Yoga Retreat 04

Yoga Retreat 04



About Yoga Retreat

As a ​ yoga teacher in​ ​ modern America,​ I do not have the​ ability to​ ​ dive as deeply into this ancient and beautiful art as I would like to. it ​ is​ ​ a ​ cliché,​ but only because it ​ is​ ​ true: in​ ​ this fast-paced modern life,​ we​ do not have the​ time to​ ​ sit and relax and reflect on​ the​ nature of ​ reality. And the​ nature of ​ reality is​ ​ what yoga is​ ​ all about,​ after all. This is​ ​ why I love leading yoga retreats.

I run an Ashtanga yoga retreat in​ ​ Northern California. we​ only get to​ ​ go about twice a ​ year,​ and just going that much is​ ​ difficult for many of ​ my students. Although I do offer financial aid for those who would like to​ ​ go to​ ​ a ​ yoga retreat center and cannot afford it,​ the​ strain of ​ taking time off from friends,​ life,​ family,​ and of ​ course work,​ is​ ​ more than many people can take. This is​ ​ a ​ troubling facts,​ as those who need a ​ yoga retreat most are often those most unable to​ ​ go on.

The yoga retreat is​ ​ not only a ​ time to​ ​ practice the​ yoga postures intensively under the​ eye of ​ a ​ knowledgeable yoga instructor,​ but also a ​ time to​ ​ understand the​ practice more deeply. At our yoga retreat,​ we​ have time to​ ​ read the​ yoga sutras and compare our impressions and knowledge for greater understanding of ​ the​ texts. Yoga,​ after all,​ is​ ​ not about the​ asanas. the​ yoga poses provide a ​ foundation for the​ practice,​ but the​ practice goes much deeper. At a ​ yoga retreat,​ we​ are able to​ ​ investigate the​ deeper meanings in​ ​ a ​ way that we​ never have time to​ ​ in​ ​ our personal lives. Part of ​ this involves intellectual investigation – the​ sutras can be very difficult and involved texts. But reading them and intellectually understanding them is​ ​ not enough. You need to​ ​ have the​ time to​ ​ back off from life,​ to​ ​ really contemplate them at length and ponder their beauty and inner meaning.

Maybe the​ best thing about going on​ a ​ yoga retreat,​ however,​ is​ ​ the​ connections that you make with other practitioners. Much of ​ yoga is​ ​ a ​ solitary practice,​ but it ​ can be a ​ communal practice as well. Through yoga,​ we​ learn about sustaining the​ world and improving it,​ one practitioner at a ​ time. the​ only way to​ ​ do this effectively is​ ​ to​ ​ make connections with other practitioners. This deepens the​ practice of ​ each one,​ as practitioners are able to​ ​ learn from each other. And that is​ ​ the​ most profound meaning of ​ the​ yoga retreat.




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