Retreat days are a wonderful opportunity for retreating from our daily activities and lives and immersing ourselves in reflective practices. The programs are designed to refresh body and mind and lend inspiration to our spirit. During the program we engage in various aspects of yoga and Vedantic theory and practices - asana, pranayama, relaxation, mantra chanting, positive thinking, meditation and Self-inquiry, the latter being the subtlest and most important, the others prepare the spiritual aspirant for inquiry. In each retreat day, a chosen theme is focused on in order to delve deeper into our understanding of the topic, immerse ourselves in its practice, and gain insight into its application in daily life.
Day of Mindfulness
Sunday January 25, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Much of the time we act as if in "auto-pilot mode", letting the subconscious mind take the lead, thus we act, talk and behave according to habit. Our mind is freed to roam around randomly, or, to delve into past and future thoughts, regrets and worries. How much of the time are we really present with what is just in front of us, around us, and within us?
When being mindful, we are present, our mind and awareness become clearer, we become more alive. The mind is less cluttered with worries, anxieties, regrets or excitement. This is not a dull state, but a wondrous experience where we feel whole and unbound. We also become more in tune with our surroundings and our own being. One feels relief from the various mental and emotional burdens we tend to carry.
At first one can maintain such a state for short periods. But, with practice, it can be maintained for longer durations.
During this retreat day, we will practice remaining present and mindful together. We will meditate together, chant together, practice various yogic techniques together. Group practice enhances the individualís experience in both direct and indirect ways.
Schedule for the day
8:30 AM Arrival
9:00 AM Mantra Chanting, Meditation and Talk - "Practice of Mindfulness".
10:30 AM Yoga Posture (Asana) and Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) class
12:00 PM Vegetarian Brunch
1:30 PM Walking Meditation
2:00 PM Talk - "Mindfulness in Daily Life".
3:00 PM Sitting Meditation - Theory and Practice
4:00 PM Talk - "Obstacles to Mindfulness"
5:00 PM Tea and Conclusion
- Please pre-register by email
- The program is on a donation basis
The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Krishna, who represents our higher nature, the teacher, or God, and Arjuna, an individual like you or me. The discussion takes place on the battlefield, when a large war between cousins is about to start. The battlefield symbolizes our inner struggles as well as the battle of daily life. Arjuna has great difficulties in facing his elders, relatives, and friends in the battle, just as we have a hard time shaking off old habits that have become very near and dear to us, even though they cause us havoc! Krishna leads Arjuna step-by-step through the various aspects of yoga philosophy, giving him tools and encouragement to boldly face the battle, i.e. face the world and himself.
The Bhagavad Gita is the major scripture on yoga philosophy and its application in daily life. The title literally means The Song of God or The Divine Song, and chanting it is quite enchanting. 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 a few of its 700 verses, and discuss their meaning and application in our daily lives.
Sundays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Yoga is a complete system, as it is designed to balance body, energy and mind, it offers tools for coping in a balanced, stress-free way with life, it shows us ways of understanding ourselves deeply, and it helps us find our center. With a little effort and regular practice, one receives many benefits.
This 8-session course includes both practice of yogic techniques and an introduction to yoga philosophy. Each class consists of one and a half hours of yoga Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and meditation practices, guidance in establishing and deepening one's personal practice, as well as introduction to various aspects of yoga philosophy and their application in our daily lives.
Whoever you are and whatever is your life-style, incorporating some yoga practice into your daily life can do wonders!
Sundays Starting February 1, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Sliding scale donation: $80 - 120
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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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