Yoga Lifestyle Immersions
Yoga is a way of life.
In the west, Yoga has become a set of postures we practice for an hour or two… then continue on in our day-to-day hustle. Perhaps we find a glimpse of a deeper reality to connect to and bring with us that changes the way we experience reality, though without a deeper immersion…. it’s impossible to actually grasp the WORLD in which Yoga really lives.
Traditionally, Asana (or the yogic postures) is but a set of exercises that prepares the body to LIVE Yoga; a lifestyle and science that fosters Self Realization… and inevitably a connection to the deepest experience of God. I realized that in the west, most people only ever experience this one aspect of Yoga… because Yoga Trainings are catered to those who want to be “Yoga Teachers”. Wait a minute, EVERY ONE should have access to these deeper teachings! Yoga is actually a non-sectarian path to God realization; a philosophy and science that will take you on the most profound journey imaginable. Did you know that??
I know my passion and life purpose is in sharing these teachings; this perfect philosophy that has deeply transformed and still shapes who I am today. We have our 200 hour training that gives a tangible experience of Yogic teachings, though many people aren’t ready or aren’t able to make such a great commitment.
We are therefor starting to offer weekend modules of “Yoga Lifestyle Trainings”; weekend immersions into deeper Yogic wisdom and practical applications to transform your life.
Mind- Dates TBA
Yoga: A Philosophy
This weekend immersion will take you deeper into the Yogic teachings, creating a foundation of the philosophy and principles that have been shared throug the Yogic culture for thousands of years.
Find clarity and inspiration as you settle into the timeless teachings in a way the rings so relevant to our modern day life.
In this section we will explore:
Aspects of the Divine
4 Paths of Yoga
Principles of Purity: Practical Lifestyle Practices
Karma & Reincarnation
Gunas: 3 modes of Material Nature
Yuga Dharma: Most effective Yoga for this Age
Body- Dates TBA
Yoga: A Lifestyle (30 hrs. YA Certification)
What does it mean to life a Yogi Lifestyle? And how is it practical this day and age? This weekend immersion will guide us into living a life that is deeply fulfilling, soulnourishing, and most conducive to realizing Truth.
Included in this weekend:
Intro to Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Cooking Class (Prasadam Principle)
Sadhana: Building a relationship with God
Koshas: Sheaths of the Soul
Soul- Dates TBA
Yoga: A Path
What is the purpose of this life? Like, the real purpose… the purpose that will move me and fill me with the deepest experience of joy. Not a joy that will fade as our circumstances change, but a joy that is everlasting.
How do I go beyond fear? By connecting to the fearlessness born from
knowing that which never dies.
This immersion takes us into the teachings of Bhakti; the perfection of the Yogic path.
The teachings include:
Guru, Sadhu, Sastra: Embodying the Path
Sanatan Dharma: Eternal Religion of the Soul
Our ultimate Destination
Importance of Guru
9 Processes of Devotion
6 Loving Exchanges: Pathways to Love
Dhyana. Influenced by the Vaishnava tradition, Dhyana brings the depth of inquisition into her teaching, offering an opportunity for the audience to cultivate intimate relationships with their multi-faceted Humanness while simultaneously taking a step back, a step deeper into the Truth of WHO and WHAT we really are; beyond the stories, the fears, and the limitations. She is the co-founder of Stanton Street Yoga in the Lower East Side of Manhattan as well as co-director of Yoga @ The Bhakti Center. Her teaching style is a unique blend of “challenging yet nourishing” Vinyasa inspired sequencing with fluid movements and powerful breath. After studying Ayurveda extensively with her father in Florida, Dhyana received her degree at Naropa University in Psychology and Traditional Eastern Arts with a focus in Yoga. Born and raised on the path of Bhakti Yoga, she weaves her background of Western Psychology with her experience and knowledge of eastern mysticism to bring a holistic approach to living a balanced and empowered life.
Syama Masla was raised in a family of yogis and teaches yoga and Ayurveda in the city. She loves art and graceful movements. She loves animals and has been a lifelong vegetarian.Syama is a Bhakti Yogini who loves her teachers Radhanath Swami and Srila Prabhupada. She would have never imagined herself living in NYC for more then one year, but now finds it is one of the best places to practice the yoga of going within. “In a place like NYC our awareness is constantly being pulled out. Our mind goes to the cute shoes in the window, the smell of pizza or ice cream on the streets, Fb pages & emails…. our practice is to take that same energy that is so often going out and redirect it inward. In this city we can go outside and try to find happiness. We can watch 1000 movies or shows and eat at a new restaurant every night, though this will never truly satisfy the soul. The soul is searching for real and eternal happiness and this can only be found when re establishing our relationship with the Supreme. Yoga is re establishing that relationship.”
Bud is specially trained to offer Ayurveda to the western mind and body, Bud is a fine tuned specialist in assisting the removal of stress from one’s body, mind, and life. Trained in an ancient master disciple lineage from India, Bud has become an expert practitioner in one of the world’s most powerful stress eliminating sciences, Marma Therapy.
Jai Giridhari is married to Syama. Raised in the U.P. of Michigan. It wasn’t until I lived in the U.P. (Utter Pradesh) of India that I understood my calling. A Yoga teacher and a preacher! My whole life I’d been looking for a cause, something to believe in. Years of collegiate sports tuned my body but left my heart feeling empty. Years of Theater Trained my mind, but made me wonder who I really was. Years of Healing Arts stabilized my lifestyle but my heart still yearned for more. So I decided to become a monk!….Enter my trip to The U.P. of India. Staying in the monasteries my heart was satisfied, my mind at peace, my body lost some weight, but my purpose was clear…. Share these wonderful teachings!…Blessed by so many wonderful teachers such as HH Radhanath Swami and a few close mentors, I aspire to live a simple life with high thinking. I’m grateful to share their wisdom in a most accessible way.
Kaustubha Das serves as Senior Educator & Creative Director of The Bhakti Center. Between the ages of 21 and 34 he lived as a Hindu monk, traveling and studying in ashrams in India and America. He teaches bhakti-yoga philosophy and meditation, which he has practiced for over twenty-five years in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Kaustubha Das was initiated as a Vaishnava brahmana (teacher/priest) in 1990. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Broome Street Temple.
Ghanashyam lived in the Bhakti Center as a monk for 13 years, completely dedicated to diving deeply into the teachings and living the Yogic path. He teaches by example and has deep, deep realization of the vedic texts.
Pandit is an author, meditation teacher, inspirational speaker, and lecturer at Columbia University. He has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured on PBS, NPR, NY Times, and writes for the Huffington Post. In his book, Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness and the Divine, Pandit writes about how he learned to deal with and overcome the loss of his family’s multi-million dollar fortunes that left him and his family with next to nothing. These life experiences have given Pandit profound insight into the human experience.
Pandit uses his life experience and decades of in-depth studies to assist people in overcoming the various stress factors in their own lives. The medical field now knows that stress leads to anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension, high blood pressure, and anger. Pandit’s unique approach applies Eastern wisdom and meditation techniques to help the audience gain deeper insight into their mind and understand the reasons we becomes stressed, anxious, and angry.
Bhakti Lata Dasi was born and raised in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of bhakti-yoga. She is one the Bhakti Center’s finest kirtan singers and is expert at classical Indian dance as well.