Behind Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda with Teacher Katie Silcox
May 13, 2015
Get to know teacher and mentor Katie Silcox
We’d like to offer some inspirational bites from our conversation with Katie Silcox to give you a glimpse into what fuels this wonder woman. After about 30 seconds into our conversation, Katie had a new fan. She is an incredible yogini, who has some seriously powerful words of wisdom to share. Get a glimpse into her philosophy of Ayurveda, Tantra, and Yoga and do not miss her upcoming Magical Marrakech Yoga Retreat at the incredible Fellah Hotel in Morocco November 15-21, 2015 and her recent NY Times Best-Selling book, Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women.
What are some components of Ayurveda that originally resonated with you most?
“You know, if we aren’t learning Ayurveda, yoga is really really hard. If not impossible. Ayurveda is a science and practice of staying balanced. In the past, my body was something I fought with….but through learning this beautiful practice, I was able to come into a love-affair, instead of a fight. In this cosmology, philosophy, science, your body is the most beautiful creation and tool that you have. If that’s our path to yoga, then Ayurveda becomes really necessary because it teaches us how to care for that temple.
What are your goals as a teacher and mentor?
“As a mentor, my goal has always been, and continues to, be peeling away the layers of my own covering, my own mis-knowing, to my essence that is love, and to break down and peel away anything that’s keeping me from knowing who I am…I’m committed to that until the day I die. The more I am committed to that – the more compassion emerges, while that beautiful storm is happening, I’m just a mentor to other people because perhaps I have used some yogic techniques that they have yet to discover. My goal is to enlighten myself and share what is helpful to me with other beings. The truth is that we’re all suffering a little bit and my goal is to relieve suffering… What ultimately makes someone a good mentor is the ability to hold compassion, while offering time-tested wisdom.
Who do you consider to be your teachers right now?
“I have to give a lot of credit to Yogarupa Rod Stryker, who taught me much of what I know on Tantra. In a formal sense, he is my one teacher…But Iuckily I have a lot of mentors and inspiring humans in my life.
I also acknowledge goddess-based knowledge that is intuitive and emotional. We’ve got to honor that part of us that’s pure shakti, that knows, that is intuitive that is fierce mama love. That’s another teacher…just God Herself living in me.”
Where do you find your inspiration?
“Mantra mantra mantra. Its like the uncharted territory of pop yoga culture. For me, it is both the fiercest teacher, and the soothing nectar. It is the secret medicine for the wounds of the heart. That’s my main practice. Soaking in a mantra – not saying a mantra – but letting it “say you” and get inside of you. As a mystical answer, that’s the one I would give. The other thing that’s been super powerful is emotion-based therapy, which you can learn about on my blog radio show with Where is My Guru. (see website). It’s all about emotions as portals through which we can heal. And technique that enables us to have a structure around our emotional experience that empowers us instead, especially as woman, of being eaten alive. The definition of yoga is making the stuff you are unconscious about, conscious. This technique of using emotion as a portal to see why we’re doing what we’re doing (and at times creating a mess) has been the single best technique for self-knowledge, aside from meditation. The latter is so emotional and the former is so serene, clearing the space with silence. And emotion-based therapy is saying ‘go inside your anger, feel the fear…deeply feel emotion.’ ”
What do you suggest individuals do that are interested in learning more about Ayurveda and Tantra?
“With Tantra, it’s super important that you find a reputable teacher that has been doing it a while and that, most importantly, is in a lineage. Not in a sense of authority and hierarchy, but in the sense that it is important to work with a tradition that’s been around for a long time. It’s been held for you in a way, and we know these powerful techniques work because they’ve been around for a long time. Check out the Himalayan Institute’s website… I could spend spend 2 years just reading their website.
For Ayurveda, look into Dr. Claudia Welsh, the California College of Ayurveda, and Dr. Robert Shoboda’s incredible books. My book just came out, so definitely look for that! And learn from your own body and your relationships in nature.”