Friday, March 2, 2012

Karma Yogi Becomes Yoga Teacher Trainee

 Yoga on the beach platform at 8 AM and 4 PM
8 AM staff meeting every day for karma yogis

Starting this Monday I will be in the Yoga Teacher Training Course. Less free time in each day but one day off a week--except for an hour of Karma yoga--versus the 6-7 hours I do now, every day. I am excited at the prospect of yoga asana twice daily and learning more about the philosophy of Vedanta Advaita which forms the basis of the Sivananda Ashrams

The new daily schedule is:
  • 05:30 am       Wake up
  • 06:00 am       Meditation, chanting and lecture or silent walk
  • 08:00 am       Asana and Pranayama class (your own practice)
  • 10:00 am       Brunch
  • 11:00 am       Karma yoga 
  • 12:00 pm       Bhagavad Gita/ chanting class
  • 02:00 pm       Main Lecture
  • 04:00 pm       Asana and Pranayama (teaching) 
  • 06:00 pm       Dinner
  • 08:00 pm       Satsang  
There will be one weekly day off. During the day off students are required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their karma yoga only.
When I first started meditating I connected into Vedanta Advaita which is a non-dual understanding of reality.* There are many different philosophical systems in ancient India.  The current lectures here are on the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, literally ‘the Beautiful Legend of God,’ by Edwin Bryant, PhD. What he is teaching is not the same philosophy as followed by Sivananda. Bryant is a professor of Indic languages and cultures and teaches Hinduism at Rutgers University. He has published six books on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition among which is his translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali http://www.edwinbryant.org

From http://www.sivanandabahamas.org/course.php?course_id=3282:


The Srimad Bhagavata Purana is dedicated exclusively to the various modes of bhakti, the path of devotion. It portrays the accounts of Lord Vishnu’s incarnations and activities, and the lives and practices of the most famous yogi exemplars. All the teachings of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita are to be found in these narratives, along with so much more, embodied in the form of charming and delightful tales that capture the heart and mind. Join us for a celebration of devotion and inspiring stories which will take you into the realms of bliss, and learn the main practices of devotion - devotional meditation, kirtan chanting and puja as well as the main philosophy associated with the path of devotion.
At some point in the past few years as I have been on a "yoga path", I had a strong sense that the specific yogic path for me would be Bhakti, or a path of devotion. Ever since this insight I have been looking to find a suitable object/idea/person to be devoted to.

Still looking but the path is coalescing toward Vedanta Advaita. Maybe the path will be more clear after  the completion of the training.

Om shanti
* For a description of non-dual experiences referenced earlier in the blog, go to 
http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7478802400658787226#editor/target=post;postID=2168103096674472217

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