Archive for the ‘Lifestyle Courses’ Category

Karma-free Baking

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Learning to make Crunchy Peanut Butter cookies and Carob Chip cookies

Cookies

This workshop is great for siblings and friends to get together and make some tasty treats together to take home. Not only this, but you will be given the recipes for these great cookies, so you can replicate them whenever required.

All equipment and ingredients will be provided, but you will need to bring a box/container to take home your goodies. Aprons and hats are also supplied for use during the class but you can bring your own if you wish.

Of course, everything we cook is for the pleasure of the Lord, so the workshop will end with a demonstration of how to offer items to the Lord.

Course Date: Saturday 25th July 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: 
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

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The Good Parenting Guide

Friday, March 20th, 2015

with HG Sridama das and Kaishori devi dasi

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“The two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.”~ Hodding Carter Jnr

Scripture explains that one of the main duties of the parents is to bring up one’s offspring to become devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

However, raising children to become moral, upstanding citizens in society is difficult enough, what to speak of inculcating devotional qualities in them. In this age of Kali, there are so many adverse influences, that it can seem nigh on impossible to make your children Krishna conscious.

However do not fear…

Please come along to this seminar and learn some practical hints and tips that will clarify your doubts and help you to raise your children and give them the best possible opportunity for a bright future, from all points of view.

Course Date: Sunday 3rd May 2015
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue:
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

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About the speakers
Sridama das and Kaisori devi dasi are senior disciples of His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj, and members of the Radha-Gopinath Temple (Chowpatty) community. They have been pivotal in developing the Mentorship System in Chowpatty, and in recent years, have travelled to many countries around the world, inspiring and helping other temples to do the same.

 

The Ayurveda Series

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

with Ananga Sakhi devi dasi

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The term Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words: ‘ayus’ meaning life and ‘vid’ meaning knowledge. The “science of life”, Ayurveda, is increasingly popular the world over, as people look for alternatives to allopathic care.

The Ayurvedic teachings have huge amounts of valuable insights into all aspects of our lives, from the food we eat, the times we rest and rise and overcoming various health problems.

Over the coming months, the College of Vedic Studies continues the longstanding Ayurveda Series. We have two great courses lined up which are relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this great science of health and wellbeing. Please do not miss them!

Ayurvedic Diet

We often hear the common phrase… “you are what you eat”. Indeed, we understand that our diet has a significant impact on our body and even our state of consciousness. The Vedic literatures in the form of Ayurveda provide a scientific guide to our diet and the process of eating; what, when, how, and much more!

This session will focus on answering some key questions, such as:

  • Eating: what, when, where and in which order?
  • What are the six tastes and how do they affect the doshas?
  • Which foods are incompatible (bad combinations)?
  • When should one drink water and how much?
  • How many meals should one take?
  • What should one do after eating to aid digestion?

Date: Sunday 26th April 2015
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

Kitchen Remedies

We all suffer from various ailments from time to time, some being more serious than others. But did you know that rather than bottles and tubes of various concoctions from your local chemists, you can use common ingredients from your kitchen to make some of the most potent, effective and natural remedies?

This session will take 15 spices and food items, all of which are easily available from any local store (or your own kitchen!), and hone in on their great medicinal properties. Say goodbye to the common cold, various digestive problems and some of the worst skin problems using the following items:

Turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, dates, caraway seeds, black pepper, ghee, pomegranate, coconut, honey, milk, sugar

There will even be live demonstrations of some simple recipes – not one to be missed!

Date: Sunday 28th June 2015
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

About the speaker
Ananga Sakhi devi dasi has been formally involved with Ayurveda for almost 15 years. She has run clinics across London, delivered numerous talks and seminars and has written a number of articles on different health topics. Her various talks on ‘Pregnancy’ and ‘Ayurveda for the Winter’ were very well received, and thus she is returning to continue with the ‘Ayurveda Series’, with this overview of Ayurveda in everyday life.

Aside from her Vedic understanding, she also has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, which allows her to understand the science of Ayurveda within the modern context. She is married with two young boys, giving her ample opportunity to put this age old wisdom into practical experience with her own family.

Yoga Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Ashtanga Yoga with Patricia Rafferty (Padma Malini dasi)

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For the next term we will examine several elements of the traditional yoga of eight limbs. We will explore in detail the dynamics of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary series, focusing on the foundational Suryanamaskar and standing postures with emphasis on bandhas, movement with breath and dristhis. There will be some inclusion of further postures according to ability when the sequence of initial posture can be practiced from memory. We will also examine in detail the Yamas and Niyamas, the first two of the eight limbs, by considering various characters from the Bhagavat Purana and Mahabharata that highlight the value of these ethical guidelines.

Date: Every Wednesday  (2/09/15 – 21/10/15 and 4/11/15 – 3/12/15)
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £8 drop in or £40 for 6 classes (please note payment is by cash only)

For more information, and to get in touch with the teacher, please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/goshallayoga

Preparation for class:
· You can bring your own mats and blocks, although some are available for general use
· Avoid eating before the class, particularly large meals
· Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in
· If you have any serious injuries or health conditions, please check with your doctor before attending class and inform the teacher in advance

About Patricia Rafferty
Patricia began practicing yoga in Northern Ireland in 1991 with Norma Duffield, and received her yoga teacher training qualification from the Yoga Fellowship of Northern Ireland in 2001. After 8 years in an ashrama, she gained an in-depth understanding of yoga philosophy and psychology, mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking and Ayurveda. She has studied with teachers from various yoga traditions including Mira Metha, Ana Forrest, Hamish Hendry and John Scott, and has taught in Northern Ireland, America, India and England, working with people of all ages and levels of practice.

Maintaining a regular practice has allowed Patricia to develop a deep, practical understanding of the therapeutic nature of yoga and the endless ways it can be adapted. She empowers others to experience the healing energy of focused mind, breath and body work within a safe and relaxed environment.

Transformational Seminars

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

with Brajarani devi dasi

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Please see details below of two exciting new transformational seminars coming soon at the College of Vedic Studies. The first is communication-based and the second focusses on adopting responsible paradigms and freeing ourselves from the burden of victim consciousness. Please see details below.

Conscious Living seminar
To serve in any field of endeavour requires the ability to listen and the commitment to understand. This seminar, which is based on spiritual principles of conscious living will give one tools, skills and practical experience for such transformative communication. Vaisnava philosophy is centred around the principle of empathy – A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was a great example of this. Other famous people like Theodore Roosevelt quotes: “people don’t care what you know till they know you care” and Paul Tillich’s says: “The first duty to love is to listen”. This seminar is essential for coaches and mentors in all fields.

In this seminar you will:
– Get to transform and build more meaningful relationships
– Gain insights into your communication style and how it affects your life and work
– Learn how to overcome ‘roadblocks’ to effective communication
– Discover problem-solving strategies
– Integrate assertiveness and gain self-confidence

Course Date: Sunday 22nd February 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £25

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


 

The Responsible Paradigm
A key element of trustworthy character is being a person of your word.  Indeed, one of the foundational principles of Krishna consciousness is responsibility. This is a very broad subject, and overlaps many other important principles such as accountability, honesty and integrity, all of which are fundamental to relationships in today’s world.

The Bhagavad-gita is all about Krsna encouraging Arjuna to be responsible, honest about his own nature, material and spiritual, and acting according to that. It can be surprising to observe how prone we are to slip from these principles in our day-to-day lives. This can in turn affect our relationships with ourselves, our loved ones/others and even God.

In this seminar attendees will have an opportunity to cultivate this trait. Personal growth principles taught in this seminar are essential for any aspiring spiritualist.

In this seminar you will:
– Take a look at your relationship with your word
– Analyse the effects your behaviour has on your life and relationships
– Learn strategies for handling broken agreements
– Get to see how your language reflects your consciousness
– Learn alternative paradigm for conscious living
– Look to take full responsibility for your emotions and free yourself from the suffering of being a victim

Course Date: Sunday 1st March 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £25

Please note, the requirement to attend this second follow up seminar on ‘The Responsible Paradigm’ is that one must have participated in the first seminar above (‘Conscious Living’) or ‘Transformative Communication’ last September 2014. There can be exceptions for people who have knowledge and experience in this field. It is also imperative that all participants arrive on time – latecomers may be refused entry (without a refund) since this may lead to disruption.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

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If you would like to attend both seminars in this series, there is a 20% discount. Please follow the link below:

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For more information on any of the above, please call Pradeep K on 07708 620256 or email cvs@krishnatemple.com

About the speaker: 
Brajarani Dasi is a Life Skills and Personal Transformation Coach. She graduated as a Life Coach in Oxford, UK (*CMA registered) with outstanding results, and received further extensive training from a unique and remarkable institute for personal improvement in USA ( *ICF accredited). Brajarani Dasi’s eagerness for the quest of life since early childhood brought her in contact with teachers and knowledge of the oldest scriptures. She brings knowledge and benefits of this experience to her work in the helping field. This, along with her unique coach training, facilitated Brajarani in her commitment to create meaningful changes in people through empowered communication and personal transformation founded on profound spiritual principles. She believes in each individual’s inherent knowledge and eternal, joyful qualities.
* CMA – Complementary Medical Association
* ICF – International Coaching Federation

The Four Goals of Family Life

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

with Jagannathesvari devi dasi (ACBSP)

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Based on the book of the same name, this course is taught by the author as a sequel to the book. The aim of the course is to further explore and understand some of the vital issues presented in the book and to open them up for discussion.

According to Vedic teachings, the four goals of human life are dharma (religious principles, or righteous action), artha (economic development), kama (gratification of the senses), and moksa (spiritual liberation).  A balanced household life, in which material and spiritual progress are both valued, combines these four goals together in harmony. By pursuing one’s dharma, and by dovetailing artha and kama according to dharma, one can ultimately attain moksa. The course examines these four principles, how they apply to us today, and how they can be combined together for balancing spiritual and material advancement in contemporary family life.

The course includes the most fundamental Vedic teachings on marriage and family life in all four of the above departments, focussing on the most essential aspects rather than the details, and seeing how these principles relate to modern life in the Western world. The purpose is to understand how essential principles of Vedic culture can be practically applied to deal with the day-to-day challenges of modern family life, with the aim of cultivating peace, prosperity, happiness, and progress in the home and in relationships.

Topics include religious principles for householders in general and for men and women specifically, husband-wife relationships, home economics, raising a family, educating children, spiritual activities in the home, social relationships, balancing material and spiritual life, cultivating detachment, and dovetailing material assets in devotional service to Krsna.

Ancient Secrets of Harmony and Balance in Household Life
Session 1 – Dharma (essential principles of righteous action for householders, translated into a modern context) and artha (economic development balanced by dharma)
Session 2 – Male and female dharma (co-operation of male and female psychological tendencies for harmonious marital relationships)
Session 3 – Kama (sensual pleasure balanced by ethical principles), moksha (spiritual liberation), and prema (the 5th goal of life)
Each session is stand-alone, so participants can attend individual sessions if they wish.

Course Dates: Sundays 28th Dec, 4th + 11th January (3 weeks)
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: 
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30 (£15 for a single session)

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539 314457.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (call 01923 851000). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

To attend the entire course:

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To attend one of the sessions, please follow the below link, stating next to your name which of the three sessions you would like to attend:

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About the speaker
Jagannathesvari devi dasi is a British disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. She was initiated in 1976 in Vrindavan, India, and she has served ISKCON in India, South Africa, and U.K. Her services have included public relations, publications, administration, book distribution, deity worship and cooking. She has been settled in Hertfordshire for the last 25 years with her husband and two sons, who are now grown-up. She heads up the ISKCON UK Marriage Committee, and her current services include writing, teaching, and matchmaking. Her book, The Four Goals of Family Life, is selling all over the  world and has also been translated into Russian. She has a BA in literature. Her husband, Visvambhara dasa, is the National Adviser for BBT Book Distribution in UK.

Ayurveda for the Winter

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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The term Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words: ‘ayus’ meaning life and ‘vid’ meaning knowledge. The “science of life”, Ayurveda, is increasingly popular the world over, as people look for alternatives to allopathic care.

The Ayurvedic teachings are very broad-ranging, providing valuable insights into all medical matters; mental as well as physical. It is a deep yet very practical science.

Living in the UK, winters can be cold and bitter. Many of us cannot wait until spring blossoms and temperatures begin to rise again. With winter fast-approaching, this session will aim at providing some helpful insights into how to deal with the cold and everything that comes with it. Ward off a host of illnesses and diseases and deal with any that linger, in this great one-off session.

This session will specifically look at:
– how the winter affects our physical and mental state
– the foods which will help us to balance our bodies through the winter
– the different lifestyle activities which can help balance the body
– how incorrect food and lifestyle habits can cause problems

Date: Sunday 16th November 2014
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, or to discuss how you would like to proceed, please call us on 07539314457 or email cvs@krishnatemple.com

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker
Ananga Sakhi devi dasi has been formally involved with Ayurveda for over 10 years. She has run clinics across London, delivered numerous talks and seminars and has written a number of articles on different health topics. She has always had a keen interest in understanding how we can best provide our children with a natural healthy start to life and specialises in pregnancy. Along with Ayurveda, she also has an in-depth understanding of how Samskaras and other Vedic sciences like Astrology can contribute to a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Aside from her Vedic understanding, she also has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, which allows her to understand the science of Ayurveda within the modern context. She is married with two boys (aged three and five), who have continuously provided her with practical experience to support her understanding.

Ayurveda Series – Post-natal care

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

with Ananga Sakhi devi dasi

Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 19.04.51The term Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words: ‘ayus’ meaning life and ‘vid’ meaning knowledge. The “science of life”, Ayurveda, is increasingly popular the world over, as people look for alternatives to allopathic care.

The Ayurvedic teachings have huge amounts of valuable insights into the process of childbirth and everything surrounding it, both pre- and post-birth. Since childbirth is one of the most significant events in a woman’s life, it is something that needs proper study and understanding.

Did you know that with just a few simple tips and hints, you can make a big difference to your child’s development; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

Following on from the very popular first session, Ananga Sakhi devi dasi will be continuing with two further sessions on the topic of post-natal care

Sunday 31st August – Immediate post-natal care

1. Care of mother post-birth
– Detailed look at the diet after birth
– Recommended lifestyle adaptations to help body heal
– Importance of post-natal care
– Herbal recipes for post-natal detox

2. How to care for the baby immediately after birth

3. Feeding newborn
– Looking at breastfeeding and why it is beneficial
– How to improve breastmilk
– Challenges of breastfeeding and how to overcome them
– Alternatives to breastfeeding

4. Bathing baby
– How often to bathe
– Using oils and massaging
– Creams and butters you can use
– Dressing – looking at cloth nappies, fabrics

5. Sleep
– Ways to sleep with your baby
– How to improve your childs sleep
– Dealing with sleep challenges
– Bedtime routine

There are so many practical things you simply did not know about how to raise your child; here is a chance to come and learn.

Date: Sunday 31st August 2014
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Sunday 14th September – Long-term post-natal care

1. Diet and recipes
2. When and how to wean a child
3. Developmental milestones during the first year
4. Samskaras during the first year and their significance – annaprashana samskara
5. Common health conditions:
– Eczema
– Asthma
– Colds
– Fevers
– Natural remedies for babies

Date: Sunday 14th September 2014
Time: 
10am – 12.30pm
Venue: 
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee:
£15

You can sign up to one or both of these courses by following one of the Paypal links below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course. Please note that these sessions are open to all, male and female.

Special Offer: sign up to both sessions for just £25. Please follow the third Paypal link.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539 314457.

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Session 2:

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Both Sessions: 

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About the speaker
Ananga Sakhi devi dasi has been formally involved with Ayurveda for over 10 years. She has run clinics across London, delivered numerous talks and seminars and has written a number of articles on different health topics. She has always had a keen interest in understanding how we can best provide our children with a natural healthy start to life and specialises in pregnancy. Along with Ayurveda, she also has an in-depth understanding of how Samskaras and other Vedic sciences like Astrology can contribute to a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Aside from her Vedic understanding, she also has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, which allows her to understand the science of Ayurveda within the modern context. She is married with two boys (aged three and five), who have continuously provided her with practical experience to support her understanding.

Yoga Wednesdays

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

with Patricia Rafferty (Padma Malini dasi)

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  • Explore a wide range of postures which allow you to enter into the therapeutic and invigorating experience of Yoga that is accessible to all practitioners. Increase strength and flexibility while releasing tension through foundational poses
  • Gain a practical experience of the immense benefits of conscious breathing and breath control. This timeless element of Yoga brings deep relaxation and allows the mind to become more calm and peaceful
  • Explore various lifestyle choices that can promote increased relaxation and health
  • Regardless of age or physical condition, Yoga can help everyone to feel more relaxed and rejuvenated 

Date: Every Wednesday  (07/01/15 – 11/02/15 and 25/02/15 – 01/04/15)
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10 drop in or £50 for 6 classes to be used within 3 months

For more information, and to get in touch with the teacher, please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/goshallayoga

Preparation for class:
· You can bring your own mats and blocks, although some are available for general use
· Avoid eating before the class, particularly large meals
· Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in
· If you have any serious injuries or health conditions, please check with your doctor before attending class and inform the teacher in advance

About Patricia Rafferty
Patricia began practicing yoga in Northern Ireland in 1991 with Norma Duffield, and received her yoga teacher training qualification from the Yoga Fellowship of Northern Ireland in 2001. After 8 years in an ashrama, she gained an in-depth understanding of yoga philosophy and psychology, mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking and Ayurveda. She has studied with teachers from various yoga traditions including Mira Metha, Ana Forrest, Hamish Hendry and John Scott, and has taught in Northern Ireland, America, India and England, working with people of all ages and levels of practice.

Maintaining a regular practice has allowed Patricia to develop a deep, practical understanding of the therapeutic nature of yoga and the endless ways it can be adapted. She empowers others to experience the healing energy of focused mind, breath and body work within a safe and relaxed environment.