Satsang: On-going Yoga Philosophy Meetings
For several years, I have been meeting with a core group of people who are interested in deepening their understanding of the spiritual heritage of India through the study of yoga philosophy. We started out as a group of seekers coming together to pore over the many beautiful and complex scriptures belonging to the Indian and yogic tradition, but soon discovered that what we were really doing was delving into the subtlest aspects of our own being.
Since yoga is both a philosophy and a practice, the real discovery is that these teachings are not only fascinating, but immensely relevant. Every time we pick up a scripture belonging to this tradition and spend some time with it, we are reminded of how timeless and accessible this wisdom is.
These courses bring us into the ancient history of yogic seeking, where we find out what the rishis, or sages, discovered about themselves and the universe through direct experience born of meditation. These revelations—called shrūti in Sanskrit—were then shared with whomsoever desired to listen and learn. These wisdom teachings survived unbroken through countless generations, until they were eventually put into writing in the form of scriptures. In this course we read from dozens of such scriptures: The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, Vivek Chudamani, The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, Ashtāvakra Gītā, to name but a few. We read, discuss, chant and meditate, and share our common ideas of how we can make this knowledge relevant in our lives today.
The courses run one evening per month and are offered as a series of four. (HST added at checkout.)
Attendance to all four in a series is required. If there is a session date you cannot attend, ONE make up class will be offered for you to join a session from a different group.
Each series is limited to ten people.
Location is at my home studio in Leslieville.
All study materials will be provided.
Please note, all satsangs are open to anyone who has completed a 200 hr YTT program.
For more information, and to save your space, contact me.
1. Gyān Group: ‘Wisdom-Revealing Truth’
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm
2019: January 24, February 21, March 21, April 11.
Spring/Summer: May 23, June 20, July 18, August 15.
This is longest running and most advanced of all of the five groups. It is open to those who have prior background or training in yoga philosophy. It involves scripture study, chanting, discussion and meditation.
2. Mumukshtwa Group: ‘Impulse Towards Freedom’
Thursdays, 6:30–9:00 pm
2019: January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25.
Spring/Summer: May 30, June 27, July 25, August 22.
This group is well established and has been meeting for several years together. We focus on discussion and scripture study with an emphasis on how these teachings can be applied into our lives. Some philosophy background and knowledge of key terminology is helpful.
3. Vivek Group: ‘The Discerning Mind which Sees What Is Real’
Fridays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
2019: February 1, March 1, April 5, May 17.
Spring/Summer: June 7, July 5, August 16, September 13.
This is an intermediate group which focuses on scripture study and discussion with an emphasis on learning how to offer some of these teachings to others.
4. Vishuddhi Group: ‘That which Is Ever Pure’
Fridays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
2019 Spring/Summer: April 12, May 24, June 13, July 12.
This is a newer group of open minded curious seekers. We study the particular philosophical systems within yoga's history and learn the specific concepts and vocabulary that pertain to each. Meditation and chanting is part of this as well.
5. Kriya Group: ‘Action that Purifies’
Thursdays 6:30-9 pm
2019: February 7, March 7, April 4, May 16.
Summer: June 6, July 4, August 29, September 19.
This is the newest group, who has been meeting together for 6 months. We learn the most significant teachings from some key scriptures and discuss how this wisdom becomes a sustainable practice in our daily lives.
6. Praym Group: ‘Infinite Love’
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
2019: February 19, March 19, April 23, May 21.
7. Prān & Dhyān Group: ‘Sit, Breathe, Know’
Tuesdays 6:30-8:15 pm
2019: January 22, February 26, March 26, April 16.
Spring/Summer: May 14, June 18, July 9, August 20.
NOTE: This group concentrates solely on the practices of prānāyām, meditation and chanting, and is not scripture study and discussion based.
8. Swadhyay Group: ‘Research into One’s Own Self’
Fridays 6-9 pm
2019: February 15, March 15, April 12, May 25.
NOTE: This is a study group that takes one scripture at a time and learns the verses contained in a given chapter, in chronological order.