Retreats

The Yoga of Emotions – Fall Immersion: Oct 6-9, Ely, MN

Posted by on May 2, 2019 in Retreats, Travel | Comments Off on The Yoga of Emotions – Fall Immersion: Oct 6-9, Ely, MN

The Yoga of Emotions – Nava Rasa Sadhana

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October 6-9, 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: The Yoga of Emotions and Nava Rasa Sadhana.

Yoga sees humans as multidimensional beings, composed of physical body, prana, mind, emotions, intelligence (all subject to change) and the Eternal Self.  How we experience life is based largely on the fluctuations of our bodies, minds, energies and emotions.  These are interwoven and powerful – yet emotions (“that which moves outward”) hold a unique role in shaping our experience of well-being and suffering, of ourselves and life.  Our culture teaches us little about how to navigate and channel the emotions of life.  This immersion will be based on traditional yogic and tantric teachings about Nava Rasa Sadhana: The Spiritual Practice of Nine Emotions.  They are: Courage, Fear, Love, Anger, Joy, Sadness, Wonder, Disgust and Peace.  From a dualistic view, each of these emotions come in pairs of complimentary opposites, each with pleasant and unpleasant aspects.  From a non-dual perspective, each of them is sacred and may be channeled skillfully for the fulfillment of our dharma. As a defining aspect of human life, how we feel, witness, process, understand and channel our emotions profoundly shapes us.  We will explore teachings and practices for relating to and using our emotional energies to awaken, including:

  • Understanding the Nine Emotions/ Nava Rasas experientially and conceptually
  • How and why do emotions arise?  What is their purpose?
  • Yogic Science of Emotion, mind and their karmic roots
  • Western Science of Emotion, Brain and Nervous system
  • Cultivating Witness Consciousness, emotional equanimity and peace
  • Learning to feel and process emotion skillfully 
  • Yogic Practices for Emotional Healing and Transformation: Asana, pranayama, ayurveda, mantra, meditation, kriya, chanting, yoga nidra, self-reflection, relationship and more

Daily Session Schedule:                                                                                                       The immersion will begin Sunday Oct. 6 and conclude Weds. Oct 9

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

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

Early Registration Discount- Receive $25 off the above rates when you register and pay in full by August 6.  Yoga Studies grads receive additional $20 off.

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 $45 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) Payable via Venmo (@Ben-Vincent-9), Cash or Check.  Checks are payable to:

Ben Vincent (not Vincent Yoga)

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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Finding balance in Fall – tools and meditation for returning to center

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Retreats | Comments Off on Finding balance in Fall – tools and meditation for returning to center


In the traditions of Yoga + Ayurveda, fall is known as the season of vata dosha- the time when the elemental energies of air and space predominate.  As the warmth (fire) and humidity (water) of summer dissipate, the inner and outer environments become increasingly cool and dry.   in this season of harvest, daylight decreases (there’s no saving it!), summer’s abundance wains and all animate things draw energy back toward their core.   For many, this time of transition can be challenging – the body may become stiff or achy, stress and anxiety can elevate, we struggle to re-create schedules, and mourn the passing of summer and what is to come.  Balance- the ability to remain centered amidst change- is the foundation of well-being.

Essential  to re-establishing balance in the fall, is to return to healthy life rhythms.  Here are a few tips and a free guided meditation to support you well-being this fall.

Healthy Rest + Sleep:  Return to regular patterns of sleep and rest.  For most people 10pm – 5 or 6 am is ideal.  Prepare for sleep by unplugging (1 hour before bed) and releasing stress.  Soaking your feet and oiling them with warm sesame oil is extremely helpful, as is herbal tea.  Make time for physical and mental rest everyday.   Yoga nidra is a perfect practice.

Regularity in Diet:  Make the most of harvest season.  Do a cleanse of whole cooked foods (nuts, grains, seeds, legumes, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats). Eat food that is mostly warm and wet, hree regular meals per day, with lunch most important.  Have a lighter dinner by 6 to allow for full digestion before bed.

Recommit to Self-Care:  You are responsible for maintaining the well-being of your body, mind, energies and heart.  No one can do it for you.  the more you care for yourself, the more fully you will show up for what is most important in life!  Yoga offers a holistic means for self-care.

Yoga Practice:  Emphasize steadiness and ease in practice.  Forward bending postures, twists, extensions and postures which work the core muscles are excellent.  Same Vrtti (1:! breathing) Nadi Shodhana, Ujjayi Pranayama  are all recommended.  Agni Sara kriya is helpful for physical and mental balance, centeredness and digestion.  Golden Egg meditation kriya will help you to gather scattered energies and mind.  When you do this meditation, begin at your navel in the mornings and early afternoon, at your heart in the late afternoon or evening.

Non-Attachment:  What is unnecessary or unhelpful in your life that can be let go of?  This can be an activity, a responsibility, a thought or any way you use energy.  Lessen screen time.  Moderate consumption of food and beverages, especially those which dull or overstimulate you.   Even as you recognize what can be let go of , focus primarily on returning to what is essential in your life.  Focus on the relationships that are most important: with yourself, your loved ones and the greater whole of life. re-commit to wats of being that allow you to thrive. Non-attachment is the natural result of returning to your center.  Superfluous things will fall away at the right time, like autumnal leaves.

Feel free to email ebn@vincentyoga.com with questions or comments.  Wishing you all the best in this season of the harvest!

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Fall Retreat – Living Yoga: Oct. 9-13, 2019 – Ely, MN

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Retreats, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join us for our 13th Annual Fall Yoga Retreat:

Living Yoga – October 9- 13, 2019.

 The retreat will be held at the pristine Camp du Nord, located 20 minutes outside of Ely, MN, a stones throw from the Boundary Waters.    The retreat will feature two yoga sessions and two delicious vegetarian meals each day. There will be plenty of free time for hiking, canoeing, sauna, massage, reading and relaxing lakeside and fireside, and enjoying quiet reflective time or the company of friends.  Our intention is that this retreat is not just time away. Retreat is sacred space from which to view yourself and your life clearly.   We will explore the practices and wisdom teachings of yoga, as a means to realizing your innate capacity for meaning, freedom and joy within life.

This years theme is “Living Yoga”. For many, yoga is something practiced with some regularity, to take the edges off of life.  It is a healthy way of mitigating the pace, stress and challenging times in which we live.   The word yoga literally means “union or to join”.  Traditionally, it is not just something we practice to bring well-being and stress relief.  Yoga is a way of restoring integrity to our bodies, minds, energies and emotions, so we may live in union with the greater whole of life.  This special 4 day retreat will delve into essential teachings and practice for living yoga. 

The Place: Camp du Nord, near Ely, MN.  A stones throw from the Boudary Waters, Camp du Nord is set amongst the pine, maple and birch forest alongside Lake Burntside.  It has been a natural place of retreat, relaxation and reflection for more than 50 years.

 

The Yoga: We will practice for two hours each morning and afternoon.  Morning sessions will consist of an invigorating asana, pranayama and meditation practice.  Afternoon sessions will focus on the subtler aspects of yoga, including: restorative postures, pranayama, meditation, self-reflection, yoga philosohpy and dharma.  

Lodging & Meals: Our lodging will be communal in modern wooden cabins, beautiful and simple.  Each cabin features a full kitchen, 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.  We will share two delicious vegetarian feasts for breakfast and dinner, in the camp dining hall- a beautiful 15 minute hike through the trails of the forest.  We can accommodate special dietary needs, and we may be able to arrange private cabins for families.  Preference for lodging requests will be given in the order in which registrations are received.  To view one of the cabins, please click here

Activities: 

Hiking, Canoeing + Kayaking,  Sauna + Lake Plunge, Massage, Relaxing lakeside and fireside    

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

 Transportation, Arrival & Departure

Our welcoming ceremony will be at 8:30 pm on Weds. Oct. 9th,  and we will depart after brunch and cleanup on Sunday Oct. 13th.  We encourage carpooling, and will assist in arranging transportation.  For Directions, click here.

Rates & Registration:

Based on past years, we expect the retreat will fill up this year. If you are planning to attend, please send registration and deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space.  Thanks!

The cost of the retreat includes:

  •    All yoga classes
  •    Recordings from all our sessions for home practice
  •    Vegetarian Breakfast and Dinner Feast (Thurs.-Sat..) & Brunch on+ Sunday
  •    Four nights lodging
  •    Use of canoes, kayaks and sauna
  •    All the fun you can have, with new and old friends!

Accommodation Options + Rates:

Shared Loft Space (Twin Beds): $575                                                                               Shared Bedroom Space (Two Twin Beds or Queen for couples) : $645                           Private Bedroom w/ Queen Bed: $775 

Priority for private bedrooms will be given to couples.  There are a few private cabins which can be specially arranged for families or those desiring more privacy.

Early Registration Discount –  $50 off  when you register + pay in full by August 6.

To reserve your space: please email your Fall Retreat Registration + Waiver to ben@vincentyoga.com and submit a $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable). Payment can be made by Venmo (@ben-vincent-9), PayPal (bvrocksteady@gmail.com), check (see directions below), or CC. There is a 3.5% fee for paypal or CC to cover costs.  Contact us directly to pay via CC or paypal.

All payments are due by Sept 15.  All payments are final.  There will be a $50 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:

Angela or Ben Vincent (not Vincent Yoga)                                                                           5354 40th Ave S.                                                                                                       Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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Fall Immersion – Oct 25-28: The Meditative Heart of the Yoga Sutra

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Retreats, Travel | 12 comments

Fall Immersion:  The Meditative Heart of the Yoga Sutra

 October 25-28  –  Camp Du Nord,  Ely, MN

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is the most important text in Classical Yoga Philosophy.  Written approximately 2200 years ago, it is a comprehensive exposition of the yogic spiritual path.   These teachings – which layout a path to end suffering through cultivating lives of presence, freedom, purpose, and non-attachment – are as relevant today as when they were written. The Yoga Sutra focuses largely on the cultivation and clarification of the human heart-mind, as a means to Self-Realization.

Our first annual Fall Immersion is intended for yogis looking for deeper study and practice of yoga in a retreat setting.  We will explore the traditional teachings and practices of the yoga sutra through dharma, meditation, asana, pranayama, chanting and self-inquiry.

The immersion will begin the afternoon of Sunday October 25, and conclude on Wednesday, October 28.

Daily Session Schedule:

Sunday, 10/25     3-5:30 pm + 7:30-9 pm                                                                                Monday, 10/26    9-12, 3-5:30 pm+ 7:30-9 pm                                                              Tuesday, 10/27    9-12, 3:00-5 pm + 7:30-9 pm                                                           Wednesday, 10/28  8-11a

Rates for the Immersion:

Early Registration Discount – $445 (paid in full by Aug 31)                                                     Full Immersion Price-  $475

These rates include room and tuition for the immersion.  Please note meals are not provided.  Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs.  For more information on the accommodations, visit the fall retreat page

All payments are due in full October 10, with a fee of $25 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:

Angela or Ben Vincent

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

 

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Mexico Winter Retreat – March 19-25, 2016

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Retreats, Travel | 0 comments

Mark your calendars…March 19-26, 2016.  Join Angela and Ben for a week of Pure Bliss at beautiful Present Moment Retreat center near Troncones, Mexico!   Stay tuned for more information.

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Yoga Studies – Next Program Begins in February 2020!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Featured Events, Retreats, Uncategorized | 0 comments

                                        Yoga Studies Program

                                              Deepen your Yoga ~ Empower your Life!

Do want to study and practice yoga more deeply?

Are you a committed teacher or student wanting a deeper experience of yoga?

Are you looking for personal guidance and community on the yogic path?

This unique 9-month program is intended for all sincere students and teachers, looking to deepen their experience and understanding of Yoga.  Through personal and group study and practice,  students will be guided on a transformative journey of healing, self-discovery and empowerment.  We will delve into the teachings and practices of Yoga, Tantra & Ayurveda – as a means to awaken our potential for meaning, happiness and freedom in life.

The structure of the program:

 1) On Going Master Classes:  Consisting of Dharma talk (teaching), discussion and practice. The next program begins in February 2020 and is a combination  weeknight/ weekend program.

  • Weeknight/ Weekend Program:  The next Yoga Studies program will begin in February 2020.  It will be a combination of two Tuesday nights / month (6-8:45p) and one weekend day (Sat 10:30-5:30).  There will also be a full weekend retreat at beautiful Saint Johns University August 14-16.  Program Dates:                                     February: Sat. 8, Tues. 11, 25                                                                                              March:  Sat. 7,  Tues. 10, 24                                                                                                April: Sat. 4, Tues. 14, 28                                                                                                      May: Sat. 2, Tues. 12, 26                                                                                                      June:  Sat. 6, Tues. 2, 16, 30                                                                                                July: Sat. 11, Tues. 28                                                                                                          August: 14-16 (Weekend Residential Retreat)                                                                September: Sat. 12, Tues. 8, 22                                                                                          October: Sat. 17, Tues. 13, 27

2) Three Private sessions to receive:

  • A personalized Hatha yoga + meditation practice
  • Ayurvedic dietary + lifestyle Consultation
  • Yogic spiritual guidance to uncover + empower you life’s purpose (dharma)

3) Weekend Retreat:    We will delve into the Four Desires process- exploring our search for meaning, freedom and joy in life.  Many past students have said this is one of the most impactful parts of the program.  The retreat will be held August 14-16 at the Saint John’s Abbey Guesthouse in Collegeville, MN.  The retreat will begin Friday August 14 at 10am, and conclude Sunday August 16 at 5 pm.

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Saint John’s is a Benedictine Monastery and private Liberal Arts University, set alongside Lake Sagataganan amidst hundreds of acres of forrest and prairie, about 90 minutes northwest of the Twin Cities.  It also happens to be where Ben’s yoga journey and MPR began!

4) Guide Home Study and Practice: Readings, journaling, audio recordings and home practice to support your growth. 

5) Group community building events

6) Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse

Our in-depth study will include:

   Essential Teachings of Yoga:

  • What are Yoga, Tantra & Ayurveda?  Why are they relevant?
  • History of Yoga: Periods, Types, traditions and its evolution
  • The main branches of yoga:  Raja (Classical), Bhakti (Devotion), Tantra (ritual) + Hatha (Mind + Energy), Karma (Action), Jnana (Knowledge)
  • The Three Refuges of practice:  Teacher, teachings + community
  • Training in Essential Practices: Asana (posture), Pranayama (energetic breathwork), Meditation, Mantra (sacred sound), Chanting, Bandha (energy locks), Mudra (gesture), Kriya (visualization), Yoga Nidra, Kriya Yoga, relationship, Ayurvedic diet + lifestyle, shatkarma (yogic cleansing practices)
  • Karma, Reincarnation and Samsara (the wandering of the soul)
  • The four aims of life – Dharma (meaning), Artha (the means), Kama (joy),  Moksha (freedom)
  • Dukkha:  Why do we suffer and how do we overcome suffering?
  • Overcoming Limiting Patterns & Conditioning – Samskara + Vasana
  • Hatha Yoga –  The spiritual science of mastering Mind + Energy through Asana, Pranayama + Meditation
  • Meditation- The essential yogic practice for awakening the Heart and Mind
  • Samkhya System- The foundation of Indian philosophy & spirituality
  • Essential Texts:  The Yoga Sutra + The Bhagavad Gita
  • Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing
  • Essential Sanskrit Terms + Chants
  • The Koshas:  Layers of Being

Testimonials from past participants

“Over the last 8 years I have had the gift of Ben’s Teaching.  The Yoga Studies program has been his greatest gift.  It profoundly shaped my life in ways I never believed possible.  I’ve been a yoga teacher for nearly a decade, and no other program has had the impact of yoga studies.  No other teacher has supported and challenged me so significantly.  I now have faith in myself and the teachings.  I am purposeful, powerful and peaceful amidst the changes of the world and life.”   –  Anna K   

“The Yoga Studies program came at a pivotal time in my life.  Through it, I reconnected with my authentic self,  enabling me to find purpose in my life again. It gave me clarity and the strength to move forward. I now understand yoga with more depth and insight, and would highly recommend this program to others who are wanting “more” from their life.”    ~ Julie Ann C.

The Yoga Studies program with Ben Vincent literally changed my life.  I went into it with mixed feelings, not sure what to expect and a bit intimidated.  It turned out to be one of the most rewarding and impactful events I have ever participated in. I still practice, almost daily, many of the tools for a richer life that I learned in the program.”    ~ Audrey C.

“For me, the YS program was a profound and life-changing experience led by a profound and life-changing teacher.  I got a whole new set of tools to help me live my life joyfully and in harmony with my best self.  One of the unexpected benefits was developing a wonderfully supportive community of fellow yogis.  I highly recommend this class to anyone serious about cultivating both a deeper understanding of themselves and of yoga.”     ~ Beth G.

“I studied yoga for over fifteen years prior to taking part in the yoga studies program, and the program gave me a foundation and depth of understanding that I did not have from all of my previous study.  Ben is an intensely serious student of yoga and a gifted teacher. He is able to break down postures and anatomy, and has a unique ability to teach yoga as a philosophical system that can help us to shape a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”      ~ Katrin C.

I would like to thank you Ben for the time, effort, love and devotion that you have put into developing this extraordinary yoga studies program. The quality and depth of the program  was beyond my expectations and has provided me with a deep insight and inspiration for myown transformational process. I really appreciated your wisdom – the practices and teaching of yoga philosophy reflected the authenticity of your own practice. -Birgit K.

  “After completing a teacher training program, I felt like something was missing… I needed more support.  I wanted to continue my studies and make sure that I was deepening my own relationship to yoga. I can’t express how life changing and powerful Yoga Studies has been.  It is a unique gem in the Yoga world – a powerfully transformative program, both in personal growth, and in deepening one’s connection to Yoga. I was given real tools to work through the limiting beliefs and negative patterns that had kept me stuck for years.     Over the past nine months, I have solidified my commitment to daily yoga practice, I have deepened my knowledge and immediate connection to the teachings, and I have begun to unveil the potential that has always lived inside of me.  Yoga Studies transforms your life and helps you to live the teachings. If you decide to teach others after completing the YS program, you will know yourself and will be more capable of leading others through the vast and powerful journey of yoga with compassion and sensitivity. Yoga Teacher Training taught me how to teach a class, Yoga Studies taught me how to live and how to embody Yoga.”  I am deeply grateful for this life changing experience and for Ben’s guidance. I believe without a doubt that YS has made me a better human, and a more authentic student of Yoga.   – Stefanie M  

Your Investment:  Program Tuition + Payment Option

Full Price – $2950. (Paid in full by the beginning of the program )

Early Registration Discount – $2795. (Paid In full by Jan 7 )

Yoga Teacher Discount – $2650.                                                                                             (For teachers who have completed a 200-Hour Training and are currently teaching 3 or more yoga classes/week.  Must be paid in full by Jan 7)

Payment plans are available through Paypal Credit.  This option is the cost of tuition + a 4% credit card fee.  You would then have 6 months to pay paypal without interest. Please email ben@vincentyoga.com or visit paypal credit for more information about payment plans.

The cost of books will be about $85 in addition to the cost of tuition.

To apply, please visit the please send a $300 deposit, along with a complete application to:

Ben@vincentyoga.com – deposit can be submitted via venmo (@ben-vincent-9).         You can also submit application and deposit (check) to Ben in person or via mail to:

Ben Vincent                                                                                                                                   5354 40th Ave S.                                                                                                                 Mpls., Mn 55417

Follow this link to receive a copy of the application:  Yoga Studies Application.  Space is limited and will be allotted in the order which application + deposit ($300) are received.  Once accepted, your deposit is non-refundable, and will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note there will be a 4% fee for all credit card payments to cover the additional cost of credit card fees.

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