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Abhyasa Ashram Activities update - September 2, 2010

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    Abhyasa Ashram Newsletter: Local activities, online meetings, retreats, other programs Update: September 2, 2010 ***************** Our community of meditation
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      Abhyasa Ashram Newsletter:
      Local activities, online meetings, retreats, other programs
      Update: September 2, 2010

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      Our community of meditation and contemplation is devoted to training and nurturing those who deeply long for the direct experience of union with the eternal, pure center of consciousness, the bliss of being that is one with the absolute reality, as the wave who seeks to remember it is one with the ocean. One word for that union is "Yoga." The word "Abhyasa" means "practices." Abhyasa is purposefully choosing to do that which leads to "sthitau," which is a stable, steady, undisturbed inner calmness or tranquility. Abhyasa is one of the twin foundations of Yoga, along with Vairagya, the mental stance of non-attachment (Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16). The root of the word Ashram is "shrama," which means "effort" or "striving." Thus, our community of meditation, contemplation and learning is known as Abhyasa Ashram. More than any physical location, it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

      ACTIVITIES PAGE: http://abhyasaashram.org
      MEETUP.COM CALENDAR: http://www.meetup.com/abhyasa-ashram/calendar/
      (Meetup.com calendar is very user friendly to read.)

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      ASHRAM NEWS
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      Abhyasa Ashram
      505 Hooper Drive
      Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

      RENOVATION: The roof and the air conditioning systems have been fully repaired. Drywall repairs have been made, and now need to be taped and finished. We are starting to do the renovation on the large meditation/hatha yoga room.

      MEMBERSHIP: We have three levels of involvement in the ashram, which are described here:
      http://swamij.com/abhyasa-ashram.htm#membership

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      LOCAL ASHRAM ACTIVITIES
      (All times CST/CDST US)
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      DAILY Silent Meditation (30 minutes): 11:30am and 6:00pm
      (If you are in another city, state or country, please join us from your home if you are free to do so at these times.) Morning meditations will generally be continued at the townhouse. Evening meditations are now held at the new ashram location. When I am traveling the meditation room will generally be opened by Kathleen Gibson. She will also facilitate satsangs such as Bhagavad Gita, Wednesday Noon, first Friday and third Saturday.

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      MORNINGS and EVENING MEDITATION TIMES
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      MORNING: The morning meditations (11:30-12:00) will generally continue at the townhouse for a while. Exceptions are Wednesday, when we will meet at the ashram and then have the 12:00 curriculum review, and Saturday morning (11:30-12:00) after the 10:30am hatha yoga class with Tri.

      AFTERNOON/EVENING: Afternoon and evening meditations (6:00-6:30), hatha and pranayama/breathing classes, and other later programs are at the new ashram at 505 Hooper Dr., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

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      HATHA YOGA / PRANAYAMA/BREATHING TIMES
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      FIRST WEDNESDAY (Next October 6): June Enfinger will lead hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing classes on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30am - 11:30am, followed immediately by 11:30am meditation. Curriculum review is at 12:00pm - 2:00pm.

      FIRST FRIDAY, 5:00pm - 6:00pm: Carolyn Reynolds will lead hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing classes, followed immediately by 6:00pm meditation.

      OTHER FRIDAYs: Every Friday (other than first Friday), 5:00pm - 6:00pm: Tripurashakti will lead hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing classes, followed immediately by 6:00pm meditation. Tri will lead the class through September 24, after which she will travel to Holland and India. She will resume this class when she returns to Florida end of December 2010.

      EVERY SATURDAY: Every Saturday, 10:30am - 11:30am: Tripurashakti will lead hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing classes, followed immediately by 11:30am meditation. Tri will lead the class through September 25, after which she will travel to Holland and India. She will resume this class when she returns to Florida end of December 2010.

      OTHER DAYS: On other days there are self-directed hatha yoga, pranayama/breathing from 5:30pm - 6:00pm, followed by group silent meditation at 6:00pm - 6:30pm.

      MORE TO COME: Other hatha teachers have volunteered to teach and will soon be scheduled on a regular basis. I sincerely appreciate each of these teachers for their service: Tripurashakti, June Enfinger, Carolyn Reynolds, Kathy Tabb, and Stephanie Penhollow.

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      GROUP PROGRAMS
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      WED, SEP 1 - OCT 6, 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Six week series of self-awareness practices with Swami Jnaneshvara. Please open and print out this file and bring with you: http://www.swamij.com/pdf/SJ-witness-100515.pdf
      FRI, SEP 3, 5:00pm: Carolyn Reynolds: Hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing, followed immediately by silent group meditation at 6:00pm.
      FRI, SEP 3, 6:30pm: Food/snacks followed by First Friday Yoga Sutras and discussion
      FRI, SEP 3, 7:00pm - 9:00pm: First Friday Yoga Sutras discussion.

      MON, SEP 6, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita (at the 505 Hooper ashram), followed by
      6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala [Note: Bombay Masala will be closed Sep 6, so we will choose an alternative location.]
      WED, SEP 8, 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Curriculum review gathering (at the new ashram; 11:30 meditation and 11:00 practice time are at the new ashram)
      WED, SEP 8 (Series SEP 1 - OCT 6), 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Six week series of self-awareness practices with Swami Jnaneshvara. Please open and print out this file and bring with you: http://www.swamij.com/pdf/SJ-witness-100515.pdf
      FRI, SEP 10, 5:00pm: Tripurashakti: Hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing, followed immediately by silent group meditation at 6:00pm.
      FRI, SEP 10, 7:00pm, Mantra Mela (at the new ashram)

      MON, SEP 13, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita (at the 505 Hooper ashram), followed
      by 6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, SEP 15, 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Curriculum review gathering (at the new ashram; 11:30 meditation and 11:00 practice time are at the new ashram)
      WED, SEP 15 (Series SEP 1 - OCT 6), 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Six week series of self-awareness practices with Swami Jnaneshvara. Please open and print out this file and bring with you: http://www.swamij.com/pdf/SJ-witness-100515.pdf
      FRI, SEP 17, 5:00pm: Tripurashakti: Hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing, followed immediately by silent group meditation at 6:00pm.
      SAT, SEP 18, 6:30pm Vegetarian Pot luck (at the new ashram)
      SAT, SEP 18, 7:00pm Movie ("Patch Adams") and popcorn (at the new ashram)

      MON, SEP 20, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita (at the 505 Hooper ashram), followed
      by 6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, SEP 22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Curriculum review gathering (at the new ashram; 11:30 meditation and 11:00 practice time are at the new ashram)
      WED, SEP 22, (Series SEP 1 - OCT 6), 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Six week series of self-awareness practices with Swami Jnaneshvara. Please open and print out this file and bring with you: http://www.swamij.com/pdf/SJ-witness-100515.pdf
      FRI, SEP 24, 5:00pm: Tripurashakti: Hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing, followed immediately by silent group meditation at 6:00pm.
      FRI, SEP 24, 7:00pm, Drumming and Music (bring any instruments) (at the new ashram)

      MON, SEP 27, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita (at the 505 Hooper ashram), followed
      by 6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, SEP 29, 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Curriculum review gathering (at the 505 Hooper ashram; 11:30 meditation and 11:00 practice time are at the 505 Hooper ashram)
      WED, SEP 1 - OCT 6, 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Six week series of self-awareness practices with Swami Jnaneshvara. Please open and print out this file and bring with you: http://www.swamij.com/pdf/SJ-witness-100515.pdf
      FRI, OCT 1, 7:00pm, First Friday Yoga Sutras and discussion (at the new ashram)

      MON, OCT 4, 4:00pm: Book Club, Bhagavad Gita (at the 505 Hooper ashram), followed
      by 6:00pm meditation and dinner at Bombay Masala
      WED, OCT 6, 10:30am: June Enfinger, hatha yoga and pranayama/breathing, immediately followed by silent meditation at 11:30am.
      WED, SEP 29, 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Curriculum review gathering (at the 505 Hooper ashram; 11:30 meditation and 11:00 practice time are at the 505 Hooper ashram)
      WED, SEP 1 - OCT 6, 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Six week series of self-awareness practices with Swami Jnaneshvara. Please open and print out this file and bring with you: http://www.swamij.com/pdf/SJ-witness-100515.pdf
      FRI, OCT 8, 7:00pm, Mantra Mela (at the new ashram)

      FEBRUARY in Florida (February 2011):
      Daily discussions and meditations
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar/feb-in-florida.htm

      OCT 30, 2010: Overnight meditation retreat at Ramada on Okaloosa Island. From 8:00am Saturday until 8:00am Sunday, leaving time to go to the Center for Nondualism program on Sunday morning. More info and registration is on this flyer: http://swamij.com/pdf/retreat-101030a.pdf.

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      ONLINE DISCUSSION / SATSANG
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      Times are CST/CDST US
      WED, 9:00pm, Yoga Sutras discussion
      SAT, 8:30am, Satsang and Discussion
      SAT, 9:00pm, Readings Satsang and Discussion
      SUN, 9:00pm, Bhagavad Gita Discussion
      EXCEPTIONS: When Swami Jnaneshvara is traveling, then either Kathleen or Tripurashakti will open the meetings.

      SCHEDULE and DETAILS: http://www.swamij.com/meetings.htm
      (This page is also linked on the home page of SwamiJ.com)

      We are exploring alternatives of service providers for the online meetings. Please see the link above for the latest info.

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      RETREATS IN INDIA:
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      November 2010
      March 2011
      November 2011
      Details are on the website:
      http://www.swamij.com/calendar/rishikesh-retreat.htm

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      OTHER PROGRAMS (Details TBA)
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      September 16-20, 2010: New York City (Write to me for contact information of the people in New York who are sponsoring the visit, or directly contact one of the circle of people in New York if you are connected with the satsang group there.)
      October 1-3, 2010: East Aurora, New York (Write to me and I'll pass on contact information for the sponsor of the visit.)
      October 12-24, 2010: Santiago, Chile
      November 2010: Rishikesh, India
      April 2011: Sydney Australia (and possibly Bali), sponsored by:
      http://www.yogacoach.com/

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      CENTER FOR NONDUALISM
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      A Community for Nondual Religion, Yoga, and Philosophy
      Providing a "Sunday Alternative" for the Emerald Coast
      Every Sunday at:
      Brooks Beal Center
      100 Beal Parkway NW
      Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547

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      SUNDAY Program:
      9:30-10:30 am: Interactive Program
      10:30-11:00 am: Fellowship
      11:00-12:00 am: Main Program; speaker, guided meditation, inspirational reading
      12:00-12:30 pm: Fellowship
      WEBSITE:
      http://www.centerfornondualism.org/
      NEWSLETTER:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CenterForNonDualism/

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      SWAMI JNANESHVARA upcoming Center participation:

      SEP 12, 11:00: Speaker for main program
      SEP 26, 11:00: Speaker for main program
      OCT 10, 9:30: Interactive Program: Satsang and discussion
      OCT 31, 11:00: Speaker for main program

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      4th ANNUAL CONFERENCE and RETREAT:
      Joyously Living Nondualism
      February 17-20, 2011
      http://www.centerfornondualism.org/

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      ARTICLES:

      Integrating and Converging Four Complementary Practices
      http://www.swamij.com/complementary.htm

      By practicing each of the practices of Meditation, Contemplation, Prayer, and Mantra, these four converge into a unified force of clarity, will, focus, and surrender.

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      REFLECTIONS:

      People and personalities rise and fall, while the One within remains ever the same.

      PODCASTS:
      Archive of audio podcasts:
      http://www.swamij.com/podcast.htm

      YOUTUBE:
      Archives of my videos on YouTube:
      http://www.youtube.com/yogabindu
      http://www.youtube.com/swamijb
      Someone has also anonymously put 126 short videos of Swami Rama's lectures on
      internet:
      http://www.youtube.com/swamiramahimalayas

      CONNECTIONS
      Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swamij
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/swamij
      Meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/abhyasa-ashram/
      Email and postal contact: http://www.swamij.com/contact.htm

      ACTIVITIES PAGE: https://sites.google.com/site/abhyasaashram/
      MEETUP.COM CALENDAR: http://www.meetup.com/abhyasa-ashram/calendar/
      SWAMIJ.COM CALENDAR: http://www.swamij.com/calendar.htm
      (These calendars are gradually being integrated into one another.)

      NEWSLETTERS:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Yoga-Meditation/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AbhyasaAshram/

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