May 20, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

In Hinduism, the Supreme Reality (Brahman) manifests itself in both male and female form.  Every major god has a goddess counterpart (or consort), and many Hindus worship the Great Goddess exclusively.

Led by Acharya Hersh Khetarpal, students will discover the names of Hindu Goddesses, their attributes, symbolism and festivities and why they are a central part of modern Hinduism.

Schedule:

10:00-11:30 Introduction and lecture
11:30-11:45 Tea Break
11:45-1:00 Lecture and Q&A

Location:        28W100 St. Charles Rd., West Chicago, IL 60185-1421

To Register:   You may register by emailing YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com, or by calling Mike Khetarpal@ 630-643-8220.

Cost:               $25 suggested donation, however, no one will be turned away from lack of funds. YSA is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Questions?  Email YogSadhanAshramUSA@gmail.com or Call 630-293-9554.

Every Saturday morning at the Ashram there is group meditation 7:00am-8:00am followed by Hatha Yoga at 8:30.  All are welcome!

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!

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Dhyana (Meditation) is one of the most important practices for yoga students. Most people have an image of someone sitting quietly with their eyes closed, but what really happens inside? How do we stop our mind from chatting? What does it feel like when you’re finally able to still the mind? And what exactly is the purpose of meditation?

These and many other questions will be addressed during this half-day workshop dedicated to meditation. Acharya Hersh Khetarpal will not only distill the philosophy and techniques for meditation, but there will also be multiple practice sessions.

This workshop is suitable for beginners interested in an introduction, as well as experienced students hoping to heighten their understanding and practice.

Schedule:
7:45 – 8:30: Shat Karmas (Internal Body Cleansings)
8:30 – 9:30: Asanas & Pranayama class
9:30 – 9:45: Break
9:45 – 11:15: Meditation Philosophy, Techniques, and Practice
11:15: 11:30: Break
11:30- 1:00: Meditation Techniques and Practice
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.

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This past weekend over 20 students participated in a workshop on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In addition to learning the great wisdom contained in this yogic scripture, everyone also had the opportunity to learn and practice asanas as well as cleansing techniques, like neti and vaman. Pranayama, mudras, and bandhas, practices less commonly practiced in the U.S., were also discussed and practiced.

Above all, students walked away knowing more about the true purpose of Hatha Yoga, which is preparation for higher consciousness. While yoga is commonly thought to be a practice for the body, we wee reminded that  we are not merely seaking the freedom from diseaeses but the freedom from the bondage and the waverings of the mind.

The scripture proved to be full of information, and we will likely be studying it in even more depth during Sunday philosophy classes in the future. Stay tuned!