Gayatri Mantra is the mother of all mantras in Vedas. It is equated with light wisdom and insight. Being one of the most ancient mantras from Rig Veda, it holds a primordial vibration of intelligence. When practiced as sadhana, it has the power to invoke prana, tejas, and ojas in the practitioner.
The complete Gayatri Mantra Sadhana workshop is divided into two parts-the first part focuses on the japa and the second part on the complete sadhana with pranayama, nyasa, and 32 hand mudras. It is important to attend or listen to playback of part 1 as preparation to attend part 2.
Gayatri Mantra is a celebration of life and awakening to its full potential. Handouts will be provided both in part 1 and part 2 to follow along and for reference. Both the sessions are eligible for CEU's from Yoga Alliance, a total of 5 CEU's (2.5 credits for each session)
Part 1 - The Philosophy, Meaning and, Japa
Gayatri Mantra has several interpretations, variations and connection to vedic as well as tantrik texts. Learn the four non-negotiables of Gayatri Mantra: phonetics, grammar, ritual, and etymology. When the meaning is learned in context, it brings out a sense of reverence and devotion which are primary ingredients for sadhana. Apart from the meaning, we will focus on important principles like importance of and practice of proper pronunciation, methods of japa, best times for sadhana, etc.
In this workshop, we will study:
Tools Needed: Rudraksha Japa Mala*
Preparation: Listen to Gayatri Mantra by Indu Arora (available on iTunes or Amazon Music)
Gayatri Mantra Sadhana Part 2 - The Nyasa, Mudra and Pranayama
Gayatri Mantra when combined with nyasa, pranayama and 32 hand mudras and pranayama leads to experiential awareness and realization of this light within.
In this workshop, learn:
Preparation: Attend or listen to recording of Part 1 of Gayatri Mantra Sadhana to participate in Part 2 of Gayatri Mantra Sadhana
* Available on Yogsadhna.com
Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher, mentor and author considers herself a student for lifetime. She has been sharing about Yoga philosophy, Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda and Tantra since 1999. Indu is inspired by and taught under Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Tantra (SriVidya and Kashmir Shivaism) lineages. She has studied Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra in a traditional Guru Paramapara setting.
Her teaching style is rooted in empowering and inspiring students to awaken the inner Guru through self-inquiry and self-realization. Her core philosophy is, ‘Yoga is work-in not work-out!”
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