May 1, 2019 - May 5, 2019
Today, if one hopes to lead a happy and fulfilling life, being ‘spiritually awake’ has almost become a necessity. First learning to meditate and then waking up Kundalini Shakti, A.K.A. the “Serpent Power” are essential steps to walking the path of spiritual awakening and on this retreat, we will do both.
This four-night retreat will run from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning and will begin with a one-night Mini Meditation Immersion focused on learning and deepening meditation practice. We will start on Wednesday afternoon with a Yin yoga practice and lecture. This will be followed by meditation instruction and then an opportunity to practice both seated and walking meditation.
The following morning we will rise early and do several hours of alternating seated and walking meditation followed by a dharma discussion and an opportunity to have any questions or concerns addressed. If you would like to see more specific details about the schedule and practices for this portion of the retreat follow this link.
On Thursday afternoon, we will begin the Kundalini-focused portion of our retreat, using a combination of various advanced Tantra Hatha Yoga techniques to clear a path for Kundalini Shakti and then awaken, expand, move, contain, and channel this energy. These techniques take the meditation we learned the first day and supercharges it.
The result of all this hard work is a transformation of consciousness that changes our view of the world and ourselves within it. This transformation will not only allow us to feel more peace, contentment and joy, regardless of our particular circumstances but also will enable us to be more effective at creating the best outcomes for all.
All practices are held in the Forest Studio at Elohee Center and led by Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP. All meals, tuition, and lodging are included in the price, which depends on your room selection.
This retreat will involve the following practices:
- Zazen (seated meditation)
- Kinhin (walking meditation)
- Dharma Discussion (lecture and Q&A)
- Kirtan (call and response chanting in Sanskrit)
- Yin Yoga (passive stretching)
- Yoga Nidra (sleep meditation)
- Yang Yoga (dynamic stretching & strengthening)
- Pranayamas (breathwork)
- Hatha Yoga (active stretching)
- Bandhas (energetic locks)
- The Five Tibetan Rites (Tibetan Yoga)
- Chakra Meditation (Bija mantra Nyasa practice)
- The Pranava (chanting the Om mantra)
- Vinyasa Yoga (dynamic & active stretching & strengthening)
- Mudras (advanced postural energetic seals)
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a beginner-friendly retreat and is intended for intermediate to advanced Mahāpatha Yoga practitioners. While these practices are ultimately for almost everyone previous exposure to the teachings of Douglas Johnson and experience on a Mahāpatha Yoga retreat are highly recommended. Additionally, please be aware this retreat has nothing to do with ‘Kundalini Yoga’ as taught by Yogi Bhajan or ‘Tantric Sex.’