Closing Session and Chanting

Closing Session and Chanting

We end the weekend by coming together to discuss how yogic texts can help us emerge from this time of isolation with more self-knowledge and a deeper connection to each other. We will look at ways to keep the conversation going, to build community, both where we are and globally. Download Video Download Audio

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Discussion: Compassion in Action

Interconnection implies treating others as we hope to be treated, while being kinder starts with kindness to ourselves. Traditional texts suggest ways to cultivate compassion, to affect how we think, speak, and act. Working in groups, we will read selected extracts and consider how their teachings relate to our lives. Download Video Download Audio Download […]

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Sanskrit Verses: Outward Focus

While the yoga of Patañjali is dualistic, in modern understanding it is often integrated into Advaita Vedānta, nondualism. We will focus on verses/sūtras from the Aparokṣānubhūti, a text on yoga and Advaita, that translate these dualistic practices into nondual understanding. Download Video Download Audio Download Presentation

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Yoga for Global Wellbeing

The Mahābhārata says that the essence of dharma is love for all beings. This is refined in the Bhagavad Gītā as a reason to act for the welfare of the world. There are similar ideas in other traditions, including Buddhism and Jainism, which also highlight selfless service as a path to liberation. Download Video Download […]

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Sangha through Sandhi

In this session we will explore sandhi, the Sanskrit concept of joining words together to create harmonious sounds, through chanting and breaking down various verses, particularly those from the Yoga Sūtra. We will then discuss how this euphonic junction can help to create a more external harmony through community (sangha). Download Chat Download Video Download […]

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Discussion: Finding Our Way

Self-inquiry is the practical expression of yoga philosophy. Although the goal is liberation from suffering, we each have our own path and traditional texts suggest ways to explore it. Working in groups, we will read selected extracts and consider how they relate to our lives. Download Video Download Audio Download Presentation

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Sanskrit Verses: Inward Focus

In this session we chant and discuss verses from texts such as the Bhagavad Gītā and Haṭhapradīpikā that emphasise self-study, particularly those concerning the traditional conditions for yogic practice, such as the yogi’s practice set-up and ways to focus inwards, through dṛṣṭi (gaze), breathing practices, etc. We will explore the ways in which these concepts are […]

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The Yoga of Self Care

Most traditional texts describe the practice of yoga as internal. Some of their suggestions for training the mind also help cultivate peace in the face of adversity. Although events may be hard to control, we can develop contentment instead of frustration, which helps us to respond more effectively to what happens. Download Video Download Audio […]

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