Kim Lynn, standing center of photo, and Scott Moore, back row center, brought a group of twenty participants of a Hatha Yoga seminar on Kauai this week. They are instructors at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon arrival before heading to their retreat center in Hanalei, the visited Kauia's Hindu monastery for a tour of the grounds and to see Iraivan Temple. They were very fortunate to have a lovely upadesh with Paramacharya Palaniswami. He shared the recent news of the controversy posted on Huffington Post in which Hatha Yoga should be acknowledged for it's Hindu roots or that this is not an important factor for teachers and participants to consider in the billion dollar business that Hatha Yoga has become. Check out the recent post on HPI.
After their tour the seminar participants visited the Mini-Mela gift shop where volunteer host, Kulapati Vel Alahan, took care of sales and answered guest's questions.
Loving Ganesha, the Hatha Yoga flyer and rudraksha beads were among the items our guests purchased to expand their understanding of this ancient health practice.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.