november syllabus

YOGA

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week #1:  nov 4th-nov 10th

“bhakti”

“bhakti is the unbroken contemplation of the divine presence in the heart of one’s being.”  -Sri Jeeyar Swami
“bhakti is the practice of devotion.” -sanskrit definition

  • due:  create your own myth. compose a short story full of fantasy and imagination. introduce a character worthy of devotion or a creature that inspires the impossible.  write a story that teaches gratitude and thankfulness.
    submit completed assignment via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com

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week #2:  nov 11th-nov17th

“balance”

“sthiram sukham asanam” – balance of stability and movement, the equality of effort and ease.

  • due:  build your own balancing meditation.  you can balance rocks, books, blocks, tea cups … anythings that will invite the deliberate act of concentration in building, stacking and balancing.  take your time to tune out. photograph your completed, balanced tower. observe your state of mind. share your photography and/or your written observations.
    submit completed assignment via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com
  • try: nadi shodhana– alternate nostril breathing. this purifying breath exercise will stimulate activity in both sides of the brain, harmonizing left and right, balancing your entire body. sit comfortably and tune into your breath. press pinkie and ring fingertips over one nostril and thumb over the other nostril with equal pressure. begin by closing the left nostril (pressing down with fingertips to close off the passage of air) and breath in through the right nostril. at the top of that inhale close the right nostril and breath out through the left nostril. at the bottom of that exhale close the left nostril and breath out through the right nostril. continue alternating for five minutes. practice daily.
  • free write: “what is the space between?” 00:10
  • read: The Death of Vishnu- chapters 5-7 (page 150)

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week #3:  nov 18th-nov 24th

“breath”

“i took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart.  i am.  i am.  i am.”  -Sylvia Plath

  • due:  breathe. take a picture of it. notice somebody breathing. snap a photo of it. every single day this week, submit photographic evidence of the life force that is prana– breath. explore new techniques, call upon your imagination…how do you take a picture of something you cannot see but you know is  keeping you alive?
    submit completed assignment via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com
  • try:  sama vritti pranayama- an equal breathing exercise.  match the duration of your inhales to the duration of your exhales.  example, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four.  continue.  you can also inhale for a count of four, hold the breath in for a count of four, exhale for a count of four and hold the breath out for a count of four.
  • read: The Death of Vishnu chapters 8-11 (page 225)

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week #4:  nov 25th-dec 1st

“body”

“i am not my body.  my body is nothing without me.”  -Tom Stoppard

there are three bodies in our anatomy: the physical, the subtle, the casual.
there are five sheaths that shroud these bodies: nourishment, energy, mind, intellect, bliss.

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syllabus guidelines:

please submit your masterpieces that are due with respect to the syllabus schedule! submissions received after the week they are due are considered tardy. they might not be published on our blog for public view.

challenges to try are suggestive. there are no expectations or requirements to submit.

free write prompts are followed by a suggested, sustained amount of time 00:00 to spend writing in a journal anything and everything that comes to mind based on the topic.

read to research are additional, enrichment readings or topics relative to the (weekly) syllabus theme.

change is adventure:  please note the syllabus is not static and is likely to shift shape, alter and improve as it is updated throughout the month. stay tuned and in touch with adventureclubinteractive. further details about the assignments, additional challenges, random prompts, and auxiliary resources will be posted throughout the month.

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rest

“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000

it is idealistic and somewhat foolish to strive for perfect consistency and constancy. events arise, complications emerge, energy levels shift and change. and as humans, we are flawed.

the world we live in encourages constant “doing”. it can feel like you have to run a mile a minute just to stay in the same place. nobody moves full speed ahead forever. we are made of friction despite the impression of inertia. just as cars run out of gas. ocean waves rush in, break and retreat. the sun rises and falls. no matter how plugged in we think we need to be, no matter how “always connected” to the technological world we live in today, it is beneficial to step away at times and take a break. rest. enjoy the sun. maybe the ocean. maybe a drive to nowhere in the car.

so we have decided to take a brief vacation from our adventureclubinteractive schedule and task lists for the remainder of the week. we will post our new, “official”, assignment on monday, february 4th, and we hope you will join us!

the truth about this hiatus goes beyond the need for rest. more than the rhythms and cycles to life and creativity. although this seems like an online hiatus, the creators of adventureclubinteractive have been enjoying a truly organic, face to face reunion and have been generating more ideas than ever!