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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.

Expansion Through Meditation
Sunday April 12, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


This program is a wonderful opportunity for retreating from our daily activities and lives and immersing ourselves in reflective practices, refreshing body and mind, lending inspiration to our spirit, and getting a deeper understanding about the theory and practice of Upasana, loosely translated as meditation or mental worship.

During the intensive, we will focus to utilizing meditation practices for expanding beyond limited notions I have of myself.
According to Vedanta philosophy, we are not individual entities, but the universal consciousness. Due to the deeply ingrained habit of seeing oneself as an individual, limited entity, it is very hard to pierce through the many seemingly binding layers - such as body, mind, and life situations, and fully appreciate who I really am.

It is easier at first to accept the universal consciousness as other than me, hence at first one usually focuses on a deity or universal principal, which represents the infinite consciousness. As one progresses, one's experience and understanding of the deity expands from being limited to a given form or place, to being present in and through everything - just as everything is made up of energy, one sees it as coming from and part of the whole. Lastly, one meditates on one's own self being as the entire creation or the universal presence, on the oneness of the microcosm and macrocosm.

Schedule for the day
8:30 AM Mantra Chanting, Meditation and Talk - "Meditation on the Devata Universal Principal or Divine Force".
10:30 AM Yoga Asana and Pranayama class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Brunch
1:30 PM Workshop - "Meditation on the World as Universal Consciousness".
3:00 PM Workshop - "Meditation on Oneness"
4:30 PM Conclusion

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


Bhagavad Gita Class

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."

In each session, we meditate, chant a few of its 700 verses, and discuss their meaning and application in our daily lives.

Sundays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

By Donation

 

Intermediate Yoga Course

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 yoga philosophy. Each class consists of one and a half hours of yoga Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and meditation practices, guidance in establishing and deepening one's personal 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 Starting February 1, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Sliding scale donation: $80 - 120
Pre-registration Required


 

Beginners Yoga Course

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.

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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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