This page is an archive of dharma classes we have taught in the past, listed by year and in order from most recent to least.
The Inner Compass · October 2019—February 2020
This series of sessions was based on the yamas and niyamas outlined in the Yoga Sutras. The yamas and niyamas offer guidance for interacting with the world and for our relationship with ourselves. They include values such as truth, discipline, non-possessiveness, self-enquiry and so on. These values form the basis of our personal growth and our relationships with the outside world, including families, friends and the environment.
Sessions included self-reflection and discussion to explore what these guidelines mean for us personally, how we are living our lives currently and where we want to go.
Everyday Spirituality · March—August
These classes were based on Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and the Bhagavad Gita. The entire series of classes was divided into three sections: mind, heart and body, to reflect the different ways we interact with the world. The focus of these sessions was to explore how to bring spirituality into our everyday lives and embody the teachings in areas such as work, marriage, friendship and family, as well as in ideas of religion, freedom, pleasure, sorrow and so on.
Your Life’s Work: Finding Your Calling · February
These sessions were based on the Bhagavad Gita and inspired by the writings of Bill Plotkin. They were designed to help us understand our propensities and the type of work that is aligned to them. We covered:
- the ways in which a calling differs from a job;
- how to identify our natural propensities in work and relationships;
- weaving our strengths together to discover our calling;
- expressing this calling in our work and personal life; and
- working with issues that may arise as we implement these insights.
This course is now available upon request as a set of one-on-one sessions with Charu. Please click here to find out more.
About Karma · January
This short course on karma covered topics like: what is karma; how does it affect us and how to work with it in our day-to-day life. We covered how to understand the concept of karma, how karma is created, and karma and free will.
The Bhagavad Gita: The Yoga of Wisdom · July—November
These classes focused on the last section of the Bhagavad Gita, which deals with the yoga of wisdom or gyana yoga. We went through the text verse-by-verse, using stories, commentaries and discussion to illuminate its teachings.
Let Your Body Speak · July
This workshop was about learning to listen to and understand the language of the body. The language of symptoms and sensations forms the basis of almost all holistic healing methods like homeopathy, ayurveda, acupuncture and the like. In the workshop, we suggested tools and techniques to understand this language, so that we can each become an active participant in our own healing.
The Essentials of Meditation · May—June
This course consisted of five workshop-style sessions designed to introduce and deepen our meditation practice. We covered meditation and mindfulness, the purpose of meditation, different types of practice, obstacles and diffculties that could come up, and setting up a regular meditation practice.
The Bhagavad Gita: The Yoga of Devotion · January—June
These classes focused on the middle section of the Bhagavad Gita, which deals with the yoga of devotion or bhakti yoga. We went through the text verse-by-verse, using stories, commentaries and discussion to illuminate its teachings.
The Bhagavad Gita: The Yoga of Action · September—December
These classes focused on the first section of the Bhagavad Gita, which deals with the yoga of action or karma yoga. We went through the text verse-by-verse, using stories, commentaries and discussion to illuminate its teachings.