LINEAGE

 

 

Jeff Bien
True to Blake’s epigrammatic, ‘excess is the road to wisdom’, Bien’s own incendiary journey birthed the road to awakedness. His teaching work emphasizes the in-gathering of the many traditions, birthing non-separation, a lineage of awakedness and love, and it is this that distinguishes him from so many, in both the new age, and classical spiritual canon.

He has spent a lifetime of study and practice, and is fluent in a myriad of traditions, as well as formal academic study of both exoteric and esoteric teachings that bridge the mystical traditions of East and West.

His work is visionary in scope, and is reflected both in the written word, his music and the spiritus of explicit practice itself, excavating the heart of Christ consciousness in Hebraic wisdom tradition and integrating a trinity of meditation practice that includes; Buddhism, Sufism, and the Kabbala, with elements of unique breath-body movements borne of a nascent study of yoga and martial arts.

He is presently completing a book, "Songs of Non-Separation", a compendium of teachings that transcends the literal and allegorical, weaving the thread of the many mystical garments into one, “A Koan of Love” a collection of spiritual aphorism and poems and “Undressing the Illusion: Letters to Young Mystic” a compendium of letters culled from years of practice and study within various traditions are forthcoming.

"To see in a thousand thousand eyes, one eye, and in that eye, the I, and in the I, all eyes, and in all eyes, one song. To see in the unseen the seeker, and see love in the unloved, to see kindness in unkindness, and in death, love unbound. To see all these things, one must only close both eyes long enough that they open and when they open they remain closed."
www.jeffbien.com

TRADITIONS

Gayatri Poapst
Gayatri (Gayle) Poapst is the owner and director of the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre in Kemptville Ontario, where she teaches group classes and leads teacher training programs. Dedicated to creating a supportive community, Gayatri mentors emerging yoga teachers, helping them open yoga studios of their own.In her work as a yoga therapist, Gayatri works with people struggling with injuries, chronic physical, emotional, or life-threatening illnesses, and addictions.

An active member of her local community and the global village, Gayatri teaches acceptance, self-awareness, and compassion for the self and for others. She is actively involved with Helping Hands for India, a charitable organization that helps provide educational opportunities and to promote the wellbeing of children in India. She has also produced a Back Care Yoga DVD, creating a unique sequence all her own, encouraging health and well being for the spine.  

"Yoga isn’t about touching your toes. It’s about what happens on the way down to touching your toes.”
www.bodhitreeyogacentre.ca

Vishva-Ji
Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji) has studied and practiced Hatha and Raja yoga and the Vedic healing arts in northern India since childhood. He went on to attain a Bachelor’s degree from a renowned Sports College with a specialization in yoga and its use in optimizing athletic performance, followed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy. He moved to Canada in 2001, and began to teach internationally, bringing a passion for breath-work and his fun-loving nature to the classes.

Vishva-ji offers holistic yoga workshops internationally, incorporating diverse aspects of the practice: asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, subtle anatomy, Ayurveda and Vedic chanting. He calls this holistic style of teaching Akhanda Yoga, meaning whole and indivisible. Vishva-ji also teaches Yoga Alliance registered 200- and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) programs in Canada and in Rishikesh (India), where he founded Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, a space for East-West transformational experiences.

"Your true nature is blissful, playful, joyful and fearless."
www.akhandayoga.com