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

Space is limited, all payments are final.

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Fall Retreat: Oct. 7-11, 2020 – Ely, MN

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

Join us for our 14th Annual Fall Yoga Retreat:

 October 7- 11, 2020.

 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.

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 meals 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


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. 7th,  and we will depart after brunch and cleanup on Sunday Oct. 10th.  You re responsible for your own transportation.  We encourage carpooling, and will assist in finding you a carpool if you like.  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 

There are a few private cabins which can be specially arranged for families or those desiring more privacy.  Email directly for more info or to reserve a private cabin.

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 and submit a $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable). Payment can be made by Venmo (@ben-vincent-9), PayPal (, 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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Yoga Philosophy + Meditation Classes

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Yoga Dharma + Meditation Classes w/ Ben

Beyond the postures of modern Yoga is a timeless tradition of teachings regarding the innate order and harmony (dharma) of the universe.  The original intention of yoga was to guide us to live in alignment with these natural laws- helping humanity to realize our full potential for freedom and fulfillment.  In these on-going classes, we will explore these teachings through dharma talks (lectures), discussion and meditation.

Classes will be presented in series pertaining to topics, and may also include gentle movement, chanting, breath-work, meditation and other yoga practices.   Students may register for the full series (and receive recordings of the talks + practices) or drop-in to individual classes.  There is a suggested $15 donation, please bring cash – everyone is welcome.   Please bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothing, and a journal to write in.

The first series of will be:  Essential Principals of the Vedic Tradition Feb 15 – Mar 28

Monday Feb 15  Dharma: Aligning your Life with the Harmony of the Universe
Monday Feb 22  Energy + Consciousness: The building blocks of the Universe
Monday Feb 29  Karma: The Laws of Cause + Effect
Monday Mar 14  Atman + Brahman:  You are the presence which pervades the universe
Monday Mar 21  Practice + Non-Attachemnt: the Yogic Path to Freedom + Fulfillment
Monday Mar 28  Ahimsa + Satya:  Abiding in Non-Harming + Living your Truth

Day + Time: Mondays, 7:30-9 pm

Location: Modus Locus – 3500 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls.

Your Investment: $15 Suggested Donation (cash or check), everyone is welcome

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Advanced Yoga Studies – Fall 2013

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

      I am delighted to announce…


Advanced Yoga Studies & Self-Transformation Programbegins September 2013.

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 and in life.

The structure of the program will include:

 1) Weekly Master Classes: Teaching, discussion and practice ~ Tuesdays 7:15-9:15pm         September 17- December 17, 2013 + January 14 – May 20, 2014 at One Yoga

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) A weekend non-residential retreat in Minneapolis (Spring 2014)

4) Readings, journaling, audio recordings and home practice to support your growth. 

5) Group community building events

 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
  • Karma, Reincarnation and Samsara (the wandering of the soul)
  • The four aims of life – Dharma (meaning), Artha (the means), Kama (pleasure),  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 awakening 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
  • Training in Essential Practices: Asana (posture), Pranayama (energetic breathwork), Meditation, Mantra (sacred sound), Chanting, Bandha (energy locks), Mudra(gesture), Kriya (visualization), Yoga Nidra, Self-Inquiry, relationship, Ayurvedic diet + lifestyle
  • Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing
  • Basic Sanskrit
  • The Koshas:  Layers of Being
  • For more thorough information on teachings covered, see below…

Pricing + Payment Options

Full Price – $2250. (Paid in full by Sept. 15)

Early Registration Discount – $2100 (Paid In full by August 15)

Yoga Teacher Discount – $1950                                                                                               (For teachers who have completed a 200-Hour Training and are currently teaching 2 or more classes/week.  Paid in full by September 15)

Payment Plan – $2500. (to be paid monthly over 9 months)

We will order books for the course wholesale as a group.  The cost of books will be about $75 in addition to the cost of tuition

Application and registration are available through One Yoga.  Follow this link to receive a copy of the application: Advanced 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.

More information on teachings + practices to be covered

The Koshas:  Layers of Being                                                                                                    Humans are multidimensional beings.  The ancient yogis experienced being human as composed of 5 Koshas (layers/sheaths) which encompass the Atman (True-Self).  As part of the Self-Transformation process, we will explore the specific teachings and practices of each of these layers – designed to help us realize our fullest capacities and to minimize and overcome the limitations of each Kosha.

Annamaya Kosha ~ The Physical Body 

  • Systems of the Human body (Musculo-skeletal, Nervous, Respiratory, etc.)
  • Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology- The Spine, Shoulder + Pelvic Girdles, the Diaphragm(s)
  • Asana: Yoga postures – Anatomy, Alignment + Energetic Effects
  • Intro to Ayurveda- The Vedic Science of Self-Healing
  • Yogic Practices for the Physical Body: Asana, Shatkarma (Cleansing Actions), Ayurveda

Pranamaya Kosha ~ The Energetic Body 

  • Ayurveda- The Doshas, your constitution + balanced living through yoga, diet and lifestyle
  • Tantra- The path of Cultivating and Liberating our vital Energy
  • Prana- The Energy of Life
  • Pranayama: Breathing practices to awaken Vital Energy
  • The Nervous System
  • The Anatomy of The Energetic Body (Doshas, Nadis, Vayus, Chakras, Gunas, Kundalini)
  • Yogic Practices for The Energetic Body: Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Kriya (visualiztion)
  • Brahmana & Langhana – Creating practices that are balancing

Manomaya Kosha ~ The Lower Mind + Ego

  • Yogic Psychology + understanding of the Mind
  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali- Essential Teachings on awakening the Heart-Mind
  • The role of the mind in suffering and liberation
  • Ego + Memory – Our Subconscious Conditioning
  • Emotion- Understanding the energies of desire, memory, perception + reaction
  • Karma (Action) -> Samskara (impression) -> Vasana (patterns)- The cycle of conditioned behavior
  • Yogic Practices for the mind: Meditation, Karma Yoga, Witness Consciousness/ Self-Observation, Yoga Nidra
  • Meditation: Essential Teachings + personal guidance

Vijnanamaya Kosha ~ The Awakened Mind

  • Buddhi- The capacity of the mind to awaken
  • Awakening the forces of willpower, intuition + discernment
  • Overcoming obstacles as the path to Self-Mastery
  • The role of desire in spiritual practice
  • Yogic Practices for Buddhi:  Vichara (Self-Inquiry), Sankalpa (Resolution of the Higher Self), Mantra (Healing of Sacred Sound), Jnana Yoga
  • Mantra- “That which protects + empowers the mind”

Anandamaya Kosha + Atman ~ The Heart + True Self

  • The Four Desires process: Creating a life of purpose, prosperity, happiness and freedom
  • Dharma- Hearing the call of your life’s purpose
  • Cultivating compassion, joy + loving kindness
  • Practices for the Heart & True Self: Prayer, Devotion/ Bhakti Yoga, Metta (loving kindness), Chanting, Seva

Pricing + Payment Options

Full Price – $2250.

Early Registration Discount – $2100 (Paid In full by August 15)

Yoga Teacher Discount – $1950                                                                                               (For teachers who have completed a 200-Hour Training and are currently teaching 2 or more classes/week.  Paid in full by September 15)

Payment Plan – $2500. (to be paid monthly over 9 months)

We will order books for the course wholesale as a group.  The cost of books will be about $75 in addition to the cost of tuition

Registration is available through One Yoga.  Follow this link to receive a copy of the application: Advanced Yoga Studies Application.  Space is limited and will be allotted in the order which application + deposit ($300, non-refundable) are received.


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