Yoga Vedanta Weekend June 1st-3rd Woodstock NY

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June 1st-3rd Woodstock will once again celebrate the wisdom and culture of India with the Third Annual Yoga Vedanta Weekend featuring slide talks, workshops, concerts, Ayurveda, yoga classes and chant.

Benefiting Auroville Village Action and Sri Sarada Ayurvedic Hospital Tamil Nadu, South India and Ridgely Vivekananda Retreat in Stone Ridge, NY.

2007 marks India's 60th Birthday. Famous for being the world's largest
democracy, relations between India and the US are at an all time high and each realizes the strength and importance of the multiculturalism they share.

Woodstock, a pioneer in Arts, is also known as pioneer on the journey within with a deep connection with India. June 1st-3rd Woodstock will once again celebrate the wisdom and culture of India with the Third Annual Yoga Vedanta Weekend. Founders Shubhraji from Namah Vedanta Center and Julian Lines from Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center join hands with Pravrajika Gitaprana from Ridgely Vivekananda Retreat in Stone Ridge to celebrate Indian wisdom and culture.

Many of us appreciated visit of HH the Dalai Lama to Woodstock last fall. But not everyone knows one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, Swami Vivekananda, visited nearby Stone Ridge over one hundred years ago.

The property where he stayed is now a spiritual retreat, Ridgely. They are hosting a concert Saturday June 2nd by Aashish Khan, son of the famous sarod master, Ali Akbar Khan. He will be accompanied on tabla by local maestro, Ray Spiegel.

The weekend begins in Woodstock at Mountain View Studio with a tribute to three of the visionaries at the heart of India's spiritual renaissance: Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Swami Chinmayananda. This will be followed by a slide show on India by local award winning photographer, Martin Brading, known for his photographs in "The Art of Yoga".

Saturday will consist of a series of workshops on Vedanta at Mirabai Books on Mill Hill Road starting with Shubhraji. Afternoon workshops on the sacred sciences of energy in your home and in your meditation practice will be explored with Nidhi and with Mavis Gewant, an expert on the sacred geometries of the Yantras. There will also be two yoga classes at Mountain View Studio with Barbara Boris, one beginner class: "Yoga for Non-Yogis" and a general level class: "Hatha Yoga as a Spiritual Practice." The day will end with the Aashish Khan's concert at the Stone Ridge Center on Route 209.

Sunday's activities center on Mountain View Studio in Woodstock featuring a morning Iyengar Yoga class by Barbara Boris followed by a workshop on Ayurveda, India's holistic healing system. A hatha yoga panel discussion will represent some of the major yoga traditions. At 4 pm the talk will change into chant with a community kirtan, followed by a delicious vegetarian dinner. Actually there will be delicious samples of chutneys and curry masala all afternoon at Mountain View courtesy of Daadima's Kitchen, a small, locally owned company in Wappingers Falls. All of their products are made naturally without any preservatives, additives, or thickeners, and they contain no wheat or gluten.

Those interested in dinner must make reservations at Pondicherry on the Woodstock Village Green by calling 679-2926.

A complete schedule is on the Pondicherry website:

Additional websites of participants:

Yoga Vedanta Weekend June 1st- 3rd
Woodstock and Stone Ridge, NY

Friday June 1st
Three Seers & India Inside Out
7:30 pm Mountain View Studio, Mountain View Avenue, Woodstock
A glimpse into the lives of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Swami Chinmayananda, followed by "India Inside Out: Interior Landscapes of India" photos of India by professional photographer Martin Brading

Saturday, June 2nd
9 - 9:30 Reading & Meditation, Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center, Mt. Tremper

Mirabai Books, 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock:
10-11:30 Invocation and Talk on the Essence of the Gita by Shubhraji, close disciple of Swami Chinmayananda
11:30-12:30 Knowing That, All Things Become Known...Talk on the Upanishads by Ira Schepetin

Mirabai Books, 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock:
1-2 AUM Home: The Deities on your Altar
An introduction to Vastuu with Nidhi
2-3 Yantras for health and meditation with Mavis Gewant
3-4 How Yoga Deepens Creativity with Jeff Davis

Mountain View Studio, Mountain View Avenue, Woodstock:
Iyengar Yoga Classes with Barbara Boris

1-2 "Yoga for Non-Yogis"
A very beginning class for those who have never tried yoga. $10.

2:30-4 "Hatha Yoga as a Spiritual Practice"
How yoga uses the body to prepare the path for enlightenment. General level class. $15.

Stone Ridge Center for the Arts, 3588 Main Street (Rt 209), Stone Ridge: 7 pm Aashish Khan, Sarod accompanied by Ray Spiegel, tabla $25

Sunday June 3rd
Mountain View Studio, Mountain View Avenue, Woodstock:
10:00-11:30 Barbara Boris Yoga Class: "Introduction to Iyengar Yoga" General level class. $15.

1:30-3pm Linda Lalita Winnick: Ayurveda to Support Your Yoga Practice

3-4:30 Yoga Panel: What is Hatha Yoga?
Exploring the Different Threads of the Yoga Path. Moderated by Jeff Davis: Baird Hersey (Ashtanga), Marcia Albert (Desikachar), Linda Winnick (Shakti), Barbara Boris (Iyengar), Debi DePiso (Bliss)

4:30-6:30 Woodstock Kirtan

6:30-8 Vegetarian Dinner $20 donation

Schedule subject to change.
Check for updates.


to benefit Auroville Village Action & Sri Sarada Ayurvedic Hospital

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