We are happy to welcome Devarshi Steven Hartman to our October 24th panel on the birth of yoga in America and The Great Oom’s Nyack, NY retreat. Steven is Founder of the Pranotthan School of Yoga, which offers a journey of transformation within Kripalu Yoga, for people living an active life in the world. The word pranotthan means the awakening of prana, or ‘life force.’ In Kripalu, prana is awakened and releases physical and psychological tension from the body and mind.
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If all this sounds fairly complicated to the yoga novice, Steven is also a teacher at of Nosara Yoga Institute’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training where he leads 200-hour and 500-hour courses in yoga certification around the US, including right here in Rhode Island! His audio books “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” and “The Simple Secrets of Inner Peace” have become best-sellers. Steven’s yogic practices are in the service of “transformation for individuals and society,” helping his students and fellow practitioners wake up and live life in the most fullest sense of being. In an interview about the Kripalu Center for Yoga (of which Steven formerly served as Dean), he says:
The difference between Kripalu and a lot of yogas, is that many people now are looking to yoga as a form of exercise, purely on a physical level…Kripalu Yoga is way more than exercise. It hits a person as whole; it is a physical, spiritual and emotional, guided experience.
We look forward to hearing Steven (along with Carol Horton) discuss yoga and it’s various forms of expressions, or ‘incarnations’ in America this October!