Yoga and meditation retreat on the banks of the holy river Ganga in the serene and scenic Himalayas in Northern India, the abode of the yogis and saints. After spending time in this pristine area, one experiences and understands why spiritual seekers have been drawn to the Himalayas from time immemorial. The program will include daily yoga and meditation sessions, Satsang with senior monks, a visit to Gangotri, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India.
September 7-23, 2013.
Donation - $1,000 (includes travel within India, accommodations, food. Does not include air fare)
Just as we break down the flow of a river into waves, currents and whirlpools, and music is into notes, rhythms and chords, we tend to separate the endless flow of existence into units of time and space, into objects and particles. One of the tools the mind uses to build and support this conceptual reality is tagging its different components with names. Name is a frame which contains the different attributes of objects; without the frame, the independent existence of the object begins to dissipate.
This retreat day will focus on understanding the mental phenomena of "Bheda" and "Yukti". Bheda is mental separation of phenomena and objects, which is necessary for getting along in daily life, but takes us farther away from unity in spirit. Yukti is union or combination, a broader and more inclusive vision.
The program will include various meditation techniques, discussions, yoga asana and pranayama practice, Kirtan (chanting), a vegetarian brunch, and more.
Sunday April 21, 7 AM - 4:30 PM
7:15 AM Arrival
7:30 AM Satsang: Meditation, Mantra Chanting,
and Discourse - Reality and Appearance
9:30 AM Yoga Asana and Pranayama Class
11:30 AM Brunch
12:30 PM Discourse - Expanding Our Vision - Merging Notes Into Music
1:30 PM Yoga Nidra - Becoming Asleep to the Limited World and Awake to Unlimited Spirit
2:30 PM Discourse - Names of the Beyond - Conceptualizing the Un-Conceptualize-able Reality
3:30 PM Meditation on Oneness
4:00 PM Sharing and Conclusion
Step-by-step instruction in the practice of Yoga Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises) and Relaxation. Sivananda Yoga is a traditional practice, where yoga postures are held still while focusing on the breath. The practice is meditative, it balances the physical and energy systems, and prepares one for meditation. 8 sessions.
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Sliding scale donation: $80 - $120
Deepening your practice of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, Relaxation and Meditation through regularity, awareness and attention to detail. Introduction to Kriyas (cleansing techniques), which remove blockages and purify the physical and energy bodies. Furthering your understanding of yogic philosophy and its aims, to shed a clear light on the path. 8 sessions.
Sundays 10:00 - 11:30 AM, May 5 - June 23, 2013
Sliding scale donation: $80 - $120
Gita is the major scripture on yoga philosophy and its application in daily life. Mahatma Gandhi used to study this scripture on a regular basis, and Albert Einstein claimed that When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous. In each session we meditate, chant Gita Slokas, and discuss their meaning and application in our daily lives.
Ongoing Sundays 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Avyaktaadeeni bhootaani vyaktamadhyaani bhaarata
Avyakta nidhanaanyeva tatra kaa paridevanaa.
Beings are unmanifested in their beginning, manifested in their middle state,
O Arjuna, and unmanifested again in their end! What is there to grieve about?
- - Bhagavad Gita II 28