Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

October Seminar and Pilgrimage

There will be an Application of Yoga Psychology to Daily Life Seminar 1st - 14th October 2017 with Gita Morar. This event will take place 1st to 10th October 2017 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India, continuing 10th – 14th October 2017 during which time participants will take part in the Jageshwar Mahamrityunjaya Temple Pilgrimage.

While the Yoga Psychology of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras provides the inspiration for this course, the focus for lectures and discussion is how do we apply these principles in our daily lives. Sessions will include:

  • an overview of the concepts, followed by a practical explanation for their application in our daily lives;
  • studying the general states of mind and how to maintain equanimity;
  • examining our thinking and how to be a witness to our thoughts;
  • whether these thoughts are coloured or not and further examining what are these five colourings that affect the thoughts and how to work with them;
  • the three gunas;
  • working with and training the five active senses and the five cognitive senses in daily life;
  • how does all of this relate to the four functions of mind;
  • how does this impact on your Yoga practise, your body, breath and mind and how do we work with these observations;
  • how do we work with our emotions, stress, mindfulness and the heart centre;
  • The practice of Healing, reduction in obstacles, mantra and purification.

This course is followed by a Pilgrimage to Jageshwar. Recitation of the healing Mahamritunjaya mantra in one of the largest and oldest temples in the complex is said to be very auspicious and gives a unique experience. See details below.

Jageshwar Mahamrityunjaya Temple Pilgrimage

Jageshwar Dham– Abode of one of the Twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ is situated at an elevation of 1870 metres above sea level and at a distance of 358 kilometres from Rishikesh. There are around 124 temples and hundreds of statues in Jageshwar.

It’s an important place for meditation due to its tranquil and calm environment.

The beauty is enhanced by the Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) trees and flowing Jata Ganga. It is said that Swami Rama also meditated at Jageshwar.

In the cluster of temples the Mahamrityunjaya Temple is the oldest and largest. This temple of Shiva is east facing. Recitation of Mahamrityunjaya mantra here is said to be very auspicious and gives a unique experience.

The cost of pilgrimage will be over and above the registration for the retreat and Dakshina. The pilgrimage (from 10th to 14th October) will cost approximately $500 (Rs.35,000/-) for travel, accommodation and food etc. There are only limited seats; to be on the list, an early registration is required. If a participant does not want to take part in the pilgrimage or the pilgrimage is already fully booked, the sadhaka can choose to remain at SRSG in a program provided by SRSG or in self-study for these dates.

Gita Morar

Gita Morar, M.A. Clinical.Psychology; B.A.Honors. Social Work; B.A. Arts., Marriage Guidance and Counseling Diploma. In 1999 Gita went to study Yoga Meditation in Rishikesh, India, and met Swami Veda Bharati who initiated her. Gita comes regularly to study and practise Yoga Meditation in Rishikesh and Canada. She received her post graduate training in Brief Interactive Therapy at the renowned Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, with John Weakland, Paul Watzalawick and Richard Fischer, and Mindfulness training with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the U.S. Lecturer, Clinical Psychology; Clinical trainer, Masters Level students, University of Durban- Westville. During her career she worked as a young Social Worker with Family and Child Services in Durban, South Africa, and was instrumental in initiating the first service for Mental Health for East Indians in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her volunteer work at both the local and national levels has received recognition.

She practices as a Psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, Canada, and has worked with Employee Assistance Programs. Following her studies in Yoga Meditation, she integrated, developed and ran a Programme with Yoga and Meditation for Pain Management and Cancer Patients in a local hospital, Hopesprings Community, and in private practice. Blessed by Swami Veda Bharati to open, run and teach Cambridge HYMSO, an AHYMSIN affiliate center, during one of his visits to Cambridge, Canada.

From more information or to register

Contact: [email protected]

Photo taken at Jageshwar by Dr. Gautam Paul (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Editor’s Note:

Re: Jageshwar Mahamrityunjaya Temple

To watch videos of Swami Rama speaking on the Yoga Sutras, please use this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBBD86952A2239E79

These lectures by Swami Rama are available for purchase as downloads:

  • Lectures on Yoga Sutras 1: Samadhi
  • Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Kriya Yoga
  • Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Raja Yoga

Please see http://hihtindia.org/audiovideo/ for purchase of the above.

These books by Swami Veda Bharati have been published: Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali with the Exposition of Vyasa: A Translation and Commentary: Volume 1: Samadhi-Pada(written by Pandit Usharbudh Arya before he became Swami Veda)and Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali with the Exposition of Vyasa: A Translation and Commentary: Volume 2: Sadhana-Pada.

Last but not least (!), please check our Upcoming Events for other events taking place at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). Thanks!



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