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Dharma of The Heart: A Bhagavad Gītā Weekend Workshop with Shivani of Living Sanskrit

Saturday and Sunday September 21-22 from 1-7pm

$140 early bird pricing before 9/6, $165 after


Join Shivani from Living Sanskrit as she brings us the essence of dharma in the Bhagavad Gītā, one of yoga’s most sacred jewels.

In this two-day immersion, we will dive into the essence of the Bhagavad Gītā, the most influential text on yoga. The Bhagavad Gītā tells the story of a famous warrior, Arjuna, who becomes depressed and overwhelmed when faced with the greatest challenge of his life. Unable to reconcile his spiritual beliefs with the situation he finds himself in, he turns to Lord Krishna for help. In 18 profound chapters, Lord Krishna explains what dharma is, the importance of performing right actions (and how to identify what that is), and how yoga can be practiced in every moment of our lives.

We will learn how to chant key verses, contemplate the story and key teachings, and discover how the teachings of the Gītā apply to our own lives through guided discussion and reflection. The workshop will include meditation, asana, chanting, and devotional practices. Spend time in conversation and contemplation both solo and in small groups, move in some short, embodied asana sequences, and be guided in meditative practices with a lineaged teacher of these sacred traditions.

All levels of experience are welcome.


About Shivani:

Shivani is a meditation teacher and multi-disciplinary artist, and the founder of Living Sanskrit. Born both American and into the yogic tradition, she is devoted to preserving and accurately practicing ancient indigenous wisdom in modern times and non-native contexts.

Shivani first heard Sanskrit in the womb, and not a day has gone by without it. She grew up immersed in dharma culture, yogic teachings, and sacred practices under the guidance of her spiritual teacher and also her grandmother.

Living Sanskrit is the culmination of a long-held dream to keep this tradition alive and share its magnificent gifts with the world.

Shivani started teaching meditation in 2001, and professionally a few years later at the suggestion of her spiritual teacher. Since then, Shivani has shared meditation with thousands of people at venues that range from corporate offices to hospitals to schools. From 2008-2014, Shivani was a Fellow with the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness and Law, leading retreats and weekly meditation sessions at Berkeley Law School.

Alongside teaching, Shivani is a prolific artist, photographer, and writer. She is a graduate of the Waterfront Conservatory and Playhouse, a member of the California Bar, and has a J.D. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Rhetoric with minors in Theater, Business Administration, and South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.