11/4 Bhagavad Gita
November 4 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm$100
Exploring the Bhagavad Gita, A One-Day Workshop
The Bhagavad Gita, literally ‘song to the beloved’ is universally regarded as one of the world’s greatest literary and spiritual masterpeices. It is one of the most translated writings in history, inspiring such diverse figures as Aldous Huxley, Henry David Thoreau, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Jung, Bono, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the Atomic Bomb.
On the surface, the Bhagavad Gita is a battlefield conversation between Arjuna and Krishna, his charioteer. Arjuna is a gifted warrior who, facing his greatest battle, becomes paralyzed with doubt. In the ensuing dialogue, Krishna reveals that he is a god and helps Arjuna understand what he must do, and why. This profound wisdom text is both a cornerstone the Hindu tradition and an essential text on Yoga, second only to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in importance.
In this one-day workshop, we will explore this epic tale, clarifying which teachings are Hindu and which relate to the secular self-care system of Yoga. We will examine Gita’s profound insights on such central Yogic themes as meditation, right-knowledge, dharma, detachment, devotion and their practical applications to everyday life. The focus will be on understanding culturally appropriate applications of the practices outlined in this ancient text to be used as a yoga therapist.
Erika Burkhalter, MA Yoga Studies, MS Neuropsychology, E-RYT 500, YACEP, has been teaching yoga since 1999, and exploring its practices since childhood. Erika teaches Ananda Flow, a practice to “find your bliss” through vinyasa flow interwoven with mythology, mantra, meditation and yogic philosophy to promote happiness, mental clarity, and a sense of interconnection between all things. Erika also teaches for Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program and teaches for a variety of Teacher Training programs and festivals. For more information, please see ErikaBurkhalter.com.