We are very pleased and honored to host
Dr. David Frawley "Vamadeva Shastri"
The teachings of Yoga through the Yoga Sutras is primarily a psychology, an examination of the mind and consciousness, extending from the individual to the universal. Yet few students or even teachers of Yoga understand this.
Yoga aims at removing all suffering from the mind, whether short term or long term in manifestation. This yogic understanding of psychological suffering is defined according to the five kleshas or afflictions of non- knowing, egoism, attraction and repulsion and deep-seated clinging to life (avidya, asmita, raga, dvesha, abhinivesha), which we will explain in detail. We will also delineate yogic methods for going beyond psychological suffering, which requires transcending the ego-mind and its karmic patterns. Recorded on July 24, 2021
The Essence of the Yoga Sutras: The First Sixteen Sutras
Many people talk about the Yoga Sutras and several modern versions have come out. Yet the deeper meditation aspects of the Yoga Sutras are rarely explained on a practical level, or the yogic view of mind and consciousness, though these form the foundation of the teachings.
We will examine first sixteen sutras of the Yoga Sutras from the original Sanskrit according to respected commentators and gurus, ancient and modern. Topics: The Yoga Tradition, Role of Patanjali, Yoga as Samadhi, Abiding in the Purusha, Nature and Functions of the Mind (Chitta), Nature of Yoga Practice (Abhyasa, Yoga Sadhana), Discrimination and Detachment (Viveka and Vairagya).
Students are not required to know Sanskrit and we will explain the meaning of terms in detail.
Recorded on May 30, 2021
Explore the inner teachings of Kundalini and the Chakras from a traditional Yoga background relative to prana, the subtle body, and the centrality of mantra and primal sound, which are seldom explained in depth. Topics extend to Ayurveda and the subtle aspects of Vata, Pitta and Kapha as Prana, Tejas and Ojas. We will outline traditional sadhanas for awakening the Kundalini and experiencing the Chakras, and the preparations and practices required relative to all eight limbs of Yoga.
Essentially Kundalini is the Yoga Shakti that provides the higher energy necessary to sustain a higher awareness beyond the body and mind. The Chakras awakened by the Kundalini are cosmic energy centers, not merely centers of personal healing, which is but their outer function. For this we will follow the teachings of Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni, chief disciple of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, who explains these topics in detail in his profound mantric invocations.
Kundalini and the Chakras are rooted in Tantric Shaivite and Shakta traditions of Hatha and Siddha Yoga as holding the keys to all yogic transformation. They are common in Kriya Yoga and Raja Yoga, extending to Yoga and Vedanta since the most ancient period under various names. Yet Kundalini and the Chakras have gained new modern meanings and applications that can be different or bring in physical concerns that may not reveal the yogic secrets involved. We will address how Kundalini has taken on these additional connotations and provide an indication of the older approaches that are still widely used in India today.
We will present Kundalini and the Chakras relative my examination of traditional Sanskrit texts and association with major Yoga and Vedanta gurus in India over the last forty years, as well as my several books on the subject like Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses, Inner Tantric Yoga, and Shiva, the Lord of Yoga. Recorded on 4/25/2021
What is Your Karma? How can you manage it in the best possible manner? Our karma determines our present and future lives. Yet few of us consider the karmas we are carrying, or the inner karmic consequences of our outer actions.
Our special webinar will examine the deeper teachings on karma in Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic astrology, including how karma is created and how we can neutralize or transcend it through Yoga, mantra and meditation. We will look into individual, social and global karma, and the karmic influences through health, prosperity, creativity and Self-realization.
We will examine our daily lifestyle and sadhana (spiritual practice) as the main force behind our karma and its development. We will teach you how to assume Karmic Responsibility in life to use your karma in the best possible manner for the benefit of all, and free yourself from karmic entanglements. We are co-creators of the entire universe as well of our individual nature. We will examine how the paths of yoga, mantra and meditation can be used to purify and transcend karma, including our connection to the Divine within. Recorded on Feb. 12, 2021
Soma is the energy of Ananda, peace, wellbeing and bliss on all levels of the universe and in the human being. From the healing powers of plants, the healing prana, natural sensory impressions, mantra and contemplation in the mind, to devotion and the yogic state of Samadhi or deep absorption, unity consciousness, Soma can be found in many forms and energies, yet following the same laws and ways of manifestation. We will explore the many layers of Soma in a practical way as Soma Ayurveda and Soma Yoga, from healing herbs to pranayama, mantra and meditation, for health, rejuvenation of body and mind, and connection with the universal forces of immortality. Recorded on Dec 6, 2020
Agni is the fire and light energy on all levels of the universe and the individual human being, embracing the Sun and the stars and the light behind the mind. From the digestive fire to the pranic fire, the fire of seeing, fire of the mind and fire of Universal Consciousness, Agni is the key to all healing, purification, enlightenment and illumination. Yet few know how to access the higher Agnis within us. We will explore the many layers of Agni in a practical manner as Agni Ayurveda and Agni Yoga, including how to balance our Agnis and unfold the higher Agnis within us on all levels of body, prana, senses, mind and inner Self. Recorded on Jan 3, 2021
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri),
uses his books on Ayurveda, and represents his approach, adapting Ayurveda to the modern world without losing its traditional foundation. Vamadeva’s books on Ayurveda and Vedic knowledge are among the most extensive available today. Vamadeva teaches Ayurveda along with modern dietary considerations and the use of both Western and traditional Ayurvedic herbs. He integrates Ayurveda with the practice of Yoga and meditation and the spiritual approach of the Vedas. He is regarded as one of the senior “Ayurvedacharyas” or master teachers of Ayurveda in the world today. He has a D.Litt in Yoga and Vedic Studies from S-VYASA and a special Padma Bhushan award from the government of India.
Vamadeva has worked and taught with leading Ayurvedic doctors and experts including Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad, Sunil Joshi, Suhas Kshirsagar, Subhash Ranade, Avinash Lele, David Simon, John Douillard, and Jose Rugue. He has been specially honored for his contribution to Ayurveda by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association of the United States (NAMA) and the Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America (AAPNA) and is a Master Educator for the Chopra Center University. His work is highly regarded in India and his books are widely translated in European languages. He is an advisor for Kerala Ayurveda, the California College of Ayurveda, NAMA and AAPNA. He also works with Sivananda for Yoga and Ayurveda trainings.
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