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The Bhagavad Gita Workshop with Swami Bhaktivedanta is spiritually intellectually uplifting
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST ASHLEY HUNT
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Choose this class if…
You yearn to comprehend the philosophical roots of the modern yoga practice.
You need some brain food to help satiate your yoga appetite. You will leave feeling full of philosophical gems.
What you can expect…
A yogic lecture The atmosphere is much more inviting then your first undergraduate class room filled with unknown faces. Swami Bhaktivedanta is surrounded by his disciples and the workshop participants are included right along side his own students.
Sitting for awhile quietly The lecture can run from two to two and a half hours, bring a pen and paper, and a water bottle, so you can be fully prepared to sit and be in Swami Bhaktivedanta’s contemplative presence.
No worries on the Sanskrit front Swami Bhaktivedanta opens up the teachings for many to comprehend. His mindful selection of language truly portrays the beauty of the philosophically dense teachings of the Gita.
Swami Bhatkivedanta appeals to the seeker of love within all of us.
Practices and postures
Answer a question with another question.
A yoga practices asks the practitioner to meet themselves at every turn, fostering self-transformation. Yoga confronts the complexity of human nature. Through self-study and practice you find yourself asking –
– Who am I?
– Why am I here? What is my purpose?
– What makes me happy? What is happiness?
– Where do I end and where does ‘the other’ begin?
– What is real?
The perplexing nature of the paradox, stimulates the absurdity of trying to describe the unreasonableness of the world solely with reason.
Swami Bhaktivedanta’s poetic words shed light on these questions, they no longer feel like the weight of the world on our shoulders but instead a spacious frontier of discovery. Swami Bhaktivedanta encourages the vast limitless nature of the mind and prompts us all to look for love within. This absolute love within is a direct reflection of our relationship to everything else in our lives.
You can travel with Ashley’s determination to stay with herself in stability and clarity on her blog Reflect Light and Love. Watch for more of Ash’s New York columns in our new Class Consciousness feature, where our columnists take their practice to class and break down the experience for you.
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