Enhance your practices with special retreats, programs, and courses.
In addition to our ongoing Ashram Immersion Programme, we also offer special programmes, workshops, and seminars throughout the year on a variety of practical and philosophical topics related to yoga meditation.
Beginning, Refining, and Advancing in your Yoga Meditation Practices
The focus on preparing, supporting and deepening the practice of meditation, which is the core teaching of the Himalayan Tradition, remains the primary objective. All the aspects of the vast science that is yoga are seen in an integrated manner, all of them supporting our personal meditation practice. These special retreats including the following are offered from time to time:
While most individuals often study the ancient scriptures theoretically and philosophically, we find that these ancient texts, and their languages, are not merely works of philosophical theory.
The Himalayan Masters have understood these scriptures as having been acquired by the ancient rishis during their deepest states of samadhi and as being roadmaps to guide modern-day aspirants on the path of meditation, leading to samadhi. The Tradition aims at helping the student in revealing the meaning of those texts through their practice of meditation and their progress on the path of spirituality.
The ancient texts are taught in the context of meditation practice. For example, the Vedanta is not taught only as a text of doctrine but as the basis of Vedantic meditation, the practice of nididhyasana (the Vedantic system of contemplation). The texts are taught so that they may be understood by the students/disciples as being led through those levels of spiritual experience.
Therefore, a study of the scriptures must be approached within the light of the (A) spiritual experiences from which they have originated and (B) which they describe in the guise of philosophical traditions. In the past, we have offered programs on many ancient texts and scriptures including –
The Bhagavad Gita,
The Shiva Sutras,
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,
The Samkhya Karikas,
The Netra Tantra from Kashmir Shaivism,
The Sri Vidya,
The Vijñāna Bhairava from Kashmir Shaivism,
The Pratyabhijñā Hṛdayam of Kṣemarāja from Kashmir Shaivism,
The Katha Upanishad,
The Bhavana Upanishad from Sri Vidya,
The Shvetashvatara Upanishad,
The Narada Bhakti Sutras,
The Saundarya Lahari,
The Charaka Samhita,
The Yoga Vashishtha,
The Vishuddhi Magga,
The Brahma Sutras
Specialty Programs with Senior Teachers
These special programs help the sadhakas bring light to a variety of sub-topics, all interconnected in the vast field of yoga science and philosophy and will facilitate their integration and their application for daily life in a contemporary context.
Many specialty programs are offered from time to time for expanding and deepening one’s understanding of similarities between Yoga Meditation and other branches of knowledge.
In the past we have covered topics like:
Children and Family Retreat
Cultivating Meditative Voice
Marks of Spiritual Progress
Mauni Amavasya Guided Silence Retreats
Meditation and Pain Management
Meditation in Christianity
Meditation in Judaism
Yoga and Martial Arts
Yoga and Psychology
Yoga and Science
Yogi Sufi Dialogue
As the world collectively moved towards virtual learning in 2020, we have continued to offer many unique online programs, including the following:
A Prayer to the Guru
Bhagavad Gita Chapter-1
Bhagavad Gita Chapter-2: Sthitaprajña
Bhagavad Gita Chapter-3: Karma Yoga
Breath Awareness and Pranayama
Constituents of the Human Personality
Happiness is Within
Hatha Yoga Retreat
International Yoga Day – 2 weeks long Virtual Retreat
Introduction to the Six Systems of Indian Philosophy