At the heart of yoga is unity. When we look at the world around us, we see separation, division, and alienation. But fundamentally everything is One.
All has arisen from the One, all is sustained by the One, and all is constantly dissolving into and re-emerging from the One. In yoga, this can be seen in the forms of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer, and Siva the Destroyer. These three, beyond their vast and powerful personalities, are three faces of the One, Who is called by many names.
Yoga Center Amherst seeks to nurture and cultivate the experience of our fundamental unity with the Infinite Creative Spirit without leaving the Earth or our bodies. It seeks to be a space where the One can be found in the many, the infinite in the finite, spiritual reality in our bodies, and throughout our daily lives. For this to be possible Yoga Center Amherst must be more than a yoga studio – it must be a yogic enterprise, where yoga breathes in all its many aspects and flows through its days. So, in addition to providing access to yogic experiences through classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats, we seek to always to align the business with the Divine inspiration that has created it, sustains it, and continually transforms it.
There are three sacred streams that join in the heart of Yoga Center Amherst, each with its own individual integrity. Each of these streams informs our work and is represented in our offerings.
Embodyoga® unites body, mind, and spirit by awakening consciousness within the body and diving into the layers of conscious awareness within the body’s various structures and systems. Traditional yoga postures (asana) and breath practices (pranayama) form the template for our exploration. The three pillars of Embodyoga® are embodied-inquiry (includes embodied anatomy and developmental movement patterns), santosha and vivkea, which are all wrapped in a weave of love. Embodyoga® was created and continues to be developed by Patty Townsend, who teaches daily classes, workshops, and teacher trainings at Yoga Center Amherst.
For more information about Embodyoga visit www.embodyoga.com
Light Omega and Julie
Light Omega was founded as a center for spiritual teaching and healing to support those who wish to serve God and Life by putting into practice the sacred teachings of Light. Such service does not depend on religious outlook, but rather on the Divine commitment of the soul to serve humanity’s need to take the next step in its evolutionary process.
Julie of Light Omega is an emissary from the Realms of Light who is here to assist in the transformation of the Earth. Julie’s being radiates an energy of spiritual light and divine love that awakens the inner heart and invites the soul to join more fully with the embodied self. Like the feeling of warm sun on the skin or the taste of honey, this energy cannot be comprehended or explained by the rational mind, but it can be felt by the radiating awareness that animates each of us.
For more information about Light Omega and Julie visit www.lightomega.org
Auroville is a diverse, vibrant, and inspiring international township located south of Chennai on the southeast coast of India and is inspired by the vision and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (Mirra Alfassa). Born in 1968 on a barren stretch of deforested land, 50 years later it is a lush, rich tropical dry evergreen forest that’s home to nearly 3000 Aurovilians from over 50 nationalities. Auroville seeks to be a universal town where people of all countries can live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.
The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity, and the Auroville Charter states:
- Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But, to live in Auroville, one must be a willing servitor of the divine consciousness.
- Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
- Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
- Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual human unity.
Yoga Center Amherst hosts annual retreats in Auroville, is the home of the 2017 AUM Conference, and helps Aurovilians share their work when they are traveling in the US.
Yoga Center Amherst makes monthly financial contributions to Mohanam. Visit their site to learn more about them or to donate.
For more information about Auroville visit www.auroville.org
Corinne & Matthew
We are sincerely honored to hold and support such a vibrant and committed community of yoga practitioners. We met in 2000 at UMASS Amherst, and have shared a passion for yoga in all of its many forms. In addition to our love, practice and teaching of Embodyoga® with Patty Townsend since 2004, we’ve studied together with Baba Hari Das and connected deeply to Amma. We have experienced the blessing of Julie of Light Omega love and guidance since 2002. Our relationship with her has awakened in us a calling to join all aspects of our lives, to place Love and the Source of Yoga at the center of our lives and let our thoughts, plans, and actions grow organically from this center.
We have traveled to Auroville and other places in India, where a profound relationship with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother emerged and continues to develop. All these streams flow together and inform our approach to stewardship of Yoga Center Amherst.
We believe that yoga involves a progressive seeking, a process of growth toward wholeness that is not confined to human effort, but present throughout the natural world and the cosmos as well. Our practice interweaves aspiration and exploration with surrender to these natural evolutionary forces through which the Divine seeks union with Itself. In asana classes we invite you to feel and embody the living presence of the Divine and live a life of true unity consciousness – the essence of Yoga. Whether you feel called to join us in weekly classes, teacher trainings or guided trips to India, we very much look forward to connecting with all seekers and sharing the inner pilgrimage of yoga.
The circle of yoga spirals into the other things we love, which includes: music, dancing, kirtan/chanting, gardening, traveling to sacred sites, hiking in the woods and spending time with our two amazing kids Arin David and Irina Sophia and our sweet dog Asha.