Special speaker Durga Leela (Yoga of Recovery) speaks at Satsanga on "Yoga and Ayurveda: Healing for modern lifestyle diseases"
Satsang means ‘“association with the wise.” Meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. In satsang, people of different levels practise together – from newcomers to experienced Yoga teachers.
Satsang is the heart of the Yoga practice. It consists of 30 minutes of silent meditation, 30 minutes of meditative chanting of mantras and kirtan and an easy-to-follow lecture on Yoga philosophy or psychology. The steady, joyful practice of satsang tangibly builds the energy at the Yoga Center.
Our chant book reflects the inclusiveness of the Sivananda lineage, with a section of chants for each of the main Hindu deities, as well as chants in English and Hebrew. Many of the Sanskrit chants are followed by translations. There is a mysterious power in every word. Our Daily Chants (Jaya Ganesha) and a few bhajans are accompanied by harmonium and simple percussion. At Sunday satsangs, we tend to chant the very beautiful Sunday Prayers.
It is not your voice, but the inner feeling that matters. Let your heart melt. As Yoga of sound, "mantra is the easiest of all modes of approach to God.” —Swami Sivananda
We recite Swami Sivananda's Universal Prayer and conclude satsang with arati, waving and receiving the Divine Light. We also share prasad, a sweet offering.
Satsang is held every morning except Sunday at 6:00am for about an hour. There are evening satsangs on Wednesdays at 7:15 and Sundays at 6:15pm. You are welcome to join us for a bowl of hearty vegetarian soup after Sunday evening satsang. There is a rotation of people who prepare the soup.
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Durga Leela is a practical, down to earth, and to the point speaker who has worked on her own path of recovery. She has a great sense of humor and a real warmth for understanding the trials and tribulations of our human condition. She is the founder of Yoga of Recovery R, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for all those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Durga has been blessed by the guidance and teachings of Swami Sivananda for over 25 years and a grateful member of 12 step fellowships for over 18 years. She is a pioneer in the field of addiction recovery and has been interviewed for all Tommy Rosen's Recovery 2.0 online conferences