Dakini Yoga

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Dakini Yoga Mean?

Dakini yoga is a daily Buddhist meditation practice for dakinis or for the purpose of drawing upon the energy of dakinis. In Tibetan Buddhism, dakini refers to several related female beings, including:

  • A Tantric priestess who transported souls to the sky following earthly death; or
  • A supernatural being who tests one's adherence to spiritual practice, or sadhana.

Dakini also refers to women who have reached the highest yoga empowerment of the female Buddha, Vajrayogini. Dakinis are also considered the personification of enlightenment and energy.


Yogapedia Explains Dakini Yoga

Depending on the tradition and classes, Dakini yoga may be:

  • A daily practice limited to those who have already received the energy and power of Vajrayogini, the enlightened being of Highest Yoga Tantra.
  • A yoga practice for women in general that combines principles of yoga, Tantra and Shamanism into an empowering and joyful physical and spiritual practice.

Dakini yoga draws on the wisdom of all buddhas. One's sadhana purifies body, mind and environment, and can be practiced alone or as part of a group.

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