December 25 – January 22, 2021
The Yoga of Unconditional Love: Discover the Nature of Divine Love through the Timeless Teachings of Narada Bhakti Sutra
5 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Saturdays, 2:00-4:00pm ET
Open your heart and experience Divine Love through the practice of Bhakti Yoga – the Yoga of Devotion. Join us on a transformative 5-week journey to deepen your connection with your Divine True Self. Learn practices to gain mastery over your mind, and to manage the lower emotions by tuning into the higher frequencies of love, compassion, and joy — just in time for the holidays!
As Swami Vishnudevanada says, Christmas is the best time to study, teach and practice the Narada Bhakti Sutra because of its message of joy and Divine Love! So, let’s take these coming 5 weeks to engage in the practice of opening the spiritual heart. Together we will explore the birth, growth, and expression of Divine Love according to the Narada Bhakti Sutra – an ancient Vedic text on Bhakti Yoga.
Throughout this experiential course, we will delve into the 9 practices of Bhakti Sadhana: singing kirtan, performing puja (rituals), japa (repetition of the Divine Name), listening to stories, acting in service, cultivating a relationship with the Divine, and more. We will also explore the teachings of other traditions and to show the similar ways we connect to the Divine — it is The Religion of Love!
Take the time to benefit from personal guidance on how to arrange a special place for your Sadhana (including an altar) that will help you establish a steady practice of Bhakti Yoga at home. This is a great opportunity to transform your life and receive inspiration for spiritual practice and for your daily life!
Bhakti Yoga is the BEST method to overcome negative emotions. We experience many of these emotions in our daily lives, especially over these last two years of global challenges. Bhakti Yoga can help to transmute negative emotions like stress, anxiety, anger, depression into the higher emotions of Compassion and Divine Love. Let’s shift this energy right now and welcome the New Year with the blessings of the Love of God in our hearts.
There is no better way to prepare for the Christmas Holidays than opening your heart. Together, let’s step into a fresh, vibrant New Year for 2022!
If you cannot attend the live sessions you can access the recordings
This course is approved for 10 hours towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education
What you will learn:
Offered as 5 weekly sessions on Saturdays, Dec 25, Jan 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2:00-4:00pm ET
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.
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.