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 - 11:30 AM Starting November 10, 2013
Sliding scale donation: $60 - 90
Gita is the major scripture on yoga philosophy and its application in daily life. 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 Gita Slokas, and discuss their meaning and application in our daily lives.
Resuming in November 2013
Ongoing Sundays 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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
Sunday January 12, 1024, 9 AM - 4:30 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 practices - asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting and Self-inquiry, the latter being the subtlest and most important, the others prepare the spiritual aspirant for inquiry.
Much of the time we act as if in "auto-pilot mode", letting the subconscious mind take the lead, thus we act, talk and behave according to habit. Our mind is freed to roam around randomly, or, to delve into past and future thoughts, regrets and worries. How much of the time are we really present with what is just in front of us, around us, and within us?
When being mindful, we are present, our mind and awareness become clearer, we become more alive. The mind is less cluttered with worries, anxieties, regrets or excitement. This is not a dull state, but a wondrous experience where we feel whole and unbound. We also become more in tune with our surroundings and our own being. One feels relief from the various mental and emotional burdens we tend to carry.
At first one can maintain such a state for short periods. But, with practice, it can be maintained for longer durations.
During this retreat day, we will practice remaining present and mindful together. We will meditate together, chant together, practice various yogic techniques together. Group practice enhances the individualís experience in both direct and indirect ways.
Schedule for the day:
8:30 AM Arrival
9:00 AM Mantra Chanting, Meditation and Talk - "Practice of Mindfulness".
10:30 AM Yoga Posture (Asana) and Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Brunch
1:30 PM Walking Meditation
2:00 PM Talk - "Mindfulness in Daily Life".
3:00 PM Sitting Meditation - Theory and Practice
4:00 PM Tea and Conclusion
- Please pre-register by email
- The program is on a donation basis