Spirituality is defined by our own spiritual humanness; our ability to feel compassion, connection and love. It is not defined by any one church or religion. The practices of yoga are designed to awaken that feeling of aliveness within us and expand it — to become aware of the reality that all things and beings are connected, and to realize that love is the fabric of the universe and to live from that truth. Kashi Atlanta’s approach to spirituality is interfaith in every way. All paths are welcomed and honored.
If you are hungry for depth in your life, the practices of yoga can help you find it. Yoga is not only physical; it is a spiritual practice and an ancient philosophy that embraces all paths. It includes not only asana (the physical postures), but pranayama (breathwork), meditation, mantra and mudra. Once you begin to practice yoga with awareness, you become more aware of your own spirituality and your aliveness. Most of the classes offered on Kashi Atlanta’s schedule will include not only asana, but at least some components of these other disciplines. Wednesday night’s Spiritual Growth and Meditation class, taught by Swami Jaya Devi, is a deeper exploration of these more non-physical practices.
There are four paths of yoga: Raja Yoga (referred to as the Eight-Limbed Path of yoga, including asana, pranayama and deepening levels of meditation); Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion that includes kirtan and puja); Karma Yoga (the path of selfless service); and Jnana Yoga (the path of wisdom). All four of these paths will lead to spiritual growth in the practitioner and opportunities to participate in all four are offered at Kashi Atlanta.