If you have ever played a particular piece of music to elicit a certain mood, or been soothed (or annoyed!) by the sound of a familiar voice, you know firsthand the power of sound. Sound is one of the quickest and most effective tools to shift our state of mind, body and being.
Nada Yoga, or the Yoga of sound, is a system of practices that uses the medium of sound vibration to focus, calm and clear the mind, and to fill the body with energy and wellbeing.
Although a lesser known branch of the yogic sciences, Nada Yoga is an integral part of classical Yoga. It originates from the realization of the ancient seers that the origin of all existence is spandan, vibration, and that the easiest way to perceive and work with this vibration is through the medium of sound.
While many systems of meditation require high levels of self-discipline, concentration, and rigidity of posture to achieve one-pointedness, Nada Yoga achieves this effortlessly through awareness of the flow of sound. This is done either externally, such as in the practices of mantra, or internally, in a meditative process.
During this retreat you will be guided step-by-step through different sequences that combine musical scales with body awareness (Swara sadhana) and simple reflective meditation. These practices bring about deep states of relaxation and awareness that allow you to connect with- and maintain inner stillness and equilibrium, even in the midst of a busy and noisy environment.
Along with Swara Sadhana this retreat also introduces different forms and uses of mantra. These include ancient mantras specifically chosen to promote health and wellbeing, for mental clarity and understanding, and the ability to overcome distress and obstacles in life. It also includes kirtan and bhajan (mantras used musically), as well as many forms of the universal mantra Om. Whatever the form, be prepared to experience sound in an entirely new way!
No musical skills nor signing skills are required, whatsoever. Come as you are, experience the joy of effortless focus, and leave with practical tools to use in your own home practice.
– daily asana & pranayama practice (postures/breathing)
– Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
– discussion time
– introduction to- and practice of mantra & swara sadhana
– delicious vegetarian meals
– beautiful, peaceful location of Namo Buddha Resort— fresh air & stunning views
– personal time for reflection, rest, walks etc…
– good company!
Level: all welcome (no previous yoga experience required, nor musical skills!)
Cost: Please note that there are TWO fares. These are based on the type of accommodation you choose: twin shared or single (private). Preference is given on a first come, first serve basis. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please register in advance to sign up for the accommodation of your choice.
Rs. 22,000 (twin shared basis)
Rs. 27,500 (private room) limited availability
Price includes: 2 nights accommodation; all meals (vegetarian) during the retreat; transportation to/from Namo Buddha; instruction
Information & Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mahesh, originally from Slovakia, began practicing Yoga in 2005 when he discovered the Sivananda Yoga tradition while living in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2007 he enrolled in a one-year Yogic Studies course with the Satyananda Yoga Academy in Europe and experienced ashram life at Rikhiapeeth and Munger, India for the first time. After two more Yogic Studies courses that culminated in a teacher training in 2010, he settled to live and teach Yoga in London. However, in late 2011 he decided to further his experience of yoga and ashram life by taking part in the three-year Sannyasa Training course at the Bihar School of Yoga ashram in Munger under the guidance of his guru, Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.
Mahesh currently divides his time between further training in the ashram in India, teaching yoga in London and conducting Nada Yoga and mantra seminars in Europe, including in Italy, Norway, Germany and Hungary.
Priyaratna was born in Australia and was introduced to Yoga at an early age as both of his parents were Yoga teachers. After finishing high school he completed a 6-month yogic studies course and then travelled to India. There he participated in the 3-year Sannyasa Training course at Bihar School of Yoga and completed a teacher training course in Rikhiapeeth Ashram. He is currently teaching Yoga in Australia and abroad.