Restorative Yoga is a blissful style that can benefit all yoga practitioners, creating balance in their asana practice. It uses props such as blankets, pillows and bolsters to support the body in restful poses that are held for longer periods of time. It is particularly beneficial to those who are coping with physical or emotional trauma.
This two hour exploration of Restorative Yoga will be a deeply calming session that will leave you feeling spiritually rejuvenated and physically loose and open. Participants will be soothed into their poses with live chanting by Surya Devi. The workshop will also explain some of the philosophy behind the restorative style.
Surya Devi teaches Restorative Yoga regularly at Kashi Atlanta Ashram in the style championed by Judith Lasater. Surya Devi is a certified Level II teacher of Judith Lasater's “Relax & Renew”© system, and is currently studying the restorative teachings of Dr. Gail Parker
Yoga has a complex and fascinating history. If you would like a more sophisticated understanding of yoga's history, then this workshop is for you. This workshop will provide an overview of yoga's ancient to modern history, with special attention to topics of appropriation and power within its modern history.
Participants will be provided with a copy of the slides and a comprehensive reading list for further study.
As 2020 draws toward the end of the year, we are so grateful that our Ashram continued to serve meals to marginalized people in three shelters each week, Clifton Sanctuary, Atlanta Mission, and Lost-N-Found, without missing a week! We are so thankful for awareness of the need to feed everyone!
Fire is used in many traditions to represent the light of
the divine. A fire puja is a sacred ceremony that has been
practiced for thousands of years to awaken the heart and invoke the
essence of the divine to burn away anything that stands in the way
of our obtaining what we need spiritually, emotionally or
Join Kashi Atlanta Head Pujari (person who performs a puja) Agni Ma in this experiential exploration of Laxsmi (the Goddess of Prosperity), and fire puja. During the workshop, participants will learn about the art of fire puja and create an indoor fire puja specifically to invoke prosperity and abundance. Participants will also learn the meaning of various aspects of the puja, including gemstones and colors used in this puja, as taught in guru Ma Jaya's teachings on fire puja. The workshop will end with a fire puja.
Participants will need green tealights (five or more) or small candles, and five pieces of Pyrite (Fool's Gold).
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, founder of the Kashi Yoga lineage, taught a meditation technique focused on following the visual of 11 lights over the head to get closer and closer to the Formless, to the soul, to grace, or to whatever name you give to your sacred beloved.
Practice this deep and powerful meditation style in honor of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights that celebrates the spiritual victory of light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance, and fundamental goodness over evil.
Join us as we explore mantras and sounds from around the world.
Mantra has been used since antiquity as a tool of transformation in all areas of life: physical, spiritual, financial, relational and intellectual. It is a combination of particular words and sounds that embody different forms of Divine consciousness which promote harmony in all areas of life. The repetition of these specific sounds can open up one’s whole being and help one heal and expand in any area where there is struggle. Mantra can also be used to create specific results by aligning us with the energies we wish to become and bring into our life. Mantra can be done for self or directed to help others toward healing and peace.
The ancient Hindu teachings say that chanting a mantra with more than one person exponentially empowers the purpose of the mantra and the energies it carries. If you have never chanted before or even if you have a personal practice, come and enjoy the power and energy that comes from group chant in a sacred space!
A chance for connection along the spiritual path.
Yoga, in both its deepest and broadest essences, is the actuality of movement from the illusion of separation into the reality of connection and wholeness. It is both journey and destination.
For many of us, we get to live moments of wholeness while on the mat or meditation cushion, but translating that ‘being-ness’ into the process of our day-to-day lives can leave us feeling anything but whole. These monthly group opportunities are a time to connect with others navigating a spiritual path that wends through a greater world. Swami Jaya Devi taught of the importance of owning and embracing all of life - our circumstances, choices and experiences; both our highs and our lows - as our path. The meetings are intended to support us as we work to honor all of our life as our path and use it all as fuel for our spiritual growth.
After a brief opening meditation, each group gathering will begin with an opportunity for each member to share, without ‘cross-talk’, whatever feels particularly present for them in the process of their spiritual growth or the integration of their spiritual work into their life, as a whole. Once everyone has had a chance to share, the remaining time will allow for a more interactive experience. We will close the space with another brief meditation.
The monthly gatherings are facilitated by a long-time resident and monk in our Kashi lineage, who will help hold a safe container for participants’ experiences and may share from teachings they’ve been fortunate to have received along their own path thus far.
By donation. Space is limited to six participants. Advance registration is encouraged.
Dive into the Heart of Hanuman and explore the Divine energy of gratitude, devotion, humility and strength. We'll invite Hanuman into the container of the practice through meditation and use the stories of the Ramayana to bring Him to life. Weaving stories and song, pranayama and poses, we'll invoke Hanuman's presence‚ calling forth His strength and playfulness, devotion and open heartedness to mirror these aspects within ourselves.
Come explore the Hanuman Chalisa, spread your Hanuman toes, and walk the Hanuman's Journey Breath honoring the bhakti heart, the heart of devotion, in us all!