YOGGATON offers the possibility of an intense aerobic workout as well as the possibility of working on self healing and self empowerment through the development of consciousness and physical strength, pleasure and sensuality . ‘Sexual energy is creative energy that deserves to be shared in a respectful, loving and consensual way’.
YOGGATON got born from pure enjoyment and intuition, from trying out things I felt like doing instead of over analyzing or judging the creative process. Therefore, I know that YOGGATON got born from the uterus, full of strong creative female energy and knowledge related with intuition that means: Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process / Immediate apprehension. After allowing the experimentation and playfulness, I started to structure the practice into what it is nowadays .
PHILOSOPHICAL & SPIRITUAL CONSIDERATIONS
Kundalini Yoga works on how to activate the first chakra (Muladhara) where the snake Kundalini is to be found, right at the basis of the spine. This branch of yoga insist on working on the ascendance of the snake’s energy so it can gather the energy of Shiva who lyes on the seventh chakra. By bringing them together through the nadi Sushumna (spinal column), is been said that all the chakras can get activated and true knowledge and happiness can be found.
Quetzalcoatl, mythic god from the nahuatl speaking people from what is nowadays Mexico and Guatemala, is the winged snake that among other characteristics represents the masculine and feminine, mistake and perfection, heaven and earth. The relationship between the meeting of Shiva-Kundalini and Quetzalcoatl is one that many spiritual guides recognized because the gathering of Shiva and Kundalini represents the communion of the instinctive knowledge and the rational knowledge through which wider consciousness can be achieved. Quetzalcoatl, both from earth and heaven, embodies the characteristics of the mundane and the more subtle ways of approaching this world. The idea is to awake its power within ourselves by considering sexuality and and pleasure as sacred sources of wisdom.
Andean Culture and Spirituality
Pachamama, Mother Earth, is seeing as the beginning and the end of all things. Ritual dances, which common feature is to keep the body in a squad position while stamping the floor and making the lower limbs shake are performed for this entity. The energy of Pachamama is related with fertility and sexuality, the more this energy is awake the more creative power is unleashed. For Jalq’a culture, located in the andean region of Bolivia, the UKHU PACHA or underworld is the world of the unruly creatures named Khurus. They represent the intuitive creation and the deliberately constructed disorder and they are as important as the creatures from the JANAN PACHA or world from above which stands for a higher way of thinking and reasoning and the creatures from the KAYPACHA or the world from here and now. By connecting this worlds, a cyclic and integral view of life is possible.
A constant critic to reggaeton from a feminist perspective is that most of the times it includes sexual content in its lyrics and since it is performed mostly by men, the conflict is the position of the sexual object it gives to women. Word appropriation and subversion is a practice that feminism and mostly feminism of color is being doing to fight against racism, classism, sexism and homophobia among other patriarchal structures. By claiming pejorative words or intentions that were meant to deplore oneself and make it one’s own, the initial intention gets blocked. In this sense YOGGATON aims to put the practitioners in the position of the desiring person, the one that is not afraid of showing, proposing, asking and experimenting with their own body, sensuality/sexuality and the pleasure that exploring with it brings.
A main part of current decolonial discourses is healing and how through self healing and the recovery and reinterpretation of ancient forms of spirituality we can decolonize ourselves. One of the focuses of YOGGATON is self healing because in order to overcome oppressive familiar-social-global systems and structures we need to be as energetic and healthy as possible. Other important consideration is embracing the contradictions because after the colonization happened, there’s no way back to a pure place. YOGGATON is about bringing different aspects that might be considered opposites, together: the woman as a witch or as a bitch, the healer or the mundane, the good girl who practices ballet or yoga and the bad girl who parties all night long. The question here is, how to embody all the so-called contradictions? why wouldn’t it be possible to be all of that? why not to embrace the discordant places we are a fruit of?
This practice is Ch’ixi. Silvia Rivera, Bolivian sociologist, takes this aymara word that literally means mixture of colors for understanding the complexities of an identity that juxtaposes different identities and backgrounds generating a new one.
So far, YOGGATON is the most clear Ch’ixi practice I have because here the realms of the mundane, divine, sensual, sexual, and physical workout are coexisting in sort of a non-hierarchical juxtaposition where it is still possible to recognize the influences but in the end it is a new thing on itself.