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How does one live a life where one can act with honour and live in peace? How does one awaken songs of Healing, Love & Beauty? How can a one re-envision oneself in response to a radically changing world?
All of us are confronted with questions like this. These are questions that become vitally important as we move into a world that grows more complex and hurried. Ritambhara Ashram and …. have come together to enable the seeker to immerse themselves in the wisdom of Patnajali’s Yoga Sutras to find the principles and practices that we can help one answer these fundamental questions.
The Emerging World
Leaders and professionals in all walks of life are confronted with a world where change is commonplace. The psychological process of preparing the self and the capacity to transform continually are critical to developing a robust response to this challenge. These professionals and leaders go through programmes that help them acquire skills and competencies to cope with the new demands of performance, often without creating the inner foundation to live through the constant change. It will be obvious to any serious observer of the situation that this is less than optimal.
The Arthashashtra recommends that all leaders must be yogis. The Natyashastra, the Vaastu shastras and a host of other texts recommend a practice of Yoga as the foundation for excelling in the profession. The reason is very simple. Yoga practiced in a holistic fashion ensures that a person becomes capable of being the best he or she can be in spite of changes in the context and across time. Leaders and professionals need to strive continuously to perform at their peak capabilities in the context of flux. This means a continuous investment in one’s competencies, one’s inner well being and one’s health.
What is Antaranga Yoga?
The branches and leaves of a tree are its most visible parts but, they are surely not the whole tree. Without the roots that go deep into the earth, the branches and leaves will become dry twigs and decaying leaves. Aasana & Praanayaama are the most visible parts of the body of yoga but they are not the whole practice. When they are not rooted in self-reflexivity, they are mere exercises for the body. They do not address the core intent of Yoga namely, ending duHkha and discovering Ananda. They are the more superficial and easily demonstrable aspects, the more tangible of the “bahiranga saadhana” (the outer practice). While the “antaranga saadhana” (inner practice) is referred to as meditation and has caught the popular imagination, it is also distorted and trivialized as a relaxation or a mind control methodology. The behavioural components of Yoga namely, Yama & Niyama (interpersonal ethics & intrapersonal discipline), pratyAhAra redirecting one’s prANic energies and dhyAna profound attentiveness are often neglected. Meditation is then reduced to simplistic visualization techniques. Yoga is a profound & holistic practice and an approach to life; it cannot be practiced or adopted in fragments. Yoga is to be lived in the flux of reality though it can be learned in the tranquility of an ashram.
Antaranga Yoga- The key to a beautiful life
This exploration into the foundations of Antaranga Yoga will provide an opportunity for participants to:
Design of the Programme
The methodology of work will be a flowing rhythm between an exploration into one’s inner processes and working with outer expression, through a combination of practices and dialogues. This exploration will help to integrate the individual’s inner experience with the action choices he / she makes in the work and family spaces.
This unique approach to Antaranga Yoga allows the participant to discover a personal practice and initiate their unique spiritual quest. Each participant will be enabled to design a personal practice that will help them act with intensity and conviction as well as evolve inwardly. The Antaranga Yoga exploration thus offers the following:
*Suitable age group 21 years and above
The Details of the Retreat are as follows:
Date & timings: Starts on the morning of Friday, 30thJune, 2023 at 10.00 am and concludes on Sunday, 02th, July, 2023, 1.30 pm
(Note: Participants are requested to arrive by 29th June (Thursday) evening or latest by 30th June (Friday) morning by 8:00 AM)
Retreat Fee: Rs.15,000/- per person for Indian national and for foreign national $190 USD. The fees in inclusive of boarding, lodging and teaching.
Accommodation: Shared accommodation will be provided
Food: Simple sattvik food with fresh grown vegetables from the farm
Venue: Indica Ritambhara Retreat, No. 69, BMTC Layout, Adjacent to Kammasandra Village, Lakshmipura Hobli.
The Retreat, located just on the outskirts of Bangalore city, is a small beautiful space dedicated to Yoga & spiritual studies and practices in a simple and clean environment adjacent to a farm of its own.
Reaching the Retreat Venue: The venue is about 22 kms from Majestic Bus Stand and is accessible through Magadi Road and Tumkur Road preferably through own vehicles. The retreat center is very close to ‘Kamadhanu Kshetra’ – a highly popular Raghavendra Swamy temple in last few years. It would take about an hour to reach the retreat venue from the heart of the city. Participants have to make their own arrangements. If any assistance is required Indica Yoga Team will help.