Living The Myth: An Exploration of the Bhagavad Gita
As long as we have been in physical bodies, humans have used storytelling and myth as a way to understand the mystery, depth and complexity of the human condition. In this collaborative learning experience, we will unpack the deep teachings of the Bhagavad Gita (Song of God), one of the most celebrated texts in Hindu mythology. For centuries, the Bhagavad Gita has inspired movements across the World due to its rich content that expands on the themes of non-duality, faith, devotion, right action, sacred duty, and liberation.
This installation of Living The Myth will focus on the concept of dharma, or sacred duty. We will explore what it means to both practice and experience yoga a state of union through deep inquiry and embodied self leadership. Who are you here to be? What must you bring forth from your heart? How are you compelled to participate in this world? We will dive into the content and context of the Bhagavad Gita as we explore the depth of these questions through lecture, conversation, and meditative practice. Our work together will be grounded in intentional movement and meditation practices. Please note that no previous knowledge of The Gita is required however you may want to read or at least be familiar with the text to get the most out of this experience.
“This is true yoga: the unbinding of the bonds of sorrow. Practice this yoga with determination and with a courageous heart.” – Bhagavad Gita, translation by Stephen Mitchell
About Rachelle Knowles:
I AM A LOVER OF YOGA: student first, teacher second.
My exploration of yoga has happened in many places + spaces, from sweaty hot yoga studios to slow + steady intelligent alignment based classes. Currently, I dedicate most of my time to the non-profit I founded in Fall 2016, Cultivate Union. The drive to start this organization was anchored in my belief that yoga is one of the most democratic tools available for personal healing and social change because we all have a body and we all breathe. You can learn more about what Cultivate Union offers the yoga community as a whole here: www.cultivateunion.co.
In 2012, I completed my training at Kashi Ashram and became a Certified Yoga Instructor under the guidance of Swami Jaya Devi. I became introduced to yoga as more than a physical practice and fell in love with the depth of self study offered through the lineage from the teachings of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati. In 2014, I became a Certified yogahour Instructor in a powerful training offered by Darren Rhodes and Brigette Finley. I love to learn and have maintained continuous yoga study with teachers in Atlanta and beyond outside of my trainings and certifications.
My classes are a blend of all the things that have moved me over the course of my yoga practice. When you come to class, expect sequencing and cues that will guide you inward to tap into your body’s intelligence. I will encourage you to pay a lot of attention to your breath, as I believe it is what fuels our practice and brings power to the postures. My biggest ask is that you stay curious about what’s happening in your body moment to moment; inquiry has been a powerful tool for self study for me.
Early bird price before August 2, 2018 $89
Regular Price: $108