While the Yoga Psychology of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras provides the inspiration for this course, the focus for lectures and discussion is how do we apply these principles in our daily lives. Sessions will include: an overview of the concepts, followed by a practical explanation for their application in our daily lives; also, studying the general states of the mind (kshipta- disturbed; vikshipta – distracted; ekagara- onepointed; niruddha – control; mudha - stupefied ) and how to maintain equanimity; examining our thinking (correct/incorrect, fantasy – vikalpa; memory - smriti), and how to be a witness to our thoughts, and whether these thoughts are coloured or not; further examining what are these five colourings that affect the thoughts (the five kleshas – afflictions; avidya - ignorance; asmita - I-am-ness; abhinivesha - fear ; dvesha - aversion; raga - attachment ) and how to work with them; what about considering the three gunas (tamas – dullness; rajas – energy; sattva - purity) ; working with and training the ten indriyas (senses ), the five cognitive senses, the five active senses, in daily life; discussing how does all of this relate to the four functions of the mind, manas - active mind; chitta – mindfield; ahamkara - ego; buddhi- intellect, discrimination; and how does it impact on your Yoga practice; your body, breath and mind; and how do we work with these observations. How do we work with our emotions, stress, mindfulness and the heart centre.
Gita Morar, M.A. Clinical.Psychology; B.A.Honors. Social Work; B.A. Arts., Marriage Guidance and Counseling Diploma. In 1999 Gita went to study Yoga Meditation in Rishikesh, India, and met Swami Veda Bharati who initiated her. Gita comes regularly to study and practise Yoga Meditation in Rishikesh and Canada. She received her post graduate training in Brief Interactive Therapy at the renowned Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, with John Weakland, Paul Watzalawick and Richard Fischer, and Mindfulness training with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the U.S. Lecturer, Clinical Psychology; Clinical trainer, Masters Level students, University of Durban- Westville. During her career she worked as a young Social Worker with Family and Child Services in Durban, South Africa, and was instrumental in initiating the first service for Mental Health for East Indians in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her volunteer work at both the local and national levels has received recognition.
She practices as a Psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, Canada, and has worked with Employee Assistance Programs. Following her studies in Yoga Meditation, she integrated, developed and ran a Programme with Yoga and Meditation for Pain Management and Cancer Patients in a local hospital, Hopesprings Community, and in private practice. Blessed by Swami Veda Bharati to open, run and teach Cambridge HYMSO, an AHYMSIN affiliate center, during one of his visits to Cambridge, Canada.
Cost: The cost of SRSG hospitality plus a goodwill offering for instruction.