MEET THE FOUNDERS:
AARON AND ALISSA
Tantric and Somatic Technologists, Yoga Scientists, Conscious Partners and Co-CEOs of a family of 8.
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"We're not just lying around in the jungle, relaxing and making love all day. We deal with the same challenges most every human faces in navigating the complexities of human relationship, family, and spiritual life within the insanity and uncertainty of our modern lifestyles." - Aaron
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Aaron + Alissa work diligently with a shared passion and commitment to deliver this transformational technology to the world.
They have a combined 20+ years of experience and more than 12,000 hours teaching tantric yoga and somatic technologies to individuals, groups, and couples.
The Auṃ Institute of Tantra exists only as a name. Only as an idea. Beyond that it is of no use to any of us if it becomes another organization—another box—for you or I to become caged within. The ultimate Truth that is easily recognized within each of us cannot and should not be organized. Once you attempt to do so, it becomes a prison with shackles for both you and I. And so, as you can see, we walk a razor sharp edge in choosing to form an Institute within which to do our work.
Our mission is to help our fellow brothers and sisters—the overwhelmed, overworked and often traumatized householders of the present age—to become free from the prison of the past so that the Truth of the nature of their Being may be revealed to them and they may finally abide in its ever-present peaceful glow.
Our focus and passion have become directed towards understanding the realities of a life lived as a modern householder: living life through work, relationships and family. This is most interesting to us because it is where we find ourselves. This is our life!
Our work is to guide others back to an innate sense of wholeness, to help them become re-connected with the fullness of their experience, and to show them how they can transform each mundane activity, every relationship, and each moment into an opportunity for the revelation of their essential nature as the One awareness that permeates all of existence.
We teach modern Somatic and Tantric technologies to individuals, couples, and families to help them to holistically restore their health, transform their traumas, revitalize their relationships, and realize their purest and most expansive selves.
We have a deep respect for the vast science of Non-Dual Tantra and Yoga, as well as the many South Asian cultures, traditions, and lineages, spanning some thousands of years, that contributed to its development. We bow with both humility and gratitude to the multitude of mystics, seers, and masters who sought to do just as we do—to become absolutely free of all bonds and limitations, and to help free all those who sincerely want the same.
We do not believe that the recognition of our purest selves, or the freedom that comes as a consequence, can be caged or owned by any culture, organization, religion, or authority of any kind. With that said, we acknowledge that it is difficult, perhaps even impossible (in some eyes), to share our work without appropriating from the cultures within which these spiritual sciences evolved.
Our own interests and understanding of our shared reality have been supported by a select few Non-Dual Tantric traditions and their accompanying philosophies and technologies. In particular, we acknowledge with great respect the science within Trika Shaivism and the Śrī Vidyā, but it should be made clear that we are not initiates of any lineage, we do not claim to be, and we do not want or feel the need to become initiated by any outside authoritative source.
We share what we have learned with the knowing that all words, all paths, and all techniques are ultimately insufficient, for what you and I are permeates all of these while transcending them completely.
[Tantric + Somatic Technologist]
I began my yogic journey with a keen interest in the profoundly spiritual potential of human relationship and through the study and application of the Yogic and Tantric sciences. I have been practicing [Yoga] meditation and studying the science of Non-Dual Tantra and its philosophies for 16+ years, but the magnetic seeds of Self-Realization were planted as a young teenager when my mother got turned on to the traditions of the east.
I discovered that the techniques I had already been practicing had their roots in Tantra during a trip to India in 2010 for the Kumbh Mela festival, when in search of the source of Kriya Yoga that Paramahansa Yogananda described in his famous autobiography and self-study lessons.
In 2014 I ventured back into northern India to support my interest in the philosophies and technology of the Tantric tradition of Trika Shaivism. I attended the Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga to further my learning of (some of) the 112 meditations of the revered and now popular text Sri Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra.
During my multiple trips in India, Europe and Asia, I have studied/practiced Yoga with--and was inevitably influenced by--teachers of various Tantric, Yogic and Taoist traditions.
After much obsessive practice and the discovery that teaching, for me, was akin to breathing, I received a grace-bestowed transmission (Śaktipāta) that reactivated my yogic mission to act as a vessel for teaching and a support for healing.
While I am well versed in the science of Tantric and Haṭha Yoga, I'm also a practitioner of Zhan Zhuang, a powerful form of Chi Kung (Qi Gong) standing meditation (internal martial arts) that cultivates immense amounts of vital energy and strengthens the inner body.
I am a certified Critical Alignment Yoga Therapist, having studied with and been certified by its creator, Gert van Leeuwen. CAYT is a unique form of (Haṭha Yoga influenced) movement therapy. It is defined by its use of a specially-designed prop set coupled with somatic de-armouring and movement exercises.
On a personal and professional level, I remain most interested and passionate in the study of what I call the Yoga of Conscious Partnerships.
My passion burns brightest when supporting others in recovering from the imprints of the past, teaching them how to integrate Tantric technologies into their householder lifestyles, supporting others in transforming their busy (and - let's face it - mundane) lives into a moment-by-moment meditation, whether they are parenting, relating, or out in the world serving others.
In support of this, I have also completed (alongside Alissa) Level 2 training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and we are currently training to be certified as Somatic Experiencing practitioners.
I have spent time learning from various great teachers (and many not-so-great). Some of my favourite include Gary Zukav (Seat of the Soul), Tantra Mantra masters Deva Premal and Miten, and some people who live in the forest.
I have been teaching Non-Dual Tantra, Haṭha Yoga and Qi Gong--privately, publicly and in support of developing Tantric Lifestyle practitioners and yoga teachers for over a decade.
Ok, now that we've gotten all of that out of the way, you should know that I no longer identify as the personality or character that has been named Aaron Patrick, for it is nothing but a collection of memories and ideas that have accumulated within my system. I have mostly been freed of that burden...
[Tantric + Somatic Technologist]
Most people know me as a Tantra teacher and a Birth Story Listener who’s in an incredibly loving relationship with a man who treats me like a goddess in every moment.
If you meet me in person today, I’ll probably seem pretty calm, dressed in a long comfy skirt with bare feet and messy hair. I’ll either be writing on my laptop, or answering a million questions from our horde of children, or pretending I know how to tend a garden. I’ll likely have a black cat on my shoulder, and I’ll most definitely have cookie breath.
I do have a (mostly) relaxed and enjoyable life.
But ... although these days I get to enjoy such adventures as attending women’s group masturbation circles, hosting couples’ retreats in the jungle, and practicing spiritual sex with my beloved partner …
... There was a time when I was a foggy, anxious mess.
The super short story: In my early 30s, I was stifled, anxious, and depressed. I was having panic attacks that eventually melded together into an all-day numbed-out fog. I carried the guilt of not being the best mother for my children. I felt like I couldn’t speak up in my own home because I was afraid of my husband, and I simply accepted a relationship with a person who didn’t respect or love me.
I felt completely stuck.
After hitting a point that felt like a physical and emotional rock bottom, I looked for a way out.
I began integrating my Yoga practice into my everyday life, and learned about solo sexual practices. Using a combination of Tantric practices, Hatha Yoga, Birth Story Listening, Somatic Experiencing, and personally-developed techniques, I learned how to reconnect to mySelf.
It took years—with no help, just winging it on my own— but I finally came out of my depressed fog and left my toxic marriage. I went from feeling depressed and unworthy, to having a solid relationship, a new career path, and confidence as a mother.
I’ve learned that by numbing or shutting off parts of ourselves, we end up living for others, which causes immense suffering.
This is why I do what I do… I know as women we were taught to shut off our feelings and desires, and trained to give pleasure to others at our own expense. No wonder most of us are feeling anxious, depressed, distracted, and unworthy!
I can show you how to use Tantric and Somatic practices to safely connect with your entire self—your yoni, your breasts, your nervous system, your desires, and your boundaries.
By knowing and trusting your own body, you'll feel the powerful effects in every other aspect of your life: work, parenting, sexual relationships, and even the sound of your own voice.
You'll be able to let go of the beliefs that have been keeping you stuck in toxic environments and feeling powerless to change, so you can instead feel embodied, safe, and powerful.