June 2024 Kundalini Yoga Series: From Shiva to Self: Clearing the Negative Father Imprint

In our journey through the realms of self-discovery and healing within the Kundalini Yoga framework, we continue to harness the transformative power of rebirthing kriyas. Transitioning from the focus on the rebirthing and mother complex explored in May, June’s sessions delve into a profound exploration of the father complex and masculine energy. This series will not only build on the rebirthing practices but also seek to delve deeper into the psychological imprints shaped by our paternal relationships and their broader archetypal significance. Through this integrated approach, we aim to illuminate and heal the intricate dynamics of these influential relationships.

June’s sessions open with a focus on harmonizing the masculine and feminine energies within us, symbolized through the iconic figure of Ardhanarishvara. This deity exemplifies the seamless integration of Shiva and Parvati, representing the balance of male and female principles that coexist and define each other. Shiva, known as the Destroyer within the Hindu Trimurti, embodies the force of dissolution necessary for the rebirth and renewal of the universe. In contrast, Parvati reflects the nurturing energy, often associated with Shakti—the primal feminine force responsible for creation, dynamism, and change.

Ardhanarishvara, an iconic figure in Hindu mythology, embodies the profound unity of masculine and feminine divine energies. This deity merges Shiva and Shakti, the male and female principles, symbolizing a perfect synthesis of Purusha (spirit) and Prakriti (matter). Ardhanarishvara illustrates that the male and female principles are not distinct entities but are instead two aspects of the same divine reality, inseparably linked and essential to the wholeness of existence. This union highlights the concept that the creation, sustenance, and regeneration of the universe are fueled by an intricate balance of these dynamic and static forces.

Image Source: Wiki

Historically, the depiction of Ardhanarishvara dates back to the Kushan period around the first century CE, reaching its artistic zenith during the Gupta era, a golden age of classical Hindu culture and art. The rich iconography of Ardhanarishvara, detailed in ancient Puranas and various iconographic treatises, portrays this deity as a harmonious amalgamation of male and female attributes, illustrating the dual nature of existence itself. Found in numerous Shiva temples across India, Ardhanarishvara serves as a spiritual reminder of the all-encompassing nature of Shiva, not just as a destroyer but also as a creator and preserver, embodying the cycle of life and the essence of all creation. While only a few temples are dedicated solely to Ardhanarishvara, the deity’s widespread representation signifies its deep-seated significance in Hindu philosophy and spiritual thought.

Our approach incorporates elements from depth psychology, drawing on mythological and archetypal symbols to enrich the therapeutic process. For instance, the Tershula kriya meditation—a meditative practice derived from Shiva, the ultimate liberator. Representing Shiva’s thunderbolt, Tershula Kriya is celebrated for its potent self-healing properties. This meditation excels in synchronizing the three gunas (see below) and unifying the nervous systems, enabling practitioners to erase negative imprints from their Akashic Record. It provides profound healing benefits, effectively addressing psychological disorders, personality imbalances, and notably eliminating phobias, particularly those associated with father figures. Additionally, Tershula Kriya proves essential in treating conditions like depression and sleep disorders, especially when combined with a liver-cleansing diet and practices like Sodarshan Chakra Kriya.

Through each session, we aim to foster self-awareness, healing, and personal growth by addressing the deep-seated influences of the father complex. As we navigate through guided meditations, specific kriyas, and introspective practices, participants are encouraged to explore and reconcile the various dimensions of their psyche. This integrative process is designed not only to illuminate the interplay between the paternal and maternal energies within but also to empower individuals to reach a higher state of consciousness and holistic well-being.

Join us this June as we continue to explore, understand, and rebirth our deepest selves through the transformative lens of Kundalini Yoga. This series offers insights into personal dynamics influenced by paternal figures and suggests ways to integrate these insights towards a more balanced and harmonious approach to life.

June 2024 Kundalini Yoga Series: From Shiva to Self: Clearing the Negative Father Imprint

Session 1: Harmonizing the Divine Energies

  • Focus: Introduction to Ardhanarishvara as a symbol of the unified masculine and feminine energies, serving as a transition from the focus on the mother to the father complex.
  • Practice: Yoga asanas and breathwork designed to balance masculine and feminine energies within each participant.
  • Meditation: Visualization and meditation focused on Ardhanarishvara, embodying the integration of Shiva and Parvati’s energies.

Session 2: Exploring the Father Archetype

  • Focus: Introduction to the father complex and its psychological implications.
  • Kriya: Practices aimed at addressing and healing wounds related to paternal relationships and authority figures.
  • Meditation: Guided imagery to connect with the archetypal energy of the father, understanding its impact on personal development.

Session 3: Unleashing Inner Authority – Tershula Kriya Meditation

  • Focus: Learning about Tershula, the thunderbolt of Shiva, which symbolizes destruction and regeneration.
  • Kriya: to activate self-healing processes, particularly useful for overcoming phobias related to father figures and authority.
  • Meditation: Tershula kriya- the “Thunderbolt of Shiva” meditation is helpful in getting rid of phobias, especially father phobia.

Session 4: Building Strength and Resilience

  • Focus: Enhancing personal power and resilience through the integration of fatherly qualities such as discipline, structure, and protection.
  • Kriya: A set of exercises aimed at building core strength and emotional stability.
  • Meditation: Meditation on one’s inner guide or mentor, integrating the positive aspects of the father archetype.

Session 5: Integration and Reflection

  • Focus: Reflecting on the journey through the series, understanding the interplay of maternal and paternal energies within.
  • Practice: Gentle yoga and reflective journaling to consolidate the learnings and experiences from the series.
  • Closing Circle: Sharing experiences and insights, discussing how to carry forward the healing and understanding into daily life.


In Hindu philosophy, the term “Guna” (Sanskrit: गुण) refers to the fundamental qualities or attributes that are inherent in all things and beings in the universe. Originating from Samkhya philosophy, the concept of Gunas is integral to all schools of Hindu thought. There are three primary Gunas:

  1. Sattva – Represents qualities of goodness, calmness, and harmony. It is associated with purity and knowledge.
  2. Rajas – Symbolizes passion, activity, and movement, driving ambition and desire.
  3. Tamas – Characterized by ignorance, inertia, and laziness, it denotes darkness and obstruction.

These three Gunas are present in varying proportions in all entities and influence their behavior and nature. The interplay of these Gunas determines the character and evolution of all phenomena and is crucial in understanding the psychological attributes and innate nature of individuals.