A Synthesis of Bhakti and Gyana Yogas
At its heart, Yoga is the process of our awakening, as embodied beings, to the deeper mystery that lies at the heart of all creation. As an essential part of this process Yoga also brings the many different aspects of our being into harmony.
Tutor(s): Swami SatyaDaya, Tulsi and Swami Krishnaprem
At the heart of the human experience is the need to seek deeper meaning and understanding and to find true inspiration in life. Such inspiration is key to living a creative and joyful life. Insight into, or realisation of, our essential nature is key to releasing this joy and creativity that abides even in the ups and downs of day-to-day life. During this seminar, we explore, through reflection and meditation, some of the profound teachings of key yogic texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. Enquiry and meditation, using these texts, can play a key role in both the paths of Gyana and Bhakti Yoga. These teachings will be illuminated in such a way as to make them accessible and relevant to our daily life.
We will also explore the mystery of the heart. Due to our life experiences, issues of the heart are often neglected: we deny our feelings and defend our heart, often for good reasons. However, in the course of time, this defense can become habitual and rigid, preventing us from living full and meaningful lives. During this seminar we will work with yoga practices that not only nurture and free the heart, but also empower it in the service of all Life.
By awakening both the qualities of the heart and the mind, we are enabled to see clearly into the very nature of who we are. In this way, our innate wisdom is enabled to blossom.
This course will include meditations to integrate and balance the body, emotions and mind to take us deeper in our practice and self-understanding. Each day will include a guided yoga class, morning chanting (mantra yoga), karma yoga (the yoga of acting with awareness in the present moment), meditation, yoga nidra (yogic deep relaxation), and will finish with kirtan (collective chanting) and satsang (questions and answers).