Embodying Love Through Tantra, Ayurveda + Magical Marrakesh With Katie Silcox
September 17, 2015
Never underestimate the power of a great yoga teacher – or retreat leader for that matter.
Magical Marrakesh Retreat leader Katie Silcox is a nationally-recognized yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, writer for Yoga Journal, and a senior teacher within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage under Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She’s also the author of Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. Yes, retreat attendees, you’re getting the best of the best!
Learn all about Katie Silcox and Magical Marrakesh below:
YOGASCAPES: We’re so excited to have you leading our Magical Marrakesh Yoga Retreat! Why is Marrakesh a great place to experience on a yoga retreat? Can you tell us a bit about the magic of the city/country?
I used to live on the Southern-most point of Spain – 8 years to be exact. Later I found out that the little town I lived in, Tarifa, was the magic town of Tarik in Paulo Coehlo’s “The Alchemist.” From this point, the seeker hops over the deeper realms of magic and mystery, Morocco. This part of the world is ideal for self-discovery – authors, mystics and poets have known that for centuries. The first time I ever traveled to the region I was truly captivated by the depth of Eastern culture, friendliness and a sensation of stepping back in time.
What are you most excited about for the upcoming retreat?
Being able to breathe together. Silence. Adventure. And the amazing connections and friendships that really do form after my retreats. I love watching people become playful again. So many of us have forgotten what it feels like to just hang out and tell stories. Yoga retreats are like adult camp. With a spiritual focus.
Tell us a bit about the style of yoga that you teach. How long have you been practicing/teaching yoga?
I have been a yogi now for 15 years. I teach a style of yoga based on ParaYoga, love-based mysticism, breath work, and southern-belle charm.
What’s the significance of the yoga practice for you?
I have no choice but to do yoga. I don’t know how people survive modern life without it. It brings me into direct contact with the thing I am looking for outside of myself. It fills my heart with light and enables me to process the fear and sadness so pervasive in our world today. Yoga is my way of not having to numb myself with the modern day drugs of our time – shopping, booze, drugs, etc.
This video is a great overview, with yours truly, that debunks some of the myths.
Tantra is the broadest spectrum yoga on the planet. It encompasses all aspects of the human experience. If you are practicing Hatha Yoga – you are practicing Tantra, whether you know it or not.
In general, what’s your mission as a yoga teacher/ retreat leader?
To embody love. And that shining will show others what it looks like. And to teach my students the tools and techniques that enable us to embody love.
Although Ayurveda is yoga’s sister science, it doesn’t have quite as much press. Why should yoga practitioners/ people in general learn about Ayurveda?
Yoga is preventative health care. It’s learning how to tune to the tides of nature. We really can’t practice yoga if we are chronically sick. Ayurveda enables you to FEEL GOOD so you want to practice yoga. And yoga makes you healthier. So it’s this beautiful moibus strip of Bliss and Longevity.
What’s one quote that is significant to you?
“Get your mind quiet…and you will know your soul.” Rod Stryker
Besides yoga and Ayurveda, what are you passionate about?
Oh, so many things! Green tea, immense stacks of books, poetry, Rumi, sacred activism, soft clothes, sex, chocolate, hiking in nature, praying in nature, ritual, dance, twerking!
What’s one thing that no one would know about you?
Only one? I used to play the trumpet in a marching band.
YOGASCAPES is one of my favorite companies on the planet. I believe in the heart of its founders. They really want to give people the most authentic experiences at an affordable price. I have known its founder for many years when the company first started and I can say, he really works to pick great teachers. I love YOGASCAPES!