Are you interested in exploring, studying and practicing meditation in the Himalayan yoga tradition? A small group or groups will meet regularly to pursue spiritual growth through meditation. Our time will be split between exploration and study of the traditional 8-fold path of yoga based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the practices on that path, with the focus always on meditation.
Prayag is a Sanskrit word meaning a confluence or joining of sacred streams or rivers. Each of us is such a sacred stream carrying our own spiritual experience and background. By coming together we create a group energy that is greater than, and transcends, what an individual can achieve. My goal for the Baltimore Prayag Center for Spiritual Growth is to create a kalyana-mitra (spiritual friendship) which provides support to one another along the spiritual path while learning and practicing together.
I am a student/initiate of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition taught by Sri Swami Rama. I have been studying, practicing and teaching for many years. My most recent teacher in the tradition, Swami Veda Bharati, suggested that I start a group “. . . of like-minded people walking on a pilgrimage in life.” I am happy to share what I have learned over the years, but my hope is that we will also each contribute so that the combined wisdom of the group will guide us along the way. In addition to meditation techniques we will explore and work with the Așțau Angāni(eight means to yoga): Yama – restraints or social disciplines that regulate our relationship with other beings; Niyama – observances for oneself or individual disciplines;Āsana – seat or posture; Prānāyāma – breath awareness, expansion or control; Pratyāhāra – mastery over external influences and the senses; Dhāranā – concentration; Dhyāna – meditation; and Samādhi – the state of unity which is the goal.
I am looking forward to discovering what develops as the group grows together.