Yoga Retreat in Sicily

September 10th – 16th, 2021

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Dr. Rob an I are excited to welcome you to an Organic Farm in the heart of Sicily for 6 Days of Yoga, the Sun & the Sea.

Daily Yoga (Mysore Style), Pranayama, Chanting, Meditation, Traditional Dharana & Relaxation Techniques

Sharing 42 years of combined yoga experience. kpjayi authorized, yoga therapy and chanting in the Krishnamacharya tradition,pranayama in the lineage of Master Teacher, Sri. O.P. Tiwariji and both are longtime Vipassana meditators.

We will help guide you to refresh your practice while personalizing it incorporating elements of yoga therapy & chiropractic, ensuring your practice is safe and the most beneficial for you.

The retreat location is surrounded by so many beautiful areas. 20 mins from the beach, 45 mins to Taormina and Isola Bella, Mt. Etna and so much more.

Accommodation & local organic, seasonal breakfast are on a quaint farm surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, cherry & fig trees.

Arrival Thursday, September 9 ~ Departure on September 16 or stay longer to explore.

Your deposit will hold your place, balance paid by the 30th of August.

We are keeping this a small group (8-10ppl) to ensure personal attention available.

 

Fundamentals of Ayurveda

8 weeks

led by Dr. Padmini Ranganathan

Ayurveda is a unique health system which is thousands of years old and still relevant today. Base on the Atharva Veda and Rig Veda, it gives knowledge of life and how to maintain health and diseases. It’s entire system is based on the theory that the five elements or panchamahabhutas; pṛthvī~earth, jala~water, tejas~fire, vāyu~wind ākāśa~space, comprise the universe and the human body. The system of yoga is also based on this theory.

This is further simplified into the science of the 3 Doshas (tridoshas); Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. At a subtle level they are energy and gradually become gross to form the body. Ārogya or good health is to balance these tridoshas with proper eating habits, and lifestyle. A basic knowledge of Ayurveda puts us on the path towards understanding these concepts while complementing yoga practices by giving a Vedic perspective of the body and mind.

I am greatly honoured to have Dr. Padmini lead you through this course. She carries deep traditional knowledge, is a dear friend, was a doctor in our Mysore clinic with who I still work with my yoga therapy students. I have experienced her depth of knowledge first hand with my own health over the years and have seen her help may people come back to balance using the sister science to yoga, Ayurveda.

Padmini has been a practicing doctor of Ayurveda for over 15 years, trained in Tamil Nadu and lives in Mysore, India. She grew up around wellness as she is the daughter of a very senior Yoga Teacher in the T. Krishnamacharya Tradition.

The topics covered in the this 12 hour course

Session 1 – Overview of Ayurveda

Session 2 – Doshas, Dhatus, and Agni

Session 3 – Agni and it’s importance

Session 4 – Healthy Eating Practices

Session 5 – Doshas; their Locations & Relationship to Time

Session 6 – Prakriti or Constitution. Difference between Constitution & Imbalances

Session 7 – Dinacharya or Healthy Daily Practices

Session 8 – Philosophical View of Health

This Course Introduces Basic Ayurveda Fundamentals which help us understand the Science of the Tridoshas and it’s role in maintaining Health & Treating Diseases.

2:00pm-3:30pm CET / 5:30pm-7:00pm IST   August: Sundays – 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29   September: Saturday 18 Sundays – 19 & 26 Monday -27

 

Refine and Refresh your Chanting Practice

Monday, Wednesday & Friday for 2 weeks!

July 12 – Maha Ganesha Pancharatnam
July 16 & 19 – Śanti Mantrās (2 days)
July 21 – Maha Lakshmi Ashtakam
July 23 – Tryambakam / Mahāmrityunjaya Mantra

5 classes in 2 weeks!
4:00pm CET – 45 min sessions (drop in to one, 3 or all)

Principles of Vedic Traditions & Scriptures

4 weeks

led by Dr. Vigneswar Bhat 

This course introduces Ancient Philosophical Methodology.  with a focus on the practical implementation of the deep-rooted philosophy and value systems that have been the underlying foundation of these ten-thousand-year-old Vedic and Yogic Practices.

The Vedas are the earliest literary record of Indo-Aryan civilization and the most sacred texts of India. They are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings containing spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of life.  The philosophical maxims of Vedic literature have stood the test of time, and the Vedas form the highest religious authority for all aspects of Hinduism and are a respected source of wisdom for mankind in general.

The word Veda means wisdom, knowledge or vision, and it serves to manifest the language of the gods in human speech. The laws of the Vedas have regulated the social, legal, domestic and customs of mankind up to the present day.

Introduction to following subjects will be covered during the course. 

  • Origin of the Vedas
  • Who Wrote the Vedas?
  • Classification of the Vedas
  • Structure of the Vedas
  • The Mother of All Scriptures
  • Study System
  • Smriti
  • Purana
  • Tantra
  • Itihasa
  • Philosophies
  • Other Vedic Texts 

Saturdays 5:30 – 6:30pm IST / 2pm CET / 1pm UK

June 26, July 3, 10, 17

Led Primary Series with Chanting Charity Event ~ YGB!

June 20

Following the tradition of R. Saraswathi Jois I am honored to led this class for YogaGivesBack. India is the birth country of my father, all of my teachers, and many friends and family. Her culture, history and tradition run so deep and have gifted the world with so much. YGB has been helping women and children in rural India for 14 years. I know the Founder, Kayoko personally and have watched her work relentlessly to help the women and children in rural India led happier lives.

Although everyday is a Day for yoga this International Yoga Day let’s give thanks for these profound teachings: Yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, kriyas, mudras), Jyotish (astrology), Philosophy, Vastu (architecture), Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Chanting and Ayurveda that provide the world with a deep history of knowledge that has been passed on verbally from teacher to student for thousands of years. Thus, maintaining its authenticity.

I have dedicated my life to the teachings of my teachers and the ancient texts that carry impenetrable richness.In honour of Mother India and all she brings to the world. At this time India needs our help more than ever. If you would like to support & join me live click the link below.

100% of proceeds go to the women & children in rural villages in India through YGB.

Sunday, 9:00am – 10:45am CET

June 20

Healthy Eyes Naturally Workshop

June 12

Ayurveda. Classical Indian Dance. Yoga.

In our modern world our eyes are overworked these days. With constant exposure to blue light from screens (phone, computers and television) which can speed up the aging process of our eyes, causing dryness, inflammation and/or puffiness. Thankfully there are several natural techniques that have been passed down through generations to cultivate balance and increase overall eye health.

Good eye care leads to clear healthy vision.

I am thrilled to offer you this unique 2 hour workshop where you will learn ways to reduce strain and tension in eyes and face through Ayurveda (1hr), Indian Classical Dance (dristhis 30 mins) & Yoga (30 mins).

about your teachers…

Dr. Padmini’s traditional approach towards health is inspired by her teachers. She began her practice in the villages of Madurai, Tamil Nadu before she moved to Mysore 2007. She has been a practicing Doctor of Ayurveda for 15 years.

Sindhu Kiran is an accomplished artist of Odissi dance in Mysore and holds a Masters Degree in Yoga Studies. Kannu Saadhakam or the Eye Excercise were developed in southern India as a lesson to master eye movements of art forms while strengthening the nerves and muscles in and around the eyes. Tara Mitra has been a practitioner of yoga for over 17 years specialising in Ashtanga Yoga & Yoga Therapy under the T. Krishnamacharya lineage.

We are honored to share these ancient teachings with you.

Saturday 4:00pm-6:15pm CET

June 12

Opening & Closing Chants of Ashtanga Yoga

June 4 & 11

Both Opening and Closing Mantras come from difference sources. We will discuss the history and link these too similar chants to help you understand their depth and origins. 

We will be going through these two chants, learning them word by word, verse by verse so you are comfortable with the pronunciation and meanings. 

Class 1 – Brief Discussion on Stotras vs Mantras, Opening Chant of Ashtanga Yoga & Patañjali Opening Dhyānaṃ Ślokam

Class 2 – Discussion on Śanti Mantras, Closing Chant of Ashtanga & Chanting of other Śanti Mantras together 

Friday, 4:00pm-5:15pm CET

June 4 & 11 

The Art of Puja

May 4 Weeks

The Art of Puja

led by Dr. Vigneshwar Bhat

The invaluable knowledge and wisdom enshrined in our rich cultural heritage is the foundation for India’s illumination and brightness. The nectar of this great knowledge is embedded in the sanctum sanctorum of the mother goddess of Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the root of Indian cultural heritage.

I am greatly honoured to have Dr. Vigneshwar Bhat lead you through this course, the very person that taught me the art of puja 5 years ago and the man that married Rob & I in Hyderbad, India. This beginner course will provide you a clear understanding of this sacred tradition. Through the passing of this ancient knowledge, you will learn to perform a puja at home or in your shala. Vigneswarji is a Vedic Priest, Sanskrit Scholar and the Assistant Professor at Amrita Darshanam (International Centre for Spiritual Studies). I am truly humbled to offer you this course.

Why Learn Puja? Holding the mind quietly is very difficult. 2 types of upasna (path to do the meditation which is explained in the tantras and puranic texts) can help lead us to this level of concentration.

1st – saguna (meditation with image) through Saguna we are trying to reach nirguna 2nd – nirguna (meditation without image ) reaching this level is difficult. Puja comes under the first step (saguna) meditation with image and it is part of Bhakti Yoga & Dhyana Yoga

You will learn more about these concepts and how to practice a simple puja at home or in your yoga shala.

Sundays 2:00pm-2:45pm CET / 1:00pm-1:45pm UK

May 16, 23, 30 & June 6

Introduction to Chanting

May 14 – July 2

This course takes you from the very start of chanting and guides you through all you need to start your journey to chanting while being delivered in a very approachable manner.

Here is what you will learn…

  • An Overview and History 
  • Chanting and it’s Benefits 
  • Rules of Pronunciation 
  • Chanting as a Pranayama
  • Shanti Mantras or “Peace 
  • Stotras, Mantras and Japa. What and why? 
  • Personalized Feedback Throughout the Course
  • and of course, we will Chant Several Shlokas Together

By the end of the 8 weeks, we should have a good foundation for your personal chanting practice.

We will chant for the wellbeing of each other, our earth and to the divine.

Fridays, 4:00pm-5:00pm CET / 3:00pm-4:00pm UK

May 14, 21, 28

June 4, 11, 18 & 25

July 2 – last class

Adi Sankaracharya’s Guru Ashtakam April 4 weeks

“The lotus feet of the Guru are a mystical source of grace and illumination and symbolize the state of oneness with the Absolute in which the Guru is established. By keeping our mind focused on the Guru and on the Guru’s teachings, we open ourselves to receive the Guru’s grace. In this way, we can discover and become immersed in the fullness of that state of oneness within our own being. On the occasion of Gurupurnima, reciting and reflecting on the Guror Aṣṭakam are excellent ways to honor Shri Guru, who dwells within us as our very own Self.”

Wednesdays 4pm CET / 3pm UK / 7am PST 

April 7, 14, 21, 28 

50 euros for all 4 classes