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Intermediate Yoga and Meditation Course

Sundays 10 - 11:30 AM
Starting October 13, 2019


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!

Tuition: $100
Pre-registration Required


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Beginners Yoga Course

Wednesdays Evenings, 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Starting October 23


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: $100
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. 8-sessions.








 

Meditation Class

Wednesdays Evenings, 8:30 - 9:15 PM

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.


By Donation

 

 

 

Gajananam and lotusVedanta Class

Study of the Kathopanishad
Sundays 8:30 - 9:45 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.

Katha Upanishad

The Katha, one of the major Upanishads, is found in the Krishna Yajur Veda, and is the one of the first Upanishads taught in many schools of Vedanta. It is considered a complete Upanishad, which conveys the Vedantic vision in a clear and methodical manner. It offers a thorough illustration of the Adhikari, the qualified student, through the story of the young boy Nachiketas, who approaches the teacher, Lord Yama the Lord of Death, requesting to be instructed on Atma Vidya, the Science of the Self. Although the teacher tempts him with every possible distraction, Nachiketas does not flinch from his desire to know the truth.

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.

This class will cover the text of the Upanishad itself, 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.

 

 

 

Retreat Day - The Vision of Vedanta

Sunday November 3, 2019
7:45 AM - 4:00 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. 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 Adi Guru Sankaracharya's Pratah Smaranam Stotram - a short hymn that conveys the essence of Vedanta, in a succinct and profound manner. This terse poem gives wonderful food for thought or ideas for mananam (reflection) and nididhyasanam (contemplation/meditation). For the past few years, I have been using it as a base for reflection each morning, and the breadth and depth it conveys is inexpressible (though there will be a good effort to convey its purport).

Program for the day:

7:45 AM Meditation, Chanting, Pratah Smaranam Stotram
10:00 AM Yoga Class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch
1:00 PM Purport of Pratah Smaranam Stotram 1
2:15 PM Meditation
3:00 PM Purport of Pratah Smaranam Stotram 2
4:00 PM Conclusion

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


 

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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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