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Intermediate Yoga and Meditation Course

Ongoing Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Class Meets Online


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!

Classes are free during the corona virus pandemic. Any donations received during this period will be donated to help those fighting or suffering from the pandemic.








 

Intermediate/Beginners Yoga Course

Wednesdays Evenings, 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Starting Date To Be Announced


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: TBA
Pre-registration Required


To register and pay the course fees online, use the PayPal button below.

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.

 

 

 

Gajananam and lotusVedanta Classes (Online)

The original and most authoritative teachings of Vedanta are revealed 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.

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. Just as a map is necessary for reaching a destination, the teachings of Vedanta are the compass guiding the aspirant along the path of self-inquiry. Traditionally, Vedanta is studied by listening to the teachings from an experienced teacher, reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and meditating on these truths to enshrine them in our being. 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.

As the vision of Vedanta is subtle and seemingly hidden from us, Vedantic masters have composed Prakarana Granthas, which elaborate various prakriya or methodologies, to clarify what Vedanta is pointing out, and help the seeker better understand it. These texts are an essential on the path of Self-inquiry. In our upcoming Vedanta courses, we will be studying two such texts attributed to Swami Vidyaranya, one of the greatest Vedanta Acharyas who lived in the 14th century.


Panchadashi Chapter 1 - Tattva-Viveka-Prakaranam
Thursdays, 6-7:15 PM, starting May 14, 2020

Duration: 3 to 4 months

Panchadashi is a highly regarded text for serious students of Vedanta. It is a composition of 15 chapters, each giving a full picture of the message of Vedanta with clear and comprehensive examples. The name means “a text composed of 15 chapters” or “the 15th night of the moon” i.e., the full-moon night. Just as the full moon sooths one from the scorching hot sun, the teachings of Vedanta sooth one from the scorching of our pains and sorrows. The first chapter gives an overview of the vision of Vedanta while giving insight into its subtler aspects.


Drk Drshya Viveka
Sundays, 9:10 10:25 AM, starting May 24, 2020

Duration: 3 to 4 months

Drk Drshya Viveka is a methodology of inquiry into the distinction between the perceiver and perceived. This text focusses on inquiry into the nature of the individual, which thoroughly analyzes the difference between subject or observer and object or observed. A clear understanding of who is this perceiver, what is perceived, and what are the instruments of perception is necessary for the recognition of one's nature as a conscious being, transcendent of external and internal changes. Through this recognition, the grip of the tide of life's ups and downs gets loosened and the aspirant enjoys a greater sense of peace and freedom.


The Teacher
The classes are taught by Gajananam, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda Ji. He is the founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, CA, served as the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York in the 1990's, and has been teaching yoga and meditation for 30 years. Since 2013, he has been studying Vedantic scriptures in a traditional fashion at Arsha Vidya.

Registration
These courses will take place online. Email us at ishnuyoga@gmail.com to register.
Following the tradition of Vedantic teaching, these classes are free of charge. Donations are optional.
Any funds received for these courses will be donated to help those fighting or suffering from the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

 

 

Sanskrit Course

Sundays 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Class Meets Online


Study of Sanskrit 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.

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Donations

Any donations received during these times will be donated to help those fighting or suffering from the pandemic.
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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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