“Sūrya Namaskāra: Introduction to the Origins of Embodied Yoga” Christopher introduces the forgotten role of Surya Namaskāra (Sun Prostrations) from unpublished source texts, a practice once central to Haṭha Yoga practice but left out of the few texts which have come down to us. As a result, Surya Namaskāra is mistakenly thought to have been invented by Krishnamacharya and his students of the Mysore school in the early 20th century. Students learn how Surya Namaskāra was once central to daily Hatha Yoga ritual, and how it was engaged in a specific twelve-part postural sequence (vinyasa) at each of the 8 directions, while circling around one’s practice mandala (self-consecrated practice space) in the beautiful rite known as Pradakshina (sacred circumambulation). Additionally, we explore how the Pradaksina Namaskāra practice was originally inspired by the Indian dance tradition, and included spontaneous dancing, singing and reciting poetry meant to empower one’s connection to the divine source. Session 1. The Dance of Namaskāra How the Pasupata Lineage Transformed Yoga into a Life Affirming Practice Within a century or so of the Yogasūtra‘s composition, an avant-garde religious group rose to the forefront of Indian radicals. Known as the Pasupatas, these quasi-ascetics[...]
Poly Varghese, a leading Hindustani classical guitarist takes you to the magical world with his 22-string Mohan Veena, a combination of lap slide guitar and Sitar, a highly expressive instrument played by very few. Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 7:30 pm Suggested Donation: $20 www.polyvarghese.com
The Yoga Society of San Francisco is pleased to invite you to the annual East-West Music Festival. Celebrate the wealth of music represented at YSSF including North Indian Classical (Hindustani) and Western Classical traditions. Featuring resident teaching artists Kankana Banerjee and Elektra Schmidt and guest teaching artist from the Ali Akbar College of Music, Arjun Verma. Saturday, August 4th, 6 pm to 9 pm with 30-minute intermission 6 pm – 7 pm: Kirtan with Carol Whitney Elektra Schmidt, piano with Lewis Patzner, cello, Western Classical Kankana Banerjee, voice, North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Intermission 7:30 pm – 9 pm: Rhiannon Ledwell, sitar, with Esther Adams, tabla, North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Elektra Schmidt, piano with Ellie Falaris Ganelin, flute, Western Classical Arjun Verma, sitar with William Rossel, tabla, North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Tickets $35 online $40 at the door, (Friend discount available online $25) Click here to reserve your spot: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3575787 Kankana is a celebrated Hindustani Classical Singer from India. Born in Kolkata,[...]
The Yoga Society of San Francisco invites you to participate in Guru Purnima, a day dedicated to cultivating devotion and gratitude to the Guru with recommitting to Self Realization and Divine Service. Join us for a day of reflection and celebration giving thanks for the universal blessings that have been presented to us. This day of Guru Purnima is traditionally the time when seekers offer the Guru (a spiritual teacher or mentor) their gratitude and receive his blessings. Guru Purnima is also considered an especially beneficial day to practice yogic sadhana (daily spiritual practice) and meditation. Please join us on this very special Sunday, July 29th, 2018 5 pm – 7:30 pm: Vedic Fire Ceremony, Meditation, Kirtan 7:30 pm – 9 pm: Vegetarian Dinner & Yoga Teacher Training Closing Ceremony The Yoga Society of San Francisco was founded in 1972 by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to provide an environment which develops, fosters and promotes the experience of Oneness (I-AM) through various[...]
Clarity, Trust, Freedom A Workshop on Creating & Maintaining Meaningful Relationships from The Sutras Explore the Sutras around human interconnection with Ayurveda yoga therapist & Dharma life coach Mukt Saturday, August 11 11 am – 1 pm Suggested donation $25 No-one turned away for lack of funds
This sacred event will take place in the Cosmic Temple beginning with a Fire Ceremony. Each being is born with a Consciousness Seed, a pure element of our soul which gets distorted over time by our environment, by choices, and outer influences. The Earth also has a Consciousness Seed. Carol facilitates a specific Pranashakthi healing through collective chanting of sacred Sanskrit mantras first to the Consciousness Seed of each person and then to the Earth specifically for this purpose. The Consciousness of each participant is raised and revitalized with deep healing! This healing is very powerful in large groups. The Earth is so loving and the ancient lineage of Pranashakthi also holds a power to assist humanity to remove suffering. Darshan from Earth gives to each soul a very beautiful blast of loving energy that is much needed at this time. The Earth sends deep and unconditional love back which raises the vibration of each person and modulates people’s energy[...]
Please join Carol Whitney for the weekly sacred fire Ceremony and Kirtan! This satsang generates peace and tranquility for the Mission District and surrounding areas. As a Pranashakthi energy healer master Carol calls in my connection to Divine and intentions to create a space that is soothing and healing. The ceremony consists of offerings of Mantra and ghee to the Fire. The event is public and by donation. All proceeds go to Yoga Society. There is a brief meditation. Carol leads the Kirtan with Harmonium and voice. Participation in the chanting is highly recommended but the results can also be felt if you listen only.
North Indian Classical Music concert with Peter van Gelder – Sitar and Dana Pandey – Tabla June 23rd 7:30 pm $20 cash at the door (nobody is turned away for lack of funds) $15 students and seniors Peter van Gelder – Sitar. One of the first American disciples of India’s great Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Peter van Gelder first appeared on the San Francisco music scene playing bass guitar and soprano sax in the seminal Great Society rock band with then unknown Grace Slick. He began his study of Sitar with Maestro Ali Akbar Khan in California and later in India where he spent years learning from the Khan family, notably Smt. Annapurna Devi (sister of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.) Returning to California he resumed his study with Maestro Khan and became a junior instructor at the newly formed Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. In 1989 he was awarded the prestigious A.I.I.S. Performance Fellowship from University[...]
Yoga Society of San Francisco invites You to join us on the occasion of Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day for Rebirthing Breathwork, Healing Meditation & Deep Relaxation! In this 2.5hr gathering we’ll use the Power of Breathing, Visualization Suggestion and Guided Meditation to explore, learn and practice: • To connect the healing wisdom of our body, to open our heart and clear our mind • To cultivate enough energy that moves freely and creatively integrating all dimension of your life, in an open space of consciousness Along with dialogues and insights on meaning and nature of healing and how to facilitate it, we will journey 12 stages of Healing through Breathwork and Guided Meditation that covers: • Opening your body and breath by shaking and dancing movements • Bring your mind back into your body (conscious connected gentle rebirthing breathwork) • Open Connect and Feel your body and see Anatomical details of your body • See your body as a galaxy like made up of[...]
Introduction to upcoming Advanced Study & Breathwork Training In this one hour of meeting, we will introduce what is the structure, content, and goal of the Upcoming Hamsa Breathwork training with Presence Process, that is starting from Sunday, August 5th Tuesday, July 24, 2018 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Fee: $1 – $20 RSVP is required. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.503.7802 We will do basic breathing practice along with presence process breathing You will have some taste of the main practices this training includes To know more about upcoming Breathwork training click here.