“Sound vibration can work miracles.”—Swami B.R. Sridhar
We teach an easy and accessible form of meditation called Kirtan, which involves chanting sacred mantras and prayers, accompanied by the sound of traditional Indian drums and hand cymbals.
Kirtan is especially suitable for this modern age of stress, bustle, and distraction, as it is exceedingly easy to pick up, can be performed in any situation, and has the immediate effect of soothing the mind and enlivening the heart. Though it can be performed individually, it is particularly effective when performed with others.
The Institute offers regular kirtan sessions for all levels of experience.
“Know this to be the king of secrets, the king of knowledge, supreme, pure, and imperishable. It is known by direct realisation, it is the perfection of religion, and very easy to practise.”—Sri Krishna
The Bhagavad-gita, literally the ‘song of God’, is a text that has played a central role in the lives of practitioners of yoga for millennia. The Gita outlines different types of yoga—the yoga of action (karma), the yoga of knowledge (jnana), the yoga of meditation (ashtanga)—and their progressive development and culmination in Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion, which in spite of being the highest form of yoga, is also the most accessible and natural to practise.
The Institute offers a range of classes on the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga as expounded in the Bhagavad-gita suitable for all levels.
asato ma sad gamaya tamaso ma jyotir gamaya mrtyor ma amrtam gamaya —Upanishads
“I am mortal; make me eternal. I am ignorant, filled with nescience; take me to science, knowledge. And I am threatened with misery; guide me towards bliss”.
Sanskrit is the essential language of ancient India’s wisdom traditions and scriptures. It is full of profound concepts and stands at the root of very many Eastern and Western languages. Seeking to provide access to the wealth of this ancient language, the Bhakti Yoga Institute currently offers introductory Sanskrit classes.
“Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever you sacrifice—do that as an offering to Me.” —Sri Krishna, Bhagavad-gita
Here at the Bhakti Yoga Institute we believe that all aspects of our lives can be connected with the spiritual plane—nothing need be seen as separate. Cooking and eating are among the most basic activities that we perform day to day, and even these, with proper perspective, can become a form of meditation. We offer unique vegetarian cooking workshops that show individuals how to transform their cooking (and eating!) experience into just such a form of joyful meditation.