Bhakti Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most beloved yoga practices in America today. Annual Bhakti festivals and celebrations complete with singing, dancing and music connect yogis to the all encompassing idea of the Divine, the Spirit, the Self or the Source - or whatever is is that inspires you to feel the love and lead with your heart.
The Sanskrit word Bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means "to adore or worship". It is one of the six systems of yoga revered throughout history as a path that can lead you to full awareness of your true nature. The other paths are hatha yoga (transformation of consciousness through the asanas, the physical postures), jnana yoga (inner knowledge and insight), karma yoga (skill in action), kriya yoga (ritual action) and raja yoga (the 8 limbed path also know as the classical yoga of Patanjali). While these paths are not mutually exclusive, different styles of yoga definitely resonate more deeply with different people.
Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of praise and devotion. It has been called "love for love's sake".
It begins by simply offering your effort, your compassion and your sense of devotion to someone in your life that is suffering. As your practice matures and grows stronger, your circle of influence broadens to your community and communities around you. Ultimately, we as a culture come together to heal the heart, share our hearts and express ourselves through love. In today's modern world this uplifting practice inspires us to embrace awareness, maintain positivity and tap into the universal healing love that surrounds us all. It is the sweetest approach to yoga out there - allowing us to see the intrinsic beauty in all things and generate positive energy for everyone around us - both near and far.
humm is so fortunate to have James Osborn lead and guide us on this journey. James teaches from his heart every time he steps onto his mat (and yours, ha)! His kindness, experience and gracious nature inspire his students to feel welcome to find that same place inside themselves."
Join us this Sunday, March 6 at 10:30 am for Bhakti Flow.