Spiritual Preparation—The Integral Yoga End-of-Life Project Workshops
Spiritual Guidance and Practical Advice
Six workshops, monthly from May through October, 2022
All hosted by Karuna Kreps and Chandra/Jo Sgammato and featuring special workshop presenters
Spiritual Preparation with Swami Karunananda
Thursday, May 26th, 7 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
The best preparation for one’s final transition is a life well-lived. Spiritually, we can equip ourselves with a proper understanding of the nature of existence, that the world is defined by impermanence, and that all things are passing. Based on this understanding, we can learn how to release attachments by coming into the right relationship with our bodies, possessions, people, and ideas. In the midst of constant change, we can cultivate a greater awareness of the unchanging Spirit within and around us. By daily practice of prayer and meditation, asana, and pranayama, we can realize that the body is the vehicle for who we are in truth. Thus, by applying the principles and practices of Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga, we can face that final journey gently and peacefully, with courage and grace.
At every age but especially in our later years, each of us must address death in all of its manifestations—releasing attachments to this life, disposing of our bodies and belongings, and helping our loved ones cope with their losses. The Integral Yoga End-of-Life Project honors this journey by providing an array of spiritual guidance and practical advice on a topic we may have avoided but that is inevitable. Discover and implement the ideas of six unique, new workshops from Integral Yoga to save your family and friends from these daunting obligations and to prepare and liberate yourself to enjoy the rest of your life.
These workshops are based on the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda and taught by his senior students. The companion website, yogicendoflife.org, is an offering built by one of the first Integral Yogis, Karuna Kreps. It provides clear and even inspiring advice and resources to help you make this experience easeful and, maybe even, joyful. Rather than seeing death as frightening and sad, we can embrace liberation from the human form to return to our eternal cosmic consciousness.
Each workshop is offered at a low price of $15.00. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Instead, please choose the “FREE” option.
Swami Karunananda, is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, she was ordained as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has been teaching all aspects of Yoga since 1971, and specializes now in workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, personal transformation, and Yoga breathing techniques for better health and wellbeing. In 1989, she developed and subsequently taught, the Integral Yoga® Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and Meditation.
Swami Karunananda served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia and in California, as well as director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and in Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the chairperson of the Spiritual Life Board at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA.
Interested in fostering interfaith understanding and harmony, she is featured in the interfaith documentary entitled, With One Voice. She also compiled and edited the Lotus Prayer Book, a collection of prayers from various faith traditions, and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. A publication of hers, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga, describes the spiritual path and provides guidance for the journey.
Students have always been in awe of her clarity in explaining difficult concepts in understandable examples. She helps people move beyond petty concerns and go deep into an experience that is life transforming. She explains with kindness and clarity how yoga’s pranayama/breathing practices can help strengthen our capacity to prevent or withstand illness.