Bhakti yoga

The path of bhajate, service with love and faith. Spiritual practice focused on loving devotion towards a personal God or higher Self.

What is Bhakti-Yoga?

Bhakti-Yoga is one of the three spiritual paths described in the Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Lord). Bhakti or “love of God” is the natural state of a living being. Bhakti-Yoga has many stages to it, to simplify, we could say that bhakti-yoga is meditation and service with love and devotion. The Bhagavad Gita emphasises the love aspect while the Upanishads the meditative aspect – the two surely must go hand in hand.

On the path of bhakti-yoga, the second step is kirtana, devotional chanting to the divine. This connection with the Higher Self is also known as nada yoga – the yoga of sound. We can lose ourselves in sound and experience a sense of pleasure, joy and freedom. We eventually come to the understanding that we all are individual jivas (souls) and simultaneously a part and parcel of ParamAtma, the Supreme Soul.

Sanna’s Bhakti-Yoga journey

Sanna first discovered bhakti-yoga as a 15 year old living in Helsinki. She was drawn into a Krishna devotee temple and was given a copy of the first Finnish translation of the ‘Bhagavad Gita as it is’. She was instantly captivated by the music and chanting. Many years later living in Berlin, she met Jai Utal and her interest in kirtan and bhakti-yoga blossomed and eventually led to the discovery of Vijay Krsna and the Kirtaniyas. Sanna makes an annual ‘pilgrimmage’ to Vrindavan India with the Kirtaniyas to keep the fire of bhakti burning brighter and stronger.

Sanna is hugely inspired by her Indian classical music teacher Radhika Manchanda who has patiently guided her in traditional Indian singing and Indian harmonium. Sanna loves the role of a student and has a huge respect to all her Teachers and Sanghas from London to Vrindavan.

Do the Bhakti yoga with Sanna

In July 2021, Sanna will lead the annual Lumø retreat with Vijay Krsna on a beautiful Finnish west coast island. Participants can enjoy a range of yoga, kirtan, bhakti, yoga philosophy and traditional Finnish sauna + sea culture, natural healing and garden to table vegetarian cooking. Contact Sanna for details.

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