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Urban Retreat with Eddie Stern

  • LaLaLå 421 Colyton St Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States (map)


Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 18-20th

Hosted by Los Angeles Yoga Club & Jivamukti Yoga LA

Eddie visits LA for puja, practice, and lectures. Register to save your space. Current LAYC members receive a 20% discount on the full ticket price (email us for the coupon code) and we’ll be releasing single day tickets in a few weeks. We also have a couple spots open for work-trade opportunities - send us a note if you’d like to apply for these positions.

Friday Intro Lecture and Ganesh Puja

7pm - 9pm

The lovable, elephant-headed Ganesha is the personification of strength while facing obstacles and challenges. In this participatory ritual we will be invoking the presence of Ganesh who dwells within us as the capacity to be firm in the face of challenge, and to help us embody receptivity and care. It is taught in Hinduism that all of the deities exist within us as our inner nature of light and love, and outwardly are the external expressions of our heart. When we chant mantras and perform rituals we are not praying outside of ourselves to a deity, but are invoking the inner deity to awaken within us, and for that light to bless us and pervade our intellect, mind, thoughts, emotions, sense organs and actions. Please dress in clean, festive clothes, and bring an offering of flowers, fruits, nuts, or vegan cooked goods.

Saturday Mysore Practice

7am - 9am

Saturday Lecture* (Includes pranayama practice, chanting and lecture on yoga philosophy, physiology and Q&A)

10:30am -12:30pm

Sunday Led Primary Class

8am - 9:30 am

Sunday Lecture* and Q&A (Includes pranayama practice, chanting and lecture on yoga philosophy, physiology and Q&A)

10:30am - 12:30pm

*The Real Nature of Things in Yoga Sutras (Saturday and Sunday lectures)

The lectures on Saturday and Sunday will investigate the “real nature of things” as outlined in the Yoga Sutras. We’ll look into the Vibhuti chapter, or the chapter on attainments, which describe the inherent power of time, the present moment, birth, the body, as well as friendship and the nervous system. In order to understand the context for the inherent power of things, we’ll also discuss the philosophy of Sankhya, as a viewpoint on reality the helps us understand and experience the distinction between the observer, that is, us, and the things that we observe (which also might be us). The Vibhuti pada is often looked down upon as the chapter on super-powers, but it is so much more than that. It is the chapter where the harnessing of the infinite power of the mind is taught. The lectures will include chanting, discussion, and Q&A.

"Tranquility that is experienced by the mind through

reverential faith sustains a yogin like a loving mother.

This kind of faith gives a seeker after discriminative

knowledge energy, which brings him sustained

memory, which makes the mind undisturbed and

collected and conducive to concentration. In such a

mind dawns the light of discriminative knowledge, by

which the yogin understands the real nature of things.”

— Vyaasa YS 1.20

Eddie Stern is a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer from New York City. He is known for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga. He most recently created The Breathing App, which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, helping to improve sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety. One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life is his first solo book.

Earlier Event: June 29
Folding Mindstuff
Later Event: October 31
The Last Shavasana