Exisiting to Love - An Introduction to Bhakti Yoga
In this class we will explore how Bhakti (Devotion and Love) is both a part of many different Yoga practices and also a spiritual path altogether unto itself. We will first get rooted in Bhakti as it broadly relates to Yogic spiritual inquiry by briefly exploring parts of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and discussing how we integrate devotion into our practice on and off the mat.
With this foundation we will then transition our discussion to Bhakti as a spiritual path unto itself, with a unique philosophical foundation and its own set of practices and ideals. Over the course of this class we will examine the Nine Limbs of Bhakti Yoga, with a special emphasis on the first three, which form the heart of the practice - Sravanama, Kirtanama, and Smaranama, (hearing stories about the divine, chanting the names of god, and meditating).
Love and Longing – Bhakti in the Bhagavad Gita
In this class we will explore this seminal Yogic text through the lens of Bhakti Yoga. By first considering Krsna’s mindset before his discussion with Arjuna, the Bhagavad Gita can be seen from a unique perspective – he is longing to reconnect with his most intimate devotees, from whom he has been separated for decades.
Indeed, it is Krsna’s longing for his devotees along with his devotee’s longing for him, that forms the loving and dynamic relationship at the heart of several Bhakti Yoga paths. When the message of the Gita is viewed from this vantage point, there is an extra emphasis on the importance of devotion.
This class will serve both as an excellent introduction to the Bhagavad Gita and to Bhakti Yoga, and is designed to be accessible and informative to all levels of practitioner.