been drawing since he could pick up a pencil. By elementary school, he was accepted into Old Donation School for the Gifted. In the Marine Corps during war-time deployments, he completed several mixed media murals in remembrance of fellow Marines who sacrificed their lives. Alfred completed his degree in Graphics Design and specializes in original hand-drawn, computer-enhanced designs. As a published artist, he is known for detailed illustrations found in several books. But his true passion is fine art, including acrylics as well as pen and ink. He also enjoys teaching art to kids of all ages, and spends his time managing, renovating, and beautifying Sattvic Space.

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