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BHAKTI CENTER

SOCIAL

INITIATIVES

serving our neighborhood & city

• Yoga of 12 Step Recovery

• Sacred Care

• Sacred Ecology Forum

• Soul Food

Y12SR

Yoga of 12 Step Recovery

The Bhakti Center is happy to partner with Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) to provide support for people struggling with addiction, through weekly yoga and meditation classes.

Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that combines the timeless wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programs, and the latest research on trauma healing. As part of a holistic recovery program, it works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction.

The program serves those recovering from all manifestations of addiction, from behavioral addictions to substance abuse – creating a safe place on the mat where trauma can be released. It also supports those who are impacted by a loved one’s addiction.

We currently offer a Y12SR yoga asana class on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45pm and a meditation class on Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm.

INITIATIVE LEADER
• Alexandra Seijo

Learn more about Y12SR at the Bhakti Center

SACRED CARE

End of Life Care Services

If you or someone you know is dealing with the challenge of care-giving the Bhakti Center’s Sacred Care initiative is here for you. We provide support training and education in end of life care and actively support the dying and their loved one’s through doula support services.

Our team serves to help transform one of life’s most difficult and fearful experiences into an opportunity for a positive and meaningful shift of consciousness for all involved.

The Sacred Care initiative is directed by a team of leaders in the field of end of life care including…

• Henry Fersko-Weiss author of  Caring For the Dying: A Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death and
• Ghanashyam Das, Hindu Chaplain for both New York University and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Learn more about Sacred Care

Sacred Ecology Forum

Sacred Ecology Forum is an initiative dedicated to creating an Earth honoring community, based at the Bhakti Center, rooted in the teachings of Krishna Bhakti, that will facilitate consciousness transformation and inspire local and global environmental understanding and action.

Our aim is to…
• facilitate an understanding of our relationship with the Earth through a Bhakti-yoga perspective
• inspire a consciousness shift towards the promotion of sustainable lifestyles
• engage members in earth-honoring service
• become leaders in the changes we seek in the world

Among our goals for 2018 are..

• the greening of the Bhakti Center’s operations
• developing urban rooftop gardening
• launching a regular discussion group on current ecological events/topics with a Bhakti-yoga perspective
• hosting Spring, Summer and Fall Retreats to Supersoul Yoga Farm, providing experiential learning and service
• hosting panel discussions, film screenings, thematic presentations and seminars

INITIATIVE LEADERS

• Vineet Chander (Coordinator for Hindu Life at Princeton University)
• Rasika Gopi Devi Dasi (Program Administrator, The Garden Club of America / Master’s candidate in geography, Hunter College)
• Christopher Fici (Ph.D candidate in eco-theology, Union Theological Seminary)
• Allegra Lovejoy (Sustainable Farming and Eco-Village Educator)
• Gopal Patel (Director of The Bhumi Project)

Look here for more information on the Bhakti Center’s Sacred Ecology Forum coming soon.

If you would like to get involved, write to info@bhakticenter.org.

Soul Food

Sharing Vegetarian Meals & Good Food Education

Soul Food is a Bhakti Center social unitive that we plan to launch in 2018 in order to improve the quality of life of our neighbors through the distribution of sanctified vegetarian meals and education about the food we eat. We serve together to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots, sharing resources to bring positive changes at the grass roots level. We consider it a Divine calling.

For centuries, the distribution of sanctified vegetarian food has been a vital feature of the Bhakti-yoga tradition. We wish to continue and expand on that tradition in three ways.

Growing: Creating state of the art rooftop gardens which grows some of the vegetables used in the food we distribute.

Feeding: Preparing healthy vegetarian meals and sharing them with our neighbors.

Educating: Talking with people, sharing printed and digital information, and holding workshops and teaching demonstrations to educate people about…

  • Why a vegetarian diet important
  • How cook and eat healthy on a low budget
  • How to grow food
  • How to shop for good food
  • How to make the acts of cooking and eating a sacred practice

Look here for more information on the Bhakti Center’s Soul Food initiative coming soon.

If you would like to get involved, write to info@bhakticenter.org.

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