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Season 1 - Episode 9

Yoga and Beauty

55 min - Talk


May we play on this stage of life wholeheartedly, exploring the gifts of consciousness and the senses with courage and presence, so that we may honor the beauty of this world and leave it better than we found it.  James gives a talk on how yoga helps us perceive the beauty of the world and of our true essence. We learn about the kleshas (poisons) and how they get in the way of us seeing the vast beauty of our existence, how modern life can anesthetize us and keep us from enjoying the full spectrum of experiences and emotions life has to offer (rasas and sthayibhavas), and that yoga’s solution is a heartfelt presence, receptivity, awareness, and gratitude to all that we may encounter throughout our lives.

Please find attached several pdfs to which James refers in this class, and here are audio and video recordings of James singing the opening song, Sri Radha Krpa Kataksa Stava Raja.

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Thank you for your poignant teachings this season. This episode makes me nostalgic for the time when my children were little and years away from the phenomenon of being “plugged in” and passively entertained. Little did we know back then what the future held. Here’s to living in a more creative and passionate world moving forward! ✨🌎🌍🌏✨
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what an amazing session James!!  Yoga and Beauty is not talked about much in yoga classes or in yoga teacher training.  And yet, if our practice is not steeped in beauty / flavour / taste, it is not full.  I understand that now.  That and having time for nothing to do and enjoying are great insights.  All your talks have been super inspirational.  Thank you so much.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to these talks. So much so that I have often started them again and listened a second time straight after! Thank you James. Yoga is just so sensible and practical. I wish it was on the school curriculum.
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White Nights is one of my favourite films!! I have owned it in various formats : ) The dance is extraordinary. And you mention the Natya Shastra - coincidentally, I've started studying Bharatanatyam with a dance artist from Kolkata, and he advised me to read it (although acquiring a copy is proving tricky). In short, I have connected on many levels with your thoughtful exposition on yoga in this episode, and in the whole series! Many thanks!!!
Kate, yes I agree, tricky to find a book on Natya Shastra

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