Indian Lecture Series:
Swami Kuvalayananda and the Modernization of Yoga

20 October 2015, Birla College of Arts, Commerce & Science

23 October 2015, Health Centre, Pune University

26 October 2015, G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama Insitute 

27 October 2015, Mumbai University

Renaissance of Yoga in Modern Times: Contribution of Swami Kuvalayananda
*Keynote Speaker*
26 October 2015, Kaivalyadhama Insitute, Lonavla, India


“Yoga as a Contemplative Practice” 
The Workshop
Sunday, September 18, 2 – 4 PM
Cultural Integration Fellowship
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Cost: $20


In this workshop, we will explore more deeply the concept of yoga as a contemplative practice. The focus will be on experiencing self-reflection as an embodied practice, and at the same time, as an attunement to the divine. We will practice basic postures, breathing, meditation as somatic veneration, have small group discussions, and talk about the Indian sage Patanjali and his concept of Kriya Yoga, that of action, self-examination, and surrender, comparing this yoga practice to the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina, the contemplation of the divine through reading, meditation, and reflection upon sacred texts, including the idea of the body as sacred text.

“Yoga as a Contemplative Practice”
A Talk on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 11 AM
Cultural Integration Fellowship
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Cost: Donation-based


Contemplative practices are an experiential mode of deep self-reflection and attunement to the divine. These practices have historically been part and parcel of religious traditions the world over. More recently, contemplative practices have been studied and utilized by the fields of psychology and medicine—and even education—to promote health and well-being, and reduce the effects of stress in the modern secular world. This talk will specifically focus on the tradition of Yoga as a contemplative practice, comparing and contrasting Patanjali’s concept of Kriya Yoga—action, self-reflection, and surrender—to the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina—the contemplation of the divine through reading, meditation, and reflection upon sacred texts.

Yoga Pop-Up

8 Tuesdays, November 1 – December 20, 2016, 6:45-8pm

7 Thursdays, November 3 – December 22, 2016, 6:45-8pm

Center for Spiritual Living 

2118 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117


A Yoga Pop-Up is a yoga class that opens quickly in a temporary location and is intended to operate for only a short period of time. Rebecca’s 2016 pop-up yoga classes happened in Upper Hayes near St. Mary's Hospital.

One-Day Yoga Retreat

October 15, 2016

GlassHouse Vineyard in Sonoma, California


Located just four miles south of the town of Sonoma in Sonoma County, the Glass House is nestled in a secluded vineyard with a glorious vista that stretches from the Mayacamas Mountains on one side to the Sonoma Mountains on the other. It’s a perfect location for a full-day dedicated to deepening your personal yoga practice away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The day will begin with a moderately-paced vinyasa (flow) yoga class that will stretch muscles, strengthen bones, and get the juices flowing. The afternoon session will move into a place of stillness with restorative asana (postures), simple pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and end with an extended shavasana (relaxation pose) cultivating a felt-sense of nourishment and peace that penetrates deeply into the cells of the body. Between the morning and afternoon yoga sessions, enjoy a leisurely and delightful organic lunch created by local San Francisco Chef, Andrew McCormack, and then linger in the garden, stroll the vineyard, share insights with the community, or soak in the pool during a post-lunch interlude.