Swadhyaya: self-study

Satsang with Swami Saradananda

This is an ongoing series of monthly satsangs, consisting of a talk and guided meditation, designed to support yoga teachers in their swadhyaya. In each session, we will focus on the application of yamas and niyamas to daily life.

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10 July, Sun eve, 6:30-7:30pm: Karma and Klesha: action and the seeds of suffering

Meditation and talk, focusing on Yoga Sutra chapter 2, vs 3-16. Whether they are currently dormant, weak, or active, the kleshas (seeds of suffering) are deeply embedded in your psyche. These seeds continually take root in visible and unseen ways, causing you to do action (karma). Although you can’t change the past, you can avoid future suffering.

28 Aug, Sun eve, 6:30-7:30pm: Ganesha Chaturthi – Ganesha’s birthday

Celebrate with an evening of story-telling and meditation, focusing on some of his myths and anecdotes. Ganesha is archetypal remover of obstacles; He presents you with gateways to new dimensions in your yoga practice.

25 Sept, Sun eve, 6:30-7:30pm: Navaratri

The start of the 9-night celebration of the divine feminine. The first three nights mark the initial stage of your spiritual journey: purification. These days are set apart for the worship of the Mother in the form of Durga. Once you have broken down negative habits and propensities, the next step on the spiritual path is personified as Lakshmi: your ability to nurture and strengthen your positive qualities. Only when you have cleansed your negative propensities and are strong enough, are you are ready to receive the light of wisdom, as personified by Saraswati.

23 Oct, Sun eve, 7-8pm: Diwali: Indian festival of light

Join us on this joyous evening for a talk and meditation on the self-luminous inner light of the Self that is shining steadily in the chambers of your heart.

13 Nov, Sun eve, 6:30-7:30pm: Siddhis: extraordinary powers

“Siddhi” literally means perfection, spiritual power or psychic ability. Patanjali devotes a quarter of the Yoga Sutra to the discussion of siddhis, citing various strengths you develop through the protracted practice of meditation. These natural by-products of your yoga practice can become obstacles to your enlightenment if they are misused or cause your mind to continue to turn outward.

11 Dec, Sun eve, 6:30-7:30pm: Aparigraha: non-greed and gratitude

Yoga practice tends to speed up your karma, intensifying your need for ethical behaviour. Aparigraha in daily life reflects your progress on the path of yoga. As you live with and practice these values, you will find your behaviour and thoughts starting to change in very positive directions.

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