Four Desires Immersion: March 8-10 in Minneapolis

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The Four Desires 

According to ancient understanding, each of us is genius – “born with spirit.” We come into life with an essential way of being, unique talents and gifts. Each of longs to bring these forth – for these are the gifts and medicine we are here to offer to the life of the world. We will also inevitably face hardship, challenge and suffering. These painful rites of passage return us to eternal questions: : “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “Why is there pain in life and what can i do about it?”, “What am I called to?”, “How can I best serve life?”. When lived into, these inquiries initiate us into deeper ways of seeing and being. They stir the essential longings of the soul to realize the greater purpose and potential of our lives.

Yoga identifies four universal desires which compel all of human life. Collectively, they are known as the pursharthas or “the means of the soul”. They are:                                                 

  •  Dharma: To realize who we are and fulfill the greater purpose of our lives  
  •  Artha: What we need materially and non-materially to realize our dharma
  •  Kama: Joy and Happiness
  • Moksha: Freedom from suffering, healing and freedom the to live the lives we are called to

When we understand how we relate to each of them uniquely, they form a blueprint for a life of balance, empowerment and fulfillment

Unfortunately, most in our modern world tend to misdirect the power of these desires. Those inclined toward material thriving tend to seek fleeting pleasures, rather than investing in the life’s work of Self-Realization. Only to end up unfulfilled, stressed and left wanting more. Those inclined toward spiritual thriving tend to reject desire as narcissistic, lessening its capacity to bring forth healing, awakening and inspired living.  The ancient seers understood that worldly and spiritual thriving are expressions of a life well lived. When awakened, dharmic desire aligns us with the ultimate reality, and empowers us to bring forth our essential genius in service of life!

Realizing your life’s potential requires conscious attention and dedication –  you must walk the path of your destiny!

  The key to desire empowering us is to see clearly what we really want, to stay open to learning from life, and to work skillfully and selflessly toward its realization.

  In this immersion, Ben will guide and support you through the Four Desires – a profound and transformative introspective process, as laid out by Rod Stryker in his book “The Four Desires.”  We will use yogic teachings + practices, self-reflection, and journaling to:

  • Uncover your soul’s purpose for being in this life
  • Rediscover how each of the four desires resonates uniquely in your life
  • Re-cognize self-limiting patterns which keep you from fulfilling your potential
  • Learn to use these “obstacles” as a means to self-transformation
  • Create a vow of tangible action toward the realization of our calling
  • Learn techniques and practices for personal empowerment and self-mastery
  • Explore the power of right desire to transform your life and the world

Immersion Schedule:                                                                                                                 March 8: 1:30 – 8:30 pm ~ March 9: 10:30a – 6 pm ~ March 10: 9:30a – 3:45p

There will be a 90 minuted break in the middle of each day.                                                                                                

Your Investment:                                                                                                                   Full Rate – $425.                                                                                                                       Early Registration- $375, when you register and pay in full by Feb 8                             Yoga Studies Grads- $25 off the above listed rates

Space if limited, and will be allotted int he order in which deposits and registrations are received.  To register, email [email protected] and submit a $150 deposit (non-refundable) through venmo (@vincent-yoga), cash or check. Payment is due in full by March 6.

Location:  The River’s Way Mediation Center in the Ivy Building for the Arts – 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 201, Minneapolis