Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Class Meets Online
Next 6-Session Series Starting on 10/17/2021
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.
According to the vision of Vedanta, all our experiences stem from our innermost being, which is unlimited, formless conscious awareness. In this 6-session course we will explore ourselves as the awareful being with the help of yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation.
Whoever you are and whatever is your life-style, incorporating some yoga practice into your daily life can do wonders!
Wednesdays Evenings, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Starting Date To Be Announced
Yoga asanas and pranayama - for balancing body, energy and mind, stress reduction, increased awareness, and a wonderful preparation for meditation. Step-by-step instruction for beginners.
To register and pay the course fees online, use the PayPal button below.
This will be a beginners class, covering the basics of yoga Asana and Pranayama practice and relaxation techniques, as well as guidance for establishing and refining one's personal practice.
The original and most authoritative teachings of Vedanta are revealed in the Upanishads, which are the latter part of the Vedas, the most ancient spiritual texts known to humanity. The Upanishads reveal the unity of the individual being and the universal presence, declaring that they are one and the same consciousness. Due to lack of inner clarity and the unsteady nature of the mind, we aren't aware of this basic fact and identify ourselves with situations and various notions. These in turn sow the seed for ups and downs, pain, suffering and disappointment.
Vedanta claims that one of the most misunderstood words in our language is "I". We take its meaning for granted without any analysis. Many other phenomena are thoroughly analyzed by us, such as atoms, stars, politics, etc., but we don't inquire into the inquirer itself. Different Vedantic methodologies are prescribed for discerning who it is experiencing the world through this body-mind-sense complex. Just as a map is necessary for reaching a destination, the teachings of Vedanta are the compass guiding the aspirant along the path of self-inquiry. Traditionally, Vedanta is studied by listening to the teachings from an experienced teacher, reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and meditating on these truths to enshrine them in our being. Vedanta offers a three-step system for gaining this understanding - Shravanam or listening to the Upanishadic teachings from an experienced teacher, Mananam or reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and Nididhyasanam or meditating upon these truths.
I am very grateful to be able to continue offering Vedanta classes remotely at these times, as in-person classes are not feasible. The study of this vision has had a tremendous impact on my life, as it helps one gain a deeper understanding of oneself. We take for granted our identity as an individual being - struggling with the ups and downs of life. We get exposed to some philosophical ideas about our identity as a conscious being, but seldom take the time to closely look at and understand this alternate angle of vision. The study of Vedanta is a systematic, in-depth inquiry into fundamental, deeper questions such as "who am I?" and "what is the source of this creation?". Vedanta claims that the source of our insecurity and discontentment is a simple misunderstanding of ourselves.
One and all are invited to join us.
Pancha Kosha VivekaDiscrimination Between Myself as the Conscious Awareness and the Layers or My Personality
Thursdays, 6-7:15 PM, starting February 4, 2021
Duration: 3 to 4 months
As human beings, we have many layers to our personalities such as the physical, energy, emotional, and intellectual. The different levels work in tandem, and we feely move around in this world utilizing the various instruments we have - such as hands, senses and thoughts. But being caught up with our various responsibilities and viewpoints, we don't take the time to dissect ourselves as-it-were and look into what I am in essence. Am I a conglomerate of things or an organic whole? Am I something other than these layers and instruments?
In the Pancha-Kosha Viveka Prakriya, one takes a close look at each layer of one's personality and investigates whether it is an essential one. When concluding that a certain aspect is not my essential nature, we set aside and one inquires further. After a thorough investigation, one can come to the conclusion that his or her true or essential nature is not bound by the body-mind complex, free of the internal and external conditionings. The course will follow the chapter on this methodology from the text "Panchadashi".
Sundays, 9:00-10:15 AM, starting April 4, 2021
Duration: 3 to 4 months
In older times, when a loud drumbeat was heard in the village, the people would gather with much inquisitiveness to hear the king's proclamation. They listened closely, as it had a great impact upon their lives. Similarly, in a series of terse verses, Vedanta Dindima proclaims the timeless truths of Upanishads, which boldly claim that that which is behind each mind, each set of eyes, each individual, is the one universal consciousness, and that in essence all differences we experience are superficial. The clearer this vision becomes, the smoother one glides through the ups and downs of life. Each set of verses explains this vision from different angles. To follow these pointers to the destination of Self knowledge, one must understand their purport, reflect on their implications, and learn to observe oneself from this new angle of vision.
The classes will be taught by Gajananam, a direct disciple of late Sri Swami Vishnu-devananda Ji. He is the founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, served as the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York in the 1990's, and has been teaching yoga and meditation for 30 years. Since 2013, he has been studying Vedantic scriptures in a traditional fashion at Arsha Vidya.
These courses will take place online. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Following the tradition of Vedantic teaching, these classes are free of charge. Donations are optional.