A CANDLELIT EVENING OF KIRTAN
Spiritual traditions have long used song, music, and sound vibration as a method of prayer to enter the realm of the divine. In the traditional path of yoga, this practice is called KIRTAN - or devotional chanting. Through repetitously chanting the names of God/Goddess from ancient India, Govindas and Radha will guide you on a musical meditation and yogic ritual deep into the essence of Bhakti---the yoga of the Heart, the yoga of Love and Devotion. Through the grace of their teachers, Govindas and Radha have uniquely melded ancient Indian mantras with western melodies, yet still playing traditional Indian instruments. Their music is described as a trance inducing mandala where the eyes close, voices and hearts open, and meditation, art, and prayer merge together as One. Kirtan is commonly described as a Jewel of a yoga practice because of its joyous, celebratory, and at times even ecstatic energy.
"Govindas and Radha's kirtan flows like a waterfall of raw emotion, their sweetness and passion permeating every chant." -JAI UTTAL
BHAKTI VINYASA RITUAL
The ancient Bhakti yogic tradition is based on the qualities of honoring, reverence, humility, devotion, and love... When we bring these qualities into our yoga practice, our practice then becomes a form of worship - a living prayer, a devotional offering of gratitude to Source continually reaffirming the beauty, magic, and mystery of Existence... Invoking a prayer space of heartfelt expression, Govindas and Radha will guide this yogic adventure using sankalpa(intention/dedication/prayer), simple vinyasa sequences, and kirtan(yogic chanting during asanas). This ritual is designed to help each of us cultivate our own unique and personal relationship with the divine. Lastly, all yogis and yoginis will be encouraged to take this path of heart wisdom off their mats and into their lives and become Karma yogis - selflessly serving the upliftment of our collective consciousness and planet. This is an exploration of Heart - open to all levels!
BHAKTI YOGA ~ PATH OF THE HEART
Using storytelling, lecture, song, and meditation - with Govindas and Radha, we will explore and develop our understanding of one of the central and ancient paths of yoga: Bhakti, the path of the Heart, the path of love, devotion, gratitude, and surrender.
The topics that we will journey into will include:
*Indian Gods/Goddesses and their meanings
*Mantras and Kirtan
*Meditations of the Heart
*The Role of a Guru/the Path of Guru Kripa
*Setting up an Altar/Puja/Arati
*Japa/mantra meditation/using a mala
*Bhakti as a personal practice
YOGAMALA ~ 108 SUN SALUTATIONS
In India, 108 is revered and celebrated as a number connected to divine auspiciousness. A Yoga Mala is any yoga practice intentionally repeated 108 times. Like adding flowers to a garland, Govindas and Radha will sensitively yet courageously lead us through the purifying and transformative ritual of 108 Sun Salutations - the full body yogic prayer to the Sun- metaphorically described as the divine light that shines at the core of our Being. This YOGAMALA will be broken down into 4 rounds of 27 with each round infused with a specific intention, dedication, and prayer. Adding the taste of sweetness to counter the intensity of this sadhana, Govindas and Radha will elevate the devotional mood of this flowing prayer by continuously chanting the great yogic mantra Om Namah Shivaya - I bow to the Supreme Self within. This fire ritual is designed to awaken the dormant seeds of of manifestation, transformation, and abundance that lie within...
YIN - THE LUNAR JOURNEY
From the yogic tradition the Moon is symbolic of the nurturing and nourishing life force of the Divine Feminine... Lunar yoga practices are a time for restoration, new beginnings, rebirth, and opening the doors for the "winds of grace" to blow through our lives. With Govindas and Radha a shanti-bhav or "peaceful mood" will carry us in slow, restorative yin-style asana sequences coupled with traditional yogic chants honoring the Divine Feminine. Long holds will be used to cultivate a deep settling and grounding in our bodies to facilitate a true letting go into deep relaxation and stillness. At the core of this journey is the the meditation of gratitude and open-heartedness - the appreciation of all of the blessings that the Mother has given and continues to give us. This is a practice to cultivate a deeper trust and receptivity into the currents and flow of our lives.
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