Laughing Lotus Gita Workshops
with Jasmine Tarkeshi
Morning Workshop at Easts Rugby Club, Woollahra Oval, O'Sullivan Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW, 2023
Afternoon Workshop at Gym in Scots College, 53 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW, 2023
When: 17th & 18th August 2019
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Join Jasmine Tarkeshi, Co-founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in NYC and SF and creator of Lotus Flow tm Yoga for 4 Lotus Flow master classes soaking in the nectar of the teachings and practices of Yoga’s inspiring and transformative spiritual text, the Bhagavad Gita!
Translated as the beloved Song of God it's power, poetry and wisdom has had an enormous influence on millions of change makers, truth seekers worldwide and the beauty of it's message has inspired all who have been blessed to come in contact with it's mysterious power: From Gandhi, who referred to the Gita as his mother to T.S. Eliot, Emerson and Thoreau who in ecstasy over the Gita remarked, "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.”
The Gita has the power to arouse the cosmic warrior within us all to fight our own inner and the outer battles that are upon us with courage and devotion. Armed with the knowledge of all the paths of yoga and guided by our charioteer Sri Krishna, the Cosmic Lord of Love within us all.
The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of how Arjuna, a great warrior who is about to engage in battle between the forces of dark and light, in doubt and despair, gives up. It is then, that Sri Krishna comes to counsel him....this timeless internal human battle is brought to life in full color through Arjuna who represents the human soul seated in the chariot of the body and Krishna, God within who is always there to counsel us when we listen.
As Spiritual Warriors, we have to fight for justice, freedom and the authenticity of Self and diversity in community as Krishna asks Arjuna to even kill his own kinsmen because he was born to be a warrior. This represents destroying all our destructive, habitual patterns that we cling to that create so much suffering in our precious, beautiful lives and lives of others and our planet as well as systemic oppression and injustice. Our most powerful weapon? TAPAS: our Practice, detachment, surrender and LOVE! Performing every action, not only the many paths of Yoga that Krishna teaches, as worship. Devotion as the highest purification and austerity and realizing our own Dharma in how each one of us can be of service to the world in our own way.
Each 2.5 hour class will revolve around one of four major themes of The Gita:
1. Dharma : Our personal calling and purpose - A focus on honoring and invoking our unique purpose through warrior poses, and learning to move like our authentic selves through creative standing pose sequencing.
2. Karma: Self Transcendent Action - A focus on cultivating courage and sequencing for arm balances and inversions.
3. Bhakti - The Path of Love and Devotion - A focus on sequencing for cultivating love and devotion through heart opening back bends.
4. Shradha - Developing faith in a higher purpose, our destiny - A focus on aligning our lives to serving the higher good through twists, forward bends and sage poses
One of the standout qualities of the beloved practice we have come to know and love as Lotus Flow TM is how balanced and complete one feels through the devotion, dance and discipline of Lotus sequencing. This is because of the graceful and conscious movement through the 7 fold chakra system, the ancient healing system and bridge between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves .
This sequencing is known as Vinyasa Krama, which means " wise progression " where each asana is a preparation for the next, as each chakra's opening prepares for the next level of consciousness. As we nourish each part of ourselves from root to crown, with breath, movement and intention, we awaken to our spiritual anatomy through our physical anatomy and unlock and unblock our creative potential and heal and transform . Join us on this journey of discovery and self-exploration that balances every part of our selves and our lives and integrates mind, body and spirit to help us live more fully. Perfect for yogis of any level wanting to deepen their practice and yoga teachers looking for inspiration and wanting to share this enlivened and transformative practice with their students and wants to experience more depth, joy, and freedom through their practice of yoga.