Tag: inquire within

I  can’t even tell you how excited I am to be presenting this program at Kripalu Center in October.  It is literally a dream come true!
My history with Kripalu goes back many decades….so far in fact that it certainly does seem as though destiny has had a hand in everything.  I received their very first catalog in the mail sometime in the late 80’s. But it wasn’t until circa 1992 that I walked thru the door.  I was a full-time, frustrated, stressed out Real Estate Broker & Trainer then. It was August and I was taking The Mystical Path of Yoga with Yoganand. on the recommendation of my local yoga teacher. Nearly everyone but me in the program was a working yoga teacher.  It was an unexpected life-changing experience .   My real interest in going was to meet the guru, Amrit Desai, but, that wouldn’t happen until 2017,.  Still, yoga became an integral part of my life from that point forward.
When I arrived, the receptionist asked me about my employment  and I declared at that moment I was an astrologer.  It wasn’t a lie.  I had a small, side gig going on offering Feng Shui & Astrological Consults.   My expertise in Feng Shui made being in the RE industry tolerable and provided many unusual opportunities to teach, consult, and do research on the art/science.   My avocation was preferable to my vocation.
Over the next 25+ years I returned to Kripalu Center so often I probably should have moved there!   My Karma Yoga included many different jobs, ie. yoga teacher, facilitator, a/v assistant, musician.  I took over 1000 hrs of YTT and worked as a faculty assistant to the many different Yoga presenters that taught at Kripalu .
All said, it was my work within the Inner Quest Intensive under the direction of Aruni Nan Futuronsky that has informed my own teaching of yoga & yoga therapy.   Through my experiences facilitating that program I became particularly interested in yoga (therapy) for mental health, recovery, and spiritual development.  I’ve written a lot of short stories detailing many of my experiences along this Sun/Jupiter line and I look forward to more to tell.
So now, I get to present my own program, which literally took a saturn cycle to imagine, create, and now finally deliver.   I hope you’ll check it out and share the news with like-minded friends.
It’s a program for everyone and you don’t need to know much of anything about astrology or yoga to take it.
The topics we cover are universal; birth/death/loss/fate/change/relationships/health/spirituality.  Life, as it is.  All that is needed is curiosity and a desire to know yourself better.
Possibilities for healing, personal growth, expanded consciousness, spiritual development are inherent in the work.
At the very least you’ll come home with a new plan for time management and stress relief.
 
 

Astrology Kripalu Yoga Yoga Therapy

 

 

 

 

The tropical charts above represent the ‘curriculum for our weekend at the Gurukulam.

Regardless of which system/zodiac you use, or what philosophy/tradition you base your interpretations on, the actual movements of the planets are regular and predictable.

On Friday night there’s a exact conjunction of the Moon with Neptune in Pisces.  The general public/collective body is in need of spiritual support.  In these last hours of the gibbous lunar phase, (the full moon is exact on Saturday just after midnight), the discomfort of previous cycles is felt in our emotional/nervous systems as unresolved tension with no apparent relief.   Many will be seduced into their habitual forms of escape/addiction/delusion.

The Virgo/Pisces axis in astrology highlights the concepts of mutability, being flexible, maybe neurotic and  concerned with bringing physical health into balance with spiritual health……more on this later.  The best practices for gibbous days include anything that aids self-development.

The Sun sits between Venus & Mars, perfect timing for self-study on relationships.  To others, to our communities, to ourselves, and to a higher power or whatever you want to call that which is greater than ourselves.

…..to be continued.

Experiential portions of this program include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, chant, integrative breathwork (optional, depending on content) art, journaling, expressive movement, dyads & storytelling. Hatha yoga and experience with astrology is not necessary. The practices will be gentle & challenging at the same time. Experiences and insights that stimulate the mind-body-spirit connection can be profoundly transformational. Inner space explorations of outer space can at times stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t often visit consciously.

More information here: http://www.ifcullen.com/inquire-within-sept2019/

Astrology Yoga Yoga Therapy

 

More information regarding astrological transits impacting the weekend is here.

 

 

 

Self Study or Svadaya in Sanskrit,  refers to the practice of introspection and the ‘study of the self’.  It encourages one to practice awareness and self-reflection.  The goal of these programs, if there were one, would be to know our true/authentic self; the part beyond personality, thoughts, body or emotions.

My intention as facilitator is bring in alignment various  yoga (therapy) practices and cosmic forces to create optimal conditions for expanded self-awareness.  Transformation, healing, or enlightenment are also possible side effects.

The location for this program has been a gathering place for astrologers  and Vedic scholars from around the world for decades.  It’s a spiritual place. Although I understand and use the Vedic system myself, these programs mostly focus on the outer planets, which are not recognized in the Eastern system.  Ergo, I welcome all to come, learn, practice, and grow.  More and more information will be posted as we closer to the time.

The chart on the right shows our curriculum for the weekend.  I’ll be sending out tweets, pictures, posts and pages to keep you informed of what we’ll be covering.  For starters go here:

Experiential portions of this program include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, chant, integrative breathwork (optional, depending on content) art, journaling, expressive movement, dyads & storytelling. Hatha yoga and experience with astrology is not necessary. The practices will be gentle & challenging at the same time. Experiences and insights that stimulate the mind-body-spirit connection can be profoundly transformational. Inner space explorations of outer space can at times stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t often visit consciously.

PROGRAM COST:   Super Early-Bird Registration  $100.  ends June 21. $150 after that. Registration for program is here. Contact Ida with questions.  Group Rates Apply.  Scholarships Available.

Participants make their own reservations for lodging/boarding.  I recommend that you stay at the Gurukulum rather than seek off-campus accomodations.

ARSHA VIDYA GURUKULUM, Saylorsburg, PA.  Contact AVG for questions regarding accomodations. Ask for Vimala  (570)992 2339

Email: avpoffice@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a plan for Arjuna which begins with the instruction to “find his dharma”, or true purpose.

Later on he goes on to counsel that you are better off failing at your own dharma than succeeding at someone else’s.

 

I’ve been fascinated by the concepts of karma and dharma since childhood.  Back then these ideas were foreign, mysterious and somewhat ridiculed in the  judeo-christian neighborhood of my youth.  My own ‘dharma’  began to assert itself  then, although, of course, I did not see it at the time.  Hindsight brings amazing clarity at times.

Belief in reincarnation is fundamental in understanding the wheel of dharma and that is a hurdle for some.  Many in our society live their lives according to a linear model of time, with very well defined beginnings and endings.  Reincarnation is not compatable with linear thinking.   Those who study dharma tend to measure and experience time cyclically which creates a very different mentality.   Reincarnation is the vehicle by which the scales become balanced.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a four point plan for the warrior, Arjuna, which begins with the instruction to “discover his dharma” .  Once found, it is our duty to do our dharma in order to evolve into a higher state of being.  But, first, we must  remove the karmic obstructions so to create fertile ground for our dharma to manifest.

One’s natal horoscope can answer many questions surrounding our soul’s purpose (dharma) and when and where and how to manifest it. The lunar nodes symbolize the karmic path we’re on in this current lifetime, as well as the dharmic task we’ve been assigned.  Our soul’s purpose will be fulfilled, regardless of whether or not we are conscious of what it is. The advantage to knowing your purpose is nothing less than evolutionary growth for your soul.

 

 

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a plan for Arjuna which begins with the instruction to “find his dharma”, or true purpose.

Later on he goes on to counsel that you are better off failing at your own dharma than succeeding at someone else’s.

 

I’ve been fascinated by the concepts of karma and dharma since childhood.  Back then these ideas were foreign, mysterious and somewhat ridiculed in the  judeo-christian neighborhood of my youth.  My own ‘dharma’  began to assert itself  then, although, of course, I did not see it at the time.  Hindsight brings amazing clarity at times.

Belief in reincarnation is fundamental in understanding the wheel of dharma and that is a hurdle for some.  Many in our society live their lives according to a linear model of time, with very well defined beginnings and endings.  Reincarnation is not compatable with linear thinking.   Those who study dharma tend to measure and experience time cyclically which creates a very different mentality.   Reincarnation is the vehicle by which the scales become balanced.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a four point plan for the warrior, Arjuna, which begins with the instruction to “discover his dharma” .  Once found, it is our duty to do our dharma in order to evolve into a higher state of being.  But, first, we must  remove the karmic obstructions so to create fertile ground for our dharma to manifest.

One’s natal horoscope can answer many questions surrounding our soul’s purpose (dharma) and when and where and how to manifest it. The lunar nodes symbolize the karmic path we’re on in this current lifetime, as well as the dharmic task we’ve been assigned.  Our soul’s purpose will be fulfilled, regardless of whether or not we are conscious of what it is. The advantage to knowing your purpose is nothing less than evolutionary growth for your soul.

 

This Sunday’s transit chart shows the moon squaring the lunar nodes which is auspicious for our investigations.  Come, join us to explore Purpose thru discussion, experiential exercises and yoga nidra. All Welcome.  Bring your natal chart.  $45/ for Sanctuary students, $54. all others. Minimum 3 to run program.

Please call /text in advance to register.

SUNDAY, OCT 8 12 – 4PM, The Purpose of Purpose – A Workshop

The Sanctuary  560 Main St., St 2C, Loch Arbor, NJ 07712  732 531 9013

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