We’re celebrating the New Year by offering a workshop series called 40 days to Personal Transformation. Brian Charlton leads this series from January 9th through February 20, 2012. Weekly meetings on Monday night (7:30pm to 9pm) anchor the program. Baron Baptist pioneered the 40 Days concept and we use his teachings combined with other influences to present our own unique version of the program. Read on for answers to some common questions about 40 Days To Personal Transformation.
What is the 40 Days series?
Baron Baptist observed “Many of us are searching without knowing exactly what we are looking for. Some of us go on a diet to lose weight and try all kinds of programs and workshops to make ourselves feel better, or perhaps we throw ourselves into our work and seek wealth and status to fill the void, but underneath, an emotional emptiness remains. No matter how much we try to gloss over that yearning with temporary fixes, it is still there, whispering the truth: that what we need isn’t another quick fix, but a rather a rebirth — a whole-life revolution. “ 40 days to Personal Transformation is a breakthrough program to radically change your body and awaken the sacred within your soul. A daily combination of asana practice, meditation, diet, journaling and personal reflection will cultivate a solid foundation from which students can live and grow.
Why is 40 days an important length of time?
“The number 40 holds tremendous spiritual significance in the realm of transformation. Jesus wandered in the desert for forty days in order to experience purification and to come to a greater understanding of himself and his mission. Moses and his people traveled through the desert for forty years before arriving home to the holy land. Noah preserved the sacredness of life by sailing his ark for forty days and forty nights. According to the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical text, it takes forty days to ingrain any new way of being into our system, and that is what we are aiming to do here: wipe out the old and welcome the new. In forty days, you can shift into a whole new way of living and being.” -Baron Baptist
What goes on at the weekly meetings?
The weekly meetings are a time to gather, reflect and share. They are a valuable part of the program and you will find strength and encouragement from the support and connection of the participants. Meetings consist of deep listening, speaking truthfully in an empowering manner, and discussion of weekly readings.
What am I signing up for?
Daily Yoga Practice: Six days of yoga per week (five days of active or vigorous level classes, one day of a gentle level class, and one day of rest). We encourage you to practice at Bala Yoga (unlimited yoga classes are included with the program), but you may supplement one home practice per week. For each week there is a theme for your physical practice that will help you build a strong and sustainable personal practice.
Daily Meditation Practice: You will begin to build a daily meditation practice over the 40 days beginning with just 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night. Each week we will build upon the tools of the previous week, adding a weekly focus and increasing the length of time slowly.
Observance of Dietary Intake: Each week we look at a specific area of food, and bring attention to our habits and attachments around that food. During the fourth week we will take a three-day cleanse to give your body a rest.
Personal Journaling: Each week there will be a short reading and journal questions from 40 Days to Personal Revolution and Peace is Every Step that will encourage inward self-explorative inquiries.
Weekly Community Meetings: Once a week the 40 days group meets and Brian Charlton leads group discussion of the weekly readings and journal questions. The weekly community meetings are the most beneficial part of the program. As the group moves and changes together, you will find strength and encouragement from the other participants sharing. Ignite your 2012 with health, vitality! This is the time to let go of the past and create a new reality! Sign up for 40 days now! Early registration ends December 31st.