Mindful Awareness Retreat Day
When being mindful, we are present—our mind clearer and awareness more apparent. This is a wondrous experience where we feel whole and unbound. The retreat day includes various aspects of yoga and Vedantic practices—asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting and Self-inquiry. Group practice enhances individual experience. Led by Gajananam.
Type of Event
Morning refreshments, vegetarian lunch, and afternoon snack included.
A wonderful opportunity to retreat from your daily activities and life and immerse yourself in reflective practices. Such programs are designed to refresh body and mind and lend inspiration to the spirit. During the day we engage in various aspects of yoga and Vedantic practices—asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting and Self-inquiry.
Much of the time we act as if in "auto-pilot mode", letting the subconscious mind take the lead, thus we act, talk and behave according to habit. Our mind is freed to roam around randomly, or, to delve into past and future thoughts, regrets and worries. How much of the time are we really present with what is just in front, around, and within us?
When being mindful, we are present, our mind becomes clearer and awareness more apparent, we become more alive. The mind is less cluttered with worries, anxieties, regrets or excitement. This is not a dull state, but a wondrous experience where we feel whole and unbound. We also become more in tune with our surroundings and our own being. We feel relief from the various mental and emotional burdens we tend to carry. At first we can maintain such a state for short periods. But, with practice, it can be maintained for longer durations.
During this retreat day, we will practice remaining present and mindful together. We will meditate together, chant together, and practice various yogic techniques together. Group practice enhances individual experience in both direct and indirect ways.
Gajananam, direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda, is founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, CA. He has taught at many Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses and retreats. He is an excellent teacher.