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Instructor Ute Swerdloff dives into ancient texts Jan. 4

Published on December 28, 2017 10:13AM

Instructor Ute Swerdloff

Courtesy Clatsop Community College

Instructor Ute Swerdloff

ASTORIA — Clatsop Community College and Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the January event in the 2017-18 first Thursday Ales & Ideas community lectures.

On Jan. 4, Instructor Ute Swerdloff presents “Yoga: More Than a Stretch! Looking to the Ancient Texts.” Doors open with food and beverage service at 6 p.m. Seasonal beers will be on tap, and food and additional beverages will be available for purchase (but no purchase is required).

The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane streets. in Astoria. Minors are welcome. Come explore the transformative power of yoga as experienced by the ancients in ways that still have relevance today.

With the arrival of the New Year, many people are looking for ways to improve their lives. Enhancing physical health and mental well-being tops the list for many. Yoga and meditation are practices that serve that need.

Yoga, at least the physical aspect, has enjoyed great popularity in recent years. Millions of Americans participate in the practice of some form of yoga. For most people, yoga has become synonymous with physical flexibility and stretching — a means to address their aches and pains, or to reduce stress, or to improve their waistlines.

However, this physical aspect is only one limb of the discipline of yoga. Swerdloff will describe how yoga includes social and individual ethical principles, along with the physical practice and breath control to make the practitioner more fit to become spiritually aware.

Her presentation seeks to paint a more complete picture of yoga, its paths and goals as disclosed in the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s yoga sutras. Looking to the ancient texts offers thought-provoking treasures that point in the direction of practice, self-inquiry and surrender to a higher reality.

Swerdloff will help audience members conceive of yoga in a whole new way, perhaps as a full-spectrum health agent with potential for a transformative experience involving the entire being: body, mind and spirit.

Swerdloff is a longtime yoga practitioner and teacher. Her apprenticeship to become a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher has ignited her passion for the history and philosophy of yoga. She teaches yoga at Clatsop Community College. She also presents “Stand Up & Stretch” on Coast Community Radio.


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