Join Alyssa Snow for a uniquely deep dive into the spirituality of yoga and meditation. The practice of physical yoga brings us into the awareness of the different layers of our being; and our consciousness begins to expand. When this happens, a door opens and we are never the same. We see ourselves as more than just a body and we understand that we are not our minds. But what are we? Who are we? What are we here for?
These existential questions are the hallmark of the human experience. Yogis have been studying and documenting answers to these questions for thousands of years. And now, we are doing the same.
This 4 week course is an exploration of ancient texts and knowledge applied to our modern lives. We are not yogis or monks living in caves by ourselves. We are are monks without monasteries awakening in the chaos of the modern world.
Session One: Applying the Yoga Sutras to a Modern Life
Why do we do yoga? Is there a goal to yoga? What are we looking to achieve and is it achievable? In this first week we will explore the reasons why we do yoga in a modern context. Why has yoga become so popular in the West? What are people experiencing that brings them back for more?
We will study the Yoga Sutras of Pantajali with a special focus on incorporating the eight limbs of yoga in modern life.
*Required reading: The Yoga Sutras of Pantajali by Swami Satchitananda
Session Two: The Bhagavad Gita: Trust and Surrender in practical terms
The Bhagavad Gita is known as a love song to God. It speaks of attaining liberation from the mind by letting go of our expectations and opening our heart – aka Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. These sound beautiful; but how? How do we live, day to day, controlling our desire for specific outcomes in life? How do we live with 100% trust in God?
We will study the Gita and discuss how to apply these powerful teachings to our lives as they are now. Gaining an understanding that even leaning towards these teachings can have an extraordinary effect on your daily life.
*Required Reading: The Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell
Session Three: Understanding our Essence: Esoteric Anatomy
Our Essence is beyond form. Pure energy. We are spiritual beings having a human experience but our focus is on the form of our bodies and bodily experiences.
This week we will study our esoteric anatomy; how energy becomes form. The different qualities of energy that make up our form and ultimately, our experience. When we understand the underlying qualities of our energetic experience, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and how we relate in the world.
Session Four: The Chakras and our Human Experience
Our human experience is made up of different dimensions of our perception. Namely, our physical, emotional and psychological sensations.
The chakras are energetic “wheels” wherein these dimensions intersect and flow with our life energy. Understanding the chakras can lead to a deeper understanding of how our psychological experiences effect our emotional and physical experiences and vice versa. The chakras help us understand ourselves as a whole being; beyond just the physical body.
Next Offering Winter 2019
Unlimited yoga pass for duration of course
1 Spiritual Mentoring session with Alyssa