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Exploring Vāyu (movement of life force), Bhāva (emotion) and Rasa (flavor) Through Performance


In these two sessions, Drs. Ramkumar & Welch are joined by Kapila Venu ji, a practitioner of Kutiyattam (“Koodiyattam”), – one of the oldest living theatre traditions in the world. She has studied multiple Indian art and dance and theater forms, including Mohiniyattam dance. Kapila ji joins us to talk about the role and connection of vāyu, bhāva (emotion) and rasa (flavor). In these art forms, vāyu represents the movement of the life force through the body and mind, and is a medium through which to explore emotion and demonstrate the scope of human experience. We plan to discuss the differences between and nuances of prāṇa and vāyu; bhāva and rasa; how traditional performance practices weave these threads together, and the role they play in mental health.

Healing Sound Retreat: Chanting, Kirtan & Vocal Rāga; A Satsangam LLC Event

Vaidyagrama, an Ayurveda Healing Village 15(1) Rottikaranur Road, Thirumalayampalayam Post,, Madukkarai via Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

Featuring Shantala Sriramaiah, Nina Rao and Dr. Shubham Kulkarni Yoga with Rose Baudin & Scott Blossom Special guests Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Ramkumar, Dr. Claudia Welch, and others Organized by  Punarnava Trust and Hosted by Vaidyagrama Sound, in the form of drumming, chanting, recitation, repetition...

Bhāva & Bhāvana: Inner and Outer Expression of Emotion


Simran Lal joins Drs. Ramkumar & Welch in this Vedic Threads session to talk about bhāva and bhāvana. One could say that bhāva and bhāvana is what makes this world go round.  Everything in this manifested world begins with a thought; Everything is a manifestation of our intentions. Bhāva is one’s inner world - intentions, feelings, desires; and bhāvana is the outer expression of those - in what we say, how we express ourselves, how we conduct ourselves in society.  Yogis advise us to align our bhāva with our bhāvana (what in modern day parlance is what we call ‘authenticity’), and to make them śuddha (pure).  Our persistent thoughts and the way we perceive the world shape us.  To refine them (make them śuddha) is the birthright, and the highest aim of each of us.

Itihāsa (History): The Role of Storytelling in Modern Times


Professor of Sanskrit & Classical Indian Religions Fred Smith, joins Dr. Ramkumar & Dr. Welch to talk about "itihāsa" or, "history". Itihāsa also is used to specifically refer to the two monumentally influential epic poems of ancient India: the Mahābhāratam and the Rāmāyaṇa. The very fact that the word, "history" is used in a context where, in the West we might use "mythology", “epic”, "story" or, "poem" can lead us into curious conversation. Hopefully this will be the case.

Saṅkalpa: the Role of Intent in Medicine and Life


Saṅkalpa translates as, “intention” or, “determination”. Ayurveda physician Dr. Vignesh Devraj ji plans to join Drs. Claudia Welch & Ramkumar and the Vedic Threads community for the first May session to explore the role of saṅkalpa in medicine—from the patient’s experience as well as the doctor’s. This can relate to the way a practitioner and the patient approaches the doctor/patient relationship; the roles of medicine, the doctor, the patient, hope, compliance; what is whose responsibility, and to the outcome itself. Some of these insights are likely to apply to life in general as well as to medicine.

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