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Meditation is resting in your essence and letting yourself be rejuvenated, renewed, revived.
This is a built-in ability we all have.
We each have a different way of meditating that works for our body, heart, and soul.
Here are 112 ways.
Find yours.

The Sounds True version of The Radiance Sutras is now available

“If you love Rumi, Hafiz, The Tao, if you love words dancing out of the mystery, welcome to The Radiance Sutras: these are among the most profound, exquisite and luminous verses you will ever read.” - Jack Kornfield, Author of A Path With Heart

"Lorin Roche's rendition of the Vijnana Bhairava is truly radiant, filled with insight and poetry, and illumined by the power of his practice." – Sally Kempton

“Like feeling and reading Shakti in print. I read a little bit each day, then close my eyes and do the exercise, or ponder the thought. I let the warm sweet loving words and imagery wash and heal my many layers of self.” - Lilias Folan

"Lorin Roche's Radiant Sutras Present the most inspiring translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Sutras I have ever encountered. It is juicy, hip, intelligent, inspiring and the best companion for your daily life. We all need daily reminders to "Celebrate the boundary where body meets infinity.”.This book is a must read!
- Margot Anand, author of The Art of Everyday Ecstasy and The Art of Sexual Ecstasy.

Order your copy of the The Radiance Sutras directly from
Sounds True or from Amazon

Here is a sample of the first 15 pages.

Exciting Events for 2015

Elixir is now released

Listen to a track from ELIXIR at iTunes.

Bodysurfing in Australia March 22-26
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photo by the amazing Mark Tipple

Bali Spirit Festival - link
Ubud, Bali - March 31-April 5 2015


This is Lorin's first time presenting at BaliSpirit Festival and this year he will be co-presenting with Margot Anand.

Dr. Lorin Roche has been involved in a love affair with the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra since 1968. Set as a conversation between The Goddess and Bhairava, the VBT is a classic yoga text describing 112 different approaches or doorways into meditation. Lorin encountered the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, and began meditating and doing yoga, as part of scientific research at the University of California. He was trained as a meditation teacher in 1970, and has been sharing the delight ever since. His work focuses on individual differences, helping each person find the meditation practices and styles that help them to thrive. He has a PhD from the University of California at Irvine for his studies of the language meditators use to describe their inner experiences. Dr. Roche is the author of Meditation Made Easy, (HarperOne, 1998); with his wife, Camille Maurine, he wrote Meditation Secrets for Women (HarperOne, 2001). The Radiance Sutras, a new version of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, has been published by Sounds True. Lorin and his yogini shaktini wife, Camille Maurine, live in Marina del Rey, California.
Lorin Roche
Tantra Yoga – USA

co-presenting with Lorin Roche.

Margot Anand is an internationally acclaimed authority on Tantra, best-selling author, and much-beloved teacher and founder of SkyDancing Tantra®. Margot’s books, videos, CDs and DVDs are widely regarded as the seminal teachings for integrating spirituality and sexuality and for cultivating the art of ecstatic living. Her popular books are available in numerous languages, and include
The Art of Everyday Ecstasy, The Art of Sexual Ecstasy, The Art of Sexual Magic, Sexual Ecstasy: The Art of Orgasm. Margot just released her 3-disc DVD trilogy, “The Secret Keys to the Ultimate Love Life,” to inspire a whole new generation of lovers as well as offer a refresher with some fun new twists to longtime students of her classic methods.

A native of France, is particularly appreciated for her ability to bring healing, lightness, fun, and passion to the workshop atmosphere. Margot is the founder of eight SkyDancing Tantra Institutes worldwide. Margot Anand has appeared on many national (CNN, CNBC, ABC) and international (France, Germany, England) television and radio programs and has been featured as a keynote speaker at many prestigious national and international conferences. She has been interviewed by and quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers, including
The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Conscious Life, and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Margot currently lives in Bali where she occasionally coaches private individuals and couples.
For more information, please see:

Margot Anand
Tantra, Relationships & Sexuality - FRANCE

Shakti Fest
May 15-17 2015 in Joshua Tree, California

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The Radiance Sutras at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California
June 19-21 2015
Friday night through Sunday noon
with Camille Maurine and Dave Stringer

Join author Lorin Roche, his dancer-yogini wife Camille Maurine, and musician-songwriter Dave Stringer for a weekend of meditation, movement, and song. Come sing your heart out, dance, and rock the poetry of one of the most beautiful yoga texts in existence.

Come play in the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a sensuous, poetic version of a classic yoga text, the Vijñana Bhairava Tantra. The name means “The terror and joy of realizing oneness with the Soul,” and the text describes 112 meditations, each a doorway from our everyday life experience into contact with the sacred healing powers of our inner world.

The essence of these meditations is simple:

· Select some aspect of life that you love, and dive in

· Allow your love to attract you inward toward inspiration

· You don’t have to change yourself

· You don’t have to sit still

· You don’t have to sit cross-legged

· You don’t have to make your mind blank

· You don’t have to calm down

· The more real with yourself you are, the better

Recommended reading: Roche, The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight.

Link to Esalen Workshop Page

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The Radiance Sutras at
Kripalu in August 2015
August 23-28, a 5 - day intensive at play with The Radiance Sutras

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The Embraceable Universe

by Dr. Lorin Roche

When the dog jumps up on your lap, how do you hold her? What about when the cat glides onto your lap? When you are walking down the street and see a friend, how do you hug him? What if it has been a really long time and you are flooded with surprise and delight? Or if it is a “shaking-hands” kind of relationship, what is the quality of that contact? How do you hold a baby, a 5-year old child, a teenage boy? And when you are alone with your lover, how do you hold them?

Holding is a sweet science. In every moment, each creature in our lives, every being, needs and deserves a different way of being held. A different nuance of holding is called for in every instant – holding tight, or touching lightly. When we are away from the people we love, we hold them in our hearts and cherish the communion. Holding is not just physical, it is mental, emotional, passionate and sensitive.

Yoga, our favorite word, refers to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual holding. The Sanskrit root of yoga is yuj, “to join, unite, connect, to embrace," and a range of extended meanings including, "exciting, an exciter.” This makes sense because where there is union, there is an exciting embrace, a continuous continuum of communion. (Yuj, along with yoga, have vast semantic range. These links are to the Monier-Williams Sanskrit English Dictionary online.)

Dharana is “holding, keeping in remembrance,” and is one of the angas (limb, member, subordinate division or department) of yoga. Dharana invites us to pay attention to a thousand ways of holding – hold a pose, hold your breath, hold the sound of a mantra (tool of thought) in your awareness, hold the image of a mandala (circle) or yantra (diagram) in your mind’s eye. In meditation, select an aspect of the life force – pranashakti – you love, hold it in your awareness, and then allow yourself to dissolve into it. While you are practicing meditation, the manner of holding changes as rapidly as when we are holding anything in the outer world – a continual adjustment and dance of responsiveness, changing many times per second.

Meditation is intimacy with the energies of life. When we practice, we are in close communion with the vibrancy of pranashakti. As with any intimate relationship, we are continually called to improve our skills at noticing and responding to the ever-changing moods of our lover. In each moment, there is a particular way of embracing, cherishing, and adoring the rhythm. For example, if we are alert, each moment of breathing is an interplay of nourishing, purifying, soothing, exciting, inspiring, and informing. When we breathe in, we embrace the incoming air and may hold it for an instant at the end of the inhalation; when we breathe out we give our breath to the world. At the end of the exhalation, in that emptiness, we may experience being held by the ocean of air. An essential gift of the experience of holding is being held by something larger, embraced by the benevolent forces of creation.

Many kinds of people in the world are skilled at touching. Dancers are in touch with every part of the body as it moves. Race car drivers have incredible kinesthetic awareness of the vibration of the engine as it comes through their feet, legs, and seat, and can feel the road with their fingertips. People who love babies know how to hold them just right. Horse riders and whisperers can communicate with the animals through minute touches of their hands and legs. Musicians of all kinds know how to caress their instrument, whether they are touching strings, drums, or keyboards. Sex is an unlimited universe of touching, holding, and embracing. We all love touch, each in our own way, and touch is ecstasy.

Embracing, holding, touching – these are central skills to meditative practice. What we learn in the outer world, as we greet our friends, hang out with people we love, and interact with animals, teaches us how to be in touch with the inner world. Over the past 45 years of teaching meditation, it is always great fun to work with people who are skilled at touch because their ability to tolerate intimacy lets them become advanced meditators, right from the beginning. They may have only been meditating for a day, but when I listen to them describe their experiences with touching and being touched by the flow of prana in their bodies, it sounds like poetry, and a fresh revelation of the yoga texts. Meditation invites us to engage with the internal music of mantras, the inner massage of breathing, and the inner artwork of mandala visualizations. Paying attention in this way, we continually learn subtle nuances of what it is to hold and cherish one another.

The wrong approach to meditation can damage your capacity for intimacy. There are thousands of styles and techniques of meditation, and many of them were developed as a support for those on the path of denial and detachment. For centuries, meditation teachers have tended to be lonely males who are out of touch and desperately lonely. They set themselves up as gurus in order to have control over other people, because they know so little about a relationship built on equality. This is the Wizard of Oz complex – a lost professor who puts up a screen and creates a grandiose persona. This particular type is over-represented in the field of meditation, and the language they use tends to be distancing, cold, and elitist.

The best meditation teachers are those who are good at intimate communion, in whatever field interests them: sex, babies, therapy, sports, music. Blind people would be great meditation teachers because of their alertness to sound and touch. So come on, all you people who are good at embracing in any realm: learn to meditate, and learn to teach meditation in a life-affirming way, and bring the warmth of your love of life to this aspect of yoga. We need you.

Find What Works For You

There are hundreds of techniques for meditating. If you want to thrive in meditation and get the benefits – relaxation in action, clarity of mind, resistance to stress-related illness, a happy heart – then select the techniques that feel natural to you. You will love the ones that go with your nature. You will know when you have found your meditation practice because you are meditating every day and enjoying yourself, and the benefits are flowing throughout your life.

You don’t have to change yourself.
You don’t have to sit still.
You don’t have to sit cross-legged.
You don’t have to make your mind blank.
You don’t have to calm down.
The more real with yourself you are, the better.

The essence of meditation is simple: select some aspect of life’s self-renewing rhythm that you love, and dive in. Allow your love to attract you inward toward the essence of inspiration.

As with any love relationship, there are skills to learn.

Human bodies are naturally good at meditation. It’s a built-in instinct. Learning to meditate is a process of studying your natural pathways, and letting your muscle memory take you inside. This is the easy part.

There are two big challenges in learning to meditate:
1. Finding the technique that suits your individuality. There are thousands of different practices, something for everyone. There is no one technique suitable for everyone.
2. Learning to tolerate the intense sensations that arise in relaxation, because in meditation, you can relax and rest more deeply than in sleep. This happens very quickly, in minutes, because the body knows how to revitalize and heal itself.

If you want to explore meditation and find what works for you, we have great tools: there are wonderful books, audio programs. Guided meditations. Come on in and explore. We offer private sessions, online classes, and retreats.

I have been teaching meditation for more than 40 years and have a Ph.D. in meditation research from the University of California. I delight in helping people find what works for them, out of all the thousands of different approaches to meditation.

Lorin’s Other Sites:

svarasa.com has articles and essays.

Meditation 24-7 is oriented toward Workshop and Class notes, with sections on the 21 senses, the instincts, and the Journey of Meditation.

Spanda.us has some notes about pulsation and the theme of the Return.

Radiancesutras.com is all about the book and online courses.

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