Good morning everyday gita readers!
My profound apologies for the lack of posts during the last few days. It's been pretty hectic here in Charlottetown! This post is going to be a little different than our usual ones' as it won't focus on a specific verse of the Gita (which will be up shortly, I promise!). It's more a recap of an incredible event I was honoured to facilitate here on beautiful Prince Edward Island.
Yesterday, over ten yoga enthusiasts came out for an "Intro to the Gita" Workshop at Moksha Yoga Charlottetown. I have to say, it would be hard-pressed for me to remember meeting such an open and receptive group of aspiring yogis who were eager to go deeper in their personal yoga practices!
We started off by presenting the backstory behind the Gita (i.e. story time!). After placing that into context, we quickly went over the simple, yet necessary, exercise of practicing how to pronounce the the title of this great yoga text called the Bhagavad Gita! And then....we got started!
A few of the practical take away's that were highlighted:
- the importance of being a good listener (Krsna doesn't speak for the entire first Chapter of the Gita!)
- the necessity of seeking advice from those we have faith and trust in (Arjuna asks Krsna to be his teacher)
- the basic a, b, c's of the Gita begin with - we are not the body but the eternal spirit soul
- characteristics of the soul: eternal, full of knowledge, blissful, conscious, desires
- the importance of understanding one's nature and how we can meaningfully contribute to society
- the finer details of karma (there's more than good and bad karma!)
- the power of mantra meditation
Our group of yogis were so interested and full of questions that we didn't even realize that the one and a half hours allotted for the Workshop flew by! Personally, it was such a fulfilling and incredible evening. A big thank you to everyone who came out to make it so memorable and amazing!
I'd also like to take the opportunity to give a special thank you to Karen and Jen from Moksha Yoga Charlottetown for being such incredible hosts and such sweet people.