Please join us at the Ashram on Saturday, November 2nd as we celebrate Diwali. Dinner will be served 6pm to 7pm followed by puja from 7pm to 9pm. We look forward to seeing you and your family there tomorrow!
The 6th Annual Ashram Appreciation Dinner was a HUGE success!
Over 150 supporters of the Ashram enjoyed an evening together and helped the Ashram raise $35,000!
We’re now only $7,000 away from the goal set for this year’s dinner.
Will you help us get there? Click here to support the Ashram!
Throughout the Gita, Lord Krishna describes the need for samnyasa. What exactly does it mean? It is an inner renunciation of ownership and doership, and not outer renunciation of work, wealth, home etc. in Ramananda Prasad’s translation of the Gita, he provides a great summary of the 9 types of samnyasa:
(1) Renunciation of actions forbidden by the scriptures (16.23-24),
(2) Renunciation of lust, anger, greed, fear, likes and dislikes, and jealousy (3.34, 16.21);
(3) Spurning of procrastination in the search of Truth (12.09),
(4) Giving up feeling pride in one’s knowledge, detachment, devotion, wealth, and charitable deeds (15.05, 16.01-04);
(5) Rejection of selfish motives and attachment to the fruits of all works (2.51, 3.09, 4.20, 6.10),
(6) Renunciation of the feeling of doership and ownership in all undertakings (12.13, 18.53),
(7) Giving up thoughts of using the Lord to fulfill material desires (2.43, 7.16);
(8) Spurning attachments to material objects, such as a house, wealth, position, and power (12.19, 13.09); and
(9) Sacrifice of wealth, prestige, and even life for a noble cause and protection of righteousness (Dharma) (2.32, 4.28).
Let us remember that this path is long and difficult, and we may not be able to achieve full samnyasa overnight. But if we commit to do our best and trust that progress will be made with God’s grace, then we will surely find peace.
One of our dear students, Gina, recorded Hershji’s popular meditation on 5 sheaths so that we could also listen to this at home. Enjoy!
The Ashram is offering a unique opportunity for your children to learn Yoga practices and enjoy many activities with
others their age in a nurturing environment!
Camp Activities Include:
• Yoga – Age appropriate Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation
• Arts & Crafts
• Indian Dances and Outdoor activities
Open to children 4 to 16 years old.
1 PM to 4 PM
Suggested offering of $50-$100 per child to cover the expenses of supplies, facility, and snacks. YSA is a registered 501(c)3 and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Registration is required. Please click here to register.
Join us for a week of Hatha and Raja Yoga training amidst the Ashram’s peaceful acreage of rolling hills and majestic trees. Acharya Hersh Khetarpal, along with other senior teachers at the Ashram, will provide in-depth teachings of Yoga philosophy and the practices. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and advanced Yoga students.
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|9:00-10:30||Hatha Yoga Class||Hatha Yoga Class||Hatha Yoga Class||Hatha Yoga Class||Hatha Yoga Class|
Theory & Practice
|Rituals & Symbolism in Hinduism||Fasting: Purpose, Benefits, & Types||How to Live a Happy Life||Applying Yoga Teachings to Family & Work Life|
|1:30–3:00||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse|
|3:30–5:00||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse||Aitaraya Upanishad discourse|
Hatha Yoga Class: We will begin each morning with a Hatha Yoga class that includes asanas, pranayama, meditation. Class will be held outdoors on the Ashram’s beautiful property (weather permitting).
Pranayama: Theory & Practice: Pranayama is the fourth limb of Hatha & Raja yoga and an important bridge between the outwards practices (like asanas) and inward practices (like meditation). This workshop will provide an understanding of what pranayama is, why we should do it, and how to do it.
Rituals & Symbolism in Hinduism: There are countless rituals one can practice, yet what is the real meaning and purpose behind them? Which ones should we practice to further our yogic path? These questions and others related to rituals and symbolism will be covered in this sessions.
Fasting: Purpose, Benefits & Types: Have you ever thought about fasting but weren’t sure why you should do it or how to do it? In our culture today there are many reasons people fast, but this session will focus on the reasons for and types of fasting specifically for yoga practitioners.
How to Live a Happy Life: This educational and motivational session will teach us several basic yoga principles for living a happy life that takes one towards the ultimate goal of self-realization.
Applying Yoga Teachings to Family & Work Life: Yoga philosophy can seem theoretical at first, but in order to make real progress we need to apply it to our everyday life. One of the most common challenges people face in this culture is how to incorporate the teachings into their work or family life. This session will teach us how to be a yogi as a householder (someone with family and work responsibilities).
Aitaraya Upanishad: We will study the entire Aitarya Upanishad, which is part of the Rig Veda, over the course of 5 days. Acharyaji will recite, translate, and explain the meaning behind each line of this great scripture that covers the process of creation, the theory of oneness of the Lord & all beings, and the value of dispassion.
Lunch: A home cooked vegetarian meal will be provided each day.
- You may attend the full workshop or select specific days.
- Suggested Offering of $50 per day. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. YSA is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
- Sessions will start on time. Please arrive 5 minutes early to all sessions.
Thank you to the 60+ Ashram walkers/runners at the Dupage County Human Race 5K! With your help, we raised over $1,000 for the Ashram. A big thank you also goes to Kusum and Ram Barad for hosting brunch afterwards! Click here to view pictures from the race and brunch!
The Ashram was also mentioned in a newspaper article about the race! http://www.dailyherald.
Please join us in celebration of Ram Navami.
Saturday, May 4th program: 10:30-11:30am: Havan & Aarti 11:30am: Yog Divya Ramayan Akhand Path begins
Sunday, May 5th program: 11:30am: Akhand path ends 11:30am-1:30pm: Bhajans, Updesh, Aarti & Yoga demonstration (cleansings & asanas) 1:30pm: Lunch
Join us this Sunday on the auspicious occassion of Shivaratri, the Hindu festival celebrating Lord Shiva. The Ashram’s program will start at 11am with bhajans/kirtan and will end at 1pm with aarti and lunch. We hope to see you and your family there!
Pranayama is composed of two Sanskrit words: “Prāna”, life force or vital energy; and “āyāma”, to extend, draw out, restrain, or control. It is the fourth limb of both Hatha Yoga & Raja Yoga, and one of the most critical elements of any yoga students practice. It serves as an important bridge between the outward practices of yoga (like asanas) and the internal practices that lead us into meditation and samadhi.
Learning first hand from a teacher is the best way to learn this subtle yet powerful practice. The goal of this workshop is to leave students with a complete understanding of what Pranayama is, why we should do it, and how we should do it. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced yoga students.
7:45 – 8:30: Shat Karmas (Internal Body Cleansings)
8:30 – 9:30: Asanas & Meditation class
9:30 – 9:45: Break
9:45 – 11:15: Pranayama Principles & Techniques I
11:15: 11:30: Break
11:30- 1:00: Pranayama Principles & Techniques II
1:00 – 1:30: Lunch & Q&A (vegetarian meal provided)
Cost: $35 suggested offering. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. YSA is a 501(c)3 organization, and offerings are deductible to the extent allowed by law.