Therapeutic yoga is particularly effective for those recovering from, or living with, injury or illness. It blends restorative yoga (supported postures), breathwork, hands-on-adjustments, and guided meditation techniques. It is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress.

Due to popular demand for this type of asana class, we will once again offer a therapeutic yoga class series taught by Neeta Mohanty. Class will be held for 6 Saturdays beginning April 5th from 10:15am to 11:30am with a suggested offering of $75. Due to the hands-on nature of the class, it is limited to 12 students, and enrollment is required.

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Hatha Yoga is a science that unites the body and soul of human beings. The type of food and how we eat food is an essential part of this science, as outlined in yogic texts. For example, the Yoga Sutras prescribe aspiring yogis to eat sattvic food.

Vade Sankar, a dedicated volunteer teacher the Ashram, will teach this hands on workshop on Spiritual Nutrition. The workshop will include lecture as well as cooking and juicing demonstrations. Topics covered include qualities of sattvic food, prana in foods, fasting, and juicing.

Schedule:
1:00 – 3:00pm: Spiritual Nutrition Part I
3:00 – 3:30: Break
3:30 – 5:00: Spiritual Nutrition Part II

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.

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humanrace The Human Race is a fun and healthy way to support YSA! It is very accessible to all levels of fitness as they offer a 5K run or a 2 mile walk. Strollers are allowed so bring your kids and grandkids with you! Last year YSA had over 60 runners and raised over $1,000!

Register here and make sure to select Yog Sadhan Ashram when asked which non-profit you choose to support (60% of your registration fee will be donated to the Ashram).

2 Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental & emotional relaxation. In Yoga Nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inward, away from outer experiences. If the consciousness can be separated from external awareness and from sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways, for example, to develop memory, increase knowledge and creativity, or to transform one’s nature.

Learning first hand from a teacher is the best way to learn Yoga Nidra. The goal of this workshop is to leave students with a complete understanding of what Yoga Nidra is, why we should do it, and how we should do it. Students will actually practice Yoga Nidra in the workshop. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced yoga students.

Schedule:
1:00 – 3:00pm: Yoga Nidra Part I
3:00 – 3:30: Break
3:30 – 5:00: Yoga Nidra Part II

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.

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Join us for a new philosophy class series on the Katha Upanishad that starts tomorrow! For the next 6 Saturdays (1/4 – 2/8) at 1-3pm, Hershji will provide English translations and guide us through the meaning of the teachings in this great scripture. Suggested offering is $60 for the whole series. Email yogsadhanashramusa@gmail.com to sign up!

Please join us in celebration of Swamiji.

Saturday program:
10:30-11:30am: Havan & Aarti
11:30am: Yog Divya Ramayan Akhand Path begins

Sunday program:
11:30am: Akhand path ends
11:30am-1:30pm: Bhajans, Updesh, Aarti & Yoga demonstration (cleansings & asanas)
1:30pm: Lunch

Happy New Year!

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Blissful celebration and prayers for the New Year at the Ashram today. We wish everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2014!

“As we celebrate this new year, let us remember who we really are. We are all part of God. We are all one.” -Hershji

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Diwali Celebration

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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!

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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.