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Partner Yoga Workshop

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Sutra 111.35: hrdaye cittasamvit

B.K.S. Translation:  “By samyama on the region of the heart, the yogi acquires a thorough knowledge of the contents and tendencies of consciousness.”

Karuna Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training student Anna Hansen and her daughter Heidi practicing partner yoga

This Sunday, February 16th at Karuna come join Eileen Muir as she guides you through a series of partner assists that will strengthen and open your standing poses, backbends, twists and forward bends. You can come with a good friend, a partner, a daughter, son, or anyone special! If you do not have a partner we will find you one.

Sun. Feb. 16, 2014
1- 4 pm

Congratulations Yoga Teacher Training Class of 2013!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Each year the Karuna community gets to watch as the students enrolled in the 200hr Teacher Training Program embark on a life changing journey. Every year their presence starts to define the tone of the studio, with their eagerness to learn and their willingness to share support for the whole community. We were so lucky this year to witness the transformation of so many amazing teachers who shared a love of yoga and of each other that was truly illustrative of inner light. Congratulations everyone!




Krishna Das at Karuna

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Recently Karuna hosted Krishna Das for a a workshop and two lively kirtans. The turnout was fantastic and, as usual, the performances were full of beautiful energy and love. Here are some photos and a video from the Sunday workshop.

Beginner’s Course, Beginner’s Mind

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

For the last 6 weeks students have been participating in an 8 Week Beginner’s Course at Karuna, taught by Paul Menard. With just two weeks to go participants have been experiencing remarkable changes in their own practice while witnessing and cheering on their peers as they grow and learn together. While many in the course are true beginners, having done little or no Yoga before, several participants are seasoned practitioners and teachers. Among the qualities of the course that are being celebrated by the students is the space that is being held to be a beginner. Those who are coming across the materials, movements and terminology for the first time have a space to do so safely, without judgement, inhibition or self consciousness. They have a space to cultivate curiosity and attune to subtlety. Those who are revisiting the fundamentals have a space to practice as though they were beginners. This opportunity not only benefits their practice to continually keep the mind open and willing to learn, it also enriches their teaching. The beginner course gives all students an opportunity to  practice “always being, always becoming”.

The 8 Week Beginner’s Course is an ongoing series at Karuna. The next series starts Friday April 5th and continues through the end of May. Both seasoned practitioners and  new teachers are welcome to join to brush up on their fundamental knowledge. All will enjoy the benefits of detailed slow instructions, supplemental materials and assignments to support a home practice, and carefully planned incremental learning.

See you all there!

Richard Rosen Workshop Thursday 2/7-Friday 2/8

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Richard Rosen is joining us next Thursday and Friday to teach a Pranayama workshop at Karuna!

Here are a few videos to inspire you to join us in this practice.

Pranayama 101 with Richard Rosen from Naada Yoga on Vimeo.

Candlelight Yoga

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Flickering Warmth & Nurturing Relaxation

4th week of every month

Sunday 5:15 pm and Monday – Friday 5:30 pm classes

Come feel the cozy and nurturing environment of soft candlelight, glowing and flickering its way into your heart.  Karuna is a temple and the sacredness of our space, while lit by candlelight, will melt your day away and return you to a state of release, surrender, and calm.  Each restorative pose opens you for the next pose, gradually inducing complete emotional, physical, and mental relaxation.  Unfold into the deepest layers of the body and enjoy the most exquisite guided savasana with soothing sound accompaniment.   Join Karuna for these intimate classes on the 4th week of every month. Pre-register by signing up online, these classes fill up!  All levels are welcome. No experience needed just come, wear something comfortable, and enjoy the benefits of letting go.

Sign up online: Karuna Class Schedule Sign-in

Congratulations Karuna Class of 2012!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

“The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.”

Eckhart Tolle

Krishna Das

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Recently Karuna hosted a Kirtan and workshop with Krishna Das. KD, as many affectionately refer to him, has been visiting the Karuna community for nearly 16 years. Now synonymous with the practice of  Indian Kirtan in the states and around the world, KD has created a bridge for many from the west with this practice of the east. One way that he does this is by incorporating western styles of instrumentation and chord progressions with the chanting of traditional Hindu devotional poetry. Another way KD supports and enlivens our practice is by sharing stories of his own particular path to becoming a practitioner of Bhakti Yoga,the Yoga of devotion. In the workshops that typically follow his Kirtan at Karuna, KD shares stories of his practice and of his teacher, Neem Karoli Baba or, more commonly referred to as Maharaj-ji. In these stories it is clear to the audience how profound and deep KD’s love for Mahara-ji is and how that love fuels his practice of Bhakti Yoga. Once an aspiring rock musician in the 60’s, KD spent three years in India with Majara-ji learning the practice of Bhakti and Kirtan. He has spent his time since those powerful years expressing the grace of his teacher through music and chanting.

KD speaks of his devotion and faith in a very accessible way. He does not position himself in front of us as our teacher but rather as another walking beside us in our practice. He humbly and honestly admits to his own struggles, offering his experience in a relational way that puts him alongside the audience. His insights don’t come across as challenges but rather as encouragements and support.

The energy generated by the beautiful music and chanting is uplifting. In a radio interview with Gary Goldberg KD remarked that “trying to think yourself out of a box made of thought won’t work”.  Practicing Kirtan with KD invites us to replace thought with prayer and analysis with love.

“The words of these chants are called the divine names and they come from a place that’s deeper than our hearts and our thoughts, deeper than the mind. And so as we sing them they turn us towards ourselves, into ourselves. They bring us in, and as we offer ourselves into the experience, the experience changes us. These chants have no meaning other than the experience that we have by doing them. They come from the Hindu tradition, but it’s not about being a Hindu, or believing anything in advance. It’s just about doing it, and experiencing. Nothing to join, you just sit down and sing.” ~Krishna Das

We feel fortunate to have shared the Karuna space with this beautiful practitioner over the years and look forward to seeing him again next year!

Banaras Soul Music : Music of India at Karuna July 5th!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012


For those attending Thursday night’s 5:30 asana class, you will be transported into a blissful Savasana accompanied by these master musicians! To be followed by a free concert for all starting at 8:00pm! Thursday night’s class will be open to everyone, all levels may attend (class is $15 with no additional charge for the concert) Join us to experience Pandit Rabindra Goswama and Ramu Pandit, two of the most senior artists in the musically rich city of Banaras, India.

Sitarist Rabindra Goswami has been a professional musician for 40 years and is recognized as a senior artist in his musically rich city of Banaras, India. Unlike many Indian classical musicians who have become well known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga music. Goswami is a disciple of the late Amiya Devi, and also studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra. Later in life, he studied the advanced intricacies of raga with the great Dr. Balchandra Patekar of Bombay and Banaras. Goswami has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an “A level” Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). Goswami is also one of Banaras’s foremost sitar teachers.

Tablaist Ramu Pandit is a long-time professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk, and popular music. A life-long disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai, he is a colorful performer and experienced educator who specializes in demonstrating and explaining Indian music to Western audiences. A Master of Music, he has also performed for All India Radio, and played percussion on film soundtracks in Bombay for the legendary composer S.D. Burman. He currently directs the Sarangi Institute of Banaras, an organization that he founded to preserve the sarangi, an instrument with a long pedigree in Indian Classical music but which now has few masters. He is also the former coordinator of the University of Wisconsin College Year in India Program, a position that he held for nearly 30 years.

Adyashanti in Cambridge

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Cambridge Satsang

July 9, 2012

Monday , 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cambridge, MA
At-the-door registration only
$20 at the door on July 09

First Parish Cambridge
Unitarian Universalist
Harvard Square
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 01238

On July 9th author and spiritual teacher Adyashanti will be holding a satsang in Cambridge, MA. Adyashanti is a beloved teacher of Eileen Muir’s and many of us have experienced some of the wisdom offered by him through readings in class. Check out some of the clips below to experience more. If you are planning to go to the satsang plan to arrive early as there will be no pre-registration for the event.

on non-duality:


On sitting in silence:

“Relationship With Thought”