This is a very special series of lectures filmed with Rose Baudin at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, through April and May 2020. The lectures were originally filmed for a live course called The Subtle Practices, co-taught by Rose with Tahl and Bess. This is not the whole course - just the lectures with Rose. Content includes:
Lecture 1: The three bodies. The five koshas. The five prana vayus. The four antah karanas (functions of the mind).
Lecture 2: Pranayama. Stories of Rose’s guru German Swami Gauribala Giri. Maya shakti. Kundalini. Ida, pingala and sushumna. The three granthis (knots). Craving and aversion. Pranayama practice to balance samana vayu. The two objectives of yoga practice.
Lecture 3: Sáṃ gachadhvaṃ mantra. Some Q&A. Stories of Rose’s guru German Swami Gauribala Giri. Yoga practice in real life: how to let go without suffering. How to deal with vasanas. The practice of meditation (and motivation to meditate!). The importance of practice. Liberation and enlightenment. Equanimity.
Lecture 4: Some Q&A. A moment of meditation. How Rose became interested in Ayurveda. Yoga and activism. Yoga and desire. Yoga and sex. Shiva and Parvati. Kama (pleasure). Deities and mantras. Naga puja.
Lecture 5: Agni Hotra fire ceremony at Rose’s house, including an explanation of Agni Hotra.
Rose Baudin has studied and practiced yoga since 1968 and has taught since 1987. She met her mentor, Swami Gauribala Giri, in Sri Lanka in 1971 and was initiated into the Parampara in 1984. During the 16 years she lived in India, she was instructed by master teachers in various schools of yoga: Hatha (Clive Sheridan), Iyengar (Clé Souren, Shandor Remete) Viniyoga (Gary Kraftsow) and Ashtanga (Dena Kingsburg). She has had extensive meditation experience under the guidance of S.N. Goenka (Vipassana), Zen Master Hogen-san Yamahata (Soto Sect) and Sayadaw U Janaka (Satipatthana Insight Meditation). She was introduced to and taught Ayurveda by Dr. Robert Svoboda who also instructed her how to perform the ritual of Agni Hotra in the way of his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. Since 1986, Rose has been based in Australia teaching yoga classes and leading meditation retreats. She is a senior teacher of yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation for Creature Yoga. Rose has been conducting yoga intensives, residential retreats and seminars internationally for the past 30 years. Watch a little bit of Rose here.