Calendar of Events

 

Yoga Studies Events at Loyola Marymount University Spring 2014 

 

Information Session
Seaver 100, Loyola Marymount University. Saturday September 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members and students currently enrolled in the program. Frequently asked questions will be answered on the following topics: Pre-requisites, Class Schedule, Travel to India, Scholarships, Assistantships, and Application Deadlines.

For further information, please contact David Rogoff, Administrative Assistant for Yoga Studies, drogoff@lmu.edu


Free Yoga Day and Raga Spirit: movement, meditation, and music!
Loyola Marymount University, Saturday September 20, 2014

All Yoga Day festivities are FREE and open to the public, including: yoga, meditation, lectures, music, and food trucks!

Yoga Day presenters include: Erika Burkhalter, Ryan Brewer, Christopher Chapple, John Casey, Govind Das, Danielle Fowler, Ana Funes, Sara Ivanhoe, Jake Jacobs, Pawan Johar, Denise Kaufman, Pt. Kichlus, Atousa Mahdavi, Sarah Mata, Lori Rubenstein, Angela Saucedo, and... The world premiere of Mary Lou Newmark's "Breathing Room," a convergence of music, science, theatre, poetry, and spirituality - plus her green electric violin! Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an Information Session for the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program, where they can meet with faculty and students currently enrolled in the program.

Fore more information and to RSVP, please click here: Yoga Day


Community Offering: The Bhagavad Gita within the Great Narrative by Dr. Chris Chapple
YogaGlo (1800 Berkeley Street, Santa Monica 90404), Thursday, September 25th, October 2nd & October 9th from 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Bhagavad Gita, beloved by Emerson, Thoreau, and Gandhi, opens its readers to the big questions in life: Why do bad things happen to good people?  What can be done about family dysfunction?  What is the nature of the self?  What is the best path for action?  How can one be devoted?  What is knowledge? In three different sessions, we will work through the Gita, learning the contours of the four forms of Yoga: Jnana (Knowledge), Karma (Action), Devotion (Bhakti), and Meditation (Raja).  We will chant key verses in Sanskrit, develop a working vocabulary of important terms, and understand the place of the Bhagavad Gita within the epic narrative of the Mahabharata.

On Thursday, September 25th, we will work with the first six chapters of the text, focusing on Jnana and Karma Yoga.  Jnana Yoga teaches the undying nature of the Self and the transience of things in the material world.  Karma Yoga advises that the best action requires a spirit of nonattachment to the fruits of one's labor.

On Thursday, October 2nd, we will study the next six chapters, with a focus on the nature of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion.  These theological verses proclaim the omnipresence of highest self in all aspects of manifestation, and advise learning how the ultimate goals of life are to be enacted in everyday activities.

On Thursday, October 9th, we will probe into Raja Yoga as expressed in the last six chapters, which focus on the ongoing application of discernment in all circumstances.  By understanding the Gunas (sattva/illumination, rajas/passion, and tamas/heaviness), one gains the tools through which to experience a grounded joy in the midst of all activities.  
 
Bring your own translations of the text.  Recommended but not required translations: Winthrop Sargeant (SUNY, with Sanskrit analysis), Antonio T. DeNicolas (Avaratara), Srnivasa Murthy (Long Beach Publications).  Also, consult the links at: http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/theologicalstudies/aboutourfaculty/christopherkeychapple/

Work as Worship: Art Therapy, Meditation, and Karma Yoga
Art Therapy Studio (University Hall 2517) Loyola Marymount University. Wednesday October 29, 2014 from 12:10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

What if our work in the world felt like worship? How does meditation training support clinical training and why is it important to include contemplative practice in the curriculum sequence? How does the privilege to work as a therapist in a therapeutic relationship inspire  I/Thou encounters? What lessons from Karma Yoga and other socially engaged practices are relevant for the therapist to consider? These questions will be addressed and presented by Dr. Franklin within the context of a contemplative model of training to become an art therapist and counselor.

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is the coordinator of the Transpersonal Art Therapy program and the Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS) at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. Prior to Naropa, he practiced as a clinician and directed the Art Therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael is an international lecturer and accomplished author. His research addresses art as contemplative practice encompassing meditation, social engagement/karma-yoga and art-based research. For more information about Michael Franklin: www.artisyoga.com 

Interested participants must RSVP with Lori Gloyd, administrative coordinator of the MFTH / Art Therapy program (Lori.Gloyd@LMU.edu) to reserve their seat. 


The Darshan of the Imagination: Adoring the Collaborative Emergent Through Clay
Art Therapy Studio (University Hall 2517) Loyola Marymount University. Wednesday October 29, 2014 from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

From earth, to artistic collaboration, to fire, to stone, to independent object; clay is a material that easily teaches about change. As we will explore, when clay is formed it transforms into patiently waiting imaginal narratives composed of contexts, emotions, and unique scenes. When listened to and followed, these emerging images inspire reverent seeing reminiscent of the Darshan experience. This workshop explores these themes by materializing through clay, the I/Thou textures of the therapeutic relationship. During this 2.5-hour experience we will recreate a client-therapist relationship and discover the waiting potential of Imaginal Darshan.

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is the coordinator of the Transpersonal Art Therapy program and the Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS) at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. Prior to Naropa, he practiced as a clinician and directed the Art Therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael is an international lecturer and accomplished author. His research addresses art as contemplative practice encompassing meditation, social engagement/karma-yoga and art-based research. For more information about Michael Franklin: www.artisyoga.com 

Interested participants must RSVP with Lori Gloyd, administrative coordinator of the MFTH / Art Therapy program (Lori.Gloyd@LMU.edu) to reserve their seat. 


Ahimsa Center International Conference: Care, Compassion and Mindfulness
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. November 7-9, 2014

Care, Compassion and Mindfulness is the theme of the 6th biannual conference on nonviolence hosted by the Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona in suburban Los Angeles. This conference will draw upon scientific research and practice-based insights from a variety of disciplines and professions to further our understanding of the ways in which we can cultivate care, compassion and mindfulness in our individual selves, in our families and communities, and in world at large. The cultivation of care, compassion and mindfulness calls for a radical transformation in how we relate to each other as human beings, and how we relate to other beings and to nature; it calls for rethinking our personal lives, work lives and civic lives.

Conference details including the schedule, speaker biographies, presentation abstracts, and registration are available via the following link:  http://www.csupomona.edu/~ahimsacenter/conference/conference_14.shtml