Change your experience of life’s challenges from stressful and negative to energizing and filled with opportunity and growth.

In this weekend you will learn what causes ‘stress’ from a spiritual perspective and how to transform stress into positive energy and growth. Techniques include a powerful and simple technique of meditation that can be practiced anywhere, techniques to reprogram our dysfunctional responses to events, and techniques to not only maintain our inner peace but to strengthen and expand it in the midst of life’s challenges. 

Life is a school and our lessons are all about increasing our ability to be steadfast in our peace, resilient regardless of the challenges, and using every experience as an opportunity to grow toward Self-realization.

We encourage you to live from this place of higher awareness throughout your life starting right here and now. Say ‘yes’ to life! 

Lady breathing deeply and releasing stress while sitting on a rock

You’ll receive a practical toolbox to help you manage stress in daily life, including:

  • An extremely effective technique of meditation, which Yogananda called “one of India’s greatest gifts to the world”
  • Practical stress reduction tips
  • How to use breathing techniques and stretching
  • How to make affirmations and visualizations work for you in daily life
  • Attitudes to help you bring fresh energy to your experiences

“Health does not mean mere existence. Keeping out of the hospital is not health. To be able to resist disease, to bear strain, to stimulate mental vitality, and to feel the body as a luxury—as a bird feels when shooting through the air, and as a child does always—is health.”  
—Paramhansa Yogananda

Tips to Free Yourself from Stress, & Bring Yourself into Balance

1. Stop–Breathe–Reflect–Choose. Remember that regardless of external circumstances, you can control your own behavior.
2. Take short breaks throughout the day and consciously breathe deeply: release carbon dioxide, and increase intake of oxygen.
3. Train yourself to choose your response rather than reacting automatically.

 Comments from participants:

"A wonderful weekend of spiritual reflection and joy. The techniques of yoga and meditation are now helping me with stress approached in everyday life from relationships to job. I would recommend this retreat to anyone searching for greater spiritual connection with the unirverse, resulting in greater inner peace." -- S., Lodi, CA

"This Freedom from Stress retreat delivered so much more than the title of the retreat indicates. Yoga and meditation experiences amazingly relaxed and energized the body at the same time. The awareness of the thoughts and energy associated with the different levels of consciousness is helping me realign my daily approaches with people and situations. I definitely invite others to make time for this retreat; it will be life-changing." -- J., California 

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Nayaswami Mukti

Nayaswami Mukti

Inspirational teacher and retreat leader

Ananda Meditation Teacher, Ananda Minister and Spiritual Counselor

Nayaswami Mukti has been creating and leading a variety of inspirational retreats at The Expanding Light Retreat for the past many years. The themes and facets of her retreat programs reflect her own long-term and deep exploration to let every aspect of her life flow from a deep Kriya Yoga meditation practice. Her life has been one of uplifting service ranging from her full-time career as a speech therapist, to being a key member of the Ananda Music Ministry and to her out-reach to Ananda Meditation groups.

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

  • Jul 26 – 28, 2019
$272 $350 $478 $440 $612

  • Sep 20 – 22, 2019
$254 $332 $460 $422 $594

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

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Free Yourself From Stress Retreat starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

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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.

Free Yourself From Stress Retreat 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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