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Dear {personalized.fname_sname},

It's hard to believe that we are in September already isn't it? As the season changes and the leaves will start to turn that beautiful amber hue, we will be keeping our schedules full of engaging courses that keep us spiritually steady through the change.

This month, the highly renowned and respected Devaki devi dasi (from India) is here to help us equip ourselves with in-depth knowledge of how to understand and deal with the ever intense and ever changing False Ego. Not to be missed!

Additionally, we have the perfect opportunity for you to develop a real talent for playing kartals and mridanga in the 10-week Kartals & Mridanga Lessons with Krishna Caitanya. So that you can always feel confident to join in any kirtan or even just tune in on your own during self-practice at home.

We have been loving the rich and wonderful world of the Vedic times in the course Overview of the Srimad Bhagavatam with our Temple President Jai Nitai dasa, who's enthusiasm and love for this subject is truly contagious. You are guaranteed to walk away feeling totally inspired and enlivened!

The final instalment of our series on Bhakti Yoga for Beginners is due in September, it has been a wonderful journey that has seen many fresh and eager new faces in the College, who have really benefited from discovering the infinite depths and joys of spirituality.

Kirtan (chanting of sacred mantras) is always a recommended way to keep oneself plugged in to the spiritual vibes come what may. Therefore, we highly recommend the upcoming course The Yoga of Kirtan, in which the legendary kirtaneer Sri Prahlada will be fanning the spark of love for all things kirtan!

From beginners to advanced students, we have it all covered. Join us for this glorious course titled The Gayatri Mantra, with our Head Priest Murli Manohara dasa, for those who have been on their devotional journey for some time and have been endowed with the mystical Gayatri mantra.

Don't forget - you can keep in good shape emotionally, mentally and physically with our weekly Holistic Yoga & Meditation classes on Mondays.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes,
London College of Vedic Studies
UPCOMING COURSES
Kartals & Mridanga Lessons
Kartals & Mridanga Lessons
Learn to play the fundamental kirtan instruments from an experienced kirtaneer!

Dates: Tuesdays, 10th September - 12th November
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

Playing an instrument in kirtan can enhance the experience for you, and everyone present. This is a ten day workshop for beginners or those with some knowledge, who would like to learn the basics of playing kartals and mridanga.

Hear more from the teacher, Krishna Chaitanya, here.
Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam (Cantos 1-9)
Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam (Cantos 1-9)
Immerse yourself in a summary study of a timeless classic

Dates: Sundays, 15th September, 13th October & 10th November
Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

This course will provide an overview of a few of the powerful pastimes in the Srimad Bhagavatam in chronological order from 1st to 9th Canto with points from Srila Prabhupada's purports and summaries of important lessons and devotional principles to be learned.

Hear more from our Temple President, Jai Nitai dasa here.
Bhakti Yoga for Beginners
Bhakti Yoga for Beginners
An enlivening introduction to the eastern spiritual wisdom and practice

Date: Saturday, 21st September
Time: 10am - 1pm

If you want to know more about what the core practices in the life of a follower of the bhakti tradition are, then join us for this introductory course this summer.
The False Ego -
Our Constant Companion and Troublemaker
The False Ego - Our Constant Companion and Troublemaker
Feeding the false ego versus dissolving it

Date: Saturday, 21st September
Time: 10.30am - 5pm

Discover how our false ego is prompting us to act the way we shouldn't act, thus creating our miseries. We will learn practical tools to disregard the dictations of the false ego, which will help us to cultivate the most important qualities of tolerance, gratitude, humility and forgiveness.

Hear more from Devaki devi dasi here.
The Yoga of Kirtan with Sri Prahlada
The Yoga of Kirtan with Sri Prahlada
Experience the magic of sacred rhythms and chants

Dates: Saturdays, 5th & 12th October
Time: 10.30am - 5pm

This kirtan course by the renowned kirtaneer Sri Prahlada, aims to prepare the students for a genuine kirtan experience, empower them to deepen their understanding of kirtan and give them the opportunity to enrich themselves in their chanting.
The Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra
An inspiration to chant the sacred mantras with more attention and respect

Dates: Monday, 7th October - Friday, 11th October
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

The Gayatri is said to have emanated from the mouth of Lord Brahma (the creator) as he heard the sound of Lord Krishna's flute. It is therefore considered the sound incarnation of Brahman (the Absolute). Join our Head Priest Murli Manohara dasa in this 5-day seminar on the holy mantras.
ONGOING COURSES
Holistic Yoga For All
Holistic Yoga For All
Nourish your body, mind and soul for lasting personal benefit

Day: Every Monday
Time: 7pm - 8pm

We aim to spread love, wellbeing and positivity so that you can lead a peaceful and balanced life, in harmony with other people and nature. These fun and dynamic sessions will help you realign your body, mind and soul with goals that bring steady personal growth and fulfilment.

Find out 'How to breathe properly'.
Bhakti Sastri 2018-19
Bhakti Sastri 2018-19
A lifetime investment to systematically study Srila Prabhupada's books

Day: Every Sunday
Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

The Bhakti Sastri course takes a personal approach to learning with interactive sessions on the wisdom from the East. It explores the Vedic philosophy along with practical applications in the modern day life. Being one of the most popular courses provided by the London College of Vedic Studies, it is suitable for devotees well familiar with the practice of Krishna consciousness and desiring to study Srila Prabhupada’s books in greater depths.
COMING SOON
ISKCON Disciples Course
ISKCON Disciples Course
A training program which deepens devotees’ understanding of guru tattva and guru padasraya within the multiple guru environment of ISKCON.

Dates: Sundays, 3rd, 10th & 17th November
Time: 10am - 4pm

A training program which is meant to help you deepen your understanding of guru-tattva and gurupadasraya within the multiple guru culture of ISKCON. It is designed for new devotees preparing to take initiation, but is also recommended for leaders, preachers, counsellors and educators in ISKCON.

More details will be available in the coming weeks.
Sanskrit for Beginners
Sanskrit for Beginners
An introduction to linguistic & literary concepts of the principal Vedic language

Date: TBC
Time: TBC

The course will focus on those aspects of the language which are most useful for the study of Vaishnava scripture. It will enable students to have an appreciation for the beauty and utility of the Sanskrit language for the purpose of scriptural studies.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY
Marketing Assistants
We are looking for volunteers to support with marketing. This is an opportunity to attend a variety of practical courses and workshops, facilitated by renowned speakers and travelling monks! Click here for more details.
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Weekly Facebook Live
Weekly Facebook Live
Timeless wisdom for the modern you!

Day: Every Thursday
Time: 7pm

Join our resident monks who share valuable spiritual insights and practical wisdom from the sacred Vedic texts. They are also musicians, lifestyle coaches and inspirational speakers - don't miss these fun and instructive sessions for guaranteed spiritual entertainment!
Our YouTube Channel
Our YouTube Channel
We were fortunate to interview HH Kadamba Kanana Swami on various spiritual topics. Watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKwSGHM49iE

The latest Monk meets Punk: Dad Vs Monk episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJEmRu8YeJY
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
Flower Arrangements
Devaki devi dasi dasa facilitated an interactive, hands-on workshop on Flower Arrangements.
Teamwork Lessons from the Ramayana
Chaitanya Charan dasa provided valuable and practical life lessons on cooperation and teamwork in the seminar Teamwork Lessons from the Ramayana.
Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam
All the attendees felt spiritually nourished after the first session of the course Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam by Jai Nitai dasa.
Bhakti Sastri
Bhakti Sastri students had an enlivening and enriching experience studying Sri Isopanishad with Nama Sankirtana dasa.
STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
Yash Karia
"Chaitanya Charan dasa led us through an incredible adventure through the characters from the Ramayana and their search for Sita in the seminar Teamwork Lessons from the Ramayana. In their quest, our search for teamwork principles was also fulfilled. The stories told shed great light on fundamental aspects of leadership, teamwork and self-development, within the devotionally sweet context of Ramayana pastimes. Just as Hanuman regained his size and strength through words of encouragement prior to crossing the ocean to Lanka, I also felt devotionally recharged, at least in some way, following the class! Thank you."

- Yash Karia (Teamwork Lessons from the Ramayana)
TEACHER'S CORNER
Elizabeth
"Teaching holistic yoga for London College of Vedic Studies has been a really positive experience so far. We are using an external venue in Swiss cottage to reach a wider audience. There is a mixed group of attendees in varying abilities and ages, and most, if not all are looking for something deeper than the physical aspects of yoga. We've been sharing some bite sized quotes of wisdom during the sessions to encourage students to search deeper and question their practice and nature of existence. It's become a nice little community group where everyone is friendly and often chats after the session. Questions on the ‘goal of yoga’ and different philosophical thoughts have popped up and the some of the group are really diving in!"

- Elizabeth (Holistic Yoga for All)

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Address:
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