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Who Am I?
The Practice of Vedantic Inquiry

Certification Course with Rukmini Chaitanya


August 10 – October 12, 2022, Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET

We often feel the most insecurity and fear when we don’t know who we truly are. So that brings up the questions:

How deeply do you know yourself? Do you feel called to dig deeper? 

According to yoga and Vedanta, we have forgotten our true nature and we follow the spiritual path in order to remember who we are, where we come from, and why we’re here.

The goal of Jnana Yoga, or the Yoga of Knowledge, is to gain an understanding of your true Self. This is the Self that exists beyond your ego; any attachments you may have to people, places, things, or concepts; and preferences (likes/dislikes). We use yogic and Vedantic teachings to transcend the ego, purify the mind, and connect to the deepest parts of your intuitive inner self, the in-dwelling consciousness and awareness. When you discover your true Self and cultivate it through spiritual practices, suffering falls away and the soul becomes free. 

In this course, you will dive deep into the Upanishads, ancient scripture based in Vedantic philosophy, to learn how to deepen your connection to your inner Self.

Taught by senior teacher Rukmini Chaitanya who has studied Jnana Yoga under the tutelage of Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya or spiritual director of the ashram, this course is designed to help you gain clarity for the timeless question, Who Am I?

During this course, you’ll be guided through meditations, contemplations, and reflective self-inquiry to help you more deeply understand who you truly are. The more you inquire “Who Am I?,” the more love, trust, and happiness can enter your heart.

Vedantic meditations help the practitioner to remove limiting ideas regarding oneself and the universe. These meditations do not require a particular time, place, or posture. Rather, they can be practiced throughout the day, while engaged in activity.

Knowing your true nature is essential not only for happiness but the pervading state of contentment and inner peace as well as access unlimited stores of energy and concentration. In this course, you will learn techniques in order to connect with and know your true nature while you are doing your daily tasks. These techniques focus on contemplation and analysis in order to reclaim what you already are.

During this transformational journey you’ll discover…

“Vedanta must enter your bones, nerves, cells and interior chambers of your heart. Even a little of real practical Vedanta will elevate you quickly and make you immortal and fearless. We should become absolutely fearless. That is the sign of life in Atma.  No more words. No more talk. No more arguments, heated debates or discussions. No more study. No more wandering. Live in OM. Live in truth. Enter the silence. There is peace. Peace is silence.”

– Swami Sivananda, Sadhana

If you feel a calling to know your soul’s essence more fully, and to experience more inner peace and stability as a result, join us! These teachings are specifically designed to help you grow on your spiritual path.

It is not necessary to have a background in Vedanta in order to register for this course.

This course is approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs) with the Yoga Alliance.

What people are saying about Rukmini Chaitanya…

"A beautiful introduction to the prerequisites of Vedic meditation. Rukmini Chaitanya is a master of the material and a most talented teacher. The course unfolded with just the right amount of new material and review each week. I have already signed up for the upcoming continuation and greatly look forward to it."
- Leslie S.
"Rukmini is a wonderful, enthusiastic teacher who clearly enjoys teaching others. She is very knowledgeable and has a gift for transmitting information in an interesting and enjoyable way. Highly recommend her classes."
- Camille
“I found Rukmini to be excellent teacher and one of the gems at Sivananda. Although all the instructors at Sivananda are great, Rukmini was very engaging and made the concepts of Vedanta clear and comprehensible. We have signed up with more of her classes (and others) because she left us wanting more.”
– Doug Habig
“Vedantic meditations course is a jewel. You do not need previous knowledge of Vedanta to take the course. The teacher will take you from zero, up to giving you three beautiful meditations that you can use in daily life, to realize your true Self. These types of Vedantic meditations are not like the Japa meditation, where you sit still and focus your attention on an object. Instead, they are made to be practicing when you walk, when you eat, when you are working, etc. Moreover, the passion of the teacher for this subject is so contagious and I’m sure it will get straight to your heart and built a special connection with the teachings.”
– Jun Ishida (Jyoti Dev)

Additional Information:

Offered as 10 weekly sessions on Wednesdays,  August 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm 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 recordings7

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Rukmini Chaitanya

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.

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