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. Jnān & Mumkshutwā: ‘The Deep Desire for Wisdom’
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm
Fall 2019 – COURSE IS FULL.
September 19, October 3 & 31, November 21.
December 12, January 30, February 27, March 26.
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. Vivek & Vishuddhi: ‘The Pure and Shining Mind’
Fridays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Fall 2019 – COURSE IS FULL.
September 20, October 25, November 20, December 6.
January 31, February 28, March 27, April 17.
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.
3. Kriya: ‘Action which Purifies’
Thursdays 6:30-9 pm
Fall/Winter 2019/20 – COURSE IS FULL.
October 24, November 28, December 19, January 23.
February 21, March 13, April 17, May 15.
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.
4. Sanskrit Devangarī: The Language of the Gods – Learning Sanskrit Basics
September 16 & 30, October 28, November 25.
The aim of this course is to introduce ourselves to the Sanskrit phonetic system, and to learn how to pronounce the specific sounds by learning the 5 basic mouth positions where these sounds are produced. After this, we will be ready to practice our pronunciation by using some of yoga's most important philosophic terminology as well as the names of the āsanas of hatha yoga.