Tonight is a special satsang celebrating Winter Solstice and the End of the World, which some have predicted will be December 21, 2012. This ought to be a fun evening together. We'll have some food, but you can bring along something if you wish.
Friday evenings are open times to visit the ashram for community, fellowship, and satsang. For over ten years, Friday evening has been the most common time when people just stop by. Sometimes there's nothing going on. At other times several people show up. It's unpredictable, and that's part of the fun of it. Preparation for meditation is at 5:30. Silent meditation is at 6:00. From 6:30 onward, we can have conversation, food, a video, or anything we want. If nobody shows up for meditation, we may make other plans (away from the ashram) after 6:30pm, such as going somewhere for dinner.
FIRST FRIDAY: For over ten years, first Friday gathering has been traditionally about the Yoga Sutras, although we may divert into any topic related to meditation.
DAILY MEDITATION AT THE ASHRAM
In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga is seen as a process wherein we systematically deal with all levels of our being, such that body and breath practices are an integral part of, and are intended to lead to meditation. Therefore our schedule of daily practice times is designed so that you have time for Asanas/Postures, Relaxation, and Pranayama/Breath before and leading into meditation. Our/my approach to teaching is mostly one-to-one coaching on donation basis, rather than large fee-based classes as is the case with most gymnastic oriented modern physical yoga classes. Please let us/me know if you would like to schedule time for individualized coaching in any phase of the systematic meditation practices of our tradition of the Himalayan masters.
In loving service,
Swami Jnaneshvara ("Swami J")
TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE (Please check the Calendar for specific scheduled activities):
6:30-7:30am: MEDITATION #1 (daily)
..6:30-6:35am: Daily Mantras
..6:35-7:00am: Prep for Meditation (Hatha, Relaxation, Pranayama)
9:30-10:30am: Swami Rama videos and discussion most days except SAT and SUN.
10:30-11:30: Alternating Yoga Nidra, Sohum Sushumna Kriya, or Om Kriya practices most days except Saturday and Sunday (SUN is 9:00am)
11:30-12:00pm: MEDITATION #2 (except SUN)
..11:30-12:00pm: Prep for Meditation (Hatha, Relaxation, Pranayama)
2:00-5:30pm: Open time for conversation and coaching most days (drop by or schedule a time)
5:30-6:30pm: MEDITATION #3 (daily)
..5:30-6:00pm: Prep for Meditation (Hatha, Relaxation, Pranayama)
7:30-8:30pm: Swami Rama videos and discussion most TUE, THU, FRI evenings
9:00-9:30pm: MEDITATION #4 (daily)
..9:00-9:05pm: Daily Mantras
..9:05-9:10pm: Prep for Meditation (Brief Hatha, Relaxation, Pranayama)
The three time periods between the four meditations (mid-morning, afternoon, and evening) are for service work (karma yoga), individual coaching, group discussions at the ashram or online, videos, or personal time.