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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

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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

10 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.

11 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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A Juice Fast Makes a Difference

When Mary Demere arrived at the ashram from New York City, her goal was to unwind from her fast-paced job in digital sales. So it was a stroke of luck that her roommate had enrolled in a 10-day detox course. “I thought, wouldn’t it be great to start my yoga holiday with a detox.”

She immediately signed up for the New Year’s Cleanse, Detox, and Juice Fast with Manu Dawson, and learned how the body needs to detoxify, not just sugar and alcohol, but heavy metals and pollution. “It was less challenging than I thought in terms of being hungry,” she said. “The challenge was dealing with the way my body was reacting; I broke out a lot, which was a physical manifestation of releasing the toxins. Then, further into detox, my flexibility improved and my meditation became deeper. It was nice.”

“Essentially the goal and types of detox cleanses I do are trying to improve our own detox function,” said teacher Manu Dawson, who has directed hundreds of people in detoxification protocols and regularly leads cleanses at the ashram. “Our body detoxifies naturally, well or not, depending on lifestyle. You want to employ the types of nutrients and food and juices that allow the body’s natural detox to work better.”

In general, the best foods to focus on are the cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale which contain indole-3-carbinol and glucosinolates to improve the body’s ability to detoxify, or spinach and tomatoes which contain glutathione, an important antioxidant. Parsley is a great detoxifier and apples can remove toxins like diesel, because they contain ellagic acid.

Not ready for juicing? These seven recommendations to keep your body running well are from Suzanne Boothby’s Coming Clean: A Conscious Guide to Food Cleanses.

1. Drink more water — bonus points for a squeeze of lemon
2. Go organic with food, personal care, cleaning products
3. Move your body regularly — bonus points for working up a sweat
4. Do breathing exercises (pranayama) to help oxygenate your body
5. Eat more fibre from plants, legumes, and whole grains
6. Reduce or eliminate alcohol
7. Don’t smoke

During the program, participants begin with a three-day prep to detoxify, eating just raw foods then progressing to juice. “Detoxifying with juice is better,” Manu said. “It gives the organs a rest and offers a concentration of vitamins.” Varieties of vegetables are used in a number of juice recipes, and specific supplements are offered, such as probiotics to help absorption. Fiber is also taken in the evenings to clean out and recondition the bowels.

As the toxins are released, students can feel nauseous, or have intermittent diarrhea, headaches, or even colds, often because they’re experiencing some of these viruses as they leave the body, Manu says. This happens not only physically but energetically, because food and waste material can carry emotional experiences. Asanas and meditation help them see these things and let them go.

While this program offers a comprehensive 10-day fast, you can reduce that to five and still get cellular removal, Manu says. “When you go back home, we recommend eating well, exercise, don’t do long fasts, just one day detox every week. Plus recognize and eat detoxifying foods.”

Staying on at the ashram several weeks after the detox program, Mary has been detoxing once a week, taking the supplements and drinking only water for the day. “In New York, I will probably buy fresh juices as long as they’re all organic and natural, no sugar added.”

The program, Mary says, teaches a lot about your body and how it reacts. “You learn about deficiencies, vitamins. Manu is an encyclopedia; he knows everything, and he sat down one-on-one to give recommendations. It was nice to have that.”

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Experience a complete mind, body, spirit renewal: View our upcoming healthy eating, nutrition, and cleanse programs.

Manu Dawson is a certified Yoga Nutrition Therapist and Integral Yoga teacher, who has worked in the natural foods industry for over 25 years and directed hundreds of people in detoxification protocols. He is the manager of the Integral Yoga Natural Apothecary in New York City, where he offers one-on-one diet and nutritional consultations. Manu is a direct disciple of Swami Satchidananda, who was a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda.

Upcoming Courses

Yoga Vacation Program
August 3 — 6, 2017
Manu Dawson

Create positive changes in your health and in the world by transitioning to the yogic diet.

 
Experiential Course
November 10 — 14, 2017
Manu Dawson

Prepare for winter and the holidays — come cleanse, rejuvenate, invigorate, and firm up healthy habits for the months ahead.

 
Experiential Course
January 5 — 14, 2018
Manu Dawson

Join us for a 10-day immersion retreat to cleanse your body and increase vitality and energy.

 
Experiential Course
April 24 — May 3, 2018
Manu Dawson

Cleanse your body with raw food, juice, herbs, and supplements.

 

Joelle Rabion is an author, board-certified Holistic Wellness Consultant and Culinary Nutritionist, and avid yoga practitioner. Currently the Culinary Nutritionist with the Green Gourmet Chicago, Joelle has been using food for healing for over a decade: demystifying the food we eat, providing “prescriptions” — practical solutions for health using whole foods — making the road to wellness understandable and achievable.

Upcoming Courses

Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any programs scheduled in this theme. Be sure to check back in the future.

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