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Intermediate Yoga and Meditation Course

Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Starting March 8, 2020


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 7-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!

Tuition: $85
Pre-registration Required


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Intermediate/Beginners Yoga Course

Wednesdays Evenings, 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Starting March 18, 2020


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.

Tuition: $75
Pre-registration Required


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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. 6-sessions.








 

Meditation Class

Wednesdays Evenings, 8:30 - 9:15 PM
Resuming January 15, 2020


Step-by-step guidance for establishing one's own meditation practice.

Each 45-minute session will include meditation theory and techniques, preparatory exercises, and silent meditation practice.


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Gajananam and lotusVedanta Class

Study of the Bhagavad Geeta
Sundays 9:00 - 10:15 AM


The ancient Rishis or seers, having delved into the depths of their being, closely analyzed all of the layers of the human existence. In this process of self-inquiry, they discovered that in essence we are but pure consciousness, and various factors and conditionings cloud our vision and hide this truth. They laid out practices for clarifying our vision so we too can have this first-hand knowledge. Yogic disciplines have been prescribed as preparatory practices, for purifying the heart and balancing the mind. For unveiling the deeper truths, Vedanta has been prescribed.

The original and most authoritative teachings of Vedanta are 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, and according to yogis, the continuous cycle of births and deaths.

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. 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.

There is no fee for the Vedanta classes. Donations are welcome.

Bhagavad Geeta

The Geeta is a unique text that presents both yoga and Jnana or Self-knowledge. It consists of a conversation between Krishna, who represents our higher nature, the teacher, or God, and Arjuna, the spiritual aspirant or individual. The discussion takes place on the battlefield, when a large war between cousins is about to begin. The battlefield symbolizes our inner conflicts as well as the struggles 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 those that cause us havoc! Krishna leads Arjuna step-by-step through the various aspects of yoga and Vedanta, clarifying his doubts, and giving him tools and encouragement to boldly face the battle, i.e. face the world and himself.

The Upanishadic teachings take one on an unusual journey not away from oneself, but back to ones own essential nature. In Vedantic study, the scripture acts like a mirror aiding the refined intellect understand its source or true nature. Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4 verse 38, states "Nahi Jnanena Sadrsham Pavitram Iha Vidyate" - there is nothing purifying as knowledge itself. No means other than Self-knowledge, the discovery of one's true identity, can free a person from the disturbances from the world and within one's own mind.

In this class we are covering the first few chapters for the Gita which cover its essential philosophy, along with translation and commentary, and will be based on Adi Guru Sankaracharya's Bashya, the most traditional commentary, as well as commentaries by my teachers.

 

 

 

Sanskrit Course - Starting January 2020

Sundays 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Starting January 12, 2020


Study of Sanskrit reading and grammar


Most of the traditional philsophical and religious texts of India are written in Sanskrit, such as the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Adi Guru Sankara's Bhashyas and Prakaranams. For those interested in deepening their understanding of the philosophy and mantras, having a basic understanding of the Sanskrit language is very helpful.

In January and February 2020 we will review reading of Devanagari, including conjunct consonants, and pronunciation of the Sanskrit language. From late February we will begin studying Sanskrit Grammar.

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Na Hi Jnaanena Sadrsham Pavitram Iha Vidyate
There is nothing as purifying in this world as knowledge
- - Bhagavad Gita 4, 38

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