Since 2015 I have been learning and practice Dream Yoga, as taught by B Alan Wallace. I have also attended various workshops delivered by UK based Dream Yoga teacher Charley Morley. As part of the practice, I have kept a dream journal for the past 5 years, and learned how to lucid dream.
Charlie Morley describes dream yoga as "a collection of transformational lucid dreaming, conscious sleeping and what in the West we refer to as out-of-body experience practices aimed at spiritual growth and mind training. Lucid dreaming may form the foundation of dream yoga, but through the use of advanced tantric energy work, visualizations of Tibetan iconography and the integration of psycho-spiritual archetypes or yidams, dream yoga goes way beyond our Western notion of lucid dreaming. If we translate the Sanskrit word yoga as meaning ‘union’, we get a clue as to what dream yoga is about: the union of consciousness within the dream state. It is a yoga of the mind that uses advanced lucid dreaming methods to utilize sleep on the path to spiritual awakening.”
Dream Yoga can be practiced by anyone. The Dalai Lama has said, ‘Dream yoga can be practised by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike,’. Through dream yoga, the dreamer can extend their spiritual practice to the moments when he or she sleeps. Even though this is an esoteric practice that requires a lot of training in stillness capacity, its initial stages can be practiced on your own. The practice is an excellent tool for personal and spiritual development. But as Charley Morley states,
"ultimately, it is the motivation behind dream yoga that is the most important aspect of all, fueling the use of lucid dreaming as a path to spiritual development."
Events and Workshop Around Dream Yoga
The dream lab is a arts based workshop exploring dream yoga, weaving it with knowledge from dream theory ( Carl Jung) and Social dreaming. The workshop is now taking a new shape as "dreamscapes.
Dreamscapes is a workshop about dreams, seen as tools for personal and spiritual development. The workshop approaches our internal dreams and their connections with events and dreams for the external life. The work is inspired by Dream Theory (using Carl Jung's framework), Dream Yoga, and Social Dreaming
It presents a series of instruments for self knowledge using dreams. This workshop is also the result of various years of personal artistic research around dreams through collages, dream diaries and also 9 years of spiritual practice (inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Dzogchen and dream yoga as taught by B AlanWallace, and more recently, Zen based mystical practices developed by Greg Branson and Robin Baldock).
There will be a series of meditations, sharing and work with dreams using arts based methods such as collage and others.