We are obviously living through times of great change. It is during such times that we learn more about ourselves – our strengths and vulnerabilities, our hopes, and our fears. We also gain a deeper insight into the validity of our yoga practice. Such practice really shows its worth, not just when everything in our garden is rosy, but when we are pushed to our limits, facing the changes and challenges of life.
Tutor(s): Swami SatyaDaya and Swami Krishnapremananda
for a short video recording of Swami Krishnapremananda outlining the course.
Genuine practice naturally gives us strength from within. This is not a rigid or borrowed strength based on dogma or blind belief but a quality of Being which grows from the fertile soil of our challenges, vulnerabilities, and aspirations. It is a strength of our energy body, nourished by our ongoing yoga practices that gives us the energy we need to face life as it happens, moment to moment. It is a strength or clarity of mind that enables us to understand more deeply the inevitable nature of change, and the opportunities for growth it brings. It is also a strength of heart in facing and integrating our emotional blockages and fostering a trust in the essential goodness and wholeness both within and without. This flexible strength also shows itself as compassion for our self, and others, when we do find ourselves at the limit of our capacity to endure. Often the true test of our inner strength is when we allow ourselves to feel our grief, our sorrow and our confusion that will inevitably arise in life.
During this weekend online retreat we will explore how we can develop such inner strength on all these levels, and will include meditations, pranayama and bandha practices, yoga nidra and satsang – questions and answers.
The practices you learn can then be continued at home thereafter. The retreat will include 8 x 1-hour sessions of live online teaching, feedback and sharing via zoom over Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July. The zoom sessions will start at 10am, 11.45am, 3.00pm and 4.45pm both days. In addition, there will be an early morning class between 7.30-9am session on the Sunday. There will also be a follow up conference call two weeks after the retreat to explore your initial experience of working with the practices, handouts to support the sessions, and ongoing email support with your practice.