Satsang


Sundays 6:00 –8:00 pm

 

 

 

Satsang is the heart of the Yoga practice. It consists of 30 minutes of silent meditation, 30 minutes of chanting of mantras and kirtan and an easy-to-follow lecture on Yoga philosophy or psychology. The steady, joyful practice of satsang tangibly builds an uplifting energy at the Yoga Center.

Satsang means ‘“association with the wise.” Meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. In satsang, people of different levels practise together – from newcomers to experienced Yoga teachers.

Our chant book reflects the inclusiveness of the Sivananda lineage, with a section of chants for each of the main Hindu deities, as well as chants in English and Hebrew. Many of the Sanskrit chants are followed by translations. There is a mysterious power in every word. Our Daily Chants (Jaya Ganesha) and a few bhajans are accompanied by harmonium and simple percussion. At Sunday satsangs, we tend to chant the very beautiful Sunday Prayers.

It is not your voice, but the inner feeling that matters. Let your heart melt. As Yoga of sound, “mantra is the easiest of all modes of approach to God.” —Swami Sivananda

We recite Swami Sivananda's Universal Prayer and conclude satsang with arati, waving and receiving the Divine Light. We also share prasad, a sweet offering.

Soup

You are welcome to join us for a bowl of hearty vegetarian soup after Sunday evening satsang. And if you enjoy cooking, consider joining the rotation of people who prepare the soup. (It must be vegetarian and prepared without onions, garlic or mushrooms.)

Free of charge and open to all

Donations of flowers or sweets are very welcome, but completely optional. No advance registration necessary. No prior experience required. Please join us! It is a great way to support a personal meditation practice.

Schedule

We gather for Satsang every morning (except Sunday) at 6:00am for about 90 mins. Friday mornings we perform a beautiful puja ceremony to celebrate the Divine Mother. The other weekly evening satsang is on Wednesday at 7:00pm.