Yoga is both a process of turning inward and a process of engaging with the world. As such, yoga offers us a set of principles for both personal and social action. The defense of dharma– truth, justice, and harmony with nature – is entirely in keeping with the tradition of yoga.
Spiritualizing our activism elevates our response to injustice to a level that harmonizes the fight for righteousness with the spiritual conception of equality upon which the American conception of justice is actually based. It also links the advancement of progressive values to the advancement of spiritual consciousness.
A satsang is a gathering of seekers of the truth who come together to discuss the nature of the truth and the means by which one makes progress in spiritual life. In this satsang I’ll offer thoughts and ideas, based on the teachings of traditional yoga wisdom texts, about why spiritualizing our response to adharma– injustice and disharmony – is so important, how the values of yoga philosophy provide a solid foundation for progressive social action, and what we can do to imbue our actions with spiritual power.
We’ll also address a false dichotomy that creates obstacles for spiritualizing our activism and participate in brainstorming about how we can spiritualize both individual and a specific collective social activism project. Participants will acquire new insights into the nature spiritual activism, learn how their spiritual practice can energize their participation in progressive activism, and feel inspired to take their activism to a higher spiritual level.
6:00 – 8:00 pm Satsang & kirtan (devotional singing)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop 1: The Bhagavad Gita & Bhakti Yoga
1:30 – 3:00 pm Workshop 2: Spiritual Activism
INVESTMENT: $80 for all 3; or $30 per session
What does yoga philosophy have to do with what we do on our yoga mats? Is ‘reality’ really an illusion? What does ‘karma’ actually mean? Are there ‘correct’ interpretations of Sanskrit scriptures? In this workshop we’ll look the origin and historical development of yoga philosophy, de-mystify its terminology, and explore some of classical yoga’s more challenging propositions. Participants will gain a frame of reference for recognizing different schools of yoga philosophy, learn techniques for accessing the essential messages of classical yoga wisdom texts, and have the opportunity to consider whether the traditional ideas of yoga philosophy are still relevant to life in the 21st century. This workshop is for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the philosophy that forms the foundation for our yoga practice. Discussion and experiential exercises - recommended for both teachers and practitioners who want to deepen their experience of yoga.
FlowJam Universal Healing Arts festival is a 3 day experience that fuses healing vibes, music, dance and stimulating arts on a private farm at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just an hour outside of Washington, D.C. FlowJam brings talented local musicians, artists, healers, yoga teachers, educators, and environmental activists together in community at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains to bring awareness to the importance of the healing arts through creative classes, and workshops, embracing nature and through good local music that feeds the soul.
I will be offering guided meditations, talks on yoga philosophy, and leading kirtans with DC Supersonic Kirtan throughout the weekend.
Details coming soon – please join us!
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Join Hari-kirtana das and our program faculty for an in-depth look at our upcoming Advanced Yoga Studies and 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring, MD
You’ll learn more about the program format, content, and our goals as facilitators. You will also have time to ask questions and gather the information you need to decide if this program is right for you.
Find out how this Advanced Studies Program can help you elevate your personal practice, define your unique value as a teacher, and take your experience of yoga to a whole new level.
REGISTRATION IS FREE (pre-registration is appreciated!)
I’m honored to be a part of Gopi Sandal’s ‘Yoga With Heart’ holistic training program that’s designed to equip yoga teachers with all the progressive skills and inspiration they will need to help guide their students along the path of self-healing towards their highest good. We’ll explore deeper aspects yoga and where yoga is taking us. Participants will develop skills to compassionately guide others on many different levels. This weekend immersion will feature a complete mix of asana classes, mantra meditation, kirtan, and advanced yoga philosophy that will include:
Practical Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers
An introduction to the pronunciation, structure, cadences, and translations of essential Sanskrit words, phrases, mantras, sutras, and verses. Includes names of asana poses in relationship to their significance and key words in the lexicon of yoga philosophy.
Interweaving Threads of Yoga Philosophy
Based on the relationship between the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad-gita, this discussion will include a look at the origins of yoga, four different paths of yoga, the relationship of Yoga to Sankhya and Vedanta, yoga psychology, the intersection of yoga and religion, and the essential tension between traditional yoga and modern culture.
The Art and Science of Spiritual Activism
In a political climate where the metaphysical realm of values and moral imperatives govern the physical realm of policies and their consequences, it’s all the more important to have a clear sense of how spiritual knowledge helps us to live purpose-driven lives. Engagement with the world is an essential component of personal spiritual development. In this session, Hari-kirtana das will describe six core values of yoga and demonstrate how we can translate those values into clearly defined strategies for social engagement. Participants will gain knowledge of how universal principles of spiritual activism work, how we can imbue our activism with spiritual power, and how to maintain our equilibrium in a challenging socio-political environment.
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Join Hari-kirtana das as he shares the foundations of yoga philosophy with clarity and simplicity. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the very radical propositions of yoga’s traditional wisdom texts and then look at the modern world through the lens of those ancient teachings. Through discussion, experiential exercises, contemplative reading, and guided meditations, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy, expand the range of your spiritual vision, and take home tools for integrating the principles of yoga directly into your life. This workshop is based on Hari-kirtana’s book, ‘In Search of the Highest Truth’, which will be available to participants at a specially discounted price.
Yoga teachers can also get CE credits for this workshop.
A book signing will follow this stimulating workshop and inspiring interactive discussion.