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FREE Yoga Nidra Practice for Healing + Rejuvenation

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on FREE Yoga Nidra Practice for Healing + Rejuvenation

Namaste yogis,

Summer is officially in full swing.  Our days are long, active and abundant.  Maintaining balance in the season of summer requires a conscious effort to find stillness, calm and quietude.  To support you in the endeavor, below you’ll find the link to a free yoga nidra practice.  This practice is deeply calming and designed to replenish Ojas, the reservoir of vitality within the heart.  Ojas is the subtle essence of kapha dosha which supports sustained energy, illumination and healing. When it is depleted, we burnout. This practice is a wonderful support to enjoy the fullness of summer, in a sustainable way – or anytime you need healing.   If you find you fall asleep regularly in this practice, it probably indicates some level of depletion, making this practice all the more important.  Lie down, get comfy, relax and drop-in.  You must go to the well to irrigate the world!

Yoga Nidra for Healing + Rejuvenation

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Yoga Nidra – Resting to Awaken: Summer Immersion – Mpls., July 11-14

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Yoga Nidra – Resting to Awaken: Summer Immersion – Mpls., July 11-14

Yoga Nidra – Resting to Awaken

Summer Immersion – July 11-14, Minneapolis

The Summer Immersion is a special opportunity for immersive study and practice of yoga in the City. 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 conscious relaxation, 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

We will explore the teachings and practices of through dharma teachings, yoga nidra, meditation, asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, chanting, self-inquiry and group discussion .

Immersion Schedule + Location:

Thursday 7/11 – Sunday 7/14, 8:30-4:00 pm, with a 90 minute break for lunch.             The immersion will be held at the River’s Way Meditation Center in the Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 27th Ave S. Suite 201,  Minneapolis.

Your Investment:

 $475 – Regular Price                                                                                                            $445 – Yoga Studies graduates and active teachers (currently teaching 3 or more classes/ week)                                                                                                                          Early Registration discount – $45 off above prices when registered + paid in full by May 31.

To register email ben@vincentyoga.com and submit a $150 deposit will reserve your spot. Payment can be made through:                                                                     Venmo (@ben-vincent-9)                                                                                                   PayPal (bvrocksteady@gmail.com)                                                                                       Check to Ben Vincent (5354 40th Ave s, Minneapolis, Mn 55417).

Space is limited, all payments are final.

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The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga ~ Fall Immersion: Oct 14-17 – Ely, MN

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Travel, travel | Comments Off on The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga ~ Fall Immersion: Oct 14-17 – Ely, MN

  The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga:

                Awakening peace, power and love                                      

 Fall Immersion ~ Oct 14-17  –  Ely, Mn

“Armed with this understanding, you will shatter your karmic bonds.  On this path, no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed.  Even a little of this dharma will shield you from great sorrow.”     – Bhagavad Gita 2.39-40

  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’s topic is: The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga: from suffering and fear, to peace, power and love.  Many of us come to yoga knowing there is more to life than surviving.  Particularly in tumultuous times, we are unsure how to find lasting meaning and freedom in a world of change and fragmentation.    Yoga councils us to work with what is within our control: our own bodies, feelings, energy, mind and heart.  This is our initiation into the journey of Self-Mastery: to learn from pain, heal our wounds and awaken lives of greater peace, power and purpose.  Using the chakra system as our guide, we will explore:

  • Essential teachings of Yoga and Tantra on the journey to Self-Mastery
  • Suffering as the call to “inner activism”
  • Shakti: Awakening sacred power within to heal, empower and serve
  • Awakening the 3rd Eye Center:  Establishing sthithi- the power of inner peace foundational to Yoga. 
  • Awakening the Navel Center: Tending the sacred fire of empowerment and self-transformation, to overcome fear, attachment and limiting self-identity.  
  • Awakening the Heart Center: Awakening the power of love, coming home to your sacred essence
  • Karma and the granthis: the obstacle is the way to overcome that which binds our peace, power and love

                                                 Daily Session Schedule:                                                          The immersion will begin Sunday Oct. 14 and conclude Weds. Oct 17

 Sunday Oct 14:  6-9 pm                                                                                                      Monday Oct 15: 9a-12p, 3:00-6:00 pm                                                                    Tuesday Oct 16:  9a-12p, 3:00-6:00 pm                                                                Wednesday Oct 17:  8-11 am

Chanting and Silent Meditation M-W from 6-7 am, Possible evening satsangs

Your Investment: 

$535 – Twin bed in a communal Loft Space                                                             $575 – Shared bedroom (2 people/room, twin beds or queen bed for couples)       $675 – Private bedroom (queen bed)

Early Reg. Discount- $25 off above rates when you register + pay in full by July 31 Yoga Studies Grads- $25 off above rates or $50 when combined with Early Reg.

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 share evening meals if the group size accommodates eating/cooking together.  For more information on the accommodations, visit the fall retreat page.  We will plan to eat dinners communally, with groups taking turns preparing food.

To reserve your space: please send your Fall Immersion Registration + Waiver  and $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable).   We accept cash, check, Credit Card, and electronic payments (paypal, venmo, square cash).

All payments are due by Sept 15.  All payments are final.  There will be a $35 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after Sept 15.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.  For those unable to pay-in-full before Sept 15, payment plans are available through paypal credit.

Checks are payable to:

Ben Vincent                                                                                                                   5354 40th Ave S.                                                                                                 Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please email ben@vincentyoga.com for CC or electronic payment.  There is a 3.5% service fee to cover Credit Card transaction costs.

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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reTREAT Yourself : a yoga retreat in the city ~ May 20, 2018

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on reTREAT Yourself : a yoga retreat in the city ~ May 20, 2018

reTREAT Yourself  : Nourishing the Flame of Vitality Within ~ a day-long yoga retreat with Angela

Sunday, May 20 ~ 8:30AM – 3:30PM

The day will consist of morning + afternoon yoga, a guided Yoga Nidra, self-inquiry practices, conversation on vitality + self care & a lunch break.


Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in Linden Hills

4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN


$95 by May 1st (early bird)

$115 after May 1st

Email Angela to register.  angela@vincentyoga.com




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Spring Cleanse : Purifying the Vessel May 5 + 12, 2018

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Cleanse : Purifying the Vessel May 5 + 12, 2018

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.
Join Ben + Angela for a special cleanse this May at One Yoga.
The cleanse will include:
  • 2 workshops consisting of a lecture, postures, breath-work, guided meditation and relaxation.
  • Weekly check-Ins for support and personal guidance
  • Unlimited drop-in classes with Ben + Angela.
  • Recordings of the workshops.
  • Virtual support through readings, video and audio files for cleansing the body, mind and heart.
  • Structured guidance around diet, lifestyle and purification practices.
 Give yourself the gift of clarity, vitality and a renewed sense of well-being this Spring!
Session 1: Saturday May 5th, 1:30p-4:30p
Session 2: Saturday May 12th, 1:30p-4:30p

One Yoga MEMBER/SLIDING FEE RATE (includes both sessions): $108

REGULAR RATE (includes both sessions): $135

Pre-registration with payment is required : www.one-yoga.org

  • If you cancel more than 24 hours prior to the event, your payment will be transferred to a studio credit applicable towards services or retail at One Yoga
  • Studio credits do not expire
  • No credits are given for cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the event
  • If an event is canceled, you will be notified by email and will receive a full refund.
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Living Yoga in the Kali Yuga ~ San Diego, CA Jan 25-29

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 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 ben@vincentyoga.com 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 Uncategorized | 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 – 8:30- 11:30 am + 3-6pm                                                                                  Monday 2/5 – 8:30-10:30 am                                                                                            6-7 am each morning will be chanting and unguided meditation.                                      8-9pm each evening will be satsangs: meditation, chanting, and Q + A.                         We will be observing noble silence daily before 11:30 am and after 8 pm.

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. 24, 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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