Yoga History, Philosophy and The Path of Bhakti Yoga with Anne Van De Water
Friday 12:30- 7:30 pm Lunch 2-3 pm
Saturday 12:30-7:30 pm Lunch 2-3 pm
Sunday 10:00-5:00 pm Lunch 1-2 pm
$495 paid in FULL by Feb 15th 2018
$450 early bird paid by January 23rd 2018
The study of Yoga’s history can be incredibly enriching for your own Yoga practice and for all of the practices that you lead for your students. After all, you are carrying on a tradition that is over 5,000 years old. Your role as a teacher is to honor Yoga’s and the Yogis’ history, to blaze a brave new future aligned with your personal Vision and the message that you are here to pass on to your students and to bridge the past and future by being fully present in this moment.
Oftentimes history can seem quite dry and disconnected to your present reality. But Yoga’s history is different. Yoga’s history, philosophies, such as the Yogic guidelines for mindful living and Self-Mastery and Yoga’s traditional texts such as the Yoga Sutras, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita are all powerful touchstones along the Yogic path that can all be applied to modern day living and everything that you and your students are going through.
Yoga’s ancient history, stories, ethics and values are ageless and can be applied to your life story and can help to lead you, guide you and direct you a good orderly direction. Yoga’s history is the same as his-story, her-story and your story. As you learn about and live in alignment with Yoga’s age old teachings you will understand more deeply how teaching Yoga to others is and has always been one of the greatest ways that you can be of service to humanity and all of existence.
Bhakti Yoga is one of the major systems of Yoga revered throughout history as a path that can lead you to full awareness of your true nature, Self-Realization and the experience of oneness with everything. The Sanskrit word Bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means “to adore or worship God”. Bhakti Yoga is based on the experience that Love is God and God is Love. Bhakti Yoga has been called “love for love’s sake” and “union with the Divine and your innermost Self through love and devotion.” Bhakti Yoga is the most direct way to connect with what you truly LOVE. It’s a very personal thing for each of us.
If the word “God” does not resonate with you then Bhakti for you might be love and adoration for whatever it is that you wholeheartedly and absolutely love. Giving praise to God or whatever it is that you love opens your heart and creates a direct connection to the Divine Love within and cultivates a positively uplifting feeling in your heart. As you tap into this Universal Love, you naturally develop a sense of trust that everything truly is unfolding for the highest and best good and that we live in a Universe that is benevolent and wise and provides us with exactly what we need to spiritually evolve. Then it’s easier to let go, surrender and relax; and naturally generate positive energy, love and compassion for all of existence.