Ananda Yoga in Nature

Friday, Jun 1 – Sunday, Jun 3

Absorb life force from the outdoors and through yoga, to feel yourself vibrant and ready for your next step in life.

Recharge and get inspired! A weekend of Ananda Yoga, meditation, and kirtan—practiced in Nature. Immerse yourself in the beautiful and uplifting 700-acres natural setting of Ananda Village. Absorb life force from the outdoors and through yoga, to feel yourself vibrant and ready for your next step in life.

The Scientific Healing Power of Nature:

Like yoga, Nature can be very healing and transformative for our whole being. Forests were humankind’s first temples and sanctuaries.  

Today, some of those benefits are being discovered by science.

Researchers have discovered that spending time in a forest (Forest Bathing) reduces stress, lowers blood sugar, increases concentration, strengthens the immune system, builds up vitality, and even has anti-cancer benefits. Walking with bare feet and grounding, benefits many conditions like chronic stress, inflammation, and other common heath disorders.

This retreat is for all levels. 

Yoga in Nature with Vahini-Om Video

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“… Such a vitalized man lives in a temple of living energy, in which the powers of mind and wisdom love to come and remain.”

Paramhansa Yogananda

Ananda Yoga in Nature with Vahinin OM in the meadow at The Expanding Light Retreat

You will practice:

  • The Rejuvenation and Energization Exercises given by Paramhansa Yogananda—to help you absorb life-force (prana) from the cosmos to recharge body, mind, and spirit at will.
  • A Vita-Heliotherapic method of healing of Paramhansa Yogananda: a method of consciously and simultaneously attracting cheerful vitality from within, and unobstructed sunlight from without, for self-healing. 
  • Ananda Yoga—for all levels: yoga postures, breathing techniques, and chanting. Practice with the sole purpose of obtaining higher awareness and complete psychophysical wellbeing.
  • Guided Meditations—for a still mind, to allow you to be completely receptive to reality. To help you to awaken your highest potential. 
  • Creative exercises for sharing nature that give you a deeper experience of nature within and without.
  • Lots of FUN!

What to bring:

  • a yoga mat for outdoors
  • comfortable clothes that can get dirty!
  • hat
  • water bottle
  • bag
Ananda Yoga in Nature with Vahinin OM in a tree at The Expanding Light Retreat


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Vahini Om

Vahini Om

E-RYT 500

Vahini has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 10 years, and has lived in Ananda centers since 2009, mostly in Assisi, Italy. She is a contributing teacher in the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, trained prenatal instructor, and in the past 7 years she has been teaching yoga with the emphasis on the subjects of deep relaxation and creating a deeper connection with nature. She is eternally thankful to be able to share these teachings, which have powerfully transformed her life.

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Costs (AYN)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Jun 1 – 3, 2018
Tent 
RV
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Shared
Standard
Private
Deluxe
Shared
Deluxe
Private
$254 $332 $460 $422 $594

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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Ananda Yoga in Nature starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

Pick up & drop off at Sacramento Airport. Click links for details.

You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

Ananda Yoga in Nature starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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Meditative Walking by Swami Kriyananda

To practice interiorization of the mind during normal waking consciousness, try this walking meditation. Walk alone, if possible, during this exercise, for its purpose is to interiorize the mind, not to externalize it in the company of others. At the same time, I am aware that walking meditations are often practiced in a group. Such practice has the advantage of formalizing one’s practices; it can make you regular in them. So take it, if you like, as my personal preference. To me, this practice is too intimate for anything but solitary practice.

Throughout this practice, make it a point to relate to God, to God through Nature, and to your own higher Self.

Don’t walk vigorously. In other words, don’t hike. Walk easefully. Express in outward action the peace you feel in meditation.

Now, be aware of the energy as it moves through your body. Feel yourself surrounded by a great, inverted vortex of cosmic energy, spinning slowly around you, and drawing you upward toward its source in infinity.

Bring that energy down, after a time, into an awareness of its manifestation in your physical environment.

Listen to the birds singing: Hear the Divine Consciousness singing through them. Ask the Divine Mother if She hasn’t some special message, in their singing, for you.

Listen to the sounds in your vicinity: to dogs barking, people’s voices in the distance, cars moving. Feel the Divine Mother communicating with you through all those sounds.

Gaze at the sunlight as it trembles on a leaf; at the clouds sailing overhead; at the trees, the bushes; at countless objects around you. Share those visual impressions with the Divine Mother, as if also with your higher Self.

Feel the wind on your skin, the warmth of the sunlight or the coolness of the evening air. In every thought, in every impression, make the Divine Mother a participant.

If thoughts come to you in the form of words, share them with the Divine Mother as though you were talking to Her. Don’t only think about Her, in the third person. Talk to Her.

Feel yourself as the breath of divine love and joy. Walk joyfully on an earth where all beings rejoice in their unseen, heavenly origin.

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