The Sanskrit word bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means “to adore or worship God.” Bhakti yoga has been called “love for love’s sake” and “union through love and devotion.” Bhakti yoga, like any other form of yoga, is a path to self-realization, and also a useful tool to regulate emotions and stabilize the mind.
With Paco , you will explore Bhakti Yoga thru mantra and japa. You will learn how to pronounce and chant the main vedic mantras and have an introduction of the secret mediation practice called japa.
Bhakti Yoga is a path of surrender, without special technique or system of knowledge you immerse yourself into the divine presence in your heart. It is the yoga of grace love and devotion.In its practical aspect it uses mantras as a tool for transformation: “mantra” comes from “mano”= mind and “trayate”= to protect, to preserve or to rescue …from the compulsive thinking and the bondage of ignorance. Using mantras we help our mind to rest into the silent heart.
The two other fundamental aspects of Bhakti yoga are rituals, that we will not explore here and Kirtan.
December 9, 13.30-16.00
Limited spaces are available for this event. Please ensure to book your spot in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Paco has been a professional musician since his teenage years. He started learning Sitar in 1994 in Varanasi (India), the same year he was initiated into Bhakti yoga and never stopped practicing since. During the nineties he passed a lot of time with sadhus (wandering monks) in between Varanasi and the Himalayas, practicing yoga and learning about Vedanta and Hindu mythology. In 1995 he sat his first Vipassana meditation retreat and since insight meditation is part of his daily routine. Back in France, he lived 9 years in the French Pyrenees, in a buddhist meditation commune, Tapovan, now Viveka Yoga center.
Nowadays Paco performs more than 100 concerts a year in India and in Europe with two projects Sitarsonic and Kundalini Airport, he leads Kirtan in various yoga centers in Goa and Europe and also provides soundscaping and soundbathing for yoga class or guided relaxation sessions.
Paco is currently living between India, France and Greece.