I have been told at various times in my life that I am TOO “wild.”

As in, turn down the volume, get back in line, control your dancing and ecstatic movement. Hold the asanas. Follow the authoritative norm.

In the late 1980’s, there was a turning point in my life when I started to educate myself in the global, cultural history of our relationship with the earth, women, free-form movement, and indigenous rights. I saw that “too wild” was part of this global history of systematic oppression.

I began to understand this “wildness” as primal intelligence, a direct relationship with our innate, pulsing, life-force. I began to allow this “wildness” to reveal the sublime pathways of inner freedom within as the flow of Shakti in the Tantric roots of yoga . I experienced Sahaja movement (spontaneous arising ) through the divine current of a universal yoga connected to music and dance – an integral part of early Tantric embodied flow of vinyasa. I began to breakdown barriers by taking photos that revealed and celebrated this flowing form in mainstream places, refining Prana Flow – Energetic Vinyasa and Movement Alchemy over two decades as a form that breathes, pulses, vibrates, and flows from our innate rhythm.

I believe this wilderness is calling for us from the cellular level to awaken and protect the wilderness of the earth with the very wilderness of our own being. As soon as my son goes to college in a few years, I will live and be even more active in the wild places of the world and within my own expression.

This photo was from an afternoon of five hours of meditation with these beautiful nagas (snakes) and the incredibly talented  photographer and dear friend of mine Amir Magal and Shai Rotam who cares for his snake family with BOAs . I had never before in 40 years touched a snake and avoided any opportunity like the plaque. When I turned 40 I started to dream of these nagas and it was the exact opposite of my contracting fear. Their slow, flowing movement was sublime initiation into a more subtle and yet more alive expression of embodiment. I found myself moving in meditation into forms that were asana like and yet emerging from an inner creativity mirrored in the nagas movement. The wilderness places of the earth today are the full of creative potency. We can find this inner movement  anywhere in the urban world as long as we can feel the wilderness wisdom  in your body.

You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you. – Isadora Duncan

Shiva Rea, M.A. (World Arts and Culture)  has been a yogadventurer and mystic explorer for the last three decades offering transformative retreats, teacher immersions, large-scale movement meditation and year-long online courses through the Samudra Global School for Living Yoga.

Photos: Amir Magal

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