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Liberation and the Instincts: Exploring the Survival, Sexual and Social Drives

Day of Practice: On-Demand

Take an evolutionary journey through human conditioning, and beyond!

Our human experience inevitably includes the survival, sexual and social drives; biological imperatives which are more primal than our psychological and emotional processes, yet are often overlooked in dharma practice.

In this Day of Practice, we take a deep dive into our instinctual inheritance and functioning… An evolutionary journey through human conditioning, and beyond!

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Join this session to:

  • Recognise ‘reptilian brain’ instincts, and how they shape your beliefs and behaviour
  • Learn which one is your primary driver, and how to make sense of it from your past conditioning
  • Feel the basic energy of your instinctual drives, and how to both transcend and include them

Course Content

The Aliveness of This Body

The Aliveness of This Body

To open, Martin discusses the theme of survival, social and sexual drives and their relevance to human evolution. He explores the history of this phenomenon and encourages us to listen from an embodied place, connecting our own experience with the teaching. Together we explore the different drives in daily life and how they influence our psychological, emotional and social realms.

Duration: 33 minutes

Exploring the Survival Drive

Settling into Embodied Presence

Martin guides us in an embodied meditation practice that focuses on the evolutionary and sensory wisdom of the body, here and now. We explore the relationship between sufficiency, deficiency, and the need for completion and relaxation to cultivate a more peaceful and fulfilling state of mind.

Duration: 37 minutes

Understanding the Sexual Drive

The Nourishment of Drives

Together we explore the physical sensation of drives and emotions. Martin elaborates on our primary sexual and social drives, and discusses the significance of nurturing a sense of inner ease and comfort as we navigate them. We are invited to accept our drives, treating ourselves with love and kindness as we would a beloved partner.

Duration: 42 minutes

Navigating the Social Drive

Healing Our Primal Wounds

Martin hosts a Q&A, providing insightful guidance to students who ask him how to apply these practices to healing from deeply painful experiences.

Duration: 45 minutes

What is Day of Practice?

Sangha Live’s 3-hour Day of Practice allows for you to drop in deeper, develop your meditation skills, and reset your intentions through sustained sitting.

Now offered ON-DEMAND, you can join this session independently, on your own schedule, and at your ideal pace. Watch and re-watch the videos as you please.

Days of Practice include longer periods of meditation interspersed with wise teachings, a recorded Q&A from the live class, and more.

What’s Included

With the independent student in mind, previously recorded live sessions are broken down into meaningful modules. Each Day of Practice has been trimmed and consolidated into 4 to 6 videos, and every video – whether a lesson, meditation, exercise, or Q&A – includes a description, so you have total flexibility when planning your self-paced day of practice.


Day of Practice is offered on a sliding scale basis, with a suggested rate of $35. We wholeheartedly welcome all to practice with us; no one turned away for lack of funds.


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About Martin Aylward

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Martin Aylward is the founding teacher of Sangha Live. After spending his early adult years in Asian monasteries and with Himalayan hermits, Martin settled in Southern France with his wife Gail and their 2 children, co-founding the Moulin de Chaves retreat centre where he lives and teaches.

Martin teaches meditation, guides students and leads retreats internationally, emphasising the integration of the deepest wisdom teachings into the midst of the lives we live. He is also a director of the Mindfulness Training Institute. Martin’s book Awake Where You Are: The Art of Embodied Awareness (2021) is now available via Wisdom Publications. Click here to learn more about Martin Aylward.

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