Just as a plexus of nerves (many criss-crossing at the same place) in the body emits a stronger force of energy, the practitioners of yoga, by virtue of ongoing practice, have developed a high level of pranic force within the body and nervous system. We could say that the prana is an invisible or metaphysical force of energy, yet flows through and illuminates the physical body and being of the practitioner. We students of yoga engage conscious breathing as a way to connect to alternative states of consciousness. Through the practices of yoga, we develop a relationship with the formless dimension of being even as we are living in the physical world of material reality.
This is the theme and focus for our week of yoga retreat. Our mornings will begin with meditation and pranayama, which will lead into mid-morning active yoga practice. We’ll gather in the afternoons at various places on the Esalen property for the spiritual practice of lying on the lawn and observing the natural forces of nature. Then once again we’ll return to the yoga room for twists, forward bends, and restorative poses.
Please have a minimum of 3 months yoga experience, and bring your yoga mat.