Sundays 9:30 - 11:00 AM
NEXT IN PERSON 8-SESSION SERIES STARTS ON JANUARY 14, 2024
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.
Whoever you are and whatever is your life-style, incorporating some yoga practice into your daily life can do wonders!
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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.
We will cover the basics of yoga Asana and Pranayama practice and relaxation techniques, as well as guidance for establishing and refining one's personal practice.
Tuesdays 5 - 6 PM (CA Time), Starting April 18, 2023
This course gives fundamental knowledge of basic concepts of Sanskrit grammar, such as verb conjugations, noun declensions, use of pronouns and adjectives, case and gender. Upon completion, you will be able to construct hundreds of simple sentences in Sanskrit and will understand much of the language's structure.
Pre-requisite - ability to read and write Devanagari
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.
The study of this vision has had a tremendous impact on my life, as it helps one gain a deeper understanding of oneself. We take for granted our identity as an individual being - struggling with the ups and downs of life. We get exposed to some philosophical ideas about our identity as a conscious being, but seldom take the time to closely look at and understand this alternate angle of vision. The study of Vedanta is a systematic, in-depth inquiry into fundamental, deeper questions such as "who am I?" and "what is the source of this creation?". Vedanta claims that the source of our insecurity and discontentment is a simple misunderstanding of ourselves.
One and all are invited to join us.
Mundaka Upanishad (Online)
Thursdays, 6 - 7:15 PM, Starting January 25, 2024
Mundaka is one of the major and most widely studied Upanishads, as it presents a clear and concise vision of the Ultimate Reality, which underlies the creation as well as you, the individual. The name of this Upanishad, namely "Munda" (head) "Kam" (Ananda or joy) signifies that one loses touch with one's innate happiness by straying away from the center of one's being, the Atman or consciousness, and one regains it by reconnecting to the Source. The Upanishad brings us back to our True Self by helping us understand that our essential nature is the Unlimited Universal Consciousness.
Bhagavad Gita (Online and In-Person)
Ongoing Sundays, 8:00 - 9:15 AM
The Bhagavad Gita is a unique scripture, which teaches both yoga and Vedanta. It offers guidance for living a balanced life while performing our duties and facing all types of situations. The Gita also helps the aspirant gain a clear understanding of his or her own Self, the limitless consciousness. We will take "deep-dive" into these teachings and their application and implications in our lives.
The classes will be taught by Gajananam, a direct disciple of late Sri Swami Vishnu-devananda Ji. He is the founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, 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.
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Following the tradition of Vedantic teaching, these classes are free of charge. Donations are optional.
All yearn to love, as pure love is the fragrance of the Divine. In worldly love, there's a mixture of expectation, attachment, sentiment, and love, hence we get some comfort - along with pain and disappointment. Bhakti is developing love for the Supreme, the one presence which is in and through each living being, within every drop of the creation, and beyond all limitations. By recognizing this unwavering presence in all - as well as in your own heart, one finds solace from life's trials and gains the means of Jnana, clear understanding that I am no other than That.
7:45 - 9:15 AM Meditation, Chanting, Introduction
9:30 - 11:15 AM Yoga Asana and Pranayama Class
11:30 AM Sattvic Vegetarian Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 PM Finding the Divine Presence in One's Own Heart
2:15 - 2:45 PM Mantra chanting
3:00 - 4:00 PM Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam - Seeing the Divine in One and All
4:15 - 4:30 PM Sharing and Conclusion
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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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