Bhakti yoga festival gathers in Squamish | Squamish Chief

Bhakti yoga festival gathers in Squamish

Events run Feb. 10 to 14

A yoga festival is bringing a variety of free events to Squamish this month, as it shares Vedic experiences.

As monk and Bhakti yoga practitioner Sripad Madhusudana Maharaj visits Canada for the first time, the international speaker will lead talks, book readings, and hikes. His work and talks will centre on self-improvement, self-awareness, humanity and the Vedas religious texts written in India centuries ago.

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"The participants of the festival will find that the practice of Bhakti Yoga is a universal philosophy that brings a new perspective to our relationship with each other, nature and our environment on an uplifting path of consciousness, love, and affection," Sripad Madhusudana Maharaj said in a press release.

After 30 years of serving as the secretary of the International School Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, he took a vow in 2013 to renounce worldly activities and dedicate himself to the practice of Bhakti yoga.

Following the tradition of Parikrama, the speaker will give uplifting talks during hikes throughout the festival.

One of the organizers of the festival, Ananda Moyi, said in the release that Squamish was chosen as the location because of its welcoming and diverse values.

In partnership with the Squamish Nature Learners, Sripad Madhusudana Maharaj will share the story of the sacred Mountain of Govardhan in an outside storytelling experience for kids on Feb. 12.

Also an editor and publisher of several books, Sripad Madhusudana Maharaj will be featured at the Squamish Public Library on Feb. 13.

Some of the events will feature vegetarian treats. Find more event information at My Bhakti Yoga Club on Facebook.

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