Ananda Yoga® to Awaken the Chakras
A Yoga Getaway

  • Nov 10 – 12, 2023 with Bhawani and Uma
  • Oct 18 – 20, 2024 with Arya and Uma

with Arya Cheng, Uma Bottaro and Bhawani Isaacson

In yoga practice, the meditator offers his Kundalini
up to the devas,or powers, residing in the chakras,
that all his energy may flow up the spine toward unity with God 
in the 
sahasrara (thousand-rayed Lotus) at the top of the head.
—The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda

Awaken Your Energy to its Fullest Potential

Within your astral, or energetic, spine are the seven centers of energy, the chakras—through which energy can flow either outward through the senses and activities, or inward and upward for spiritual awakening and personal growth.

During this retreat, you will enjoy focused practice of Ananda Yoga® to help you awaken the energy in your chakras. In one short weekend, you can be profoundly recharged and uplifted.

Gain Practical Tools and Knowldege as you: 

  • Explore the unique qualities of each chakra, and how to work with them in everyday life
  • Practice yoga postures and other techniques to positively affect your chakras, attitudes, and awareness
  • Take home a yoga routine to awaken your chakra energy
  • Learn a meditation technique given by Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Enjoy a Restorative Yoga routine for the chakras to cultivate deep inner relaxation.

Return home filled with vitality and the ability to use the practical tools of yoga to access your inner energy at will. 

Chakras 2020 video

Gateways to Awakening: The Chakras Video

Comments from Previous Guests:

"All aspects of the program were enriching. The sessions were in the right order of basic chakra instruction, with the active postures relating to each or several chakras. Very much enjoyed the final restorative yoga session." 
W., Sacramento

" I loved this retreat. I learned so much about the chakras and how to use them in my daily life. The teachers are so loving, and are amazing guides. The Expanding Light Retreat gave me such insight into my life and spiritual path. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to look inward and expand."  —M.W., San Francisco, CA

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Arya Cheng

Arya Cheng

Arya Cheng is a gifted yoga and meditation teacher, and wonderful kirtan (spiritual chanting) leader. Her talents are varied, as she serves in several areas at Ananda Village.

Hi, my name is Arya! I live at Ananda Village and serve at The Expanding Light Retreat, Ananda Farms, and Ananda Communications departments. It’s been my joy to share the powerful teachings of yoga and meditation, that have profoundly transformed my life. I’ve immensely enjoyed leading our summer youth program, Ananda Village Internship Program and teaching sadhana at The Expanding Light Retreat.

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Uma Bottaro

Uma Bottaro

Uma Bottaro is a vibrant, energetic, and joy-filled burst of sunshine. As an Ananda Yoga Teacher, her depth of spirit and caring nature shine through, as you will experience during her classes and led sadhanas. Uma serves at The Expanding Light Yoga Retreat. Marketing, web and flyer design, helping to lead programs and teaching yoga are some of the jobs that she lends her talents to.

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Bhawani Isaacson

Bhawani Isaacson

Bhawani is an E-RYT 200-hour certified Ananda Yoga Instructor, Ananda certified Meditation Teacher, and a long-time meditator. Inspired by yoga since the age of 18, Bhawani’s creative, playful approach makes her classes fun, as well as a relaxing and centering experience. She is passionate about helping people live in a balanced way and reach their highest potential through relaxation and dynamic energy awareness. Bhawani loves to be outdoors and connect with nature. She holds a Master’s degree from CIIS in East-West Psychology, with a specialization in Spiritual Counseling.

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

  • Nov 10 – 12, 2023 with Bhawani and Uma
  • Oct 18 – 20, 2024 with Arya and Uma
$312 $398 $532 $496 $680

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

Check Availability and Costs

Ananda Yoga® to Awaken the Chakras starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date listed. Check-in is anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at our Front Desk. Your room will be available by 3:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30. The first gathering of your group is after dinner.
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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.

Ananda Yoga® to Awaken the Chakras 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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