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Becoming Vajrayogini

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Happy dakini day from The Yogini Project and the Arya Tara nuns!

Kunsang, Nyimsang, Yonten, and Karma, 4 young nuns from Ani Choying Drolma’s Arya Tara School near Pharping, Nepal, aged 15-17, practice and perform Vajrayogini in the Charya Nritya tradition at the Arya Tara school and at a Akasha-Yogini (Sky Yogini) Temple near Swayambhu, Nepal during TYP ‘Women On The Path’ shoots on February 28th and March 4th, 2015.

Pictures are indeed worth more than a thousand words!

These self-possessed, bold and elegant young dakini’s presence, power, beauty and interdependence through the dance sing through these images.

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When asked what it feels like to be Vajrayogini in an interview with the nuns, they responded:

‘Awesome!’

‘Like being free. I feel free.’

‘Now when obstacles or negative situations come to me or others, I do not feel fear. I feel they cannot affect us anymore.’

Respect and love to Ani Choying Drolma for creating the space, and context with guidance and a tremendously positive role models for these young nuns to blossom. She is photographed here from a recent TYP interview in Kathmandu, March 10th (excerpts forthcoming.)

Indeed, a happy dakini day to all. May all taste what it is to have Vajrayogini dwelling and dancing within.