The words for mind and heart are the same in many cultures. In the West, however, mind and heart are considered distinct, separate, and too often the intellect is valued more. As human beings, we are at our most powerful when we come from the union of these two aspects of Self: wisdom and compassion; knowledge and love. Beyond our intellect is the power of love that yokes us to universal consciousness.
Raja yoga, or the “royal yoga,” teaches balance. As spiritual beings with a physical experience in the world, the strength and health of the physical body is essential to a balanced life. Hatha yoga gives us the means to strengthen and purify the physical, while the practices of Raja yoga purify the heart. This retreat includes a daily energizing hatha yoga practice as well as the inner practices of yoga which sharpen the mind and open the heart. Through asana, pranayama, chanting, dialogue, meditation, and heart-centered practices you can discover new insights into yourself and your actions in the world, and experience new levels of serenity, clarity, and compassion. If you are a practicing yogi, this retreat can deepen your practice. If you are new to yoga, it can provide guidance and insight into deeper aspects of yourself. Chairs will be available for sitting. Please bring a yoga mat.
Recommended reading: Hébert, The Tenth Door: An Adventure through the Jungles of Enlightenment.
CE for yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance and Michele Hebert.