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Are you ready to take your yoga practice a step deeper? This course is perfect for those who have taken Essentials of Yoga I or have been introduced to Sivananda Yoga practices through classes or courses at the Yoga Retreat or in another Sivananda location.

In this course, you will deepen your experience with the 12 basic postures of Sivananda Yoga. Each day focuses on a new theme while practicing asana: concentrating on the energy channels, learning to meditate, experiencing relaxation, and working with visualization. You will also be exposed to a practical and theoretical introduction to meditation, positive thinking, Ayurveda, the yogic diet, and stress-relieving techniques, expanding your base of knowledge and experience.

Essentials of Yoga II offers the opportunity to:
- Establish or refine a home yoga practice, including asana and pranayama
- Integrate your personal yoga experience with new knowledge
- Gain exposure to meditation theory and practice
- Discover how an integrated approach to a yogic lifestyle (postures, breathing, diet, meditation, and positive thinking) contributes to well-being
- Receive personalized attention and answers to your questions.

Under the guidance of experienced instructors, this course further develops the Five Keys to a Yogic Lifestyle taught by Swami Vishnudevananda for health and inner peace and taught at Sivananda ashrams and centers worldwide. This next step in learning and living yoga, invites you to deepen and personalize your practice to further develop the inner peace of a yogic lifestyle at home.

For more info click here -> bit.ly/2tJpk1v
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Are you ready to take your yoga practice a step deeper? This course is perfect for those who have taken Essentials of Yoga I or have been introduced to Sivananda Yoga practices through classes or courses at the Yoga Retreat or in another Sivananda location. In this course, you will deepen your experience with the 12 basic postures of Sivananda Yoga. Each day focuses on a new theme while practicing asana: concentrating on the energy channels, learning to meditate, experiencing relaxation, and working with visualization. You will also be exposed to a practical and theoretical introduction to meditation, positive thinking, Ayurveda, the yogic diet, and stress-relieving techniques, expanding your base of knowledge and experience. Essentials of Yoga II offers the opportunity to: - Establish or refine a home yoga practice, including asana and pranayama - Integrate your personal yoga experience with new knowledge - Gain exposure to meditation theory and practice - Discover how an integrated approach to a yogic lifestyle (postures, breathing, diet, meditation, and positive thinking) contributes to well-being - Receive personalized attention and answers to your questions. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, this course further develops the Five Keys to a Yogic Lifestyle taught by Swami Vishnudevananda for health and inner peace and taught at Sivananda ashrams and centers worldwide. This next step in learning and living yoga, invites you to deepen and personalize your practice to further develop the inner peace of a yogic lifestyle at home. For more info click here -> bit.ly/2tJpk1v

11 hours ago

Essentials of Yoga II: Deepen Your Practice

July 24, 2017, 6:00am

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

Are you ready to take your yoga practice a step deeper? This course is perfect for those who have taken Essentials of Yoga I or have been introduced to Sivananda Yoga practices through classes or courses at the Yoga Retreat or in another Sivananda location. In this course, you will deepen your experience with the 12 basic postures of Sivananda Yoga. Each day focuses on a new theme while practicing asana: concentrating on the energy channels, learning to meditate, experiencing relaxation, and working with visualization. You will also be exposed to a practical and theoretical introduction to meditation, positive thinking, Ayurveda, the yogic diet, and stress-relieving techniques, expanding your base of knowledge and experience. Essentials of Yoga II offers the opportunity to: - Establish or refine a home yoga practice, including asana and pranayama - Integrate your personal yoga experience with new knowledge - Gain exposure to meditation theory and practice - Discover how an integrated approach to a yogic lifestyle (postures, breathing, diet, meditation, and positive thinking) contributes to well-being - Receive personalized attention and answers to your questions. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, this course further develops the Five Keys to a Yogic Lifestyle taught by Swami Vishnudevananda for health and inner peace and taught at Sivananda ashrams and centers worldwide. This next step in learning and living yoga, invites you to deepen and personalize your practice to further develop the inner peace of a yogic lifestyle at home. For more info click here -> bit.ly/2tJpk1v

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Relax, take a break from your life and discover how to find inner peace, contentment and happiness from within. Discover the secret to balanced living and spiritual insight. Essentials of Meditation is open to all.
You will learn how to:

- Improve your concentration and focus in your daily life
- Experience less stress & anxiety
- Reduce anger & frustration
- Enjoy greater inner peace & happiness
- Increase your confidence & self-esteem
- Improve your mental and physical well being
- Develop a positive outlook on life and better relationships

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Relax, take a break from your life and discover how to find inner peace, contentment and happiness from within. Discover the secret to balanced living and spiritual insight. Essentials of Meditation is open to all. You will learn how to: - Improve your concentration and focus in your daily life - Experience less stress & anxiety - Reduce anger & frustration - Enjoy greater inner peace & happiness - Increase your confidence & self-esteem - Improve your mental and physical well being - Develop a positive outlook on life and better relationships Register now: bit.ly/2t5Vjec

11 hours ago

Essentials of Meditation Weekend

July 21, 2017, 6:00am

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

Relax, take a break from your life and discover how to find inner peace, contentment and happiness from within. Discover the secret to balanced living and spiritual insight. Essentials of Meditation is open to all. You will learn how to: - Improve your concentration and focus in your daily life - Experience less stress & anxiety - Reduce anger & frustration - Enjoy greater inner peace & happiness - Increase your confidence & self-esteem - Improve your mental and physical well being - Develop a positive outlook on life and better relationships Register now: bit.ly/2t5Vjec

What are the differences between religion and spirituality? Many of us have heard someone say, “I am spiritual but not religious.” Explore the intimate relationship between spirituality and religion and what they both mean. Learn about the historical, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches to spirituality. Discover how spirituality is experienced in today’s world, as well as in two classical examples found in religious poetry: songs of early Buddhist nuns and an enigmatic Jewish Sufi of India.

Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops.
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What are the differences between religion and spirituality? Many of us have heard someone say, “I am spiritual but not religious.” Explore the intimate relationship between spirituality and religion and what they both mean. Learn about the historical, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches to spirituality. Discover how spirituality is experienced in today’s world, as well as in two classical examples found in religious poetry: songs of early Buddhist nuns and an enigmatic Jewish Sufi of India. Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops.

12 hours ago

Spirituality Then and Now, There and Here

July 16, 2017, 6:00am

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

What are the differences between religion and spirituality? Many of us have heard someone say, “I am spiritual but not religious.” Explore the intimate relationship between spirituality and religion and what they both mean. Learn about the historical, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches to spirituality. Discover how spirituality is experienced in today’s world, as well as in two classical examples found in religious poetry: songs of early Buddhist nuns and an enigmatic Jewish Sufi of India. Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops.

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Are you ready for a life-changing experience while becoming a certified yoga teacher? There's still room for you at our last YTTC of the season.

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9 Tenting Tips at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

Whether you’re preparing to experience tent life for a month in your Yoga Teachers Training Course or are committing to several months as a karma yogi, you can prepare for a freeing and worthwhile experience in your new minimalist home.

Sleeping in a tent can make for one of the most peaceful sleeps of your life—when you tent properly. You’ll enjoy the wind nestling through the palm trees, the crisp ocean breeze, and the sounds of the lapping water singing you to sleep. You’ll have only the necessities around you, so you’ll experience freedom from physical and mental clutter in your life.

Three veteran ashram karma yogis offer you their favorite tips and tricks for making the most of your tent time—for both the sunshiney days and the breezy Bahamas nights.

Jennie Hastings, who tented for a total of 8 months at the ashram recommends:

  1. “A shower caddy is a handy item for keeping all your toiletries neat in your tent. Because it’s plastic with a handle and holes for water to drain, I keep all my toiletries in this one place. I also love having a terry cloth robe because it dries easily and I can wear it to the shower instead of carrying all my clothes.”
  2. “It’s a good idea to have a headlamp for reading at night and finding your clothes when it’s dark out. Last year I had a cool inflatable solar-powered lantern. But a flashlight works too.”

Sam Maluchenko, who also spent a total of 8 months in a tent over the course of three ashram visits, says:

  1. “Be ready for rain. I have a rain poncho with a hood and clothes that dry quickly. If you’re staying in a tent, bring shoes that can be left outside, like flip flops. If you have a tent that is sectioned into two parts, that is ideal for storage of items like luggage that you don’t want to get wet.”
  2. “I have a small dustpan and broom for a weekly tent sweep. There’s a lot of sand
    on the beach, but that doesn’t mean it needs to fill your tent!”
  3. “Dress warm, but pack light. Bring some options for warm clothes for those cool nights. I bring very little and fold them into small piles to keep my tent tidy. Some other items I like to bring are earplugs, a water bottle, and a tupperware to keep food for me, but not for ants!”

Katie Papo, a karma yogi who tented for six seasons in the Bahamas, says:

  1. “Invest in an air bed. If you know you’re going to spend several months at the ashram with few traditional ‘luxuries’ set up an ideal sleeping space to get proper rest. Bring an air mattress with you, or plan to buy one in the Bahamas. Check the dimensions before you buy to make sure it will fit in your tent. At minimum, bring a sleeping mat. If you’re not sure if you’ll need one, bring one anyway. You’ll be happy to have it.”
  2. “Height matters to some people when it comes to choosing a tent. Keep in mind you’ll be getting dressed there, unless you go to the restroom each time you change your clothes. If you have a tent that you can stand up in, you won’t have to lie down to put on your pants.”
  3. “Get a tarp. While all quality tents are waterproof and come with a rainfly, bringing a tarp or two will protect you and your belongings from rain. When it is windy, the rain can blow inside the tent, so a tarp gives you the extra security to keep you dry all night.”
  4. “Focus on the best parts of tent living. You get to be a minimalist, which few people get to experience. Bring only the necessary items, like clothes, a water bottle, and toiletries. You won’t need jeans, hair appliances, or makeup. Pack light, and you’ll feel even lighter, which is one of the best parts of living at the ashram in the Bahamas.”

One thought on “9 Tenting Tips at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

  1. eric sutliff

    Night 1: I’m blissfully asleep when I feel something furry against my leg. Resisting the urge to completely panic, I slowly open one eye to assess my escape options before going completely berserk inside my tent.. That’s when I saw my new best kitty friend snuggling close to me. Not sure how it squeezed in, but, after that, we were best buds.

  2. Ingrid

    no tone in email so the “Not sure if that get Swami approval!!” sounds like chastisement and is not very welcoming.
    Om

    • Grace Welker

      Hello Ingrid! It sounded light to me … The important thing is that I see that it says there are drying areas already set up.
      :)grace

    • Amanda

      Om, wonderful points! Two additional things that helped me 1) solar light that is light weight and can be attached to top of tent if tent offers a couple strings to tie up something. It was inflatable so deflates to a compact size and offered great visibility at night. 2) a foldable, lightweight zip up IKEA(or any store) storage container. Made out of lightweight material and folded into flat compact item that didn’t take up much space in luggage. Great way to store clothes, misc or snacks while keeping tent neat.

      Good luck!

  3. Lorena Bernal

    I just came back from my TTC, I spent 1 month and a half in my tent and I have to say I loved every part of living such a simple life. You start to appreciate so much the little things, when it was raining I remember loving to see the drops falling, the sound they made. It is such a lovely experience that will definitely recommend to anyone. Another good tip is to have a rope with you, so you can put some wet clothes to get dry under the sun. Om namah sivaya! Stay safe and dry 😉

    • Add-Om

      Not sure that rope tip gets Swami approval Lorena!!.. There are hanging areas near to tenting areas for drying clothes anyway..

      • Nicole

        If she was not admonished by staff or the Ashram director, she did indeed have approval.
        It is very important to allow authority figures to enforce rules of conduct in any setting and allow those with experience to offer guidance.

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