Upcoming Events


The Mindful Child with Susan Kaiser-Greenland
February 20 (Sat), 2016, 1p-6p, University Hall 1866, Loyola Marymount University, $45.

This workshop is an introduction to the theory and practice of mindfulness for children and young adults, and its applications at home, in schools, and in the caring professions. Included in this workshop will be age-appropriate and secular activities for children, teens and families that incorporate the ABCs of Attention, Balance, and Compassion into daily life.

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Yoga in Schools with Sarah Herrington
February 21 (Sun), 2016, 1p-6p, University Hall 1866, Loyola Marymount University, $45.

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” –Dalai Lama

In this hands-on workshop participants will learn tools, techniques and philosophies for teaching yoga in both public and private schools, focusing on grades K-5 with some discussion of upper grades. Topics discussed: understanding developmental stages and learning styles for optimum teaching; class structure, lesson planning and curriculum development; how to teach pranayama and meditation to children; how to share asana in a fun and safe way; approaching philosophy in the kids classroom; combining classroom management with yoga; understanding differences between studio and school culture, incorporating art and creativity. Participants will leave with a comprehensive and innovative toolbox including a lesson plan created during the course. Come ready to participate and share.

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OPEN HOUSE Graduate Studies at LMU featuring MA in Yoga Studies Program
February 13 (Sat), 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (campus tour at Noon), University Hall, Loyola Marymount University.

Learn about the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program, meet the program director and more. Free info session.
For more information please visit http://graduate.lmu.edu/visit/graduateopenhouse/.

Ayurveda Self Care Courses
Spring 2016, Loyola Marymount University.

Through our Extension program, these specialized courses will develop a working knowledge of how the Science of Life (Ayurveda) is related to Yoga, identify and understand the basics of the Ayurveda/Yogic Health paradigm, as well as apply Ayurvedic principles to the practice of Yoga for health and balance.

For more information, visit: http://academics.lmu.edu/extension/programs/yogaphil/.

Annual Virchand Gandhi Lecture with Dr. Whitney Kelting
February 25 (Thu), 2016, University Hall, Loyola Marymount University

This lecture will explore the growth of Jain temple building projects worldwide, with special focus on the enhancement of community status through public generosity of donors.  Dr. Whitney Kelting is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University and author of Singing to the Jinas (2001) and Heroic Wives (2009).  

The Music and Poetics of Devotion in the Jain and Sikh Traditions
February 25-27 (Thursday-Saturday), 2016, Ahmanson Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University and Jain Center of Southern California.



Virchand Gandhi Lecture on Jain Temple Building Projects by Dr. Whitney Kelting
Thursday, February 25, 7:30-8:30pm, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University
(Conference) The Music and Poetics of Devotion in the Jain and Sikh Traditions 
Friday and Saturday, February 26 & 279am-4pm, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University,

(Musical Concerts) The Music of Devotion in the Sikh and Jain Traditions
Friday, February 267-9pmAhmanson Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University
Saturday, February 277-9pmJain Center of Southern California (8072 Commonwealth Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621)

The devotional music of Jain stavan and Sikh kirtan will be explored in this two-day conference. The event includes two concerts, bringing these distinctive musical styles into dialogue through direct experience. Many similarities can be found between these musico-poetic traditions including historic and geographical links to the 15th-17th c. Indian Bhakti milieu. The conference will discuss primary compositions that serve central functions in daily practice in both traditions. These pieces were written in the pada poetic form, in local dialects, utilizing alliteration and rhyme along with rasa to convey the emotive mood of the poetry. Commonly sung either solo or in community in the genre of folk music, modern as well as traditional styles will be discussed. Both traditions offer the practitioner a meditative experience, leading the mind toward an elevated state of consciousness. While each paper will be focused on either Jain or Sikh music, our hope is for this conference to spark productive interfaith dialogue and scholarly engagement of both traditions.

Please join us for this thought provoking and experientially engaging conference brought to you by the Professorship of Jain and Sikh Studies in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University and sponsored by the Uberoi Foundation and the generous individuals from the Sikh and Jain communities.

Featured speakers
Dr. Whitney Kelting, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Dr. Francesca Cassio, Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology and Associate Professor of Music at Hofstra University, New York.
Dr. Ellen Gough, Assistant professor, Department of Religion, Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Nirinjan Khalsa, Clinical Professor Jain and Sikh Studies, Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Charles Townsend, Lecturer in Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California
Dr. Bob Van der Linden, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dr. Nikky-Guninder K. Singh, Crawford Family Professor of Religion, Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Bhai Baldeep Singh, 13th generation exponent of Sikh Kirtan, Anad Foundation, New Delhi, India
Sander Hens, Ph.D Candidate Jaina Studies, Ghent University, Belgium
Aleksandra Gordeeva, Ph.D Candidate Jain Studies, Religious Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Dr. Pashaura Singh, Professor & Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside, California
Dr. Christopher Chapple, Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Department of Theological Studies, and Director of Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

The Place of Heart in Social Change with Nischala Joy Devi 
February 27 (Sat), 2016, 1p-6p, University Hall 3226, Loyola Marymount University, $45

Much of our world is governed by the thinking mind.  What would the world we live in be like if the heart, love and compassion were in the forefront? In this workshop we will explore how to make decisions from an intuitive perspective. Drawing from Yogic heart-centered teachings and practices we will learn to transform the ordinary into an extraordinary life that reaches beyond the boundaries of our intimate circle to encompass the entire globe.

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