Beginners Yoga Course | Beginners Yoga Course, Level 2 | Advanced Yoga Course |Introduction to Meditation Course | Positive Thinking Course | Bhagavad Gita Study Course | Bhakti Yoga Course | Self Knowledge Course |
This week is ideal for beginners, or those new to Sivananda Yoga. This course gives you the full yogic experience, progressively introducing yoga asanas, breathing exercises, meditation, mantra chanting and yoga philosophy. You will be immersed in the daily routine of yoga and will experience wholesome vegetarian meals. You will leave rested and refreshed with the basic knowledge of how to continue to practice at home.
Will cover the 4 paths of Yoga. Karma yoga, raja yoga, bhakti yoga, and jnana yoga
This five-day Meditation retreat in Grass Valley, CA, will introduce you to the basic guidelines for classical yogic meditation.
This course is ideal for beginner's in meditation. If you are curious about meditation, if you want to know what is meditation and how to do it, this course is for you.
You will practice yoga postures, Yoga breathing and meditation twice per day, participate in daily Kirtan chanting sessions, enjoy 2 delicious organic, vegetarian meals, and learn about the specifics of meditation from an experienced meditation teacher.
This meditation course is the only one of it's kind in Northern California, based on the traditional methods of Classical Yoga meditation from ancient India.
Benefits of meditation include:
Sivananda Yoga Meditation has been shown to help people through difficult times, by teaching awareness, relaxation and concentration, bringing presence of mind into our every action and endeavor.
This meditation retreat will guide students through the following topics:
- the mind and how it works - how to manage the emotions - improving concentration - using mantras - guidance on healthy lifestyle.
The Yoga and meditation retreat participants will study the basic yoga psychology from Patanjali Yoga Sutras, and learn how to manage your mind effectively to reach your optimum health and well being and attain success in Life and Self-realization!
Participants follow the ashram daily schedule. You will be personally guided on your first attempts to meditate, coached by an experienced meditation teacher.
One of the main causes of stress is negative feelings and thoughts. Negativity is prevalent nowadays in our fast paced lives. Our interactions with each other may be more negative than comforting and joyful. Our minds may be saturated and our sensitivities numbed by information overload and the confusion and despair that comes from local, national or world current events. In this atmosphere, it is difficult for us to access our innate positive and joyful nature and remember the goodness of men and the grace of God. We may easily lose faith, doubt our true path, and worry about where the world is going and what will become of us.
We need to see clearly and take a break from our busy lives to recharge and reconnect with the beauty and meaning of life. We can not change the external but we can change our outlook about it. We can not redo the past and it is not helpful to worry about the future, but we can live in the solid present and make the best of it.
This week there will be workshops and lectures specifically addressing the power of thoughts, how to be in the present, how to turn negative feelings and thoughts to positive, and how to manage stress and respond positively to challenges. Yoga psychology and philosophy have a wealth of techniques and information that will help us cope.
Bhagavad Gita Study Course ( 5days)
Bhagavad Gita is the most read scripture in the world. In this single book, you will find the profound teaching on the different Yoga paths, the path of action (Karma Yoga), the path of devotion (Bhakti Yoga ), the path of Meditation (Raja Yoga) and the path of Self Knowledge (Jnana Yoga). Take these few days to renew your outlook on your life by imbibing the teachings of this holy book. It is said that one learns through scripture or through teachers. Learning through the study of scripture with a teacher is the best way to remove our doubts and clear our understanding. A proper understanding of our life will help us in making effective decisions for ourselves and in adjusting our inner attitudes. Knowledge leads to wise action. Study of scripture is a must for all in order to live in the world and not of the world and stay peaceful in our hearts like the lotus, which grows out of mud and yet is most fragrant. In the form of a dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, we are exposed to the main dilemmas of our own life and how to find the way to Peace and Enlightenment in our daily struggle of life.
Bhakti Yoga / Yoga of Kirtan (5days or 2 days)
Your voice is a reflection of your inner self. In this course, we will discuss sound and the effect it has on our bodies, how to get in touch with the body through Yoga so that you can access your best vocal qualities, and how Yoga can help your voice.
There will be practical workshops on vocal techniques, as well as daily Yoga classes, meditation sessions, and group singing twice daily. Individual vocal instruction will be available, as well.
In the Yoga of Voice Course you will:
-Experience your body as an instrument, whose quality of well-being determines the quality of sound produced
-Develop proper use of abdominal and facial muscles to alleviate the strain on the vocal chords to develop a better speaking voice, to increase your vocal range, and to improve the quality of your tone
-Learn breathing techniques and yoga postures to improve your voice
Learn the classical methods of Yoga for peace of mind and meditation, as taught 2000 years ago by Sage Patanjali in the famous Raja Yoga Sutras.
During this weekend you will practice pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to increase energy and understand the relationship between prana and state of mind.
Lectures will be devoted to Hatha Yoga, Yogic lifestyle and routines, and the Raja Yoga Sutras.
This is a foundational course in Vedanta Philosophy leading to Self Knowledge. You will learn the basic precepts and philosophical background of Adwaita Vedanta according to Sankaracharya. You will be introduced to the techniques of self enquiry and learn to discriminate between what is Self and what is Not Self, what is lasting and what is impermanent, what is Real and what is Illusory. From this Self enquiry, you will be able to find out where to put your energy and where to adopt an attitude of detachment.
You will also learn what to do to prepare the mind for Self Knowledge and how to cultivate these necessary inner attitudes and helpful habits in order to Realize that all what you have been searching for is already there. Self Kowledge is Self Realization, or realization of the Atman or pure, immortal Spirit, Supreme Power, or Eternal Indweller. The Self - and not the mind and ego - is to be trusted (it is Sat=absolute Truth). The Self is all knowing , all light everywhere (it is Chit=Consciousness Absolute). The Self is also all loving and all joy (it is Ananda=Bliss Absolute). All answers are within, Love, Peace and Bliss are within. Hankering after external and fleeting happiness leads to disillusions and sufferings.