Highlights for Week 1 - Spring 2022 Virtual Workshop

Dear Friend

Today, we are happy to share highlights for the first week of the Spring 2022, 20-hour HYT-TTP Virtual Workshop: Meditative Mind, Mantra and Voice.

If you have not yet registered for this workshop, there is still time! Please click "Register Now!" at the bottom of this email to do so. Please note, for those unable to attend any of the live sessions, recordings of the sessions will be available to registered participants through the end of June 2022. If you have already registered for the workshop, you will receive a Zoom passcode a few days before the inaugural session.

Virtual Workshop Details: The Virtual Workshop runs from 03/05/2022 - 03/20/2022.

The sessions will be on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM EST, and Saturday & Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM EST, until our session on 03/13, after which sessions will begin at 8:30 PM EDT and 10:00 AM EDT, respectively, due to Daylight Savings ending in the North American region on 03/13. The sessions' timings remains the same throughout the entire workshop duration in all the other regions.  
 
This 20-hour Virtual Workshop is designed for all HYT-TTP Students, Graduates and Mentors; as well as any current Yoga Teachers or serious practitioners. We will provide Yoga Alliance CEUs for all sessions. The HYT-TTP Faculty will provide approximately 2 1/2-hour sessions, including live Q&As. 

Read on for details of the first week's highlights!
Week 1 Highlights: 
 
03/05, 09:00 AM EST: Introduction and Steps of Meditation - Swami Ritavan Bharati and Adhikari Bhoi
Practice and mastery are achieved not by jumping to advanced techniques but rather by going into the depth of subtlety. In the early stages of meditation, there always are some sequential steps of practice and progression, allowing the aspirant to gradually go deeper within. 
When one practices consistently the meditation becomes “sahaja” - effortless - then the flower blooms and the essences of love, ecstasy spread all-around within and outside. Which the scripture described: “Smera Smera stimita”. As Swami Veda said “Meditation is the smile of the mind”. 
Swami Ritavan and Adhikari will open our Virtual Workshop, welcoming us with messages and teachings on the Basics of Meditation in the Himalayan Tradition, given from the Guru's Seat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.
Swami Ritavan, MS, E-RYT-500, Ashram Pramukha and Spiritual Guide: has lived a life dedicated to serving Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati since 1970. After having been initiated at the age of 20, he transited through all the three Ashrams of Vedic life (Brahmacharya, Grihastha, and Vanaprastha) under the direct guidance of Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati. He was then initiated into Sanyasa in 2007. He has guided numerous silence and meditation retreats throughout the world and has been instrumental in guiding the International HYT-TTP. He is also a Mantra Initiator within the Tradition of the Himalayan Masters.

Adhikari Bhoi: had a long-time yearning to know more about the Himalayan Masters. Being well versed in many scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Srimad Bhagavad, he was always committed to sharing the ancient teachings and is one of the most dedicated teachers at SRSG. He is a mantra initiator in the Himalayan Tradition, and a member of the AHYMSIN Spiritual Committee and the AHYMSIN Executive Committee.

03/06, 9:00 AM EST: Origins of Language and Subtle Sounds - Dr. Stephen "Stoma" Parker
For centuries philosophers in India and elsewhere have argued that the universe is based on the principle of vibration. This is reflected in scriptures of many traditions: the idea of logos, divinity’s creative word in Abrahamic religions, the hymns to Vak—Word—in the Veda. These ideas have often been incorporated into theories of language across a number of cultures. Mantra meditation follows sound and language from their familiar forms back into their subtle origins to an original super-conscious, meditative experience.
Stephen (Stoma) Parker Psy. D., E-RYT 500: Stoma is a Sanskrit scholar and a leading teacher of yoga and meditation under Swami Ritavan. He is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Saint Mary's University and at the University of St. Thomas School of Professional Psychology. Stoma has lectured throughout the world on yoga and he serves as a senior instructor for the Himalayan Yoga Tradition - Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP).

Cost of the Virtual Workshop
 
To help sustain the Ashram during this difficult time, all the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to SRSG. We are recommending a donation of US$180.00 for those that live in High-Income Countries, US$140.00 for those in Middle-Income Countries, and US$90.00 for those in Low-Income Countries. If you cannot attend, an option of sponsoring a low-income student is provided. Of course, any additional donations will be appreciated. The registration site is on Constant Contact and will allow you to pay using your credit card or your PayPal account.  
 
In Loving Service,
HYT-TTP Administration
If you have any questions, please email: info@hyt-ttp.com
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