Usha Veda is a neighborhood yoga and wellness space that is committed to offering practices that promote well-being, healing, and joy.
In the Rig Veda, one of the oldest known works of literature in the world, Usha is the goddess of dawn. She drives away oppressive forces of darkness, bringing light. Usha then rouses life, sending people off to their duties, setting all things into motion. She is associated with the breath and life of all living creatures. As the dawn, she both reveals and participates in the cosmic order and opposes all dark and chaotic forces. Usha bestows awareness and activity, bringing forth the light that gives sight to the eyes, and brings power to the senses, stoking the intellect. Usha has been regarded as the light, or the dawn of human consciousness.
As Usha is what brings light and life to matter, Purusha is an important concept in Vedic philosophy which has come to be defined as the universal spirit present everywhere, in everything and everyone, at all times. Purusha is unchanging, eternal, indestructible, without form and all pervasive, transcending space and time, while in contrast Prakrti, or material reality, is subject to change by cause and effect. Purusha is what connects everything and everyone.
Usha Veda opened its doors in 2010 to create a community in which we practice moving meditation through asana, cultivating connection to one other, ourselves, and beyond through the system of yoga. Our practice guides us towards conscious interactions, self-realization, and self-expression, allowing us to create space for whatever is needed so that we are better able to experience the process of life.