January 9 – March 27, 2023
Concentration & Meditation:
The Royal Roads to Perfection
with Rukmini Chaitanya
12 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET
Zoom Link and Class Recordings
“Those who practice concentration evolve quickly. They can do any work with scientific accuracy and great efficiency. What others do in six hours can be done by one who has concentration within half an hour. Concentration purifies and calms the surging emotions, strengthens the current of thought and clarifies the ideas. You can achieve anything through concentration. Nothing is impossible to a man who practices regular concentration.“
– Swami Sivananda, “Concentration and Meditation“
Discover the practical tools used for thousands of years by sages to either jump-start or deepen your concentration and meditation practice.
Concentration and meditation form the inner core of the practice of yoga; they are the keys to the door of Inner Illumination. By diving deep into the cultivation of both concentration and a meditation practice, you will progress on the spiritual path quickly and efficiently. Besides the direct spiritual improvements, you will also experience the benefits of higher energy reserves for your daily activities accompanied by a sharper general focus, a happier mindset, and success in your daily work and personal life.
Join this 12 week course with Rukmini Chaitanya to explore the theory and practice of concentration, the necessary prerequisites to both a successful life and a successful meditation practice. If you already have a meditation practice, this course will help you strengthen the foundation of your practice; if you are new or struggling in your meditation practice, this course will give you the tools you need to climb the mountain of meditation with ease.
Students will have the opportunity to receive personal guidance from Rukmini Chaitanya on their studies.
What is the goal of life, if not to seek happiness? If you too are desirous of a state of perpetual happiness and joy, you must cultivate the state of mind that supports it.
The state of mind found in a happy, successful man is one of complete Presence. Happiness, after all, is only found in one place: the present. Concentration and meditation helps us cultivate the ability to be present at all times, in all places, regardless of the external environment. By becoming masters of concentrating the mind, we become lord of our own inner universes. For a mind that is one-pointed, no task is insurmountable and no question unanswerable. This course has its source material taken from the concise manual on the subject matter, Concentration and Meditation by Swami Sivananda.
Fostering a steady and consistent practice of concentration takes time and a thorough understanding of the qualities, strengths, and weaknesses of our minds. This course will give you that background from the point of view of yoga philosophy, answering the questions What is Concentration? and Where to Concentrate? This course will help you discover the ways of the mind, to reduce mind-wandering, and provide you with ample practices to apply to your every daily life so that you can start reaping the benefits of a one-pointed mind immediately.
What this course covers...
The specifics of what you'll learn in these 12 weeks...
- Offered as 12 weekly sessions on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET on the following dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27.
- This program is offered live through Zoom webinar with the availability for students to interact through Q&A with the presenter.
- For enrolled students, a video recording will be available after each class in the event you miss a class or would like to review the content.
- It is possible to register and take the course at any time. You can catch up on any classes you miss with the recordings.5,
Requirements and Recommendations:
Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, and the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other courses on the Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, positive thinking, meditation, 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 dedicated to each of her students and has an innate 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.