Gajananam and lotusRetreat Day

Karma Yoga - Liberating Activity
Sunday October 19, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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.

The focus of this day will be the practice of Karma Yoga, the practical application of yoga and Vedanta philosophy in our daily lives. We have no choice but to be busy in one activity or another throughout our lives. Much of the time, activity causes us stress, excitement, disappointment, worry, satisfaction or lack there of. In Karma Yoga, we learn how to change our attitude towards activity. Instead of just being a means to achieve a worldly or material goal, our activities can become a practice of meditation and awareness, and an expression - instead of the seeking of - love and fullness. The secret lies in the motive behind the action, not being caught up in expectations, and in presence of mind.

Schedule for the day:

8:30 AM Mantra Chanting, Meditation and Discourse - Action can bind or liberate
10:30 AM Yoga Posture (Asana) and Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Brunch
1:30 PM Walking Meditation
2:00 PM Discourse - Expectation and expectation-less activity
3:00 PM Sitting Meditation
4:00 PM Discourse - Action out of love and fullness
5:00 PM Conclusion

- Please pre-register by email
- The program is on a donation basis

Bhagavad Gita Class

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."

In each session, we meditate, chant a few of its 700 verses, and discuss their meaning and application in our daily lives.

Sundays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

By Donation


Beginner/Intermediate Yoga Course

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 6-session course will include both practice of yogic techniques and an introduction to yoga philosophy. Each class will include one and a half hours of yoga Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and meditation practices, as well as introduce various aspects of yoga philosophy and its 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!

Sundays Starting October 26, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Sliding scale donation: $60 - 90
Pre-registration Required


Beginners Yoga Course

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.

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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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