Dimensions of Yoga:
through the lens of Bhagavad Gita
commencing Tuesday 8 June 2021
12 weeks home study and practice
A unique approach to chapter 7 to 12 of Bhagavad Gita
Connecting with the positive as a source of personal transformation
No formal prerequisites – for experienced students. Fully online.
10 hrs per week
The one who hates no creature, who is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from attachment and egoism, balanced in pleasure and pain, and forgiving, ever content, steady in meditation, possessed of firm conviction, self-controlled, with mind and intellect dedicated to Me, this person is dear to Me.
verse 13 – 14 chap 12
Bhakti Yoga is often misunderstood
It is said to be about devotion to God. This immediately creates a barrier to many.
If we put this aside, and consider Bhakti Yoga as a process of linking with the positive aspects of human potential, the journey becomes one that is accessible to all.
Bhakti Yoga is a realignment of the personality. Through yoga sadhana (practice), we become open to the journey of transformation from darkness to light, from ignorance to understanding. We begin this journey and develop insight and understanding as we go along.
Ultimately practice becomes experience. The divine comes to meet us and support us on our journey.
Concepts explored in an accessible way include:
- Bhava (feeling),
- Shraddha (faith)
- Yajna (offering)
- Daan (giving)
- Sravana (positive listening)
- Kirtana (positive expression)
- Smarana (constant remembrance),
- Seva (service)
- Atmabhava (seeing the divine in all)
- Prema (divine love)
- Kripa (grace)
- Atmanivedan (self surrender)
Some of the activities in the course
- Share stories and lives of saints from different traditions, with poetry and stories illumining key themes.
- Sing bhajans, create a japa and mantra sadhana.
- Cultivate awareness of the divine in daily experience.
- Explore and nourish personal relationships with the divine through practical and playful exploration.
- Explore the characteristics and forms of deities in a clear and simple way.
- These practices will form important threads woven throughout the 12 weeks of the course.
The course is supported by:
- A comprehensive learning management website,
- A full original manual with commentary closely follows chapter 7 to 12 of Bhagavad Gita with additional related reading on related topics
- Daily verses for reflection from Gita, with a related task to explore in daily life, throughout the twelve weeks of the program.
- Live/recorded lectures
- Narada Bhakti Sutras explored
- Weekly tutorials with participants from around the world
- Non academic in approach, it is up to you how much time you spend
- Move at your own pace.
- A simple practice sadhana of asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation and mantra is provided with weekly class and recordings.
- Ongoing email, text and phone support from an experienced teacher throughout the length of the course.