Creative Exploration of the Bhagavad Gita

Creative Exploration of the Bhagavad Gita

Join us for a 4-week exploration of the Bhagavad Gita through dialogue and creative exploration. Yuki, a devoted teacher and student of Yoga and the Gita joins Maryam to offer a weekly dive into the Gita, through creativity and application to our daily life. Maryam and Yuki have been a student of the Gita for many years and are thrilled to share their wisdom with you. You don’t need to be an artist to creatively explore as each week Maryam will guide simple processes to access mandala musings, the process of poetry, mark-making and the necessity of creative exploration.

Week 1: Mahabaharata The Bhagavad Gita in context; mandala musings 

Discussion: Varna system - division of the society

Week 2: Despair of Arjuna - processing with poetry 

Discussion: Experience of despair - senses (physical sensation, quality, texture, vibration) and tools of grounding

Week 3: The Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita - mark-making as art-making

Discussion: Individual path of Yoga (Karma, Jnana, Bhakti) - balance, equanimity, & vairagya… What is your tool?

Week 4: Supreme Secret - freedom of expression

Discussion: Dharma & Gunas - the Yamas and Niyamas as dharma in modern society; Sattvic Guna for your discernment and action.

Recommended art supplies: a notebook (blank paper or lined), markers or colored pencils, a soup bowl (to draw the outline for the mandala), and any creative expression tool you prefer!

Yuki Riley (e-RYT500, RPYT, YACEP): A Japanese quote “????: Ichigo Ichie'' means, “once in a lifetime encounter.” Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki believes that this quote describes the essence of teaching yoga – cherishing the present opportunity to share and honor the individual practitioners in the space – and also appreciates her personal practice for bringing mental calmness and balance her active lifestyle. Yuki completed the 300YTT at Beloved Yoga and has studied a variety of aspects, including Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark, Svastha Therapy Yoga with Dr. Ganesh Mohan, Therapeutic Wisdom with Doug Keller, and Prenatal Yoga. Yuki is currently working on the Yoga Therapy program at the Maryland University of Integrated Health.

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