Gajananam and lotusRetreat Day - The Art of Positive Thinking

Sunday March 30, 2014, 8:45 AM - 5:00 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.

Although we all live in this wondrous, vast world, each of us is experiencing life and the world through our own mind. We actually live within our own mental world! We may have all the external comforts, friends and opportunities, yet if the internal faculties are not in a good place, we literally live in a personal hell. One may have very little, but still have a glorious life experience due to the internal heaven he or she has created. The real quality of living is in our internal world. The roots are the habits that have been generated over time and are lodged deep within the subconscious mind, the trunk is the outlook on life we have cultivated through our interpretation and wisdom gained, and the branches, flowers and fruits are the thoughts we entertain day and night, day and night.
Therefore, yogis strongly suggest that we practice Mind Culture. If I do nothing about the plot behind my house and expect to have a beautiful garden with tasty vegetables and fragrant flowers, I would only be deluding myself. The garden would have to be planned and cultivated regularly. Similarly, if I do nothing about my mind, and let random habits get created, how to expect a beautiful, positive and peaceful internal world? Much can be done to cultivate a beautiful mind-garden; there are many simple techniques that can set us on our way to creating a positive outlook rooted in healthy thought-habits.
During this retreat day, we will explore the nature of the mind and discuss creative techniques for cultivating a positive attitude towards life and for creating a beautiful internal environment.

Schedule for the day:

8:45 AM Mantra Chanting, Meditation and Talk - "Introduction to Positive Thinking".
10:30 AM Yoga Posture (Asana) and Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Brunch
1:30 PM Walking Meditation
2:00 PM Talk - "The Nature of The Mind".
3:00 PM Sitting Meditation
4:00 PM Talk "Thought Culture"
5:00 PM Conclusion

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


Beginner/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 will include both practice of yogic techniques and an introduction to yoga philosophy. Each class will include one and a half hours of yoga Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and meditation practices, as well as introduce various aspects of yoga philosophy and its 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 January 26, 2014, 10 AM - 12 Noon

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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