THIS YEAR’S THEME:“Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle, show good will toward all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, Arjuna, you will achieve your divine destiny.” ~ The Bhagavad Gita, Translation by Eknath Easwaran, 16.2, page 190
daya-bhutesu ~ Generous Compassion
The past 2 years have proven that we can still enjoy each other’s company, learn from each other, build community, make new friendships and catch up with old friends on Zoom!
Given the war in Ukraine, ongoing concerns related to COVID, and the impact of the pandemic on people’s financial ability to travel, the Board of Directors has decided to hold Samavesha online in 2022.
A WORD ABOUT THE THEME
The Samavesha Planning Committee is grateful to yoga philosophy scholar Bill Mahony for helping us arrive at this year’s theme.
- Da connotes generosity. Daya has several translations. We settled on generous compassion, which is Bill’s preferred translation. (To read more about this, see Bill’s book entitled Exquisite Love, which is available for purchases on the School’s online store.)
- Bhutesu translates as “for all living beings.”
These qualities grow out of our practice. They require an intentional effort and take us into deeper levels of divine experience.
This year’s Samavesha will be a unique opportunity to explore what this theme means to you.
Block off this time in your calendar so you can join your amazing international community in this individual and collective exploration!
MEET THIS YEAR’S RESIDENT PHILOSOPHY SCHOLAR
We are very fortunate that William K. Mahony, PhD, will be our resident scholar once again. William — Bill, as he is known by his friends — has been an enthusiastic supporter of Anusara yoga since its beginnings. In coordination with Anusara teachers and teachers in training, and as a scholar of yoga philosophy and a practitioner himself, Bill has lead yoga retreats and workshops in many countries around the world. He is known for his informed, thoughtful and appreciative teaching style that makes yoga philosophy accessible to students at all levels.
Bill has published dozens of articles and books on the philosophies and spiritual sensibilities that stand as foundations of yoga. These include The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination and Exquisite Love: Reflections on the spiritual life based on the Nārada Bhakti Sūtras.
Bill has academic degrees from Williams College, Yale University, and the University of Chicago. Since 1982, Bill has also been a Professor at Davidson College, one of the premier institutions of higher education in the United States.
APPLICATIONS TO TEACH/PRESENT
Currently licensed Anusara Certified Teachers and Experienced Certified Anusara Teachers (ECATs) as well as Subject Matter Specialists: Please share your wisdom, knowledge, and teaching skills with Anusara’s global community by applying to teach at Samavesha 2022 Online!
The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, July 29.
MEET THE SAMAVESHA PLANNING COMMITTEE
- Coordinator: Kim Friedman, Director of Operations (staff)
- Marketing: Susi Deniz (Germany)
- Liaison to Presenters: Aline Franco Flores, Administrative Associate (staff)
- Programming: Beatriz Almazán (Mexico)
- Registration & Technology: Aline Franco Flores & Jackie Alvarez (Mexico)
- Coordination of Proctors: Jackie Alvarez (Mexico)
- Treasurer: Julia Schlenkert (Germany)
Email Aline at email@example.com