Who We Are
Who We Are

The Shamanic Yoga Institute is a small grassroots business, female owned and run.

We are a collective of teachers and mentors committed to training practitioners in the technologies of the soul through shamanism, yoga and expressive arts through a feminist perspective, for social change. Our open learning mystery school is based out of the mountains, rivers and trees of Squamish, British Columbia.

Our founder, Christine Selda, was initiated as a full mesa carrier in 2003 by Lois Ross and Jose Luis Herrera, her teachers in shamanism and energy healing. Since the inception of the school in 2005, we have annually trained apprentices in Mountain Shamanism sourcing from the medicine teachings of the Andes, Himalayas, and coastal mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Our root teachers in Yoga come from the towering mystics: Shankaracharya, Laksmanjoo and Ksemaraja through the texts of the Upanishads, Devi Mahatmyam, Prtyabijnahrdyam, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and the Bhagavad Gita.

 

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What do we stand for?

We stand for love, liberation, and truth. The purpose of our school is to share methodology and practices that open individuals up to their own power and to engage people in their own healing. Through experiential learning, we believe we can cultivate a better understanding of what it means to be in right relationship with ourselves, each other and the earth and cosmos. Our aim has always been to dissolve the barriers so that this work continues. Our hope is to widen our community of risk-takers, change-makers, artists, and leaders who contribute to a just world for all.

What is “the work?” 

To remember who we are without our personalities, family, deepest beliefs and values. The work is to do no harm, to utilize the tools for participation in order to heal the personal and the collective. It invites us to ask the hard questions and respond when change is necessary. How do you uplift and activate hope as technicians of the sacred? Can you participate in the world with a multiplicity of perspectives and hold the space with integrity? Can you call AND respond? Can we Listen without Judgement and collaborate instead of compete?