DOUBLE MODULE: Prana and Pranayama / Awareness and Lifestyle
March 8 - March 20| $2500 before January 10th; $3000 thereafter
In 2017 Kia has decided to take a group of advanced practitioners to the birthplace of yoga for two of her modules: ‘Prana and Pranayama’, and ‘Awareness and Lifestyle’. This double module offers the opportunity of a lifetime to practice among masters and fellow teachers in an ashram setting in the foothills of the Himalayas. Included in this 120 hours of study are excursions to sacred sites, satsangs with living masters, and immersion into the ancient science of yoga.
Prana and Pranayama
“By conquering your mind you can conquer the world.”
– Guru Nanak
Ancient sages have long known that the breath is the link that connects the mind body and spirit and that its power cannot be underestimated. In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali the practice of pranayama is said to dissolve the veils that cover our inner light. It is the secret power within yoga and yet is so often misunderstood and under-utilized by modern practitioners.
Yogis understand prana as the vehicle or the medium of consciousness. Without prana consciousness would be unable to express itself. There is prana everywhere; it permeates every subtlety of the living Universe. All movement requires prana, and through it, one becomes aware of new dimensions of existence.
Pran is life force, ayaama means stretching, extending, restraining, expansion. Thus pranayama is a practice designed to extend and overcome one’s normal limitations, it is used to change old patterns, cultivate vitality and balance the mind.
This 60-hour certification course offers an in-depth look at prana and pranayama. It is an immersion into the application and practice of the sacred science of the breath. Participants will learn the correct use of pranayama, and its potential for increasing vitality and longevity, to calm and focus the mind, cleanse physical, emotional and mental disturbances and above all, to connect one to their spiritual heart. They will explore the experiences delivered through certain breathing techniques and learn how to integrate them into their own practice and life and how to safely share these practices with their students.
Awareness and Lifestyle
All of us have the potential to be leaders of our own self. We have the capacity for altruistic love, wholeness and harmony. What stands in our way are our limited beliefs, our habits, our years of conditioned behavior, a dullness of mind and spirit. We are actually living to just a fraction of what is possible.
Yoga is about union between self and the infinite. It holds a promise to take us into the fullest life we can have through the cultivation of awareness: the ability to stand back and to observe one’s mental and physical activities from a neutral space. Kundalini energy is the expression of full awareness, of our awakened inner identity. What we are awakening to is the resonance between ourselves and all of creation.
We each have the ability to create huge impact. We are leading and teaching with every action. As we grow in awareness we shed skins like a snake. We gain new perspectives, cultivate supportive habits and expand in our ability to perceive the underlying Truth of each situation. We become more aligned with our inner guidance and a sense of the sacred.
This 60-hour module is an invitation to explore the deeper dimensions of your self and to review and refine your identity and projection in the world. We look at consciously understanding the role of habits and engaging in those that align with our heart and mission. We explore the ability to look at where we are and to bring that living light into what we do, creating an attitude of respect and sweetness in our inter-relations.
We explore the role of teachers to project hope, faith and a consistency between spiritual values and practices. We look at the fundamental tenets put forth in the YAMAS and NIYAMAS, regarding how we can all grow individually while taking into account and embracing others, realizing that we are all a unique composition reflecting the totality. Are we just practicing yoga on the mat, or are we taking it into the world with what we do? We explore the fundamental question: How do I bring the qualities that I evolve within myself into balance with my connection and my interdependence with all that I am a part of, including my communities, families, and nations?
Double module: $2500 including tuition, accommodation, and meals until January 10th; $3000 thereafter.
$500 non-refundable deposit due with application.
More than an oasis of rest and revitalization, Sattva Retreat Center is a unique blend of ancient and contemporary offerings located on ceremonial ground. As a Sattva Retreat guest you can experience sacred land where great masters, yogis, and mystics of all ages continue to imprint the essence of wisdom that is even more relevant today.
Nestled in the powerful energy and natural beauty of the Himalayas, this haven rests alongside a pure waterway that flows down from the mountains and into the Ganges River, revered as “Mother Ganga” by yogis for her healing characteristics that confound classical science.
Sattva Retreat is located in the outskirts of Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga and ancient wisdom, and home to great Indian epic texts such as the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads.
WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED FOR INDIA?
You will need a valid Passport and, depending on your country of origin, a visa to travel to India.
American citizens can find a visa form here. Make sure you click on ‘tourist visa’ and follow instructions from there. Please note this is the only recognized visa provider for the US Indian Embassy.
Detailed instructions for the visa application are included in the informational packet sent to all students who have been accepted into the program.
DO I NEED VACCINATIONS FOR INDIA?
No vaccines are required for India, however Tetanes, Hepatitus A and Typhoid are recommended. Do some research and see how you feel. See here for more info: travelhealth.ie/Countries/India.php. It is your responsibility to be aware of any health and safety alerts for the regions you are traveling. Malaria is not a concern if you are only traveling to Delhi and Rishikesh.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
Pack lightly. You will need less than you think and there are shops from which to buy clothing and toiletries. Most travel with one suitcase and a small, carry-on backpack that doubles as a pack for outings.
You will receive a complete packing list with further instructions after your acceptance into the program.