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Immersion with Yogi Ashokananda December 24 - 30 in India

Immersion with Yogi Ashokananda December 24 - 30 in India

 

Immersion Program

with Yogi Ashokananda

24 - 30 December 2020

Gurukul Teaching, Practice and Living 

in India

The focus of the 7-day Immersion is all about deepening your practice and living a yogic life at Yogiville India.  This week will help you expand your practice, experience and awareness with significant time spent each day exploring the disciplines and living the core ethos of Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga and Atma Kriya Meditation with Yogi Ashokananda.  This Immersion is exclusive for Yogiville Gurukul trained teachers, practitioners of Yogi Ashokananda School and existing members of Yogiville Gurukul.  If you are not a current student yet have a regular practice, you can application to Yogiville Gurukul for consideration.

If you are looking to deepen your practice authentically and holistically with Yogi Ashokananda, this is the program for you. 

Highlights

  • Daily Practices – minimum 5 hours

  • Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, Atma Kriya Meditation, pranayama, mudra, mantra, and stories

  • Advanced practices

  • 6 night’s accommodation

  • Airport Transfers

  • Tasty vegetarian or plant based sattvic meals, Brunch & Dinner, herbal tea, and filtered water

  • Free time to explore or simply relax

  • Use of yoga mats and the props

Immersion Program Fees starting at £210.  You only pay the cost of accommodations, meals and airport transfers.  There is NO FEE for Yogi Ashokananda’s teaching, he offers his teaching, his time and his energy as Gurudakshina*, akin to the ancient Gurukul approach

Daily Routine

Morning Practice - Prana Kriya Yoga

The Prana Kriya Yoga sessions will allow you to experience the essence and authenticity of true Kriya Yoga with Yogi Ashokananda’s signature style of Prana Kriya Yoga.  

These extended sessions of practice, will allow you to go much deeper, with Yogi expertly guiding you so that you can experience the impact of a prolonged practice on the various koshas.   In these energetic and empowering sessions, we will go into fascinating detail and experience of Prana Kriya Yoga, covering kumbhakas (breath retention), mudras, kriyas, pranayama and the five pranas.

Prana Kriya Yoga harmonises and unites the flow of the physical movement in our bodies (kriya) with its energetic power helping you become aware of your creative potential.

This form of yoga is one of the most effective means by which to achieve your goals and aspirations, material, emotional and spiritual, and bring your actions in line with your mental and emotional state. Prana Kriya Yoga has also long been highly regarded among many great masters and yogis to hold the key to slowing down the ageing process. It achieves this by recharging the blood with oxygen and decarbonising it, thus rejuvenating the brain and spinal centre and preventing the decay of tissues in the body. It awakens the hidden energy (kundalini) within you allowing you to transform and free yourself from limiting beliefs and old behavioural patterns that hold you back.

Late Morning Practice – Atma Kriya Meditation

Advanced meditation practices, with progressive techniques will feature during the Atma Kriya Meditation sessions guided by Yogi Ashokananda in the granite stone, purpose built meditation dome, Buddha Bowl.  These practices will be conducted during the late morning sessions.  The Kriya Meditation practices hold the same transformative qualities as Prana Kriya Yoga. As a meditation it draws the energy inwards and an ecstatic and all peaceful state of being can be experienced. It moves the prana (life force) through the body into your higher consciousness by using the breath, gentle concentration of the mind and subtle awareness of the process. In kriya meditation you offer up your energy to your higher self. 

This meditation is one of the best remedies for improving concentration and memory as it fine tunes the mind. It also affects your nervous system, which feeds your organs and renews you from the inside out. It is also highly effective for erasing depression, anxiety and stress giving you greater self awareness and self respect. 

Evening Practice - Himalayan Hatha Yoga

The evening sessions will be an advanced practice and will allow you to experience the essence and authenticity of true Hatha Yoga with Yogi Ashokananda’s signature style of Himalayan Hatha Yoga

The various Himalayan Hatha Yoga practices experienced throughout the immersion program will focus on the development of your connection with self.   Extended practice sessions will strengthen, restore and connect body, breath & mind.  

You will be guided through Himalayan Hatha Yoga practices to create an awareness of inner and outer alignment, practicing with eyes closed to create the sensation and hone your awareness and connection between the inner and outer self.  This is a balancing practice creating equilibrium and balancing mental, emotional and physical self.  

The extended practices will help you to reach a deeper level of hatha practice then we are able to achieve in other teaching scenarios.    

These practices of Yoga & Meditation can help you return to a place within you which is both magical and very real. When you rediscover this place, your life will change around you as your perception shifts and you see through new eyes. It is not about running away from yourself or creating a fantasy, it is in fact the opposite; it is based on staying with yourself, on every level and with every aspect of your physical body as well as your emotional and psychological self.

Pranayama (Breathing), Meditation, Mindfulness and Chanting will complement the twice daily yoga practices to help you connect more deeply to your spiritual self. 

These practices of Yoga & Meditation can help you return to a place within you which is both magical and very real. When you rediscover this place, your life will change around you as your perception shifts and you see through new eyes. It is not about running away from yourself or creating a fantasy, it is in fact the opposite; it is based on staying with yourself, on every level and with every aspect of your physical body as well as your emotional and psychological self.

Immersion with Yogi Ashokananda 

 

Yogi Ashokananda is an expert and pioneer as a practising master of yoga, meditation and spirituality. He has dedicated his entire adult life in service to humanity by teaching, mentoring, writing, learning and speaking on yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Raised in India, he has been practising yoga since early childhood when his Grandfather was his first teacher.

Over many years Yogi Ashokananda has been fortunate to develop his teaching, experience and education of yoga under some of the great, remote, Indian masters and siddhas.   The Gurukul style of learning with the masters, influenced Yogi’s experience and inspiration to develop his own profound yoga & meditation disciplines and insights which have their roots in the ancient, sacred Indian tradition.   The outcome of this period in his life resulting in Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, ATMA Meditation & Science of Relaxation. 

Location - Yogiville India

Yogiville is a complete site for travellers, retreat guests, training groups and day visitors.  Yogiville includes a variety of accommodations (Ashok Tree), kitchen, indoor, outdoor and open dining areas (Ananda Kitchen), purpose built yogashala in the round, Yajnashala for self practice, Meditation Dome, Temple area, swimming pool, Neuroprana Wellness Centre, farmland, orchards, cows and goshalas, roaming footpaths, hammock areas, a gift shop, charity projects including a Primary School, Sita Devi Charity School, on adjacent property. 

The entire location has been developing since 2012 at the keen vision of Yogi Ashokananda.  Designed for sadhana. 

At Yogiville, we are traditional with our approach, for example, the food prepared is grown onsite or locally, is organic and will follow sattvic principles, i.e. all vegetarian, no eggs, onion, garlic or mushrooms.  Breakfast, lunch & dinner (possibly brunch) are provided, with the most amazing fruit available throughout the day to snack on along w/ chai, herbal teas (sourced from our own farm) and filtered water. 

We see yoga as a way of life, not just a physical practice and the approach we take to nutrition / food is just one example.    Another example, is how critical yoga and meditation are to the onsite charity school we support.  You will see for yourself, the 1st two classes of each day for all of the students are yoga and meditation.   The classes / practice is integral to their education, health, behaviour and focus.  We really hope that the school can change the future for these children, as we get back to basics with yoga.  And yet another example is the natural environment which will support the retreat. 

We have over 13 acres of land on the outside of the village, which is on the outskirts of the town of Tiruvannamalai.  The land has been transformed over the past few years into a homeland for many new and returning species, flora & fauna.  We have many fields dedicated to orchards and farming of many types of vegetables for people and the cows & dogs we rescued.  We believe that reconnecting with nature is part of the yoga retreat experience.   

Our new swimming pool opened in 2019.

During your free time you can visit the Sita Devi Charity School, visit the town, trekking, observe mauna, chill in hammocks, Karma Yoga, stay in your own bubble or continue with self-practice.

Ashok Tree Accommodations

We have 4 guest houses all providing something different and are priced accordingly to meet any budget requirements. 

 

Guest House One

Our first guest house includes 8 ground floor and 1st floor rooms, approximately 176 Sq Ft in size, all with en-suite bathrooms, hot water.  1st floor rooms with balconies and ground floor rooms with verandas & hammocks.  All rooms have screens, ceiling fans and some rooms have air conditioning.  The rooftop if accessible for practice, photographs or simply to enjoy the views throughout the day with special views at sunrise and sunset.    These rooms are ideal for single guests on a private basis, as rooms are fitted with a single bed. 

 

Guest House Two

The second guest house is similar to the first guest house, although these 8 rooms are larger than guest house 1.  These rooms are 256 SQ FT in size, all with en-suite bathrooms with hot water.  Screens, ceiling and air conditioning fitted in each room for your comfort.  These rooms are ideal for single guests on a private basis and for 2 guests on a shared basis.  Rooms have double beds or 2 single beds.  These two guest houses face east towards Mt Arunachala and the back views are to the west over the hills.

 
 
 

Guest House Three

Guest house 3 opened in 2019, our newest rooms and our largest rooms at 350 SQ FT.   The 6 rooms are on the 1stfloor above the Neuroprana Wellness Centre.  They have been fitted with stone floors throughout, double glazed floor to ceiling windows, screens, ceiling fans and air conditioning.  The hot water is primarily provided via solar heating with backup for those few days where the sun may be taking a break.    These rooms are ideal for guests who wish to have a bit more privacy on a private or shared basis.  All rooms have 2 single/double beds. 

Rooms in this building face North, East, South & West.   Your room could have pool views.

Guest House Four

Our 4th guest house, opened in 2019, offers basic accommodations in 4 150 SQ FT rooms.  These 1st floor rooms have a simple bed or two and a ceiling fan with bathroom facilities on the ground floor, one dedicated to men and one to ladies.  These are the budget rooms, providing a lower price point for travellers and volunteers.

Building 4 rooms either face south or north with views of either the swimming pool or the yogashala and hills to the north.  

Meals

Vegetarian & plant based meals are prepared onsite at meal time and served in Ananda Kitchen.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be offered each day with fruits and herbal teas available throughout the day.  All our food is sattvic - vegetarian, without onion, garlic or mushrooms..  We source local, organic seasonal produce and our herbal teas are sourced directly from our gardens.

 

 

Neuroprana Wellness 

Neuroprana Wellness Clinic, our onsite Ayurveda & Naturopathy centre, offers different options for Ayurvedic & Naturopathic treatments on a residential basis or as a walk-in patient. Treatments, services and courses include cleanses, consultations with the Ayurvedic doctor and Ayurveda courses. Ayurveda patients also benefit from the yoga and meditation facilities and are encouraged to participate in daily yoga classes to complement their treatments.

Ayurveda originated in India more than five thousand years ago and is the oldest continually practiced healthcare tradition in the world. Its written source is found in the ancients texts of the Vedas, transcribed by great sages and seers who produced India’s original systems of Astrology, Yoga and Meditation.

“Ayur” means “span of life” and “Veda” means “knowledge.”

General Information

We are served by two airports in the region, Chennai and Bangalore. Supplement for Bangalore Airport Transfers will apply.   

Skill level

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Program Fee

£210 - £470

You only pay the cost of accommodations, meals and airport transfers.  There is NO FEE for Yogi Ashokananda’s teaching, he offers his teaching, his time and his energy as Gurudakshina*, akin to the ancient Gurukul approach.

Fee includes

  • Daily Practices – Extended sessions

  • Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, Atma Kriya Meditation, pranayama, mudra, mantra, and stories

  • Advanced practices

  • 6 night’s accommodation

  • Airport Transfers

  • Tasty vegetarian or plant based sattvic meals, Brunch & Dinner, herbal tea, and filtered water

  • Free time to explore or simply relax

  • Use of yoga mats and the props

*Gurudakshina refers to the tradition of repaying a teacher or guru after a period of study or an acknowledgment to a spiritual guide. The tradition is one of acknowledgment, respect, and thanks.  It is a form of reciprocity and exchange between student and teacher. The repayment is not compulsive and is not exclusively monetary, it may be a special task the teacher wants the student to accomplish.