Sponsored by OSIL, day-long event features six programs, including a Hatha Style class, Asanas and Beyond, Karma Yoga and Kirtan
By Davis Hill
By Kelly Manalo
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) and the Radha Yoga Center in Spokane hosted Discovering Namaste in the PUB. The day of events included yoga classes, lectures, and workshops based around the Indian theme of
“The Discovering Namaste series is to promote self-discovery, compassion and yoga,” said Tasia Duske, graduate assistant of leadership education.
According to Duske, Discovering Namaste is part of a series of OSIL events dedicated to educating students about social justice, poverty, and sustainability.
Namaste is a “practice of respect and honor to all things,” said EWU Religious Studies and Philosophy Professor Kathryn Julyan during her noon lecture. “Namaste is a simple gesture … [that] gives a sense of unity in the diversity. … The truth of you is the truth of me, which is just oneness.”
Julyan explained that Namaste is a deep philosophical practice that underlies yoga traditions, Buddhism and Jainism, and permeates all of India. “[Yoga] is about becoming in alignment with nature,” she said.
The Radha Yoga Center is a non-profit yoga studio in Spokane, according to Bailee Nebeker, an instructor at the studio. The center hosts workshops at community centers, alternative schools and homes for single mothers. She said the center is partnered with Providence Health and works with healthcare workers, as well as at-risk children.
Nebeker is a member of Friends of Compassion (FoC), an interfaith group that seeks to explore the power of compassion in the Spokane community through the implementation of the Dalai Lama’s teachings. Through FoC, she met Skyler Oberst, founder of EWU’s Compassionate Interfaith Society (CIS).
Her discussion with Oberst culminated in a partnership between OSIL, the Radha Yoga Center, and the CIS that brought Discovering Namaste to EWU.
“[We thought] bringing compassion and Namaste to campus was a good thing,” Nebeker said. Julyan agreed. “[Yoga] is an alternative to Western philosophy, a way to relax,” she said. “[Quoting Gandhi], ‘Live simply, so that others can simply live.’”
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