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Bhagavad Gita Book Study


Bhagavad Gita Book Study


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The Bhagavad Gita is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. It is the dialog between Krishna and Arjuna on the eve of a mighty battle. Through this dialog, Krishna explains to Arjuna how to perceive and understand the struggles of life and how to rise to a higher understanding of truth and action. The metaphor of the battle allows Krishna to expound on the traditional yogic ideas and Samkyha philosophy which include love, devotion, work, meditation, and sacred duty.

There are numerous commentaries and scholarly treatises that fill libraries which attempt to illuminate the sublime message contained within its pages. For the students of Yoga, The Gita very elegantly explains the concept of discernment, right understanding, and non-attachment. Arjuna's own self-doubt and Krishna's call for an examination of these important self-concepts directly relates to the Yoga practice beyond Asana.

We should consider the Gita in its historical context as well as in the spiritual context to be able to recognize and provide guidance to students who may be coming to the practice for more than just Asana.

We will review and study together the following:

  • Historical context

  • The story and the narrative

  • Important quotes for yoga teachers

  • An examination of where it may fit inside a yoga class

  • Further readings, studies and going deeper

We will use Swami Satchidananda's wonderful translation and commentary "The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita" as the foundation for our study and review. Students will be expected to arrive at sessions with reading assignments complete and ready to participate in a discussion.

This event runs 4 Friday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm.

Dates are: December 14th, January 4th,January 18th, and February 1st

Reading assignments will correlate with dates and be added to this description a few weeks before series begins.

$60 for all four sessions in series OR $20 DROP IN. This workshop series is limited to 10 participants to allow for meaningful discussion in an intimate setting. Discussion to be led by Matt Pazaryna.