Lighting the Lamp of Wisdom: A Week Inside a Yoga Ashram

Lighting the Lamp of Wisdom: A Week Inside a Yoga Ashram


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The powerful combination of exercising both mind and body in the quest for spiritual enlightenment is integral to Hindu spiritual life, and the ashram is where it takes place. This guide introduces you to the typical ashram schedule as experienced in three different communities -- India, New York, and the Bahamas -- to show you what you can expect from the yoga, meditation, worship, and study that define an ashram retreat. Whether you're simply curious about this millennia-old spiritual practice, or interested in experiencing it firsthand, this is the ideal handbook to get you started, no matter what your faith tradition. A helpful glossary of terms, a list of resources for further reading, and a directory to yoga ashrams in North America and elsewhere will enable you to set up your own visit and explore the spiritual benefits of yoga ashram life for yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781893361379
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: Week inside Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 3.54(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

John Ittner is a freelance journalist and writer whose articles have appeared in Yoga Life and other publications. A longtime news editor for the New York Post , he has studied yoga and Vedanta (Hindu philosophy) for many years, at ashrams both in the United States and in India. He completed his teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, India, and presently teaches at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York City.

Table of Contents

1A Place for Grace7
2Complete Immersion21
3Standing on Your Own Head37
4Food for Thought57
5Free Time at the Ashram72
6From Mind Control to Meditation88
7Work Is Worship107
8Seven Days in Paradise: A Journal125
Appendix AA Directory of Ashrams149
Appendix BRecommended Reading153
About SkyLight Paths163

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