Living Yoga: Devotion and Awakening – Shining Love in the World - with Jenn Thomas, Usha Bilotta, and Linda Sparrowe
From asana to pranayama, from chakra balancing to chanting, from dancing to meditation - devotion takes many forms. It is our inner orientation that collects the energy and directs it outward through love. Let’s work from that orientation, that path that is the sacred one, the one that allows us each to serve others. How can we move and connect from our highest frequencies, our best selves? How can we ensure that our service in the world—whether that means raising children or raising awareness, growing a business that serves others or growing food that feeds them—is done in the spirit of deep listening and selfless love?
We come together to spark devotion, aspiration, and connection with an eye toward opening our hearts in service. This program asks us to establish a deep personal relationship with what matters most and to begin the journey and effortless work of making that the center of our mandala/life. Come dance and chant, prepare to stand before the mystery, experience the practices of deep listening and truth speaking through you, give fresh energy to your inner aspirations, your heart’s knowing and invoke them in your life.
• Integrate the teachings • Explore Bhakti practices like chanting, kirtan and japa mala • Unpack the paths of yoga offered in the Bhagavad Gita • Immerse in Hindu mythology, learning the great stories that inspire many yoga poses • Create a deeper, more loving relationship to Self • Understand your place in the world • Commit to serve others
Meet one weekend per month for three months and check in online once a month. The home practice, outside reading, journaling and partner/buddy requirements will help sustain connection to the work and to our sangha. Take this in-depth investigation into the fullness of yoga as a map for your life and expand into the underlying happiness of your essential being.
Required Reading: Light on Life, by BKS Iyengar; The Little Book of Hindu Dieties, by Sanjay Patel; various excerpts and translations from the Bhagavad Gita; The Book of Awakening, by Mark Nepo; The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, by Radhanath Swami
Suggested Reading: 365 Dalai Lama: Daily Advice from the Heart, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; The Buddha’s Still Talking, by Jack Kornfield
This is the fourth quarter of a unique “Living Yoga” CE program which is offered in four quarters. Each is a gateway into spiritual awakening from a different wisdom perspective, and an independent study unit grounded in the ancient texts with its own key flavor. Individually, each 45-hour unit offers an opportunity to dive deep below the surface of our customary understanding of yoga and help us gain new perspectives and practices. Together, all four show us how these ancient wisdom traditions intersect and, woven together, how they can transform the way we view ourselves, our practice, and our lives. You can take one, two, three or all four quarter programs, and a substantial discount is offered if you take all four. For information about payment plan options, please contact Morgan@allthatmatters.com.