Ancient Wisdom - Contemporary Practices

Weekly Community Yoga and Ayurveda Classes

Weekly Community Classes - Donation Based

Join our community for complimentary Online Weekly Offerings including Yoga, Kirtan, Meditation & more. As we seek to find balance and positive, creative ways to engage at this remarkable and challenging time, we have been looking for how to keep connected through our practice and study of Yoga. We know that the teachings and practices can offer an enormous anchor of support and strength.

Yoga Sutra Class | Tuesdays 9:15-10:45am PDT

At Mount Madonna, we have been gathering to study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali under the leadership of Baba Hari Dass since 1974. The class goes in depth each week and explores one sutra at a time so that everyone can integrate new learnings into their life. Even though Babaji left his body in 2018, the power of the transmission of his yogic knowledge is felt each time the class meets.

The class begins with Vedic mantras for healing, and in praise of the universal Self that permeates all. Then we take time to welcome new folks to this on-going study by setting context and introducing the bigger concepts that are woven throughout the sutras. After chanting in Sanskrit, we read commentaries that help to explain the sutra. This is followed by guided meditation to seat the sutra knowledge deep within. Lastly, we share insights, questions, and discussion to further bring the sutras to life and make them meaningful for everyone. Whether you are new to Yoga Sutra study, or have studied for a long time, the satsang of learners is a great support and lots of fun. Please join.

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Wednesday Yoga | Wednesdays 7:00-8:00am PDT

This is an all levels, balanced class that starts with breathing practices and a brief meditation. The movement portion of the class includes a warm-up followed by standing poses that lead into poses that open and deepen into larger muscle groups and closing with a brief savasana relaxation. Some experience with yoga is beneficial but not necessary. Join us on Wednesday mornings for a great start to your day!

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Samkhya Karika | Wednesdays 4:00-5:15pm PDT

In this Mount Madonna class, we have the benefit of studying Baba Hari Dass’ unpublished commentaries to the Samkhya Karika. The Samkhya Karika reveals how individual human suffering can be brought to an end. Karika explains the Samkhya Philosophy, which is the foundation of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Babaji infused his teachings with Samkhya wisdom and this class is a rare opportunity to receive the direct transmission of his yogic knowledge through his commentary, even though Babaji left his body in 2018.

The class goes in depth each week and explores one karika at a time, allowing for personal integration and application to daily life. The class begins with chanting Vedic mantras in praise of the universal Self that permeates all. Then we take time to welcome new folks to this on-going study by setting context and introducing the bigger concepts that are woven throughout the Karika. After chanting in Sanskrit, we read Babaji’s commentary and contemporary notes. This is followed by guided meditation to seat the Samkhya knowledge deep within. Lastly, we share insights, questions, and discussion to further bring the Karika to life and make it meaningful for everyone. Whether you are new to Samkhya study, or have studied for a long time, the satsang of learners is a great support and lots of fun. Please join.

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Bhagavad Gita Class | Thursdays 9:15-10:30am PDT

The Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Divine) is a jewel of wisdom teachings studied by spiritual seekers around the globe. At Mount Madonna, we have been gathering to study the Gita the leadership of Baba Hari Dass since 1974. The class goes in depth each week and explores three slokas (verses), allowing for personal integration and application to daily life. Even though Babaji left his body in 2018, the power of the transmission of his yogic knowledge is felt each time the class meets.

The class begins with the classical Innovation to meditate on the truths revealed within. Then we take time to welcome new folks to this on-going study by setting context and introducing the bigger concepts that are woven throughout the Gita. After chanting in Sanskrit, we read Babaji’s commentaries, which help explain the slokas. This is followed by guided meditation to seat the Gita knowledge deep within. Lastly, we share insights, questions, and discussion to further bring the Gita to life and make them meaningful for everyone. Whether you are new to Bhagavad Gita study, or have studied for a long time, the satsang of learners is a great support and lots of fun. Please join.

*No class June 30th*

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Saturday Morning Meditation Class | Saturdays 7:30-9:00am PDT

Students of Baba Hari Dass have been gathering on Saturday mornings since the early 1970's to experience the joy of the teachings that Babaji shared with us. With Covid, we moved our practice online and saw a blossoming of participants who live across the country. Past students of Babaji's yearned to return to a shared practice but for many and varied reasons, gathering at Mount Madonna was not possible. New students who never met Babaji were excited to come together in satsang for practice.

While we are starting to meet in person once again, we:will keep this online class. Each week we gather together to reaffirm our aim and intention that supports maintaining a daily yoga practice. Various Mount Madonna teachers lead the class which includes chanting of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (healing mantra), gentle, classic Ashtanga Yoga practices to bring awareness to the breath, and the Swasa Yam Kriya (eight actions) for quieting the mind in preparation of a half hour meditation. These practices are gentle and suitable for all adult ages and levels of experience.

Join us. We are so happy to share the practices with you.

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