Yoga and Bees

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Over the next few months, we are sharing some of the final projects (~7,500 words) written by the graduate teachers from the ashram's recent 2015-17 Yoga Teacher Training Course.

This fourth in the series is from Reva entitled Yoga and Bees.  An excerpt from the introduction is given below, and the link to her full project is given at the bottom.

The starting point or this project is a personal one, I have been an initiate of the gynocentric European shamanic path; The Path of Pollen and of the Siddha Yoga tradition for over a decade. Both paths have given me a great deal and unsurprisingly their paths often meet and intersect. The project will briefly reveal how common threads run between Tantra and shamanism.

This project explores the relationship between the honey bee (Apis Mellifica) and yoga traditions, both from a philosophical and practical perspective. I will examine scriptural references to the bee, honey and nectar and consider why the bee has been chosen as a symbol for spiritual teachings for so many centuries. In this exploration I will examine why the honey bee is so widely used in these ancient sacred texts and what this means in terms of our relationship to the honey bee. What does this suggest about the honey bee? What can we learn from these winged beings? I will also consider some of the practices that relate to the life of the honey bee. This will include reference to the little known European shamanic tradition; The Path of Pollen which has much in common with the esoteric yogic traditions.