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Ultimate Reality, The Self and Spiritual Self-Discovery: Key Concepts from the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita

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Saturday 9/25/2021 1:00 pm - 7:30 am
$108.00 Individual workshop in the Going Deeper Series

6 Yoga Alliance CEUs are available

To understand and properly honor the roots of yoga, we must begin with an exploration of the ancient texts that illuminate the foundational concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism. We begin our inquiry with The Upanishads, sometimes described as a metaphorical photo album of mystical experience. The common theme of these poetic writings is that the purpose of our human life is to discover the infinite and unchanging reality that is at the core of all things. In this session, we will have a close a reading and discussion of four of the principal Upanishads: Mandukya Upanisad, Isa Upanisad, Chandogya Upanisad, and Katha Upanisad.

Our day ends with The Bhagavad Gita, the beloved and sacred ancient Hindu text. The Bhagavad Gita represents the teachings of The Upanishads and translates them into a guidebook for spiritual self-discovery. Aside from exploring the many definitions of yoga offered in this text, the activities and discussion will lead us to consider some of the text’s essential questions: How can someone live a spiritually meaningful life without withdrawing from society? What can someone who does not want to give up family and social obligations do to live the right way? How do we make it through our struggle for self-mastery?

Recommended but not required are the following books: The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God Retold in Simplified English by Edward Viljoen The Upanishads translation and commentary by Eknath Easwaran

Tara Lemerise

Tara Lemerise teaches the time-honored philosophy and practice of yoga in an accessible and joyful way. Registered with Yoga Alliance at ERYT-200, Tara has been teaching yoga philosophy, movement, and meditation since 2005. She has over 7,000 hours of teaching experience.

According to Tara, there is nothing to “fix” with yoga. Instead, there are only more opportunities to understand and be more fully present to our separate and together experiences. She is known for offering clear and helpful instruction to students at all levels and makes the wisdom of yoga feel relevant and relatable.

Tara’s classes include action-based instructions in asana that are a result of study of anatomy, kinesiology and creative movement. In addition, Tara provides plenty of opportunities for stillness and contemplation in her classes, which are deeply influenced by her study and practice of Restorative Yoga.

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