- Carmel Valley, California
Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation, Sally has been practicing and teaching for forty years.
A disciple of the great Indian guru Swami Muktananda, she spent twenty years as a teaching swami (monk) in the Saraswati order of Indian monks. In her guru’s ashram, she received a traditional training in yoga philosophy and practice, and became a popular teacher, deeply versed in the teachings and practices of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism.
In 2002, Sally began teaching independently. She now offers heart-to-heart transmission in meditation and life practice through her Awakened Heart Tantra workshops, teleclasses, retreats, and trainings in applied spiritual philosophy. Her workshops and teleconference courses integrate the wisdom of traditional yoga tantra with the insights of contemporary evolutionary spirituality and cutting-edge psychology. She is on the faculty of Kripalu and Esalen, and appears regularly at conferences.
In addition, Sally writes the popular Wisdom column for Yoga Journal, and is the author of two books, both published by Sounds True. Meditation for the Love of It is an on-the-mat guide to deep, adventurous, and enjoyable meditation practice. Hailed as “the meditation book your heart wants you to read” (Spirituality and Health magazine) and by yoga teacher Rod Stryker as “an inspired, beautiful, and thoroughly sage-like book.” Her most recent book, Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga is a powerful and practical guide to practicing with the energies of the sacred feminine. Written in Sally’s highly personal and insightful style, the book is replete with stories, contemporary examples, and meditations for bringing the goddess energies alive in your life. It has been described by author Andrew Harvey as “a magnificent contribution to the essential movement of our time: the return of the divine feminine in all her passionate glory.”