Jnana Yoga

Awakening Through Understanding

Have you been practising yoga for many years but feel that little progress has been made? Or, are you relatively new to yoga and feel confused about its complexity and its dense overlay of Indian culture with animal deities and Sanskrit chants? Do you believe that success in yoga can only be achieved through many lifetimes of purification, austerity, meditation and virtuous behavior? How can the task be so tedious, so complicated and lengthy when all we seek is the simple reality of who we truly are?

In this workshop we will investigate deep-seate beliefs about who we are and what yoga is. Babaji taught that “all pathes lead to jnana yoga,” so regardless of the path you are currently following and regardless of the traditions you have studied, you will only find success in your spiritual endeavours when you have the direct experience of your true self, the self of all. Jnana yoga, the path of knowledge, sometimes called the direct path, sheds light on the dark areas of our misunderstandings and awakens us to the deeper reality of who we are.

This workshop will consist of five sessions of about two hours each where through discourse, interaction and simple exercises, we will learn to set aside the obstacles that obstruct our direct experience of ourself. There will also be two morning sessions of restorative yoga asanas to enhance relaxation, reduce chronic tension and help create an environment conducive to deeper insight into our true nature.

Alan (Shankar) Martin

Alan (Shankar) Martin took yoga teacher training with Swami Vishnudevananda in 1972, and has been a student of Baba Hari Dass since the founding of Dharma Sara in 1975. He has taught every year at the Yoga Teacher Training program since its inception in 2002, and has served in many roles at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga including Director. He has a PhD in Kinesiology from SFU and taught for many years at various Canadian universities before retiring as Professor Emeritus in the School of Kinesiology at UBC.


5:00 to 7:00 pm Welcome
7:00 to 8:30 am Meditation
8:30 to 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 to 10:00 am Asana
10:00 am to Noon Discussion
Noon to 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 to 4:00 pm Discussion
6:00 Dinner
7:00 to 9:00 pm Discussion
7:00 to 8:30 am Meditation
8:30 to 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 to 10:00 am Asana
10:00 am to Noon Discussion

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