Step-by-step instruction in the practice of Yoga Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises) and Relaxation. Sivananda Yoga is a traditional practice, where yoga postures are held still while focusing on the breath. The practice is meditative, it balances the physical and energy systems, and prepares one for meditation. 8 sessions.
Sundays 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Course Starts January 29, 2017
Yoga is a complete system, as it is designed to balance body, energy and mind, it offers tools for coping in a balanced, stress-free way with life, it shows us ways of understanding ourselves deeply, and it helps us find our center. With a little effort and regular practice, one receives many benefits.
This 8-session course includes both practice of yogic techniques and an introduction to meditation practice. Each class consists of one and a half hours of yoga Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation, and meditation theory and practice, guidance in establishing and deepening one's personal yoga and meditation practice, as well as introduction to various aspects of yoga philosophy and their application in our daily lives.
Whoever you are and whatever is your life-style, incorporating some yoga practice into your daily life can do wonders!
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Course starts January 11, 2017
As Yoga Think, So you become!
One may have very little, but still have a glorious life experience due to the internal mindset he or she has created. The real quality of living is in our internal world. Therefore, yogis strongly suggest that we practice "mind culture".
There are many simple techniques that can set us on our way to creating a positive outlook rooted in healthy thought-habits. During this course, we will explore the nature of the mind and discuss creative techniques for cultivating a positive attitude towards life and for creating a beautiful internal environment.
Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:15 PM
Course Starts January 11, 2017
The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Krishna, who represents our higher nature, the teacher, or God, and Arjuna, an individual like you or me. The discussion takes place on the battlefield, when a large war between cousins is about to start. The battlefield symbolizes our inner struggles as well as the battle of daily life. Arjuna has great difficulties in facing his elders, relatives, and friends in the battle, just as we have a hard time shaking off old habits that have become very near and dear to us, even though they cause us havoc! Krishna leads Arjuna step-by-step through the various aspects of yoga philosophy, giving him tools and encouragement to boldly face the battle, i.e. face the world and himself.
The Bhagavad Gita is the major scripture on yoga philosophy and its application in daily life. The title literally means The Song of God or The Divine Song, and chanting it is quite enchanting. Mahatma Gandhi used to study this scripture on a regular basis, and Albert Einstein claimed that "When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous."
The philosophy and practical application or the teachings are introduced and discussed in each session.
In January 2017 we will start studying chapter 12, Bhakti Yoga.
Sundays 8:30 - 9:45 AM
Retreat days are a wonderful opportunity for retreating from our daily activities and lives and immersing ourselves in reflective practices. The programs are designed to refresh body and mind and lend inspiration to our spirit. During the program we engage in various aspects of yoga and Vedantic theory and practices - asana, pranayama, relaxation, mantra chanting, positive thinking, meditation and Self-inquiry, the latter being the subtlest and most important, the others prepare the spiritual aspirant for inquiry. In each retreat day, a chosen theme is focused on in order to delve deeper into our understanding of the topic, immerse ourselves in its practice, and gain insight into its application in daily life.
The focus of this retreat day will be on the gist of the Vedantic text Drig Drishya Viveka (Discrimination Between the Perceiver and Perceived). Vedantic inquiry helps one gain a deeper understanding of who he or she is in essence. It looks into the subtle differences between Atma and Anatma, who I essentially am and what I am not. The method of analysis or prakriya that this text expounds is a close observation of what is subject and what is object. I, the observer, am subject; whatever is observed is object, it is not I. Although I may identify with many things, since they are observed, since they change - come and go in time, but I the observer am constantly there, essentially they are not me. Identifying with the observed, the changing, causes the ups and downs I get caught up in, and a clearer understanding of who I am acts a shock-absorber and can free me from much turmoil, We will be looking into this topic in more depth.
Sunday January 15, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Program for the day:
7:45 AM Meditation, Chanting, Introduction to Vedantic Inquiry and Drig Drishya Viveka
10:00 AM Yoga Class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch
1:00 PM Discourse on Drig-Drishya Viveka
2:15 PM Meditation
3:00 PM Discourse on Drig-Drishya Viveka
4:00 PM Tea and Conclusion
- Please pre-register by email
- The program is on a donation basis
Avyaktaadeeni bhootaani vyaktamadhyaani bhaarata
Avyakta nidhanaanyeva tatra kaa paridevanaa.
Beings are unmanifested in their beginning, manifested in their middle state,
O Arjuna, and unmanifested again in their end! What is there to grieve about?
- - Bhagavad Gita II 28
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