Jaime Carlo-Casellas, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Yogi Kabir), is the Founding Director of the Stress Management & Prevention Center and Tantric Yoga for Men in Rancho Mirage, California.
His reason for founding the Center was to help those who suffer from physical and emotional conditions, who feel depressed, and who are stuck and do not know which way to turn. To this end, he works closely with physicians and psychotherapists who treat stress-mediated conditions.
Unlike many traditional yoga teachers, Jaime focuses on the neurobiological changes that take place in the brain when the student concentrates on the sensations perceived in the body and the state of mind while meditating and practicing yoga.
As to his Tantric Yoga for Men, his mission is to welcome and guide the mosaic of men interested in sharing their Tantric, sensual energy with like-minded men and to help them sketch out the blueprint for achieving happiness and acceptance.
He received his training in mindfulness-based stress reduction, while a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, at the Center for Mindfulness established by Jon Kabat-Zinn. PhD. He pursued his training in yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Furthermore, he is certified as a life coach by the Coach Training Alliance. At the present moment, he specializes in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for the management of PTSD and other forms of emotional trauma.
He studied Experimental Immunopathology, is a Certified Yoga Instructor registered under the Yoga Alliance, a Certified Life Coach by the Coach Training Alliance, a Certified Thai Massage Therapist, and Reiki Practitioner.
He is a sought-out leader in the science of mindfulness, has spoken at national and international conferences, and has held retreats on Tantric Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in an outside the United States.
As a prolific writer, he has published over 45 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and his editorials appear in LA Yoga Ayurveda and Health magazine, Healthy Times Newspaper, Health and Fitness, and Desert Health News.
His acclaimed book, Chaos & Bliss – A Journey to Happiness, is a collection of verse and poetry that address the chaos in our lives that interfere with our happiness, healing and empowerment. The book is available at Amazon.com.
“It is through loving kindness and mindfulness that we learn how to resonate with each other.”
Located in Rancho Mirage, California, Tantric Yoga for Men is a gathering of men in the Palm Springs area who enjoy yoga without the restriction of clothing and who want to hone their energy and vitality.
The Tantric Yoga for Men rituals allow men to connect with each other using Non-dual Saiva Tantra principles, meditation, and introspective breathing.
Tantric Yoga For Men
From the Palm Springs Area (about 13 miles east of Palm Springs):
Take Hwy 111 East bound (toward Rancho Mirage)
Go past the Date Palm intersection (traffic light)
Make a U-turn at the second set of traffic lights in front of
Turn right into the parking lot of the NU4U Thrift Shop (the building with the big round windows)
The studio is on the second floor of 69550 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, suite 204, next to the women’s bathroom
From the Palm Desert Area:
Take Hwy 111 West bound (toward Cathedral City)
Go past the Frank Sinatra intersection (traffic lights)
Go past the next set of traffic lights in front of Motel 6
Turn right into the parking lot of the NU4U Thrift Shop (the building with the big round windows)
The studio is on the second floor of 69550 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, Suite 204, next to the women’s bathroom
What Is Tantric Yoga? Frequently Asked Questions
Why Tantric Yoga?
We practice Tantric Yoga because it expands our awareness of who we are as human beings and rekindles a deeper spiritual bond among like-minded men. The way we practice not only deepens such awareness, but it also recharges our energy, allowing us to sustain a peaceful feeling long after the session is over. Moreover, our practice sharpens our consciousness of who we are as human beings in relationship to the Universe.
The modalities taught at the Center are effective in reducing the stress and anxiety associated with many physical, emotional, and psychological disorders. This is so because their practice induces structural and functional changes in the brain.
First, there is an increase in blood flow to the frontal cortex of the brain−the thinking part of the brain.
The second thing that happens is the modulation of the secretion of neuropeptides. Foremost, and very important, is the reduction in the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and an increase in the levels of the so-called, “hormones of pleasure”. They include: a) β endorphin (an endogenous analgesic), b) serotonin (associated with happiness and well-being), c) oxytocin (associated with trust, bonding, and love), and testosterone and dopamine (associated with pleasure).
In addition to that, the physical aspects of the yoga help increase strength, flexibility, and stamina.
Why practice yoga in the nude?
Although our society often equates nudity with sex, practitioners of Tantric Yoga have found that being nude strips away many ingrained psychosocial barriers, allowing a deepening of self-acceptance. Being nude often brings to the surface many unexplored emotions, forcing the yogi to confront life’s impediments in a safe place with a supportive group of men—a place where we can become more grounded and comfortable with ourselves.
Nothing beats a yoga practice where you can flow from posture to posture without the impediment of fabric against the flesh!
Do I need to be good at yoga to participate?
The activities practiced at TYM are appropriate for anyone—no matter your level of strength or flexibility, age, or if you have a medical condition that might be aggravated by physical activity.
You do as much or as little as you care to. In fact, some men lie on their backs and rest for the entire session. The idea is for you to enjoy the session while taking care of your body.
Do I have to be in perfect shape to practice Tantric Yoga?
To participate in our classes, you don’t have to have a perfect body. Only Adonis does! But, you do need to be in good physical health.
Men of all shapes, sizes, ages, and physical abilities come to our classes. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, old or young, new to yoga, or a longtime yogi, you are welcome.
Are there any rules?
Arrive on time. Doors are locked once the class has started and you will not be allowed to enter.
Remove shoes at the door.
As a courtesy to others, come to class with a clean body and clean feet.
Do not wear heavy scents or perfumes.
Turn off cell phones.
Come to class on an empty stomach. Do not eat for two hours before class.
Attempt to follow the instructor’s instructions as closely as possible, but never allow an instructor to push you beyond your limits.
Pick up after yourself when class is over and take water bottles with you.
Do not walk over other people’s mats or rugs.
Do not bring food or drink into the studio; except water in spill-proof containers.
Is Tantric Yoga safe?
Tantric Yoga is perfectly safe if you take care of your body and adjust the postures depending on your physical condition—being particularly careful if you have an injury or ailment that may be aggravated by physical activity.
IF YOU HAVE AN INFECTIOUS CONDITION, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR HEALTH AND THAT OF OTHERS IN THE CLASS.
Take responsibility for your body. Practice within your own limits. Pay attention to your body. If your body signals you to stop or pull back during a posture, do so.
If you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, or a detached retina. Do not hold postures for more than 20 seconds. This is especially true for inverted postures.
Never force your body into a posture that causes discomfort, distress or pain. You could injure yourself. Never allow an instructor to push you beyond your limits.
Remember that if someone is doing something to you that you do not approve of, “no” means “no”.
What do I need to bring to the yoga classes?
You will need to bring:
– A large towel to put over the meditation cushion or mat, and if you wish a small hand towel to wipe off the sweat
– Water in a spill-proof container
– Your yoga mat, if you have one, if not you may borrow one of ours and wipe it with antiseptic solution after the class
– Your freshly showered self (no cologne or strong odors, please)
– An empty stomach (try not to eat for at least 1 hour prior to class)
– Proof that you are over 18—if you don’t look it!
– Cash or a credit card to pay for the session, and
– Lots of Tantric energy
Do I have to sign a release form?
First-timers must sign an intake form to provide contact information, as well as acknowledge that our practice is not meant to be a substitute for any medical or psychological treatment and that some injuries may be exacerbated by physical exercise. By signing the form, you also agree to take responsibility for your body by practicing within your own limits. Furthermore, the signed intake form protects the instructors and Tantric Yoga for Men. Your cooperation with this is appreciated.
What type of Tantric Yoga do we practice?
The Tantric Yoga we practice is based on contemplative Raja Yoga, sometimes called the “Royal Yoga” because it goes beyond the boundaries of the many styles of yoga practiced today. After your first class with us you will find that our practice will help you build strength, gain flexibility, and calm the mind.
Given the precepts of contemplative Raja Yoga, throughout the practice, we focus on:
– The breath
– The somatic, kinesthetic and visceral sensations we experience
– Maintaining the mind is in the present moment, and
– The impermanence of all phenomena
We abide by the guiding principles of Non-dual Saiva Tantra:
– We honor our erogenous body we have been endowed with.
– We recognize our sameness as human beings.
– We realize that the best way to be happy is to make others happy.
– We know that we have but one physical life to live, so we make “happiness” the most important priority in life.