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Transitions can happen in any stage of life, whenever there is a change in which something is lost and something is gained. We cannot avoid change since it is inherent in life, but we have a choice as to whether we accept and move through it, or resist it. The first will open the door to new possibilities, enable us to tap greater resources, and allow us to manifest more fully our inner potential. Resisting or avoiding, on the other hand, will result in more suffering, getting stuck in old patterns, and will hinder our spiritual growth.
This program will explore how the various branches of Yoga can help us to surf through changes and find balance between the old and the new.
Raja Yoga, the royal path, deepens our understanding of how our minds function, and how desire and attachment disturb our peace. It offers practices to strengthen, purify and harmonize all levels of our being for greater health, happiness and success in life.
Jnana Yoga, the path of Self-Inquiry, helps us to explore our conditioned responses to challenges, so we can make conscious changes in our habits, thereby minimizing suffering.
Bhakti Yoga, the path of faith and devotion, opens our hearts and helps attune us to the divine essence that is within us and permeates all of creation. With trust in a Higher Power, we are better able to face any challenges that arise with equanimity and grace.
Hatha Yoga offers physical postures, breathing techniques and cleansing practices that help to maintain optimal health and vitality. They can keep us feeling young as the years go by, as well as restore wellbeing in times of illness.
Whatever transition you or your loved ones may be facing – aging, illness, new relationship, new job, retirement, new living situation, “empty nest” syndrome, etc. – the teachings and practices of Yoga can help ease that difficult passage and transform it
into one of discovery and growth.
Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500 has had over 40 years experience teaching all aspects of Yoga. Today, she specializes in programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, yogic breathing techniques for better health and wellbeing, and personal transformation. In 1989, she developed the Integral Yoga Teacher Training program in Raja Yoga, and in 1991, one in Pranayama and Meditation. She has since conducted many courses training students to skillfully impart these teachings.
In 1975 she was initiated as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has served as President of Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia and in California, as well as Director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as the Chairperson of the Spiritual Life Board at the Ashram in Virginia. She compiled and edited the Lotus Prayer Book and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She also served as a contributing editor for The Breath of Life: Integral Yoga Pranayama.
Vimala Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT, has been the Director of both, the Integral Yoga® Center of Richmond since 1993 and the Richmond Integral Yoga® Teacher Training since 1999. She is part of the Yogaville Academy serving as faculty for the Hatha; Raja Yoga; and Cancer TT Programs. In addition Vimala is certified to teach Advanced Hatha, Stress Management and Yoga for the Heart. She has also attended J. Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program and is a yoga therapist certified with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She has coordinated and offered yoga classes for the HCA, Bon Secour and MCV Hospital Systems as well as for the Richmond Health Department, having taught in numerous settings, including prisons, universities, nursing homes and corporations. Vimala has a private practice in Richmond using yoga to address various populations and health conditions.