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Somananda Yoga Retreat

The Yoga University

13 – 19 July 2016
Palamuse parish, Jõgeva county, Estonia

Yoga is often associated only with physical and gymnastic type of practices. However, Yoga goes way beyond into the infinite world of spiritual evolution. These teaching open doors you did not know existed.

Somananda Yoga Retreat and Tantra Initiation is structured to immerse participants in the spiritual energy of Meditation, Yoga and Tantra, bringing transformation and verifiable progress. We will provide you with clear and systematic teachings of the Yoga University combined with introduction to the principles of sexual Tantra that fit well with your daily life.

The retreat atmosphere will be one of aspiration and motivation for practice, supplemented by the appointed Yoga and Tantra teachings at various levels of accomplishment, spiritual lectures, discussions, special group meditations, and opportunities for great spiritual evolution. This is a week for discovering answers and the happiness within as well as new friends!

The Yoga University

In each Somananda Yoga Retreat multiple Yoga levels are taught in parallel and you will join the teachings and practices according to YOUR LEVEL of accomplishment in the curriculum. Our Yoga teachings consist of solid and clear 24 Levels, which amounts to a full Yoga University, taking a person further and further on the path of spiritual development.

First time joining us for Yoga?

If you are joining our Yoga studies for the first time, you will start from Module 1 of Yoga Level 1. See more info about the Levels below.

Full compatibility with Agama curriculum

If you have studied with us before you can continue your studies where you left off. Also, if you have studied in Agama and would like to continue your spiritual quest, you are welcome to join the Somananda Yoga Retreats and later continue your studies in any Agama branch.

  • "I have always believed that true spirituality requires a person to detach completely from your everyday life. Thank you so much Somananda for proving me wrong."

    Selena
  • "I have done Yoga for many years and joined the retreat only to support a friend. I had no idea how much of the basic Yoga knowledge had never reached me. There is a clear structure in spiritual teachings and I know it now."

    Carl
  • "This has been the single most important course we I have ever joined. Truthfully."

    Graig & Monica

Structure of the Yoga University

During the retreat you will have the option to join one of the following Yoga groups based on your study level so far with Somananda.org or with Agama Yoga. A minimum of three people is required for a level to be offered in a particular Somananda Yoga Retreat.

When you sign up for the retreat, you will be informed about your level in good time (if your level is not offered, due to less than 3 participants per level, your payment will be refunded).

Yoga Level 1

  • Module 1. You will join this group during the retreat if you have never studied Yoga with us or with Agama Yoga previously.
  • Module 2. You will join this group if you have completed Module 1 with us (or you have completed Week 1 from Agama Level 1)
  • Module 3. You will join this group if you have completed Module 2 with us (or you have completed Weeks 1-2 from Agama Level 1)
  • Module 4. You will join this group if you have completed Module 3 with us (or you have completed Weeks 1-3 from Agama Level 1

Yoga Level 2

  • Module 1. You will join this level if you have completed all four modules of Level 1 with us or with Agama Yoga.
  • Module 2. You will join this group if you have completed Level 2 Module 1 with us or half of Level 2 in Agama Yoga.

Yoga Level 3

  • Module 1. You will join this level if you have completed Level 2 with us or with Agama Yoga.
  • Module 2. You will join this group if you have completed Level 3 Module 1 with us or half of Level 3 in Agama Yoga.

Yoga Levels 4 to 24

You will join any of these levels if you have completed the previous ones with Somananda.org, Bhairava Yoga or Agama. One level can be completed within one retreat.

Levels of advanced teachings

After completion of 24 Yoga University levels the advanced teachings will follow, which also consist of several levels. More detailed info on these will be undisclosed to the advanced students.

The retreat curriculum includes:

  • Clear and authentic Yoga teachings with theory and practice, about 4-5 hours a day
  • Group meditation teachings and practice (e.g. “Tantric Vipassana” meditations from Kashmiri Shaivism), about 2-3 hours a day
  • Evening satsangs and discussions with Somananda
  • Special spiritual lectures with Somananda on various spiritual topics, for example:
    • The Art of Skillful Action – How to Outwit Your Karma
    • Challenging Gravity – Facts and Fallacies on Levitation
    • How to talk to God, and much more

What you can expect from the retreat:

  • Spiritual rejuvenation and clear understanding of the yogic path
  • Substantial increase in your practical skills of Yoga
  • Calming of the mind and increased control over the mind-chatter
  • Skills to self-reflect and to use Yoga as a practical tool in daily life
  • Personal meeting with Somananda with suggestions for your spiritual development
  • Fun group interactions, enjoying sauna, spa or swimming, depending on the retreat venue

Yoga University curriculum of Levels 1 to 3

Each Yoga Level includes several theoretical and practical teachings from authentic and spiritual Yoga. The curriculum is exceptionally versatile and gives the student a very reliable and solid base for his or her spiritual and personal evolution. In the beginning your core practice is based on Hatha Yoga, followed by teaching and practice of Nidra Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Laya Yoga, Karma Yoga and in the higher levels also Kundalini Yoga and so on. We teach Yoga as it is meant to be – a clear science of self-growth and expansion of the mind.

During the retreat you will join the teaching sessions of your particular level based on your advancement in our Yoga University curriculum. A minimum of three people is required for a particular module to be offered during a specific Somananda Yoga Retreat. If your module is not offered, due to less than 3 participants, your payment will be refunded in full. There is a full compatibility with Agama school curriculum.

Level 1

MODULE 1

Lectures

  • What is Yoga
  • The seven chakras
  • The Polarity of energy
  • The eight stages of Yoga
  • Yogic purification practices
  • The indriyas and the chakras
  • The meaning of Asanas
  • Branches of Yoga
  • Panchakosha – the five bodies
  • Music meditation
  • Introduction to Yama & Niyama
  • Yama & Niyama 1 – Ahimsa, non-violence

Techniques

You will practice 20 different Hatha Yoga techniques, but you will learn the following in more detail:

  • Padahastasana
  • Tadasana
  • Sahaja Agnisara Dhauti
  • Surya Namaskara
  • Bhujangasana
  • Pachimottanasana
  • Trikonasana
MODULE 2

Lectures

  • The mental concentration and shambhavi mudra
  • Yama and Niyama (2) – Satyam, non-lying
  • Healing strategies in Yoga
  • Yama and Niyama (3) – Asteya, non-theft
  • Vamana Dhauti and basics of Ayurvedic medicine
  • Yama and Niyama (4) – Brahmacarya , sexual continence

Techniques

You will practice 20 different Hatha Yoga techniques, but you will learn the following in more detail:

  • Vajrasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Gomukhasana
  • Sarvangasana and sublimation
  • Ardha Sirsasana
  • Uddhiyana Bandha
MODULE 3

Lectures

  • Vegetarianism and Yoga
  • Yama and Niyama (5) – Aparigraha, non-posessiveness
  • Karma-Yoga
  • Yama and Niyama (6) – Sauca, purification
  • Varisara Dhauti (Sanka Praksalana) purification technique
  • Yama and Niyama (7) – Santosha, contentment

Techniques

You will practice 20 different Hatha Yoga techniques, but you will learn the following in more detail:

  • Pavanamuktasna
  • Salabhasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Svastikasana
  • Garudasana
  • Halasana
MODULE 4

Lectures

  • Yoga Nidra – the Yoga of mystic conscious sleep
  • Yama and Niyama (8) – Tapas, self-discipline
  • Yama and Niyama (9) – Svadhyaya, self-study
  • Yin-Yang in Yoga, Macrobiotics and Oshawa diet
  • Yama and Niyama (10) – Ishvarapranidhana, aspiration for the Divine

Techniques

You will practice 20 different Hatha Yoga techniques, but you will learn the following in more detail:

  • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Laya Yoga 4 initiations

Level 2

MODULE 1
  • The laws of the mind
  • Janusirsasana
  • Introductory elements to Prana and pranayama
  • Complete Yogic Breath
  • Marjariasana
  • Amaroli – yogic urine therapy
  • Sashasana
  • Philosophical bases of Yoga
MODULE 2
  • Agnisara Dhauti
  • Essentials of Ashvini Mudra
  • Pranayama with vowels
  • Nauli kriya
  • Yoga of sight
  • What is meditation

Level 3

MODULE 1
  • Maha Yoga Pranayama
  • Jivabalasana
  • Sukhasana
  • The five actions 1 – utksepana, rising
  • Nabhyasana
  • Trataka 1 – intermediary fixation
MODULE 2
  • The power of suggestion in Yoga
  • Utkatasana
  • The blessing technique
  • Yoga technique of protection 1
  • The three gunas
  • Mulasodhana dhauti

Levels 4-24

Curriculum of Levels 4 and up will be disclosed only to the students joining those Yoga Levels.

FAQ

When can I join the Adept’s Program retreat?

The Adept’s Program is a name for our curriculum Levels 5 to 13 combined. You can join these retreats when you have completed Level 4 in our Tantra School Curriculum and are therefore eligible to continue your studies in Level 5 and up (in the Adept’s Program).

How many hours of Yoga and meditation will be practiced daily?

Depending on the structure of a specific retreat there will be about 3 to 4 hours of Yoga, 1 to 2 hours of meditation and 1 to 3 hours of theoretical teachings with lectures or satsangs per day. A full day will be between 6 to 8 hours of teaching and practice.

Do I need to bring my own Yoga mat?

All retreat participants will receive exact retreat guidelines, how to prepare and what to bring, to their emails in advance. But your own Yoga mat is always required, yes.

How do I know if my Level will be offered in a particular retreat?

In the Adept’s Program retreats Levels 5 to 13 are offered in parallel, yet with separate teaching sessions. For any of these Levels to be offered within a particular retreat a minimum of 3 participants is required per Level. Sign up and you will be notified in advance once this minimum number has been reached and your Level is confirmed. Your payment will be refunded if your requested Level is not offer at that retreat.

  • "I have always believed that true spirituality requires a person to detach completely from your everyday life. Thank you so much Somananda for proving me wrong."

    Selena
  • "I have done Yoga for many years and joined the retreat only to support a friend. I had no idea how much of the basic Yoga knowledge had never reached me. There is a clear structure in spiritual teachings and I know it now."

    Carl
  • "This has been the single most important course we I have ever joined. Truthfully."

    Graig & Monica

Retreat fee includes:

  • Accommodation in comfortable shared rooms (2 or 3 people per room)
  • Tasty vegetarian meals 3 times a day
  • All retreat teachings and materials
  • Sauna on every other evening

Early-early bird fee: 560€, available until 31 May 2016
Early bird fee: 660€, available until 30 June 2016
Regular fee: 760€, starting from 1 July 2016

Retreat fee does not include transport to and from the venue. If you need help with this, please contact us and we are able to help you to hitch a ride with local participants or find alternative ways with other international students.

Retreat schedule

7.30 Morning meditation (all)
8.15 Yoga session (all)
10.00 Breakfast
11:00 Theoretical teachings I (separate for every Level and Module)
12:30 Theoretical teachings II (separate for every Level and Module)
14:00 Lunch
16.30 Yoga session (beginner and advanced groups)
19:00 Dinner, rest and sauna
21.00 Tantric initiations and practices
23.00 Lights out!

Retreat language is English.

Arrival and departure

Arrival is on Wednesday, 13 July, from 17.00. Welcome and introduction begins at 19.00

Departure is on Tuesday, 19 July, around 15.00.

Retreat venue

Mokko Country Hotel is a really unique treasure hidden in the marvellous Estonian countryside. It is a place for peace and nature lovers. The history of this flourishing country farm goes back as far as to 1740. Beautiful gardens, and old tall trees are said to have magical powers of rejuvenation. All living quarters have been modernized, yet the flare of a wealthy country side home has been preciously kept alive everywhere.

Mokko is just a few minute away from a Kuremaa lake and we will certainly go there for refreshing swims. Sauna house, with several different saunas, will be in your disposal on several evenings of the retreat. Nature, Yoga, spiritual lectures – what can possibly be better?!

Venue

Mokko Country Hotel
Änkküla
Palamuse parish, Jõgeva county 49202 Estonia
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Phone:
+372 776 3710
Website:
http://www.mokko.ee/blog/
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