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Saturday, March 16
 

6:15am

Sunrise Sun Salutation
Limited Capacity seats available

The best time to do the sun salutation is in the early morning when the sun is between the anahata chakra (at the heart) and ajnachakra (between the eyebrows). Surya means “the sun” and namaskar means “bow or prostration.” In ancient times, surya namaskar was a bhakti, or devotional practice. It was practiced while repeating 12 mantras, thanking the sun for the qualities it gives, allowing us to live on this planet.

If we do the sun salutation when the sun is low in the sky, directly facing the sun, we will feel the sun directly touching the different chakras, awakening them. It can be a very empowering experience. The whole process becomes a give-and-take with the sun. It can be practiced with intentions and devotion. Each graceful pose connects us with the sun and moves the sun’s prana, or shakti, (energy) through our chakras to awaken our own inner energy.

The 12 postures in the Sivananda sequence performed while facing the low sun make sense energetically. In the first posture, pranamasana, we gather the sun’s rays in front of heart. In the next, hasta utthanasana, we can feel the sun entering our heart. In the third posture, padahastasana, we offer our breath and a bow to the sun as the sun warms our lower back. In the fourth, ashwa sanchalasana, we can feel the sun opening our throat chakra to sweeten our words. In the next, kumbhakasana, we line up with the sun, becoming a channel of light. In the sixth and ultimate pose, ashtanga namaskar, we have eight parts of the body on the earth with the manipura chakra (at the solar plexus) in the air to charge up our solar plexus. And in the next pose, bhujangasana, we feel the sun touching between the eyebrows at ajna chakra, opening our intuition.

In this workshop we will learn the 12 steps of the sequence and learn the connection with our own energy centers, see how they can awaken our spirituality with the use of mantras.

Presenters
avatar for Arjuna

Arjuna

Arjuna is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda & the director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated-Sivananda Yoga Center in Gatineau, Quebec. He has tens of thousands of hours teaching experience and has been offering yoga programs in Sivananda centers & ashrams around the world... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 6:15am - 7:15am
Main Gym

9:00am

Japa Yoga - Path of Upliftment and Freedom
Limited Capacity seats available

The human psyche craves harmony and abhors disharmony or discord. This fundamental truth of each of us determines the course of our life, and we take on an expansive and happy life only when we find the state which is always harmonious. This highest state is called Yoga, union with the absolute Self (which when known within is also known without).

If we look at this craving and aversion around harmony and discord we see that it enters every aspect of life, and when we dive deeply within we see that it is vibrational - it is both the nature of sound and the nature of our thoughts. The entire science of Yoga is rooted in the understanding that the great Yogis, sages and seers have shared about the nature of these vibrations, and how to use them in order to uplift our life, from the depths of materialism to the heights of absolute Consciousness - Satchidananda - Existence, Wisdom and Bliss Absolute. Each aspect of this inner science of awakening fits together to uplift the vibrations that we call thought, and thus also our speech and our action.

Mantra Yoga, or Japa Yoga, is one of the most pure and direct methods of upliftment within given us. The simple act of chanting takes us out of our worries and cares, helping us to be present in the moment, with more joy, resilience and resource in our lives. Moments or ecstasy are typically experienced in chanting Japa and Kirtan, and the mind itself is re-wired, centering us more and more within the great peace. Kirtan has become very popular in the west, not so yet Japa (repetition of Mantra). In this workshop we will both explore the theory behind Mantra chanting as well as techniques, while we join together to chant various sacred Japa Mantras.

Presenters
avatar for Swami Sankarananda

Swami Sankarananda

Founder and Steward, Divine Grace Yoga Ashram
I am a simple peace pilgrim. After having experienced the grace of inner peace, having lived with and been guided by great Yogis in the Himalayas, and having travelled the USA for nearly five years, now I have been asked to tend to this desert oasis named Divine Grace Yoga Ashram... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom D124

10:30am

Yoga for the Three Bodies
Limited Capacity seats available

The Sivananda sequence of asanas is practiced on three levels.  On the physical level the practice sequence warms, works, and stretches each muscle of the body with great "side benefits" of releasing tension, toning and strengthening the body.

But the main emphasis is on moving prana through the body. The sequence of asanas moves energy from chakra to chakra, from the lowest to the highest energy centers. We will discuss why the body must be relaxed for the prana to flow. Also we will look at how the chakras and the nadis are stimulated and cleansed during the sequence. We will use bija mantras to demonstrate this flow of energy.

Finally, we will look at the casual or seed body and see how each asana is a seat of stillness or meditation, looking within from different angles,with the goal of self-realization

Presenters
avatar for Arjuna

Arjuna

Arjuna is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda & the director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated-Sivananda Yoga Center in Gatineau, Quebec. He has tens of thousands of hours teaching experience and has been offering yoga programs in Sivananda centers & ashrams around the world... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 10:30am - 1:30pm
Classroom E201
 
Sunday, March 17
 

6:15am

Sunrise Sun Salutation
Limited Capacity filling up

The best time to do the sun salutation is in the early morning when the sun is between the anahata chakra (at the heart) and ajnachakra (between the eyebrows). Surya means “the sun” and namaskar means “bow or prostration.” In ancient times, surya namaskar was a bhakti, or devotional practice. It was practiced while repeating 12 mantras, thanking the sun for the qualities it gives, allowing us to live on this planet.

If we do the sun salutation when the sun is low in the sky, directly facing the sun, we will feel the sun directly touching the different chakras, awakening them. It can be a very empowering experience. The whole process becomes a give-and-take with the sun. It can be practiced with intentions and devotion. Each graceful pose connects us with the sun and moves the sun’s prana, or shakti, (energy) through our chakras to awaken our own inner energy.

The 12 postures in the Sivananda sequence performed while facing the low sun make sense energetically. In the first posture, pranamasana, we gather the sun’s rays in front of heart. In the next, hasta utthanasana, we can feel the sun entering our heart. In the third posture, padahastasana, we offer our breath and a bow to the sun as the sun warms our lower back. In the fourth, ashwa sanchalasana, we can feel the sun opening our throat chakra to sweeten our words. In the next, kumbhakasana, we line up with the sun, becoming a channel of light. In the sixth and ultimate pose, ashtanga namaskar, we have eight parts of the body on the earth with the manipura chakra (at the solar plexus) in the air to charge up our solar plexus. And in the next pose, bhujangasana, we feel the sun touching between the eyebrows at ajna chakra, opening our intuition.

In this workshop we will learn the 12 steps of the sequence and learn the connection with our own energy centers, see how they can awaken our spirituality with the use of mantras.

Presenters
avatar for Arjuna

Arjuna

Arjuna is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda & the director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated-Sivananda Yoga Center in Gatineau, Quebec. He has tens of thousands of hours teaching experience and has been offering yoga programs in Sivananda centers & ashrams around the world... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2019 6:15am - 7:15am
Main Gym

8:30am

Introduction to the Timeless Wisdom of Bhagavad Gita
Limited Capacity seats available

Bhagavad Gita, or "Song of God", consists of just 701 couplets, and the effect of these teachings, when contemplated and practiced, have the effect of both uplifting life and freeing us from suffering.

It seems that we have so many problems in our day to day life, and yet the seers and great Yogis tell us that really we have but one - that we have forgotten who we are. We live out of alignment with Peace and Joy. It is not that they do not exist, they are within each of us, but we have covered them up and forgotten our essential nature.

It is further said that regular study and contemplation of the Gita set us on the path of Freedom, of remembering, and of re-integrating; of attaining to Yoga (union with our own highest Self). If you have had a little or no exposure to the Gita and have an interest in learning more about the practice and philosophy of Yoga this will be a great workshop for you.

Presenters
avatar for Swami Sankarananda

Swami Sankarananda

Founder and Steward, Divine Grace Yoga Ashram
I am a simple peace pilgrim. After having experienced the grace of inner peace, having lived with and been guided by great Yogis in the Himalayas, and having travelled the USA for nearly five years, now I have been asked to tend to this desert oasis named Divine Grace Yoga Ashram... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Portico
 


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