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What is Yoga, Really?

Posted by St. John's College on April 22, 2014

St. John’s College presents “What is Yoga, Really?” with Nicolai Bachman

SANTA FE— The St. John’s College Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series presents “What is Yoga, Really?” with Nicolai Bachman on Wednesday, April 30, 3:15 p.m., in the Junior Common Room in the Peterson Student Center.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a masterpiece of Sanskrit literature yet can be difficult to understand and apply. Many kinds of yoga are mentioned, all pointing toward the same goal of connecting our individual, changing, outer consciousness to our universal, unchanging, inner light of awareness. What does “practice” mean beyond the physical postures? Where does “mindfulness” fit in? How can inner quiet help us manage outer responsibilities?

Nicolai Bachman has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. He has studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds a master of arts degree in Eastern philosophy, a master of science degree in nutrition, and is eRYT500 certified. He also has written several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools.

Admission is free. St. John’s College is located at 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca. For more information call (505) 984-6600.