An Evening with Yogi Amrit Desai
Santosha Yoga studio is honored to present an evening with a true Yoga Master, Yogi Amrit Desai (Gurudev). With more than 50 years of teaching and illumination through Self-realization in the Shaktipat lineage of Swami Kripalu, Gurudev will offer lecture with a question and answer period to follow. This evening is a rare opportunity to receive a uniquely yogic perspective on a subject that affects all of us in its many various guises.
Many of us feel we do not have the freedom to choose our responses to life’s situations. We are pre-programmed to react from past experiences and conditioning. Past unresolved experiences are seductive, taking over our mind and emotions. Before we know it we experience misery and suffering. And when we are miserable, we want someone to blame. If we cannot find someone to blame, then we blame ourselves, which results in shame. We get caught up in a vicious cycle of blame and shame. Only when we have had enough do we look around for a way to stop the cycle and ease our pain.
This evening’s event will begin with Kirtan (call and response chanting) to help open our hearts and minds to the topic of discussion. Gurudev will then offer us insight into his years of experience on the yogic path to show us how to transform an experience of pain into an opportunity. A question and answer period will follow.
Preregistration is now closed. Please arrive 15-20 minutes before 6 pm if you are not preregistered to pay at the door. Thank you!
Gurudev is recognized as one of the pioneers of the authentic teachings of yoga in the West. He was born in Halolin Gujurat, India in 1932, and in 1947 he met his teacher, Babuji, (Shri Swami Kripalvanandji). Gurudev has been honored for following in the footsteps of many of the great spiritual Masters such as Paramahansa Yogananda, the renowned author of Autobiography of a Yogi, and Swami Vivekenanda, who founded the World Religious Parliament in India 1893. This prestigious organization has bestowed recognition to only five spiritual teachers who have played significant roles in disseminating the ancient heritage of India worldwide. In 1986 they honored Gurudev with the title Jagadacharya, World Teacher. He has also been recognized with titles including Doctor of Yoga and the Vishwa Yoga Ratna, awarded by the President of India..
Gurudev’s legacy is his work to restore the authentic practice of Patanjali’s classical Ashtanga or Eight- Limbed Yoga. He has helped to illuminate its core principles and the secrets of Kundalini Yoga, building them into a holistic practice of Eight-Limbed Yoga. This is represented in the Amrit Methods of Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Quantum Breath Meditation.