Namaste, my name is Michael Dunn. I am a yoga and tantra teacher, originally hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. For the past 20 years I have been traveling abroad, mostly in Southeast Asia and India, on a search for truth and purpose.
Over the past two decades I have dedicated my life to spiritual practice, mainly in the form of Hatha yoga and the study of non-dual Shaiva Tantra. By Hatha Yoga, here I imply the full spectrum of yogic sadhana rather than simply a variety of āsana practice, as it is most often portrayed in the west. For the past 12 years I have taught students from all over the world, mainly focusing on the advanced practices of Hatha Yoga related to Kuṇḍalinī. I have also led workshops on spirituality-oriented sexual practice (commonly referred to as neo-tantra) and led groups in the study of non-dual Śaiva Tantra. I am currently continuing my studies of Śaivism under the guidance of renowned scholar and meditation teacher Paul Muller-Ortega and his school – Blue Throat Yoga.
Inspiration - Aspiration - Illumination
Towards the end of my university studies I had a series of powerful experiences which opened my awareness up to states beyond my capacity to articulate, but which were filled with significance and wonder. It was at this time that my interest in yoga and spirituality began to take over my every waking moment. Gripped by an aspiration to breakthrough the seeming mediocrity of life, I became obsessed with the subject of Kuṇḍalinī. I searched every available resource to gain a deeper understanding of how I could wake up from this 'dream' of the ordinary and into that plane of existence I had glimpsed in those prior experiences.
I had been practicing yoga for several years already, but simply as a fitness regime. Now I began to practice for several hours per day and took up a daily meditation practice. Neither I nor anyone else could understand this new obsession which had taken over me. I had no one in my social circle who had any interest in spirituality or religion and no one to guide me and so had to find my way alone. In the writings of Swāmī Sivananda, Paramahamsa Yogananda and the exquisite wisdom of the non-dual Shaiva tradition (through the writing of Mark Dyczkowski), I found ever more fuel to stoke the fire that was burning inside of me but without an actual teacher I encountered many obstacles.
After finishing my university studies I left for India to find a teacher. That trip set off a sequence of connections which eventually resulted in me becoming a senior teacher at Agama Yoga. There I taught for 12 years as one of the main Kuṇḍalinī yoga teachers.
At the end of 2018, following accusations of sexual misconduct by the founder of the school, I separated from the school. It became clear to me that my values and attitude towards spirituality where not aligned with that of the schools leader, my former teacher, and although I will always maintain gratitude for the gifts I have received, I could not remain.
It is my sincere wish that I may, to whatever degree grace allows, transmit some of the inspiration that I have been blessed to receive. I believe that the greatest gift a teacher can impart on others is inspiration. Knowledge, wisdom, and technical skill are all important as well, but it is the spark of inspiration which makes it possible for all of those to actually bear fruit. Inspiration can come in the form of words, actions or simply by the presence that one projects into the world, but in all these cases there is something ineffable which underlies it; something which directs our attention to what is true, beautiful and beneficent and the recognition of which, motivates us to better ourselves; to go beyond our preconceived limits, to sublimate our ‘lower’ contracted and selfish nature; to aspire towards that which is most high, fulfilling and to the benefit of all. Inspiration leads to aspiration which eventually culminates in Illumination; the clear seeing, recognition of the highest truths about ourselves and the very nature of being.
May all beings be blessed.