Yoga Wisdom: Awaken the Magic Within

By Support
June 15, 2018

Overview

Love Yoga? Love stories?

Do you enjoy mindful – meditative sequencing?

Are you ready to transform your practice? Transform your teaching? Need Inspiration?

Immerse yourself in the practice & mythos of yoga as we explore the stories — and learn the lessons — behind the poses.

Yoga Teachers: Learn to weave the stories into your classes and how to use asana and the stories told for reflection, self-examination and healing –

Allow these tales of wisdom to deepen your yoga practice through observation of body, mind and spirit. Join Loretta Jo as she shares stories of:

  • The Trinity
  • Shiva & Shakti
  • Goddesses
  • Sages and More

As the asanas impact us physically, the stories & tales, characters and images can affect us and transform us emotionally and spiritually.

Loretta Jo’s Vinyasa practices include dynamic asana, sprinkled with mythology, mantras & mudras. Each practice session will begin with meditation & breathwork and the telling of a story (or two) followed by an all-levels vinyasa class. The sharing of mythology offers another dimension to the practice. The characters in the stories (gods, goddesses, sages, animals and more) become symbols — aspects of our own unconscious minds – allowing us to reflect and take the practice to a different level.

The weekend provides time for participants to enjoy a spa treatment at America’s #1 Ayurveda Spa, Shankara. Or walk the meditation labyrinth and mountain trails in this forested mountaintop sanctuary. Or join participants as we create our own Mojo Magic and craft a beaded bracelet or Goddess sachet ~ all while enjoying great food and the mountains in Fall splendor.

This weekend retreat is open to all yoga students and yoga teachers and is accredited for Yoga Alliance CEU and YACEP workshops.

All students welcome.

Retreat Prices Start at $484* and vary according to style of room and length of stay – And include tuition, room & board — three meals per day~

*Rooms reflect per person rate.

 

About the Teachers

“The mind has to reach inside the body to find a quiet space…” Geeta Iyengar
Loretta Jo, E-RYT500, YACEP,
has dedicated her teaching to helping students and teachers find that quiet space using the practice of yoga as a means for personal and professional transformation. As owner of the Yoga-Mojo Studio and Yoga-Mojo Teacher Training (YMYTT, she is locally recognized as a Master of Yoga sequencing and storytelling. Each Yoga-Mojo practice is designed to provide students an opportunity to seek a balance of mind, body and spirit – and an opportunity to be challenged, awakened and inspired. This is what Loretta Jo calls the magic of Yoga: ‘Yoga-Mojo’. As an advanced Yoga teacher with over 8000 teaching hours, Loretta Jo’s sequences include purposeful movement with attention to alignment and modification options inspiring students both on and off the mat. Her personal journey includes the love of mantra, mudra and yoga mythology and classes may include a story or two.

 

Schedule

Friday PM
3:00pm CHECK-IN

6 – 7:00pm DINNER – Dining Hall

7 – 7:20pm Welcome – AOLRC Orientation – Main Dining Hall
7:30 – 8:45 pm Introductions / Welcoming Circle — Yoga Nidra
Introduction to the Triumvirate – Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva
Trikonasana – Triangle Pose

Saturday AM
6:30am – 7:15am Optional – Sunrise Meditation

7:30-8:30am BREAKFAST – Dining Hall
8:30-9:30am Personal Time – Hike, Spa, Pottery, Rest, Walks, Meditation, Journaling
9:30-11:45am Yoga-Mojo Vinyasa – Shiva & Shakti~ Understanding Warrior I, II & III; Tadasana – Mountain Pose

Saturday PM
12-1pm LUNCH – Dining Hall

1-3pm Personal Time – Hike, Spa, Pottery, Rest, Walks, Meditatio, Journaling
Optional: Bracelet Making, Goddess Sachet Creations and more~

3-5pm Yoga-Mojo Vinyasa – Ganesha & Skanda; Half Moon Pose & Skandasana
5-6:30pm Personal Time – Hike, Spa, Pottery, Rest, Walks, Meditation
6:30 – 7:30pm DINNER – Dining Hall
7:30 – 8:15pm Kirtan / Satsang (optional Group / AOL – Community) – Evening Gathering*
8:15 – 9:30pm Fire Circle* (weather permitting) – Stories of Vasistha and Vishvamitra and/or a
story of the Buddha

Sunday AM
6:30-7:15am Optional — Sunrise Meditation

8:30-9:15am BREAKFAST – Dining Hall
9:30-~11:00am Yoga-Mojo Vinyasa Practice – The Four Goddesses – Goddess Pose –
Utkatasana, Dancer’s Pose – Natarajasana and tbd
11:00am CHECK-OUT (luggage may be stored at the reception)

12:00-1:30pm LUNCH
*Art of Living Retreat Center Activity

 


Practices at sunrise at yoga retreat center.

Happiness Retreat

By AOLRC
June 7, 2018

 

Create Lasting Happiness

In today’s racing world, the mind has a tendency to get stuck either in the past or the future. But happiness is here and now. You miss the present moment when you are distracted, regretting yesterday or worried about tomorrow. Yet with practical, self-empowering tools using the breath, we can successfully counter the increasing demands of contemporary life.

During our signature Happiness Retreat, you will find out how to access the present moment and tap into your inner power and freedom — not just as a concept, but as a direct experience. This is the source of abiding happiness.

  • Reduced stress
  • Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
  • Less social anxiety
  • More ease in interpersonal relations

In the Happiness Retreat, you will learn to master practical techniques that can benefit you for the rest of your life. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Happiness Retreat is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique that uses precise natural rhythms to get you unstuck. You will also learn a form of this practice that you can continue at home for further growth.

 

Experiences: Helping You Thrive

Happiness Retreat

“I’m much more optimistic about my future. I feel that I’m not alone. I feel happier, more energetic and just better all around. I just feel fulfilled.”
– Valerie S.

“As for the Happiness retreat itself… Words cannot describe it. Literally. I arrived with 25 strangers and left with a deep love of each one of them in their own unique and special way. I was moved to tears, I laughed, I smiled, I worked, I relaxed more deeply than I thought humanly possible. If you are here reading this, then run (don’t walk) to the program nearest you and let the next beautiful chapter of your life begin.”
– FullPack, TripAdvisor.

“I’ve learned from the course to be happy exactly where I’m at at this point in time. I can feel the lightness and the shine in myself – just free and calm.
– Vera P.

“The breathing techniques that I learned, particularly the Kriya, I found very calming and very relaxing and something I hope to incorporate into my daily life.”
– John S.

These are just a few of the many transformative experiences that people have had in the program. The Happiness Retreat offers not just a comfortable weekend, but a chance for emotional release and inner peace. What you need is only a willingness to explore new things and an open mind.

A Retreat in the Mountains 

During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails, enjoy a free pottery class, release stress with a spa therapy or bask in the fresh mountain air, the choice is yours.

Make Your Retreat Extra Special

Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress.

Research

Sudarshan Kriya research

Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya, the key technique of the program, significantly:

  • Reduces levels of stress
  • Supports the immune system
  • Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging. [6, 23, 27]

Read Additional Peer-Reviewed Results and References
Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older

Course Details – Option 1

CHECK IN: June 29th, 2018 between 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
COURSE STARTS: June 29th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
COURSE ENDS: July 1st, 2018 at 1:00 PM followed by lunch
CHECK OUT: July 1st, 2018 by 9:30 AM during breakfast break
• Please make your travel plans according to the check in & check out information provided
• If you need to arrive early or depart late, please reserve an extra night during the registration process
Register

Course Details – Option 2

In presence of Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
CHECK IN: July 2nd, 2018 between 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
COURSE STARTS: July 2nd, 2018 at 6:30 PM
COURSE ENDS: July 4th, 2018 at 1:00 PM followed by lunch
CHECK OUT: July 4th, 2018 by 9:30 AM during breakfast break
• Please make your travel plans according to the check in & check out information provided
• If you need to arrive early or depart late, please reserve an extra night during the registration process
Register

 

PRE-REQUISITE:
• None – Open for first time participants who are 18 yrs or above

For More Information About Transportation, Shuttle Timings & Parking CLICK HERE

 

Harvesting Happiness

By Support
June 5, 2018

Overview

Emotional Well-Being for Skeptics and Seekers
Happiness doesn’t have to be a fleeting emotion. Through this workshop, attendees will learn how to reduce their stress and anxiety levels as they become positive forces within their own lives. Fostering creativity, building resilience, and achieving life long goals are just a few of the benefits that can be achieved when happiness is embraced. This nurturing program will help participants find the internal strength that they need to overcome major life challenges.

Life is filled with unexpected highs and lows. Learning how to emotionally handle these fluctuations is an important step towards taking back control of your life. During this program, participants will learn how an out-of-the-box approach to mindfulness can bring about positive emotional change. Guided activities and a journey inwards will help participants to:

  • Understand how happiness directly impacts their life on a daily basis.
  • Respond to life’s unexpected curve balls.
  • Increase self-awareness by discovering the impact of conscious choice.
  • Flip the table on challenges by turning them into opportunities.
  • Learn how to bring joy, compassion, contentment, and happiness into a daily routine.
  • Promote the cycle of self-healing by harvesting moments of true happiness.

Through film, music, story telling, and movement participants will rediscover what it means to live their lives from a place of contentment. Fears, social anxiety, and stress can slip away when obstacles are transformed into positive opportunities. Rediscover what it means to say “yes” to joy and “goodbye” to negative emotions by creating a stable environment that focuses on personal happiness.

About the Teachers

Discover Your Path To Harvesting Happiness With Lisa Cypers Kamen
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA is an internationally recognized author, speaker, filmmaker, talk show host, and applied positive psychology coach. She has spent her life dedicated to helping people enhance their quality of life by cultivating the greater good through happiness. Her work and approach to achieving a positive state has been instrumental in helping individuals and their families recover from addiction, trauma, and moments of life-crisis. A two-time TEDx speaker, Lisa brings the experience, compassion, and leadership needed to help program participants take the all-important first steps towards harvesting happiness on a daily basis.

 

Schedule

Friday, May 17th

3:00 pm – Check-in
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Saturday, May 18th
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Program Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Program Session
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Free Time*
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:15pm – Meditative Chant — Kirtan (optional)

Sunday, May 19th

7:00 am – 8:00 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am – 11:30 am – Program Session
11:00 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!

 


Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

By AOLRC
June 3, 2018

Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with an educational retreat in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Earn up to 20 CE hours in an incredible environment!Experience the transformational practices of meditation, yoga, self-inquiry, present moment awareness, self-compassion and noble silence, along with their clinical applications, in an ideal setting – the beautiful Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina.

This is the perfect setting to deepen your learning of both yoga and meditation! All levels are welcome.This meditation and yoga retreat is a rich exploration into practices that can cultivate happiness and healing. We will follow a balanced schedule of meditation, clinical teachings, and group discussion, gentle yoga movement, experiential meditation practices, mindful eating, walking meditation, noble silence and deep rest. We will journal our responses to inquiry questions, practice emotional regulation skills, learn to witness thoughts and calm our nervous systems.To ensure rejuvenation there is plenty of free time for walking, contemplation and resting.

The Art of Living Retreat Center offers an exquisite landscape, 380-acres for garden walks, and healthful vegetarian cuisine and stylish accommodations. At times during the retreat, we will maintain silence to facilitate deep transformation.

*No Yoga or Meditation experience needed!

 

About the teachers

Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, teaches seminars and retreats to teach clinicians how to take mindfulness skills, brain-based protocols for treating shame and office-based yoga back to their clients. These evidence-based clinical interventions move therapy forward by improving emotional regulation, restoring healthy nervous system functioning and cultivating healthier thought patterns. Both mindfulness and yoga practices have brought healing and calm to Mary’s clients and students.

Mary provides participants with the latest research results and pulls together the work of experts in the mental health field who are proponents of both practices (i.e. Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She draws on 37 years as a mental health professional counselor and 27 years of meditation and yoga practice. She is a certified yoga therapist, seasoned yoga teacher and ordained member of Thich Naht Hahn’s Order of Interbeing.

Mary is the author of Brain-Based Protocols for Treating Shame, Anxiety and Depression: A Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Workbook (2018), Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma, Yoga Mind – Peaceful Mind, and Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness. Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living and former editor of Personal Transformation magazine. She has produced DVDs on yoga for emotional trauma and depression. Mary teaches across the United States.

 

Rick NurrieStearns has co-led yoga retreats for 14 years. He has been immersed in consciousness studies, meditation and mindfulness practices for four decades. For 20 years, he was involved in publishing transformational books and magazines. He was the publisher of Lotus and Personal Transformation magazines, and co-author of the books Soulful Living, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma and Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind. He is a long time mindfulness student of Thich Nhat Hanh and a member of the Order of Interbeing. Rick experiences chronic pain from an airplane crash and suffered from a tick borne disease. He relies on mindfulness practices for healing and has learned that you can cultivate happiness and inner peace even when you are hurting.

 

Objectives

Retreat Outcomes:

  • Analyze the effects of yoga and meditation on the triune brain as applied to clinical practice.
  • Distinguish between the default network, salience network and central executive network and utilize this information for client psychoeducation.
  • Articulate the concept of negativity bias in the brain as it relates to clients who have experienced trauma.
  • Characterize the social brain and use of interpersonal neurobiology to activate the affiliation system of the brain.
  • Utilize concentration, distancing, observation and distraction in treating depression producing thoughts.
  • Apply breathing practices, simple body movement and self-compassion for emotional regulation.
  • Describe salience network, default network and use of interoception for emotional regulation.
  • Analyze the neuroscience of anxiety, trauma and depression as it relates to treatment.
  • Apply specific mindfulness skills and practices as part of your anger management treatment regimen.
  • Teach components of mindful self – compassion and discuss its clinical applications with clients.
  • Describe the benefits of a mind/body approach to improve mental health symptoms in clients.
  • Explain the relationship between “inner critic”, shame, and treatment according to evolutionary psychology.
  • Articulate the psychological impact and long-term effects of emotional trauma on a client’s mental health.
  • Teach mindfulness practices to address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain.
  • Practice yoga poses applicable to the clinical setting for depression and for emotional trauma.
  • Teach ways to engage the prefrontal cortex as a strategy for emotional regulation.
  • Summarize the efficacy of cultivating mindfulness in trauma treatment.
  • Incorporate mindfulness and compassion techniques to help regulate emotional distress.
  • Demonstrate breathing interventions/practices that may help reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Develop processes for reducing rumination and negative thinking with clients.



Outline

Retreat Content

 

Brain Perspective

  • Triune brain and mental healing
  • Negativity bias of the brain for survival
  • Default network, salience network, central executive network
  • Social brain: causes and conditions


Meditation and Yoga

  • Powerful communication practice “Beginning Anew”
  • Inquiry into transient nature of life
  • Primary components of meditation
  • Teaching meditation to clients
  • Impact of yoga on nervous system
  • Utilize simple yoga in treatment
  • Emotional self-regulation
  • Body scan and sensory input
  • Breath awareness and breathing practices
  • Approaching, not avoiding emotions
  • Cultivating inner refuge and pleasant inner atmosphere


Cultivate Healthy Thinking

  • Detach from thoughts that wound
  • Use of mantras, chants, songs for healing
  • Store consciousness/mind consciousness and therapeutic implications
  • Habit tendencies and neuronal pathways
  • Naming thoughts
  • Creating inner space and witnessing thoughts
  • Nourishing wholesome thoughts
  • Compassion and healing
  • Healing impact of compassion on brain
  • Primary and secondary causes of suffering
  • Heal shame with understanding, compassion and non-shame physiology
  • Non-anxious presence as clinician


Schedule

Wednesday

4:00 pm Check In
4:45 pm Retreat orientation (Mago Hall)
5:00 pm Welcome, Introduction to meditation and Yoga
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meeting
8:30 pm Break
8:40 pm Meditation
9:00 pm Break for the night

 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

6:30 am Meditation
7:15 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning meeting
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Yoga
12:00 noon Lunch
2:30 pm Transformative practice
4:10 pm Break
4:30 pm Walking meditation
5:30 pm Break
5:45 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meeting
8:30 pm Break
8:40 pm Meditation
9:00 pm Break for the night

 

Sunday

6:30 am Meditation
7:15 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning meeting
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Contemplation and closing
12:00 noon Social lunch

 



CE Credits

Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact [email protected] or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

 

ADDICTION COUNSELORS
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 20.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

 

COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 20.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 1200 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

 

NURSES/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This activity consists of 20.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

 

SOCIAL WORKERS
PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 – January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 20.0 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this Intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

 

OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 1200 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.


Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat

By Support
June 3, 2018

Overview

Join Lisa Jakub and Cecily Armstrong for a restorative and empowering retreat exploring various aspects of emotional and physical wellness through writing, yoga and community.

In a creative exploration you will delve into the roles that anxiety and the inner critic play in your daily life and gain a deeper understanding of your purpose, connection, and authentic power. Through reflective and grounding practices including yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and journaling you will realign with your inner stillness as you can reconnect with your true, authentic self and feel strong in your body. Learn to use writing as a tool for authenticity and discover how to make healthier choices for physical and emotional nourishment in your everyday life so you can engage with the world in a fulfilling way, plus enjoy free time to enjoy the beautiful mountain retreat center.

…all this with a lot of compassion and a bunch of laughter along the way!

No writing or yoga experience necessary.

 

About the Teachers


Lisa Jakub is an author, writing teacher and a Kripalu yoga teacher. She grew up in Hollywood, acting in more than forty movies and TV shows, such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. After an eighteen-year career, she left Los Angeles to search for a life that felt more authentic. She found that life through writing and yoga. Lisa is grateful for the opportunity to teach and share her passion with others. More

 

Cecily Armstrong’s trainings span through many decades and explore all facets of the mind, body, and spirit. She has a Health Coach Certification from the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Cecily has been teaching yoga for 20 years and is a facilitator at the Hero’s Journey during the summer immersion. Cecily has a deep passion for helping others. More


Schedule

Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm: We’ll gather to meet and connect. Introductions and a review of the workshop.
6:00 – 7:00pm: Dinner break
7:00 – 7:20pm: AOLRC Orientation – Main Dining Hall
7:30 pm: Free evening for Kirtan, writing, or relaxing.

 

Friday
6:30 am: Sunrise yoga with Cecily
7:30 – 9:30 am: Breakfast /free time
9:30 – 11:30 am: Lisa’s session
11:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch break/free time for writing, pottery, hiking, meditation
2:00 – 4:00 – Cecily’s session
4:45 – 5:45 pm: Yoga at the Art of Living
6:00 – 7:30 pm: Dinner, free time for the evening for writing, meditation, relaxation

 

Saturday
6:30 am: Sunrise yoga with Lisa
7:30 – 9:30am: Breakfast / free time
9:30 -11:30: Cecily’s session
11:30 – 2:00pm: Lunch break / free time
2:00 – 4:00pm: Lisa’s session
4:45 – 5:45 pm: Yoga at Art of Living
6:00 – 7:30 pm: Dinner, free time for the evening for writing, meditation, relaxation
6:30 – 8 pm – (optional) sign up for one-on-one time with Lisa and/or Cecily

 

Sunday
6:30 am: Sunrise yoga with both Lisa and Cecily
7:30 – 9:00am: Breakfast / free time
9:00 – 11:00am: Wrap up and integration.

*Schedule is subject to change

 


The Sattva Retreat

By AOLRC
May 30, 2018


Overview

The Sattva Retreat is a 4-day residential retreat organised by Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, Delhi to nourish the inner journeys of seekers who long to go within. The Retreat will be conducted under the guidance of Sri Ben Prabhu which will include several fundamental talks, meditations and mindful activities. “A serene union with a human’s inner quest, the Sattva Retreat is an exclusive time to begin and prosper the inner journey. A gathering of peace & bliss-seeking inquisitiveness that rests with the Master’s wisdom and art, taking us forward to Sattva… and beyond!” Happenings at the Retreat:

  • Understanding Sattva in all spheres of life
  • Talks on Religions, Spirituality & the Big Bang
  • Immersing in Meditations & grasping its science
  • Mindfulness activities
  • Going beyond Sattva
 

About the Teacher

Sri Ben Prabhu is a mystic, a yogi and a visionary Spiritual Master who is guiding thousands of seekers on their inner journeys through her intellectual brilliance and meditative grace. From a strict and spontaneous Guru to a blissful and compassionate individual, she is often seen as an ideal human making every moment worth celebrating. Her life reminds that exploring the inner world or the yoga or any ritual in that matter, is not about some puzzling restrictions but of opening up to the immense possibilities that fill our lives with awakening passion and bliss.

   

Fully Alive

By AOLRC
May 30, 2018

Overview

Discover how to cultivate your authentic self through yoga and conscious dance.

In this weekend experiential program you will learn to cultivate your authentic self through the transformative practices of yoga and free-form conscious dance. No matter if you’re feeling stuck, if you’re ready to pursue your calling, or if you simply love yoga and dance, this program invites you to come alive.

 

“Jovinna’s workshops create a sacred space through poetry, music, yoga, meditation, and dance in which love dissolves all boundaries and limitations, and participants rise in joy and awakening with a wealth of healing transformation. With rare insight and doubly rare inspiration, Jovinna walks you through fire!”Jeff Costa, Yoga and Conscious Dance teacher

 

In this session you will:

  • Practice releasing fear, inhibition and judgment.
  • Get better in listening.
  • Cultivate awareness, presence, and stillness.
  • Learn to move in ways that feel nourishing and supportive for your body.
  • Bring back a palpable awareness to your body and connect with the essence of your spirit.
 

Once you experience the physical and felt sense of being in alignment — breath flowing, body free, fully engaged — you can draw on this embodied knowing to discern your passions and purpose. Return home with simple principles drawn from yoga and Soul Motion™ to transform your everyday life.

 

Please bring a journal to this session.

This program is appropriate for all levels, no dance experience is required.

 

About the Teacher

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, is a life mentor and cofounder of Shakti Initiation. She is a faculty member of Pranotthan School of Yoga, served as the assistant dean, 200- and 500-hour teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga, and is certified in LetYourYogaDance and Soul Motion™. Jovinna leads transformational programs around the world.

   

Schedule

Friday, October 26th

3:00 pm – Check-in
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Saturday, October 27th
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Program Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm –Free Time*
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Program Session
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:15pm – Meditative Chant — Kirtan (optional)

Sunday, October 28th

7:00 am – 8:00 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am – 11:30 am – Program Session
11:00 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!

 


Yoga Stability Meditation / Restore

By AOLRC
May 30, 2018


Overview

Find a true connection with yourself and establish what you want out of life.

Enjoy a long weekend dedicated to helping you slow down. Slowing down is necessary for building the momentum that you desire in life and while it may seem counterintuitive, this practice allows you to connect to yourself and gain clarity and direction for what you want out of life. Students will slow down through restorative and meditation classes. Movement will be used on arrival day to relieve the effects of travel and light movement will begin meditations to ignite the experience.
In this session you will:

  • Full immerse yourself in meditation classes.
  • Become fully engaged in group discussions.
  • Establish a practice of journaling while setting life goals.
  • Practice restorative yoga and Yoga Stability movement to awaken organ function.
  • Gain a preliminary understanding of Taoism philosophy through Meredith’s studies.
  • Go home with a new sense of direction and the tools to stay on track because of a rewiring of your personal habits and belief systems.
 

About the Teacher

Meredith Cameron travels the world teaching yoga and is the founder of Yoga Stability®. Yoga Stability® is an awakening of familiar yoga poses through cultivating awareness around personal habits. The practice gives students a way of learning to find personal bone structure to ignite organs and up the ante on overall health and life. Through her travels she teaches workshops, retreats, and intensives to give students the tools to be well-informed individuals. Meredith is influenced by her own teachers: Melissa French, Abbie Gavin, Shannon Paige, and Elena Brower, she also explores the teaching of Taoism under the Dantao Dragon Gate with German Sanmateu. Meredith was named one of the top 15 internationally-tiered yoga teachers to study with ASAP by Yoga Journal.

Visit her website to learn more at www.meredithcameron.com

   

Schedule

Arrival Day

3:00 pm – Check-in
6:00 pm – 7 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Daily Schedule
7:30 am – 8:30 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness
7:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm– Program Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm– Program Session
4:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Free Time*
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:15pm – Meditative Chant — Kirtan (optional)

Departure Day

7:30 am – 8:30 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness
7:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am -11:30 am– Program Session
11:00 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!


12th Annual Hot Yoga Women’s Retreat

By AOLRC
May 28, 2018

Overview

Spend quality time with your yoga practice

Watch the sun rise over endless mountaintops, rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic treatment at The Spa, or feel the quiet of a walk in the forest. Join Rajashree Choudhury, Dr Doreen Wiggins, Mary Ann Nasa and all the wonderful ladies on this Hot Yoga and yogic lifestyle retreat at the Art of Living Retreat Center in NC.

What better way to deepen your understanding of you and your yoga practice? We have a schedule that is packed with great experiences. In addition to yoga classes, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and spend time with Rajashree. There will also be lectures by Dr. Doreen Wiggins M.D., where we will discuss and understand various women’s issues.

Included In Attendee Packages:

  • 3 Nights/4 days accommodations
  • 3 Healthy Vegetarian meals/day
  • Access to the grounds including Meditation Labyrinth and nature trails
  • Meditation sessions
  • Lectures with Rajashree, Dr Wiggins, Mary Ann Nassa and Art of Living Retreat Center Staff
  • Multiple hot yoga classes per day
  • Time to discuss your yoga practice, get help, ask questions and receive guidance
  • Bonfire on one night
  • Kirtan is offered nightly by Art of Living Center
   

About the Teachers

Rajashree Choudhury, Yoga Therapist, USA Yoga Founder born in Kolkata, India, Rajashree Choudhury started her yoga training at the urging of her parents at age four. She was a five-time winner of the National Indian Yoga Championship from 1979 to 1983.

With over 15 years in the East and 25 years in the West, Rajashree’s special focus has been on the emotional side of yoga and how yoga balances the energy of the human body and impacts not only disease, but also affects the body/mind/soul connection which constitutes vibrant health.

She also helped her husband create the highly successful Teacher Training program after more than ten years of teaching yoga in the United States. She conducts seminars on yoga and personal development worldwide. She also teaches her highly acclaimed and has a DVD Pregnancy Yoga Classes.

 

Dr. Doreen L Wiggins, MD FACOG, FACS is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Brown University. She received her B.A. In Chemistry and Psychology in 1984 from the University of Rhode Island and her medical degree in 1988 from Brown University. She is the founder of Center Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1999. She pursued further medical training in 2003 at Women and Infants Hospital and completed a SSO Breast Disease Fellowship, and in 2009 graduated from the Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment at the City of Hope in Los Angeles, California. She is currently enrolled at Brown University in the Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership.

In 2000 she completed training as a children’s grief counselor at the Dougy Center in Oregon. She serves as Advisory Board member of Friends Way (RI’s only children’s grief center) and in the past has been the Vice President of the Board, and volunteered as a facilitator.

She was chosen in 2003 to be one of 26 cyclists in the Tour of Hope, a transcontinental bicycling relay with Lance Armstrong to promote cancer research and clinical trials. Dr Wiggins has continued her relationship with the Lance Armstrong Foundation serving as a delegate to meet with members of congress to support cancer research and has received grants through LAF for local cancer survivorship outreach programs.

 

Schedule

Thursday
3 pm – Check-in
4 pm – 5:30 pm – Hot Yoga Class with Rajashree
6 pm – 7 pm- Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY @ GEETA HALL BEHIND RECEPTION
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm- Satsang hosted by Art of Living Center
9pm – 10 pm – Welcome Circle

Friday
6am Meditation with Rajashree
6:30am-8am Morning Hot Yoga Class with Mary Ann
7:30 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 11:30 am – Relaxation time/Guided Hike or Spa Time or Pottery Class
12 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm – Lecture on History of Yoga with Rajashree.
3-415 – lecture on yoga therapy with Rajashree
4:30 pm – 6pm – Afternoon Hot Yoga Class with Rajashree
6-7:30pm— Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:30pm – Satsang hosted by Art of Living Center (optional)
8:30 pm – 10 pm – Introduction to Ayurveda (by art of living staff)

Saturday
6am Meditation with Rajashree
6:30am-8am Morning Hot Yoga Class with Rajashree
7:30 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 11:30 am – Relaxation time/Guided Hike or Spa Time or Pottery Class
12 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:45 pm – 245pm–Lecture with Dr Doreen Wiggins: Parasympathetic and Sympathetic with the vagus
nerve, relating to hormones stress nutrition exercise yoga and the wondrous mysteries of the body
3pm-415pm: Ayurveda Cooking Demo on cooking kitchari and explaining health benefits and also
discussing ghee, its benefits, and uses****
*If a spa appointment is made during a Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, guests may request a meal
to be boxed for pickup by asking spa reception.
**Meals are served during the following times – 7:30-9:30am for Breakfast, 12-2:00pm for
Lunch, and 6:00-7:30pm for Dinner. Food will be put away at the ending times, but the dining
hall will remain open.
***Please call the spa in advance to book spa treatments during your free time if you are
interested. The phone number is (828) 264-8382.

4:30pm 6pm – Afternoon Hot Yoga Class with Mary Ann
6 pm – 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm – 8:30pm – Satsang hosted by Art of Living Center (optional)

8:30 pm – 9:30pm Q/A Panel with Rajashree, Dr Wiggins and Mary Ann

9:30pm Closing Circle

Sunday
6 am meditation with rajashree
6:30 am – 8am –Morning Hot Yoga Class with TBD
7:30 am – 9 am – Breakfast
11 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!


Start Where You Are Yoga Retreat

Start Where You Are

By AOLRC
May 23, 2018

Yoga Retreat in Boone
Overview

Daily Practices for Finding Inherent Wisdom

Often, we seek outside ourselves for a kind of verification – some kind of knowing or a sense of deep love – when these qualities are always already present within us. From this retreat you’ll take away skills to:

• Re-cognize the over-zealous chattering mind & find quiet
• Return to the body as home base
• Create yourself as THE safe place in which you live
• Breathe & move minute to minute with ease and gratitude
• Operate from a sense of curiosity & wonder
• Accept & allow life to unfold – just as it is
• Reduce personal suffering

Join us to practice and learn simple skills for creating ease & awareness in your everyday experiences.

Yoga teachers can earn 14 credit hours through Yoga Alliance.

 

 

About the Teachers

Jeffrey Shoaf – E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, LMBT, YACEP: Yoga Instructor, Yoga Educator, Certified Yoga Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, YACEP.
Jeff has been an avid practitioner of yoga since his first class at Main Street Yoga in Illinois in August of 2002. His trainings from the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts include 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, 500 Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Certification. His teachers and mentors are Yoganand Michael Carroll from the Pranakriya Yoga School of Healing Arts, Marlysa Sullivan, of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, and also includes extensive early influence from the work of Gary Kraftsow and Eric Schiffman. Additionally, he has practiced ayurveda therapies under the direction and assistance of Dr. Ashlesha Raut, a board certified physician of Ayurveda.
Jeffrey is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing integrative bodywork, with a focus on myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. He works with clients and students individually, integrating both bodywork and yoga therapy techniques to improve, integrate, and unite the body/mind connection. As of June, 2015, Jeffrey has relocated to his home state of North Carolina, where he teaches yoga classes, and practices bodywork and yoga therapy in Charlotte and trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists around the USA. To learn more, visit his website at:  http://.jbshoaf113.wix.com/jeffreyshoaf

 

Mary Thia Powers – E-RYT500 began studying yoga and meditation in 1997, credentialing as a 200-hour yoga instructor in 2001 in the Astanga Tradition and as a 500-hour Professional Level Yoga Instructor in 2007 (E-RYT 500). She added Yoga Nidra and I-Rest certification (with Richard Miller, 2007); Restorative Yoga Certification (with Judith Lasater, 2009); Holotropic Breathwork Immersion (Stanislav Grof & Jack Kornfield, 2009); Yin Yoga teacher Training Immersion (Sarah Powers, 2010); and Blue Throat Yoga Immersion (Paul Ortega, 2011-13). She is nearing completion of a yearlong Dhamma Study and Practice Program with Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte, NC. She has taught and continues to teach meditation and yoga in at various studios and corporate venues, including Yoga for Life/Centered Wellness in Charlotte, NC; Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, SC; The Crown Club in Charlotte NC; YMCA and YWCA in Charlotte, and The Cornwell Center in Charlotte. Mary recently co-facilitated a wellness retreat at Wild Hope Farm in Chester, SC, and continues to offer private yoga and meditation sessions. Since 1999, she has completed multiple silent retreats with Satya Narayan Goenka, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Bikkhu Bodhi, and Adya Shanti.

 

Schedule

Friday, August 24th

3:00 pm – Check-in
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Saturday, August 25th
7:00 am – 8:30 am – Yoga Pranayama/Meditation
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – 12:30 pm– Program Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm– Program Session
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Community Bonfire

Sunday, August 26th

7:00 am – 8:30 am – Yoga Pranayama/Meditation
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – 12:00 pm– Program Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch


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