Spirituality and the Bhagavad Gītā
with Chase Bossart
Yoga starts with the premise that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. But, unfortunately, the material aspects of your humanness have inappropriately taken over, and are taking you away from your life’s true purpose.
In this light, Yoga is a spiritual practice and a way of turning daily living into a divine path. The process of Yoga helps us uncover an inner presence and develop an ever more intimate relationship with it.
Over time, as we muster the courage to trust its guidance, and are increasingly able to act in alignment with our intuition, our experience of life shifts. The events of our life take on new meaning, purpose, and joy return, and the mundane becomes extraordinary. This is the spirituality of Yoga, the practice that quite literally creates a sacred shift of perspective and offers a path to transforming our suffering and liberating our life.
In the Spirituality in Yoga: Īśvara praṇidhāna workshop students will explore the qualities of Īśvara, how īśvara praṇidhāna can become an ongoing practice in daily life, and the results of developing an unwavering faith through the practice of Yoga.
Date: Tuesday June 13th, 2023. 4:30pmPT/7:30pmET
Duration: 2 Hours
Teacher: Chase Bossart
Location: Student Portal.
Expect to Explore
What students will explore:
- How spirituality in Yoga is developed, and the different roles and purposes of Īśvara in Yoga on the mat, and in daily life.
- How ancient Yoga texts including Patañjali’s Yogasūtra and the Bhagavad Gītā, describe Īśvara
- What the role of īśvara praṇidhāna in Yoga is, and how īśvara praṇidhāna develops and enhances the state of Yoga
Executive Director of the Yoga Well Institute, Chase has been studying Yoga, Sanskrit, eastern philosophy, and religion for nearly 30 years.
In 1991, as part of a study abroad program in Chennai, India, Chase took a semester-long course on Yoga Theory with Mr. TKV Desikachar that essentially set the direction for the rest of his life. He became a private student of Mr. Desikachar, who was his mentor and teacher for 20+ years. During that time, he spent a total of four and a half years in Chennai studying with him, his family, and his senior teachers. He also had the opportunity to serve as a teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. From 2006-2012, he was the Director of Therapy and Education at the non-profit Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco.
His depth of knowledge on yoga and meditation is shared through practical, humorous anecdotes that translate to everyday life.