Fall Events

Oct. 19, 2016 | 8p | University Hall Theology Village 3rd Floor
The Maharishi and Mainstreaming of Meditation: The Role of the "Beatles' Guru" in the Transmission of Yoga to the West w/ Philip Goldberg

This event is free and open to the public.

When the Beatles took up Transcendental Meditation, and soon thereafter went to India, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi became the most famous guru in the world. Revered by some, lampooned by others, his savvy adaptation of yogic ideas and methods catalyzed the movement of meditation from the counterculture fringes to living rooms and boardrooms. The presentation will focus on the pivotal period between 1967 and 1976, discussing topics central to the transmission of Indic teachings to the West, such as: skillful changes in language and delivery systems; the promotion of scientific research; mass media and the celebrity factor; and assimilation vs. appropriation.

Philip Goldberg (www.PhilipGoldberg.com) is the author of numerous books, most recently American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, which was named one of the top ten religion books of the year by Huffington Post and the American Library Association. The co-host of the podcast Spirit Matters, he blogs regularly on the Huffington Post and Spirituality and Health online. He was trained as a meditation teacher by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1970 and is currently working on a biography of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Oct. 22, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
Healthy Families in a Toxic World with Julie Carmen

This practical workshop will provide tools and techniques that foster equanimity within challenging environments. It is appropriate for clinicians and anyone grappling with imbalance in their family milieu, work setting or community at large. We will practice language for crucial conversations and conscious listening skills. The workshop includes a brief overview of the Human Potential Movement, Virginia Satir, Abraham Maslow, Viktor Frankl, Fritz Perls, Carl Rogers and Viola Spolin and how they each informed contemporary Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change.

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Oct. 23, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
Yoga, Habits and Addiction with Robert Birnberg

Human beings are creatures of habit. Yoga teaches that these unconscious patterns or ‘samskaras’ can provide stability and comfort in the face of life’s uncertainties. Often, however, when we perceive and respond to the ever-changing present through the fixed lens of past experiences, we create suffering which creates limits and negative effects in every area of our lives. In extreme cases, this clinging to old habits long after they have stopped working is called addiction, a condition that has, over the years, taken thousands of lives worldwide and ruined countless more.

In this interactive, five-hour meeting we will use Yoga’s many tools, including Posture, Conscious Breathing, Visualization, and Vasana Meditation (Faster EFT) to explore this fascinating, relevant topic.We will study Yoga’s theory of habit formation, discover the roots of our own addictive behaviors, learn practical tools for changing habits at their source, practice creating a future free from self-limiting beliefs, and explore the relationship between optimism, addiction, and spirituality.

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Nov 6, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
Prison Yoga Project: A Path for Healing Original Pain with James Fox

This workshop will introduce participants to mindfulness-based, trauma-informed methodology for teaching yoga in prisons and in rehabilitation and recovery centers. James will provide evidence-based support for these programs and speak about how to address common emotional/psychological issues of prisoners using yoga and mindfulness as therapeutic practices. The workshop will include a short asana practice proven effective in introducing yoga to prisoners and addressing their common psycho-physiological issues.

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Nov 12, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
Learning to Heal Ourselves from Trauma with Angela Saucedo

Understanding trauma and how it affects those that we serve is a vital key in developing healthy and thriving communities. This innovative workshop introduces various tools and techniques to help mitigate the psycho-physiological issues that can develop to those working in fields where trauma/suffering is prevalent. Angela provides evidence-based support to illustrate the usefulness of mindfulness practices amongst clinicians, social workers or anyone in a helping profession, including yoga instructors.

Participants explore how the philosophy, principles, spirituality and practice of Yoga are instrumental elements in helping professionals enhance the factors that underpin emotional resilience to stress. Participants are guided through a short asana and meditation practice that has proven effective in reducing stress and building reliance.

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