While Raja Yoga is generally considered the path of meditation within the yoga tradition, Bhakti, or devotional yoga, is extremely important. In Bhakti, we bring love to whatever we practice. including offering all of ourselves to the divine—our feelings, thoughts, senses, creativity, and actions. In Bhakti yoga we use prayer, mantra (sound formulas), image, Ishta Devata (divine symbol) to still the mind, open the heart, and to have love permeate all our actions.
In this one day Bhakti meditation retreat we will have a morning workshop focused on the principles and practices of Bhakti, as traditionally practiced in Indian culture, but also how these same principles can be applied to most any path. Then we will spend afternoon time at an actual Hindu temple in the NYC area, to get the direct experience of the morning teaching. There will be a midday break for shared meal and integration of experience at the end of the day.
A One-Day Retreat
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Note: This event is open only to those enrolled in the Meditative & Contemplative Studies Program.
Thomas Amelio intensely studied yogic disciplines and philosophy in India, where he edited Rajarshi Muni’s classic, Yoga–The Ultimate Spiritual Path. He is a founding member of, and has been a senior teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for over 40 years, and is President Emeritus of the NY Open Center in New York City. His latest CD is Mantra Darshan–Vedic and Tantric invocations for meditative absorption.