Upcoming Events

Sept. 10, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
Historical Perspectives on Social Change with Dr. Christopher Chapple

Social change through nonviolent methods has a long global history. This workshop will explore how the silent meditation of the Quakers helped bring about the end of slavery and inspired the rise of global feminism. We will also discuss the transformative power of personal practice as found in Thoreau, Whitman, Tolstoy, Maya Angelou, and Mary Oliver.

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Sept. 11, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
Gandhi and Yoga: Personal Transformation and Social Change with Dr. Veena Howard

Join Dr. Veena Howard in an exploration of Gandhi’s yogic disciplines he used to transform his personal life and bring social change. We’ll also learn how Gandhi’s personal practices of heath, vegetarianism, mindfulness, and self-restraint enabled him in his public life to bring about ground-shaking social, economic, and political change in India.

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Sept. 28, 2016 | 8p | University Hall Theology Village 3rd Floor 
Hatha Yoga: An Illustrated History with Dr. James Mallinson

This event is free and open to the public.

Haṭha Yoga is the method of yoga in which physical methods predominate and the source of many of the methods of modern globalised yoga. It was first codified in Sanskrit texts about a thousand years ago, but some of its practices date back to at least the time of the Buddha. This lecture will draw on texts, material sources and fieldwork among traditional yogis in India in order to chart Haṭha Yoga’s history. It will be illustrated with pictures of material sources, in particular Mughal painting and photographs of traditional yogis.

Dr James Mallinson is Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London. His main research area is the history of yoga and its practitioners, and he is currently leading a five-year research project on Haṭha Yoga. Dr Mallinson's primary research methods are philology, i.e. the study of Sanskrit texts on yoga, and ethnography, i.e. fieldwork among traditional yogis in India. He has published widely and his next book, Roots of Yoga, written in collaboration with Dr Mark Singleton, will be published by Penguin Classics in January 2017.

Oct. 8, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
The Neuroscience of Conscious Awareness: An Owner's Manual for the Human Brain with Dr. Louis Cozolino 

This workshop will focus on the interaction among the brain, mind, and community in the construction of conscious awareness. It will draw from multiple scientific disciplines including interpersonal neurobiology, evolutionary theory, social and cognitive psychology, and clinical psychology. The goal of this workshop will be to deepen participant’s awareness of how our brains construct conscious reality, the illusions and distortions that get generated, and how introspective practices can alter the mind and modify the brain. It is hoped that these insights will support and enhance work with clients across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

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Oct. 9, 2016 | 1p - 6pm | University Hall, 3328
Yoga & Your Brain: Integrating Personal and Planetary Healing through Science & Spirituality with Dr. Jay Kumar

Discover the powerful connection among Yoga, brain science, ecology, and health. We live in a moment of history when it is becoming increasingly evident that personal and planetary healing are becoming intimately aligned. The possible key to achieving both occurs by integrating cutting-edge science with timeless spirituality. This unique workshop explores how the latest research in neuroscience and mind-body medicine mirror sacred Yoga teachings to cultivate greater personal health and planetary wellbeing. This workshop is ideal for Yoga instructors, medical practitioners, mental health workers, and social pioneers wishing to explore how science and spirituality dynamically interact as a 21st-century paradigm for global healing.

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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. 2, 2016 | 8p | University Hall Theology Village 3rd Floor 
Introduction to Contemplative Education with Dr. Patricia Morgan

This event is free and open to the public.

Learn about the intersection of Education and Contemplative Practice with Dr. Patricia Morgan.

Dr Patricia Morgan is currently a research associate on the ‘Heart of Health’ project with the Sydney Health District, researching the impacts of meditation programs for nurses in a number of large hospitals in Sydney, Australia. She is also an advisor on an ARC funded research project examining the impacts of ICT on work/life balance with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. In 2013 she received her PhD for an interdisciplinary study of contemplative consciousness in education, which is the first of its kind in Australia and New Zealand. Patricia has taught contemplative education, ethics, law, and academic studies at four universities in Sydney and was contracted, in 2014, by the Office of Teaching and Learning, UNSW, to design and facilitate a range of contemplative initiatives. In addition to her research and teaching in contemplative studies Patricia combines experience with arts and contemplative practice in Contemplative Art workshops, most recently at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Art and Design UNSW. 

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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