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Gaṇēśa Chaturthī  - Gaṇēśa Sadhana

Gaṇēśa Chaturthī  - Celebrating and Honoring Lord Gaṇēśa
led by Tara

September 2nd
Gaṇēśa Asana Class – 5:30 – 6:30 pm - $10
Gaṇēśa Sadhana (practice) – 6:45 – 8:15 pm – By donation. Proceeds will be split between Evergreen’s Community Support Program and the Kearsarge Food Hub’s Food Security Program, which provides CSA-style boxes of fresh and healthy food to the Bradford and Warner Food Pantries.

Come for one class or both!

Join Tara on September 2nd to celebrate Gaṇēśa Chaturthī, a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Gaṇēśa. Lord Gaṇēśa is highly recognizable with his elephant head and human body, representing the soul (atman) and the physical (maya) respectively. Known as God of prosperity, wisdom, wealth, knowledge, he is the patron of writers, travelers, students, commerce, and new projects (for which he removes obstacles from one's path, both spiritual and physical. He will also place obstacles if required!). He is the ruler of the five elements and the five senses and is rather fond of sweets. We will celebrate this beloved field of Consciousness and invite him, reverently, into our lives.

Gaṇēśa Asana Class – 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Accessible to most, we will engage in a series of physical postures that will support seated meditation and visualization that invokes the energies of Gaṇēśa.

Gaṇēśa Sadhana (practice) – 6:45 – 8:15 pm – beginners and curious seekers welcome!
• Mythology – The story of Gaṇēśa’s birth/life
• Chanting – Songs that celebrate Gaṇēśa
• Offerings – 5 Elemental Offerings to Gaṇēśa – feel free to bring flowers if you’d like – yellow or orange preferred, but not necessary
• Meditation – Guided meditation with visualization
• Mantra recitation – Learn Gaṇēśa’s mantra – if you know what a mala is and have one, please bring it.
• Yoga Nidra – deep relaxation to integrate all the energies of the evening
• Partake in prasad – the sweet food offering that Gaṇēśa loves!

Gaṇēśa Chaturthī begins a 10-day celebration of Gaṇēśa. You will be invited to continue the practice you learn for the following 10 days to reap the benefits of the sadhana / practice.  You will receive an audio recording of the evening’s sadhana to support you in this continuation.


Later Event: September 3
Kids Yoga Series