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Living Yoga in the Kali Yuga ~ San Diego, CA Jan 25-29

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Featured Events, Retreats, Travel, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Living Yoga in the Kali Yuga ~ San Diego, CA Jan 25-29

                     Living Yoga in the Kali Yuga:                       Embodying Power and Light in Times of Darkness    Jan 25-29 ~ Leucadia, CA

The ancient seers of yoga foretold of a coming age known as the Kali Yuga.  This “age of transformation” would be ushered in by dark times in which materialism, narcissism and fundamentalism would eclipse the clear seeing of our place and purpose in the greater order of the cosmos.  Fear, anger and suffering would pervade human consciousness – caused by continuing to live under the illusion of ourselves as separate from one another and the earth.    As with any transformation, there is simultaneous death and birth, destruction and creativity.   There is both potential for greater pain or true healing.

These times make the work of inner work of yoga even more important.   For transforming the fear, anger and suffering within us, and moving into the world from a place of clarity, purpose, compassion and love.  This balance between living in alignment with truth in the inner and outer world is known as Dharma.   From the Bhagavad Gita to Mahatma Gandhi, the yoga tradition has guided us on the path of living dharmic-ly through time of change and adversity.

In this special Five Day immersion, we will dive into traditional teachings and practices to awaken our power and light in the Kali Yuga.  This immersion is for those feeling called to to live a more meaningful and connected life, and to make a positive impact on our world.

The immersion will include:

  • Six hours of  daily yoga study and practice ~ 12:30-4 + 5-7:30 pm 
  • Exploring the nature of the Kali Yuga and practices for these times
  • A guided process to reveal Dharma, the greater purpose of your life
  • Study of the Bhagavad Gita, living Dharma in times of crisis
  • Study of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and the power of ahimsa
  • Teachings on how to move from inner awakening to serving the world
  • Daytrip to the mediation Gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship  over looking the ocean

The scene

The immersion will be held in Leucadia, California.  Located about 30 min. north of downtown San Diego, this area has been an epicenter of Yoga in the US ever since Paramahansa Yogananda founded the Self Realization Fellowship in the 1920’s.   Leucadia has retained its small beach town vibe amidst the rapid growth of Southern California.  Lodging is available at the Surf House Leucadia, located on Highway 1 just a few blocks walk to the yoga immersion and the beach, as well as restaurants and coffee shops.  You can also find plenty of options though airbnb or verb.  You’ll have mornings and evenings to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.

Investment + Registration

$575 – Early Bird registration (paid in full by December 15)                                   $650 – Full Rate (must be paid in full by Jan 15)               

This small group immersion will be limited to 22 people, in order of reservations received.  To reserve your space, contact [email protected] and submit your $250 deposit (non-refundable).

 

 

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Yogic Meditation Retreat: Essence of a Sacred Tradition – Feb 1-5, Ely, MN

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Featured Events, Retreats, Travel, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Yogic Meditation Retreat: Essence of a Sacred Tradition – Feb 1-5, Ely, MN

                      Yogic Meditation:                          Essence of a Sacred Tradition   

Feb 1-5, 2018

For thousands of years, meditation (dhyana) has been at the heart of the the yoga tradition. Dhyana is a time-tested path for the removing causes of suffering, and cultivating lives of freedom and fulfillment through cultivating and channeling awareness and energy.  As a sacred art, yogic meditation utilizes the body, prana, mind and heart to awaken the greater potentials of human life.  As a sacred science of Self-Realization, it has been proven to:

  • Support emotional equanimity and healing
  • Calm, clarify and illumine the mind
  • Balance the nervous system and prana 
  • Empower will (icca), knowledge (jnana) and action (kriya) shakti.
  • Awaken the heart as love, compassion and wisdom
  • Lower stress, anxiety and depression

The timeless teachings and practices of yogic meditation are as relevant today as ever.   Amidst the busy-ness, stress and turbulence of our modern lives, the postures, breath work and relaxation of Hatha Yoga have become very popular.  However, without meditation it is an incomplete science.  Meditation allows us to experience our unchanging essence, true nature or Soul.  Communion with unchanging allows us to live skillfully and gracefully in a world of change.

This retreat is a special opportunity to immerse yourself in the art and science of Yogic Meditation.  Each day will have extended periods of teachings and practice (guided and self-guided), periods of silence, and evening sat-sangs to receive guidance.

  • Learn traditional postures, breathing practices and guided relaxation techniques to prepare us for meditation
  • In depth teachings on the process of yogic meditation: asana (meditation posture), diaphragmatic breathing, pranayama, and cultivating concentration, meditative awareness and absorption.
  • Essential techniques of yogic meditation:
  1. Witness Consciousness:  Resting as the seer, non-reactivity and abiding in stillness
  2. Mantra:  The science of sacred sound and revealed truth
  3. Kriya:  Tantric meditations to activate the sacred forces within
  • Receive practices to cultivate focused energy, transcendent peace, emotional equanimity, non-attachment, and compassion
  • Receive recordings to guide your home practice
  • Explore the yogic understanding of emotions, mind and heart – which can cause suffering or set us free
  • Learn how to overcome common challenges in starting or maintaining a meditation practice, including: dealing with physical discomfort, mental and emotional unsteadiness, finding the right meditation practice, and committing to regular meditation practice

The Place: Camp du Nord, near Ely, MN.  Du Nord is nestled amongst the pine and birch forest alongside Lake Burnside, a stones throw from the Boundary Waters. Camp du Nord has been a natural place of retreat, relaxation and reflection for more than 50 years.

 

The Yoga: The immersion sessions will feature extended hours of teaching and practice each day.  Sessions will  focus on yogic mediation, and may include dharma talks (teachings), asana, breath work, meditation, chanting, journaling, and self-inquiry.  Please see the schedule below.

 

Lodging Our lodging will be communal in modern wooden cabins, beautiful and simple.  Each cabin features a full kitchen for meal prep, indoor bathroom, central air & heat, fireplace, living & dining room, bedrooms and sleeping loft.   No T.V.’s, no phones, no distractions- essentially everything you’ll want, nothing you won’t.  click here

Activities: There will also be plenty of time to experience the stillness, quietude and beauty of the northwoods winter: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing,  Sauna + Lake Plunge, Massage, Relaxing fireside    

( *massage not included in the price of the retreat)

Retreat Schedule                                                                                                                Thursday 2/1 –  5 – 7:30pm                                                                                                  Friday 2/2 – 8:30- 11:30 am + 3-6pm,                                                                                  Saturday 2/3 – 8:30- 11:30 am + 3-6pm                                                                              Sunday 2/4 –  8:30am- 12:30pm                                                                                        Monday 2/5 – 8:30-10:30 am                                                                                          There will be chanting and unguided meditation each morning from 6-7am.  Evenings from 8-9pm will be satsangs: meditation, chanting, and Q + A

Transportation, Arrival & Departure

The retreat will begin Feb 1 at 5 pm.  We will depart after cleanup on Monday Feb 5th in the early afternoon.  We encourage carpooling, and will assist in arranging transportation.  For Directions, click here.

Rates & Registration:

Due to the immersive nature of this work, this will be a small group retreat.  Space is limited and we anticipate the retreat will fill up.  If you are planning to attend, please send registration and deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space.  Thanks!

The retreat includes:

  •  Yogic Meditation Immersion
  • Three nights lodging in shared or private rooms.  Private rooms feature queen        beds, preference for private rooms will  be given to couples.
  • Use of saunas, cross country ski and snowshoe trails.  Skis + Snowshoes are available to rent thru Camp du Nord.
  • Meals are not included in the price of the retreat.  Each cabin has a full kitchen for your culinary needs.  We will arrange evening meals to share as a group, each person will be part of a team who cooks one night.
  • All the fun you can have, with new and old friends!

Your Investment + Accommodation Options

Shared Loft Space:  $495 Early Bird, $535 Full Price – twin bed in a loft space

Shared Bedroom:  $545 Early Bird, $585 Full Price – two twin beds/queen for couples

Private room: $620 Early bird, $660 Full Price – queen bed

Private Cabins may be arranged for an additional fee, with payment in full.  Rates will depend upon the number of occupants.

Early bird discounts are available to those who register and pay in full by Dec. 20, 2017. All payments are due in full January 15, with a fee of $35 for late payments, payment plans & registrations received thereafter. All payments are final as of Dec. 31. There will be no refunds due to inclement weather, travel or sickness.

To reserve your space, please send your Winter Retreat Registration + Waiver  and $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable) You can can also pay by Credit Card over the phone.  There is an additional 3.5% charge for cc purchases to cover service fees.

Checks are payable to:

Ben Vincent

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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Fall Immersion – Yoga Nidra: Resting to Awaken October 8-11 Ely, MN

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

                                   Fall Immersion                                    Yoga Nidra: Resting to Awaken

                                        Oct 8-11  –  Ely, Mn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Our annual Fall Immersion is intended for yogis looking for deeper study and practice of yoga in a retreat setting.  We will explore the in-depth teachings and practices of through dharma, meditation, asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, chanting, yoga nidra and self-inquiry.  This year we will be delving into Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is simultaneously a tool,  a practice, a process, and a state of transcendent awareness.  Often translated as “Yogic Sleep”, it is a process of bringing awareness progressively through the layers of our being from conscious to subconscious to super-conscious.  The journey of Yoga Nidra integrates practices for balancing the physical and energetic bodies, deep relaxation, sankalpa (sacred intention), and using guided imagery and kriya to work with the subtle body and subconscious mind.  In working with with the deeper layers of our being, it is unparalleled in its capacity for relaxation, healing, transformation and empowerment.  On its deepest level, yoga nidra is dissolution of all limited consciousness into the infinite.

Whether your goal is stress relief, rejuvenation, physical / emotional healing,  removing karmic patterns, unlocking creativity or empowering yourself to manifest a dharmic desire, yoga nidra has something profound to offer you.  This immersion will explore:

  • What is Yoga Nidra?  What is its purpose?
  • The traditional stages and progression of practice
  • Awakening Sankalpa Shakti: The Power of Sacred Intention
  • Yoga Nidra as a tool for relaxation, healing, freeing the mind or manifestation
  • How to integrate yoga nidra into your life and practice
  • Guiding yourself through Yoga Nidra

Daily Session Schedule:                                                                                                         The immersion will begin Sunday Oct. 8 and conclude Weds. morning Oct 11

Sunday Oct 8:  6-9 pm                                                                                                       Monday Oct 9:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5 pm,  7-9 pm                                                     Tuesday Oct 10:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5 pm,  7-9 pm                                                   Wednesday Oct 11:  7:30-10am

Optional Chanting and Silent Meditation M-W from 6-7 am

Your Investment: 

  • $495 – Twin bed in a communal Loft Space
  • $555 – Shared bedroom space (2 people/room, twin beds or queen bed for couples)
  • $615 – Private bedroom space (queen bed)

Early Registration Discount- Receive $20 off the above rates when you register and pay in full by August 1

Rates are inclusive of

  • Room
  • Immersion Tuition 
  • Use of Camp du Nord facilities (sauna, hiking trails, canoes + kayaks, etc.)  

Massage will be available during breaks.  Please note meals are not provided. Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs. We will plan to eat dinners communally, with groups taking turns preparing food if the group size accommodates eating/cooking together.  For more information on the accommodations, visit the fall retreat page.

All payments are due in full September 15, with a fee of $35 for late payments, payment plans & registrations received thereafter.

To reserve your space, please send your Fall Immersion Registration + Waiver copy  and $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable)

Checks are payable to:

Ben Vincent

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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Four Desires Immersion: June 8-11

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

            Four Desires Immersion: Cultivating a Life of                      Purpose, Prosperity, Freedom and Joy                        June 8-11

  According to the yoga tradition, our lives are the product of our deepest driving desires. Yoga identifies four universal desires: Meaning, Prosperity, Joy & Freedom, collectively known as the purusharthas – “the means of the soul.” These fundamental longings compel all human thought, action and behavior. In our modern world of instant gratification, we tend to misdirect the power of these desires -seeking fleeting pleasures- rather investing in the life’s work of Self-Realization. Only to find we are unfulfilled, unsatisfied and left wanting more. The life you are called to requires your conscious attention, dedication and effort. You must walk the path of your destiny.

  The key to desire empowering us is to see clearly what we really want, and to work skillfully and selflessly toward its realization.

  In this special winter retreat, you will be guided through a profound and transformative introspective process, as laid out by Rod Stryker in his book “The Four Desires.”  We will use teachings, yoga postures, breathing and meditation practices, chanting, self-reflection and journaling to:

  • Uncover the soul’s purpose – your reason for being in this life
  • Rediscover how each of the four desires resonates uniquely in your life
  • Recognize self-limiting patterns which keep you from fulfilling your potential
  • Learn to use these “obstacles” as a means to self-transformation
  • Create a vow of tangible action toward the realization of our calling
  • Learn techniques and practices for personal empowerment and self-mastery
  • Explore the power of right desire to transform your life and the world

Immersion Schedule  June 8 + 9: 6:30-9:30 pm, June 10 + 11: 10 am -6 pm

Your Investment:

The cost for this immersion is $325.  To register, email [email protected]  You may submit payment by check, cash or CC, we will work out the details for payment by email.    Exact location of the retreat is TBD.  That information will be posted here as soon as it is determined.

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Summer Immersion – Hatha Yoga Pradipika: July 23-28, Mpls

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

                Summer Immersion:

                           Hatha Yoga Pradipika                            July 23-28 – Minneapolis

“Salutations to the primordial guru, Sri Adinath, who instructed the knowledge Hatha Yoga which shines forth as a stairway for those who wish to ascend to the highest stage of Yoga.”  HYP 1.1

Hatha Yoga has become popular around the world as a means for maintaing health and stress-relief.  While its is most well known for asana (postures), they make up a relatively small part of the larger science, much of which has been eclipsed in our culture of  yoga for fitness.   Traditionally, Hatha Yoga integrates asana (posture), Ayurveda, shatkarma (cleansing practices), pranayama (energetic breath work), mudra + bandha (gestures for channeling energy) + samadhi (cultivation of meditative awareness).  As a holistic science, it aspires to cultivate body, mind and energy to prepare us for awakening our higher potentials (shakti).

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Hatha Yoga of Illumination) is considered to be the oldest text on the sacred science of Hatha Yoga.  Dating from approximately the 15th century CE, it elucidates the science of Hatha Yoga posture to meditation, from body to Soul.

In this special immersion we will delve into the teachings and practices of the Hatha Yoga Traditions as transmitted in its original text.   We will focus on understanding and applying Hatha Yoga as means of utilizing body, mind, and energy in service of Self-Realization.  The master classes will consist of practices (integrating asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation), dharma talks, q + a, and personal reflection.

Immersion Schedule:  

Sunday 7/23:  2:30-5:30 pm

Monday 7/24: 6-9 am 

Tuesday 7/25: 6-9 am, 6:30-8:30 pm

Wednesday 7/26: 6-9 am

Thursday 7/27: 6-9 am, 6:30-8:30 pm

Friday 7/28: 6-9am

Location:  Sunday + Morning Classes will be held at TaraNa Yoga on 38th + Grand Ave S., in Minneapolis.  Evening classes will be at an alternate location in South Minneapolis.

Your Investment – $345, ($25 discount if paid in full by May 31).   A $150 deposit will reserve your space.  You can pay by cash, check, CC or paypal.  Please email [email protected] to register.

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Yogic Spring Cleanse : April 2017

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yogic Spring Cleanse : Purifying the Vessel 

Give yourself the gift of clarity, vitality and a renewed sense of well-being this Spring!

Spring is a time of rejuvenation and rebirth. From the emergence of tulips, to cleaning out the home and gardens to the holidays of Easter and the Spring Equinox; everything is casting off the remnants of the past to be born anew. In the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda, it is considered one of the best times to purify and cleanse the body, mind and heart.

The cleanse will include:

*3 workshops (4/2, 4/15, 4/30 ~ 1-3:30pm) consisting of a lecture, postures, breathwork, guided meditation and relaxation;

*unlimited drop-in classes with Ben and Angela at One Yoga;

*recordings of the workshops; *virtual support through readings, video and audio files for cleansing the body, mind and heart;

*weekly guidance around diet, lifestyle and purification practices.

MEMBER RATE: $144 REGULAR RATE: $180

Sign Up NOW!

 

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Fall Workshops in Minneapolis

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fall Workshops 2016

Opening the Hips- Sept 24, 1:30-4pm 

Essentials of Yoga Philosophy- Oct 2, 1-3:30

Cultivating a Home Practice – Nov 5, 1:30-4pm 

Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Stress Relief – Nov 6, 1-4pm 

 

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Opening the Hips

 Sept 24,  1:30-4:00 pm at One Yoga

Anyone who has practiced yoga knows there is a lot going on in the hips and pelvis. For many practitioners, tension in the hips and pelvis is often the cause of lower back and knee pain.
Whether you are a yogi-athlete who loves to move or a yogi-meditator who loves to sit, range of motion in the hips greatly affects your entire system. From both the anatomic and energetic perspectives, the pelvis unites the legs (your connection to the earth) and your spine (the central channel of the energetic and nervous system of the body). Additionally, the pelvis and hip joints are known to store deep emotions from your past, and greatly influence your physical and energetic systems of elimination, creation, procreation and assimilation.
What you’ll receive from this workshop:
  • Guidance in a specific sequence designed to open all the major muscles of the hip joints
  • Increased understanding of the anatomy of the hips and pelvis
  • Handout of the practices

All levels of experience are welcome.

Early bird rate: $35 (through September 17th)
Regular rate: $45
Visit One-Yoga.org to register

Yoga Philosophy: Seeing Life through the Eyes of Love and Wisdom  

Oct 2,  1-3:30pm at One Yoga

You’ve probably heard that there is a lot more to yoga than postures. In fact, the postures are only a small, modern part of this ancient tradition. In its essence, yoga is a Science of Self-Realization, offering insight to life’s eternal questions:
  • Who am I? 
  • What is the nature of the world we live in? 
  • What is the meaning of life? 
  • How do I find meaning, freedom and joy? 
While Yoga’s timeless teachings give profound context to our modern lives, it’s the practice of Yoga that gives us the means to realize our fullest potential.
The beautiful part about Yoga philosophy is that there are no pre-requisite beliefs; only a willingness to look closely at yourself and life, and a desire to learn and grow.
This workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about the philosophy of yoga, regardless of experience or physical ability. We will explore many of its core tenets, including:
  • Branches of the tree of Yoga
  • Dharma
  • Energy + Consciousness
  • Karma
  • Koshas
  • Atman + Brahman
  • Practice + Non-Attachment
  • Ahimsa + Satya
What you will learn:
  • The core principals of the Yoga tradition
  • How to live Yoga within the larger context of daily life
  • How to find meaning in times of challenge and change

Early bird rate: $35

Regular rate: $45

Visit One-Yoga.org to register
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