Gateway to the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

Guru Purnima Celebration at The Meditation Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Friday, July 27, 2018 from 4:00 - 10:00 PM

“Celebrating Guru Purnima is a joy beyond words, a deep stillness that echoes a wholeness and holiness. A wholeness that provides the answers to our pursuits, our yearnings and reveals a purpose for life. To live and to love with a heart unconditioned by conflict, and a mind, unified beyond division.” – Swami Ritavan Bharati

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The Royal Path by Swami Rama

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally in 1969, came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

In this book, Swami Rama Outlines the basic physical exercises, mental disciplines, and ethical commitments of raja yoga.

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Beyond The Asanas: An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy and Terms with Paul Emerson, PhD

Where: The Meditation Center, Minneapolis, MN USA

When: Monday evenings from June 25 through July 16, 2018
Time 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $55.00

paul emerson wb Yoga philosophy can be complicated-different concepts, different language, different practices. Moreover, Indian philosophy is not a single entity but a variety of complementary views. This class will provide a road map and tools for further exploration of yogic texts. We will start with the timeline of Indian literature (week 1), discuss samkhya metaphysics on which the Yoga Sutras are based (week 2), explore the Yoga Sutras (week 3) and finally delve into some of the hatha yoga sanskrit texts (week 4). The overall focus will be on how to make these concepts practical and relevant to our own sadhanas (meditation practices). For texts we will use portions of Swami Rama's The Royal Path, Swami Veda's Philosophy of Hatha Yoga, as well as various on-line texts.

Paul Emerson is a biomedical engineer with a Ph.D. He is the authority on the physiology of breathing for The Meditation Center and has been teaching yoga for over 30 years.

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Tea and Teachings June 24, 2018

Potluck Brunch & Tea with Swami Radha Bharati
June 24, 2018 from 10 am - 12 pm
The Meditation Center, Minneapolis, MN USA

Tea and Teachings June 24 2018Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and share the offerings of refreshment! We will continue our discussion of the “yamas and niyamas.”

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40-Day Spiritual Festival 2018

Swami Veda Bharati, while still Pandit Usharbudh Arya, initiated the 40-Day Spiritual Festival and the tradition continues through the present. During the 40 days that precede Guru Purnima, sadhakas are invited to participate, to expand and refine one’s sadhana. In 2018, the 40-Day Festival will begin on June 18th and will end on July 27th, which is Guru Purnima. A sadhaka participates wherever he/she is. During these 40 days, yoga students can choose to intensify their yoga practice and/or make beneficial changes in their lifestyles, in a variety of ways. Each year a list of possibilities (with many ways that remained the same each year) was provided by Swamiji for us. To read more:

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