Introducing Ian Darrah - Yoga Teacher

Posted: October 13, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

We are excited to welcome Ian Darrah, a highly regarded yoga teacher, who is joining the Temple team. Ian will be working with us for 1 to 2 month periods starting next month and throughout 2017.

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting integration of ayahuasca healing, we have found specific yoga practices carried out during and after retreat can significantly support the healing process. Ian will now be bringing 'Shamanic Roots of Yoga' classes and sessions that he will offering in various ayahuasca retreats at the Temple.

We are exploring different future offerings with Ian for 2017, but for now we are thrilled to announce that Ian will be offering 'Shamanic Roots of Yoga' classes and sessions in the following retreats in 2016.

Yoga sessions and classes with Ian will be offered as an added bonus to the above retreats and at no extra cost. 

Meet Ian Darrah

Ian is widely recognized and respected as a teacher of teachers, having led numerous yoga teacher trainings over the last decade, mentoring and inspiring many to become very successful yoga teachers. Through his decades of working with health, yoga, meditation, and plant medicines, Ian is a perfect guide to help you integrate, ground and receive the added benefits that Eastern practices can bring to ayahuasca healing. These practices are also tools to take home to continue integration after the retreat.

Ian’s personal passion and exploration has allowed him to discover the shared roots of both yogic practices and the plant based shamanism. All ancient wisdom traditions share the same goal of shining a light on the root causes of separation, illusion, and fear, returning back to balance, connection, and love. However in order to do that we need to commit to the long-term journey of moving through the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual blocks in oneself. Ayahuasca healing combined with and followed by daily yoga practices can be incredible catalysts to achieve this.

Ian is an E-RYT 500 (Experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance) and has spent time training under the most masterful Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Satyananda, and Sivananda teachers in the world. Ian credits his yoga practice and teaching to world-renown Swami Brahmavidyananda, the Sivananda lineage teachings and Ashtanga Vinyasa system.​ Having mentored thousands of students since his own teacher's training course, he is widely recognized as a knowledgeable and powerful carrier of the wisdom tradition. His strength as a teacher comes from decades as an impassioned student of health, longevity and human potential and daily dedication to personal development and the empowerment of others.


The Shamanic Roots of Yoga 

Yoga was born over 5,000 years ago out of the shamanic culture of Northern India and the Himalayan foothills. Many Hatha Yoga techniques, like bodily purgation and dieting specific herbs/plants, are virtually identical in principal and effect with Shipibo-based Amazonian plant shamans. Entheogenic plant medicines and sacraments (master plant teachers which help reveal the inner experience of consciousness) were used historically in the original Shiva-Tantra-Yoga traditions of Nepal, the Himalayas and Northern India.

The world’s oldest spiritual texts, the Vedas from India, mention the use of a mysterious sacrament called 'soma' for the attainment of the maximal meditative states. Many believe this 'soma' was a psychoactive sacred plant medicine used by yogis to help facilitate the yogis ability to open the 3rd eye (6th chakra) or 'mind's eye'. Shiva was often called the 'lord of the yogis' and scholars have shown that an entire pharmacopeia was associated with Shiva worship and the awakening of consciousness. The classic text on yoga, the Yoga Sutras, states clearly that the ultimate aim of yoga is to calm the mind and experience the inner Witness as pure consciousness.

Modern science is suggesting that the physiological center for the opening of the 3rd eye is in fact the pineal gland and its associated function. Both yoga and ayahuasca plant-medicine, practiced traditionally and appropriately, facilitate our capacity to attain higher and healthier brain functioning. Modern science is confirming the plethora of physical, mental and spiritual/energetic benefits enjoyed by people who are adept at mindfulness through meditation and yogic type practices. And a growing body of research is now showing how beneficial ayahuasca can be for the brain when taken responsibly and in the proper setting.


Benefits of the Shamanic Roots of Yoga Program

Through a combination of Breathwork "Rebirthing", Kundalini Kriyas, Hatha Yoga, and a mix of lectures, Q&A's and yoga sessions, Ian will guide retreat participants through practices, theories and experiences to:

    • Improve navigation through difficult ceremonial experiences.

    • Learn daily practices to sustain and ground ayahuasca healing.

    • Calm the mind and relax your body.

    • Cleanse yourself on mental, physical & energetic levels.

    • Discover your inner healer and naturally become a healing presence for all in your company.

    • Learn a simple yogic mantra.

    • Invoke powers of nature and relate them to your asana practice.

    • Realize the countless benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

    • Safely accelerate your healing and spiritual path.