Yoga and shamanism are both designed to help us change our perception of the world and ourselves
Lenox, MA (PRWEB) July 27, 2015
A group of Western yoga practitioners are packing their mats, heading across the equator and 9,000ft up into the Andes to receive direct training in ancient shamanism as used by the Inca. The Q’ero people of southern Peru are direct descendants of the Inca who fled from the Conquistadores high into the mountains 500 years ago. Remaining isolated from the rest of Peru and the Americas until 1955 the Q’ero continued to live and breathe their traditional language (Quechua), lifestyle, religion and healing practices. The Q’ero medicine men and women, “paqos” are traditionally charged with keeping their beliefs and practices alive. The paqos are considered the spokespeople of the earth and offer ceremonies to give thanks to Pachamama (universe mother).
Why are modern American yogis interested in Incan shamanism? Ray Crist, founder of the Jaguar Path, explains, “Yoga and shamanism are both technologies. Each was created by humans, for humans, to help us break though and let go of repetitious behavioral patterns that hold us back in life. Introducing shamanic techniques into our yoga practice accelerates our evolution and increases personal power. These practices allow us to expand into new ways of being, physically, mentally and spiritually.” Crist created the Jaguar Path in 2007 to explore the intersection of yoga and shamanism and credits both for his recovery from life threatening cancer.
Since his recovery Crist has been training yoga teachers in the US to use shamanic tools he learned directly from the Q’ero through an innovative 9-month training program in the Berkshires that Alberto Villoldo (author or Shaman, Healer, Sage) called, “An extraordinary life-changing workshop”. Jen Schubert, Sr. Recovery Specialist, a graduate of the Jaguar Path training clarifies how the two technologies work together, “Yoga and shamanism are both designed to help us change our perception of the world and ourselves. My yoga practice has given me clarity and the ability to live more fully from my heart, adding the shamanic work Ray teaches allowed me to see how to take this off my mat and offer it directly to everyone I meet”.
In September (4-11) 2015 for the first time Crist is opening the Jaguar Path “Shaman’s Intensive” training in Peru’s Sacred Valley working directly with the Q’ero paqos in their own land. Travellers will learn advanced shamanic techniques including Soul Retrievals, redefining destiny lines, using chuntas for cord cutting, divination and other ancient healing practices. Crist will lead a daily morning Jaguar Yoga practice amongst the mystical Andeans mountains designed to open body and mind to be more receptive to assimilating new knowledge and tap into higher states of consciousness. All participants will be initiated as a “Pampo Mesayoc” by the Q’ero Elder Don Sebastian Flores.
About the Jaguar Path: Founded in 2007 by Ray Crist the Jaguar Path offers educational travels and training programs in yoga and shamanism to create empowered healers and liberated individuals who walk with compassion and self-confidence. For more information on this unique trip visit http://jaguarpath.wordpress.com/expeditions/shamans-intensive/