Ryan Kurczak

2015 Kriya Yoga Meditation Online Retreat

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2015 at 18:03

Retreats are an excellent method of practicing Pratyhara, the 4th limb of Yoga. Pratyahara is internalizing one’s attention. It is the boundary between the external and internal practices of Yoga and the threshold to Oneness-realization.

Bless your home with regular meditation and hold a sacred space this July 16th-19th.

Bless your home with regular meditation and hold a sacred space this July 16th-19th.

It is excellent to travel to retreats from time to time for rejuvenation. Yet, it is even better to have a private retreat in one’s own home. This has the power to spiritualize one’s everyday life, and further imbue the home with sacred vibrations. The home is often truly where the heart is, and when the home is full of the sacred light of meditation, so is the heart.

You are invited to join us July 16th – 19th, 2015 for an online yogic meditation retreat from the comfort of your own home. Rather than travel to an exotic or distant location, I invite you to take time from your work and your family and consciously dedicate these 4 days during the height of Summer to commit to your spiritual path, further deepen your spiritual well-being, and to give your self permission to rejuvenate your soul.

During this retreat we will come together online for:

  • Guided meditation practice and training
  • Yogic philosophy lectures – how to think, act and be like a yogi
  • Kriya Yoga Meditation Techniques and lifestyle instruction

See the schedule at the end of this post for the retreats daily agenda.

Seasoned yogic meditators are invited to participate to further hone their practice, and beginning yogic meditators are invited to learn the time tested techniques of Self-realization.

This retreat is open to 24 participants.

Fee: It is on a donation basis.

To Register: Please email astroinfo@ashevillevedicastrology.com to request information on how to apply for participation. Registration ends June 25th, 2015.

Retreat Dates: July 16th – 19th 2015

Once your registration is complete a document will be sent to you describing how to make the most of your guided home retreat.

Vedic Astrology Online Webinars for 2015

In horoscope assessment, Jaimini, lajjitaadi avasthas, Rahu and Ketu, Remedial Measures, Transits, Vedic Astrology Lessons on January 2, 2015 at 14:29
"Wishing you the best in your astrological and spiritual studies for 2015!" - Ryan Kurczak

“Wishing you the best in your astrological and spiritual studies for 2015!” – Ryan Kurczak

1 of 24 spots left for the Spring Session.

“These last few weeks of 2014 I’ve had time to reflect and put together an excellent course of study for 2015.  You already have access to the Free Vedic Astrology Learning Course, and also the articles, books and downloadable courses available through Asheville Vedic Astrology.  The goal of this year’s (2015) classes is to tie together the basics of chart reading with the more detailed and profound aspects of astrology.   These courses are going to explore astrology from a realistic/practical approach.  The theory will be shared, but as anyone knows who has practiced astrology, theory and actual practice can be very different.  My goal in 2015 is to teach you to think like an astrologer and how to begin understanding texts such as Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra and Sarvartha Chintamani.”  -Ryan Kurczak

Please review the syllabus and details below for both semesters of study for 2015.

Contact astroinfo@ashevillevedicastrology.com to register.  Space is limited to 24 participants.  Public registration begins January 5th, 2015.

All classes will be done online using WebEx.com audio/video webinar service. Visit WebEx.com to confirm you have the computer/technical requirements to participate.  All sessions will be recorded.  If you cannot make ALL the sessions, you will receive the audio recording within 48 hours of each class.

Asheville Vedic Astrology Academy 2015 Spring Semester – 14 Classes – 28 Hours Total


Section 1 – The Qualities, Energies and Consciousness of The Grahas – What to Read Before Class: Read Chapters 4 and 5 in The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology Volume I.

Section 2 – How the Planets Represent and Show Your Own Consciousness at Work: The Art of Personal Analysis – What to Read Before Class: Read Chapters 6 in The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology Volume I.

Jaimini Vedic Astrology Notes Part 8 – Planetary Effects

In Vedic Astrology Lessons on November 25, 2014 at 10:28

We can determine the power of a planet’s influence on a sign through its subha (auspicious) and asubha (inauspicious) power. This is based primarily on dignity which can be reviewed in Chapter 6 of the Art and Science of Vedic Astrology Volume 1. Please also review the following video dealing with dignity.

Every planet, whether benefic or malefic can give good or bad results. This is also related to the Ishta and Kashta of a planet, which is a more specific mathematical way of determining the good and bad effects of a planet.

The total good or total bad a planet can give is out of 60 points.

Review the following video for thoughts on Planetary Dignity.

We must take this in context too. It may be that a planet is not a separating planet, and its a gentle planet. In this case, it can only give positive power. Which means we would focus on the numbers in the positive power column. Yet if it is a separating factor and it is malefic, then we need to consider both columns. Again, remembering that malefic planets still can give good results, although they don’t give it freely and make you work for it. Please see the pasts posts dealing with manifesting and separating factors.

We use these numbers to help us understand the strength of influence of a planet on a house and sign. That way, when we start considering certain dashas and how areas of life develop in a chart we can see the light and shade of manifestation. This is very important, because too often people are looking for black and white in relationship to astrology. When the reality is, something good can develop but there can also be obstacles to its development or problems. You can also have bad things that occur, that inspire one to greatness. Charts are rarely black and white.