Awakening the Body
A 10-Week Online Course with Dr. Reggie Ray
Our body is the most direct and perfect path to profound spiritual transformation. Through somatic meditation, we connect with the inherent wakefulness already present within our body.
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Uncover the wisdom of your body and deepen your meditation practice.
Awakening the Body provides practitioners with a guided, step-by-step approach to uncovering the wisdom of the body and integrating that wisdom into everyday life. You will learn ten unique somatic meditation practices to connect with the interior experience of the body, release unconscious holding and tension, and connect with the joy and freedom at the core of our being.
The course runs from October 3 — December 12, 2019. This is the first course in our Foundation Series and a prerequisite for subsequent online courses. Find out more about our foundational series here.
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Watch an introduction to the course with Reggie Ray.
Weekly Video Teachings
10 weekly units of hour-long video teachings by Reggie, specifically created for this online course.
Online Q & A
Send your questions to a trained meditation instructor and receive guidance on your practice.
Weekly Video Calls
Join weekly live video calls for teachings and Q&A with Dharma Ocean teacher, Jessika Siorai.
Download the audio of all teachings and guided mediations for later access and use.
Guided Audio Meditations
10 unique, body-based guided meditations that correlate with each unit’s teaching.
Each unit features recommended reading from The Awakening Body by Reggie Ray.
Teachings & Guided Practice with Dr. Reggie Ray
Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Tantra. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The author of many books, audio courses, and online series, Reggie’s work and teachings draw from his background as a Buddhist academic and practitioner. He holds a Ph.D. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in History of Religions. Reggie cofounded the Religious Studies program at Naropa University with Chögyam Trungpa, where he taught for over 30 years. Reggie remains engaged in the transmission of this lineage through his involvement with Dharma Ocean students, the creation of new offerings such as this course, and in his lifelong work as a student and as a teacher.
Weekly Live Calls with Jessika Siorai
Jessika Siorai has had meditation at the center of her life for more than 25 years, and she has studied with Reggie Ray since 2005. In her teaching she is interested in sharing a meditative path that is not afraid of the messiness of life, inviting the full range of human experience. A lover of poetry, people, and remote mountain trails, she is a practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Taoist medicine, and facilitates the Dharma Ocean meditation community in Boulder, CO.
A Course Integrated Into Your Daily Life
Awakening the Body is designed for “householders” — for those of us who have chosen to engage in a spiritual path inside of careers, families, and the great stressors (and great opportunities) provided by living in the world, as it is. This program teaches techniques that are meant to be integrated into your daily life and helps you establish a committed practice at home.
Support From a Trained Senior Teacher
Dharma Ocean senior teachers have a longstanding commitment to the Dharma Ocean path and lineage. As practitioners, they are committed to their personal practice and complete many weeks of residential and solitary retreat before being trained and authorized to teach. Many have been students of Reggie’s for 10 years or more, and all have thousands of hours of active meditation training and practice.
— Dr. Reggie Ray
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- Registration Closes September 30th
Each week, a new talk and new guided practice from Reggie is released.
Fundamental Human Transformation
10 Points Practice
Ways of Knowing
Earth Descent and Earth Breathing
6 Levels of the Breath
Meditation as a Path of Healing
Whole Body Breathing and Rooting
Spirituality in the Modern World
Central Channel 2
Meditation and Individuation
The Posture of Meditation
Aspects of the Journey
Working with Trauma
12-fold Lower Belly Breathing
Esoteric Tradition of the Body
Central Channel 1
Body as Sacred Journey
Dissolving with the Outbreath
Proposed Awakening the Body Video Call Schedule
A Course Preview from Reggie Ray
In this clip from the course entitled “Fundamental Human Transformation”, Reggie speaks to the contrast between our interpretation of life (the map) and our experience of it (the territory).
How Can We Practice Genuine Spirituality in the Modern World?
In this video, Reggie explores how much of the spirituality offered today is commodified and seen as something to possess. It is incapable of satisfying our deeper longing or touching the reasons why we seek a spiritual practice in the first place.
Yet there is a way for us to access the wisdom that can meet our deepest human need, a wisdom that brings us to the direct heart of our human experience. This is the path of somatic meditation.
In this clip from the course, Reggie discusses how spirituality and spiritual practice have historically existed inside of mental maps. While these mental constructs were once considered above questioning, they are now viewed as arbitrary and relative. Somatic meditation, Reggie reminds us, can take us into an experience beyond any map or ideology, where we can access the deep truth of our being. Free of the limitations of any map, we can discover the territory of our own lives.
In this video excerpt taken from the second week of the course, “Meditation and Individuation”, Reggie discusses how all of the things we’ve experienced in our life, no matter how challenging, have established the framework for our own spiritual development.
— Reggie Ray
Join the Course!
- Registration closes September 30th
If you currently have financial hardship and find the cost of this program prohibitive, prior to registration, please complete a financial aid application.