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.
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Course Starts August 17, 2016
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!
Sundays 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Course starts July 17, 2016
Theory and practice of meditation. Guidance in setting up a personal meditation practice and incorporating mindfulness in our daily lives. Regular meditation practice is a challenge for many, but those who practice regularly reap many benefits, such as a more peaceful mind and a deeper connection to one's True Nature and the Divine. Various meditation techniques, a meditation-friendly life-style, and obstacles to the practice will be presented.
Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:15 PM, starting August 17, 2016
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."
The philosophy and practical application or the teachings are introduced and discussed in each session.
Sundays 8:30 - 9:45 AM
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.
Devanagari and the Mahamrtyunjaya Mantra
Sunday April 10, 7:45 AM - 4:00 PM
This time the focus of our retreat day will be reading and pronouncing Devanagari, the Sanskrit alphabet, and the import and meaning of the Mahamrtyunjaya mantra.
The Devenagari review will be especially helpful for those who have been participating in our Sanskrit course, as well as a review for people familiar with Devanagari, but are not accustomed to conjunct consonants.
The Mahamrtyunjaya Mantra is widely chanted for warding off accidents, diseases and death, due to its powerfuel vibration, as well as for spiritual growth and Moksha or liberation, through meditation on its meaning. To listen to the Mantra, click on this link.
Program for the day:
7:45 AM Meditation and Mantra Chanting
8:45 AM Review of Devanagari - pronunciation and conjunct consonants
10:00 AM Yoga Class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch
1:30 PM Mahamrtyunjaya Mantra - it's pronunciation, meaning and import
3:00 PM Walking and Sitting Meditation
4:00 PM Tea & Conclusion
- Please pre-register by email
- The program is on a donation basis
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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