The understanding of karma yoga and its application in practice is fundamental if we wish to live and deepen our yoga practice in the crucible of daily life. Succinctly put, karma yoga is the practice of working in the present moment, not simply from our conditioned and reactive mind, but from the deeper space of Awareness. This allows our actions and interactions to be rooted in a sense of service, and to arise from a more mature, skillful and compassionate understanding.
Come join us for these 5 days. You will deepen your self-understanding through the practice of karma yoga – working in the moment, sharing with others and giving of yourself. Each day will include a hatha yoga class, chanting and meditation before breakfast, karma yoga through the morning and 2 hours late afternoon, finishing off with an evening session of satsang (questions and answers) and chanting. At other times you will be free for personal practice, reflection and walking in the pristine natural surroundings of the ashram.
On the evening of February 25th, the retreat will culminate in the annual festival of Shivaratri – the Celebratory Night of Shiva, or Consciousness. This festival, traditionally considered to be a time of potent inspiration and transformation, will include a havan (fire ceremony), kirtan (group chanting) and contemplation.
During the retreat, there will also be the chance, for those interested, to learn the basics of how to play the harmonium – the traditional instrument often used in kirtan or morning chanting in the ashram.