Five Elements & Yoga: An Immersive Yoga Experience
July 7–9, 2021
July 5, 2021
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July 9, 2021
with Janet Stone
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We can clearly see what happens to the planet when we’re out of balance, when we over-consume: It is unsustainable. Applying the wisdom of Ayurveda and yoga we will discover how we can bring the building blocks of the natural world  into balance in our bodies and the planet as a whole.

Our bodies are an expression of the five elements. Through asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, and our connection to the land and sea, we will bring ourselves back into balance with a profound inner harmony.

For five days, perched on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean with the redwoods and mountains at our back, we will touch earth, water, fire, air, and ether.  We’ll explore the power of the five elements quite literally and energetically on the potent land and within our own bodies.  

In this workshop, we’ll study how to balance and harness the energies of these fundamental building blocks of all life.

  • Earth | Prithvi: Solid state of matter providing strength and stability.
  • Water | Apas: Cohesive, connected, expressing dynamic flow.
  • Fire | Agni: Hot, sharp, bright giving discernment and the power of transformation.
  • Air | Vayu: Breath, mobility, life, movement allowing for life.
  • Ether | Akasha: Context, space, All elements come from ether, unending and boundless space.

We’ll honor our deeply intimate connection to the planet, recognizing that all we have comes from the earth, and explore how these five elements manifest in our own bodies and all of the living beings with whom we share space.

Required and recommended books will be emailed along with other course details.

25 hours Yoga CE through Yoga Alliance; see faculty.

Janet Stone

Janet Stone

Janet Stone traveled to India in 1996, where she dedicated herself to a conscious evolution through yoga. Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous yet sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga. She teaches in San Francisco and leads retreats internationally.

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Workshop Schedule

Mon 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tue - Thu 6:30 am – 8:30 am
Tue - Thu 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tue - Thu 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tue - Thu mid-afternoon and evening: optional pop-up and evening events
Fri 6:30 am – 8:30 am
Fri 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

All-inclusive Pricing
  • Standard Single Occupancy: $3440.00
  • Standard Room: $4440.00
  • Standard Room Two Beds: $4440.00
  • Premium Room: $4815.00
  • Premium Plus Room: $6440.00
  • Point House Suite: $8440.00
  • Point House Plus Suite: $9440.00
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