Yoga Immersion: Rebuilding the Foundation in the New Year
January 2–8, 2023
January 2–8, 2023
with Jovinna Chan
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“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”  ― Mary Oliver

The New Year is an auspicious time to make changes. Are you ready to turn away from the world and greet your True Self?  How would you prepare for such an adventure?  Turning and sustaining our attention inward is a process that requires a strong foundation of steadiness in body, ease of breath, and clarity in mind. This seven-day yoga immersion is designed for beginners, those who wish to return to the basics, and sincere seekers who are ready to live an awakened life.

During our long week together, we will:

  • Experience yoga as a path of self-discovery and transformation.
  • Explore some classic hatha yoga postures with basic alignment principles.
  • Learn six different breath practices.
  • Learn basic meditation techniques.
  • Practice Conscious Communication.
  • Explore Yoga Philosophy and the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
  • Experience deep rest and sound healing.

*Enjoy a day of contemplation and optional juice fasting/feasting (see details below).

Building a solid foundation requires us to slow down, be intentional with our actions, and transmute whatever beliefs and habits no longer serve us. You will learn to bring the experience, depth, and benefits of yoga into your daily lifestyle and make changes to live your life fully. Allow yourself to be nourished by this sacred land and the sangha gathered here to return home rejuvenated and inspired.

Please bring a journal. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat.

Recommended Reading:  The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice  by T.K.V. Desikachar.

During this special week of contemplation and meditation, there will be a daily Juice Fasts/Juice Feasts from sunrise to sunset. The juice fast is included with the workshop, but participation is not required. As we practice slowing down and quieting our bodies and minds to connect more deeply with Spirit, we will be nourished with delicious, nutrient-dense, organic ingredients. This can be a Juice Fast by limiting or eliminating other foods during the day or a Juice Feast by simply adding these cold-pressed juices to your regular daily diet, depending on your personal goals, dietary needs, and workshop intentions. We will break fast at sunset with a simple vegan, gluten-free, and organic kitchari, a traditional cleansing food of Ayurveda, before dinner. Please reach out to Jovinna if you have any questions about the fast.

Continuing education for this course is available through the leader.

View the course learning objectives.
Jovinna Chan

Jovinna Chan

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, YACEP, co-founded Shakti Initiation Yoga Leadership School and A Wild Life Sanctuary™. She served as the assistant dean and 200- and 500-hour teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga and is a certified Soul Motion™ and LetYourYogaDance Teacher. Jovinna is a co-founder of Pranotthan School of Yoga and leads transformational programs around the world.

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Workshop Schedule

Monday
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:15 am – 12:30 pm
4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am – 8:30 am
10:15 am – 12:30 pm
4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am – 8:30 am
10:15 am – 12:30 pm
4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday
10:15 am – 12:15 pm
3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:15 am – 12:30 pm
4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Sunday
7:30 am – 8:30 am
10:00 am – 12:00 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.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

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

First, sign up and pay tuition directly to

Second, click Book Accommodations from this page and enter the password to complete your reservation to stay at Esalen.

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

COVID Update

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

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.

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