Namaste dear yoga family,
From the 27th till the 30th of March, we had the honour to receive a very special and lively group in our ashram. Thirty-one boys, ages 10-15, travelled to SRSG from The Lawrence School in Sanawar, India, located near the hill station of Shimla. Sanawar is a co-educational boarding school, one of the top schools in India, and has students of varying backgrounds from all parts of the sub-continent.
The chanting of vedic mantras during a fourteen day puja charged the atmosphere during our March Teacher Training Program at SRSG. Our very large group of Level one and Level two students, forty-two in all, were immersed in the Himalayan Tradition through the calming sound of the chanting and our excellent faculty including Swami Ritavan, Ashutosh Sharma, Marilu Hermens and Peter Fabian. The grace of the lineage seemed to envelope us.
The Vedic Sacred Art program is a tool to help meditators in their concentration and inner energy experiences. It combines the essence of fine-art, of wisdom and of yoga-meditation, to learn to artfully express the inner self. Our emotions are the bridge between the body, the soul and the infinite realms of spirits, so the spiritual creativity reveals spheres of joy and happiness.
Today is the big HOLI. If yesterday was little Holi, then what!? SVB even played! My hair is still green. Forget oil--It doesn't work. You need vaseline as our wise predecessors warned us years back---and red stuff came out of my ears when I washed today. The birds are calling but the playful voices, pot-banging and makeshift drums won't resume until after morning practice.
Cottage 31 was the setting for an inspired workshop January 2009. Radhika, SRSG Ashram’s sacred art teacher, guided guests and ashramites in the practice of dharana through painting the geometrical forms associated with each chakra.