Program Type: Online Course
Date & Time: Offered as 7 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2 & 9, 7:00-8:30pm EST
Hours: 10.5 hours
What you will learn:
We hear a lot about the benefits of meditation, and we know how indispensable it is for attaining Self-realization and spiritual liberation. And yet, it is so hard to control the mind. In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna, the mightiest warrior of his time and the great devotee and friend of Lord Krishna, had the same problem. He felt that it is easier to control the wind than the mind.
In the Gita, Lord Krishna, full of compassion, is teaching Arjuna (and through him to us) how to meditate. He gives practical tips, techniques, and preparations that are required for success in meditation. He explains the importance of the renunciation of desires and the need for solitude. He describes the meditation seat and postures and how a moderate lifestyle is conducive to successful meditation. He emphasizes practice and dispassion and reassures us that no effort is wasted in the path of yoga. Finally, he shares the message that the greatest yogi, or meditator, is the Bhakta — the lover of God.
Join us for this inspiring and practical course and learn how to deepen your meditation practice by following the instructions of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Being Himself.
Requirements & Recommendations:
Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas. She is also the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher and practitioner of yoga and Vedanta. She teaches courses online and at the ashram on a variety of topics including yoga, meditation, positive thinking, and scriptures of yoga and Vedanta. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other advanced courses on the Bhagavad Gita, scriptures and yoga philosophy.
Rukmini Chaitanya is known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style as well as for her devotion to the lineage and the scriptures. She is also known for her dedication to each of her students and her desire to share knowledge with them. She brings a great deal of clarity to every topic and is highly appreciated for her capacity to unfold complicated topics and present them in a coherent and pure way.
At the ashram, she is in charge of programming, marketing and fundraising and assists Swami Swaroopananda with his administrative responsibilities both locally and internationally.