Newsletter March 2012
We are preparing now for even larger numbers in the month ahead as we host some special retreats with cherished guests. In a few days Swami Muktimurti arrives to lead us through nine days of Mantra, Meditation and Reflection over Navaratri, to celebrate this auspicious astrological period. Following that we will once again see the return of the wise and humorous Rishis to join us for our signature event, Nurturing Positivity, taking place over Easter. This is a truly positive event offering us a chance to come together and celebrate life with our extended yoga family and other like minded people. There is much to look forward to in this retreat with sessions of Laughing Yoga, opportunities to dance and be moved in a special performance by guest musicians, as well as Akhanda kirtan (10-12 hours of chanting, singing and dancing) held through the night. Also having the opportunity to listen and be inspired by the combined wisdom of Swami Muktidharma and Rishis Nityabodha & Yoga Diwali, makes this a very worthwhile event to attend. There will be other Satyananda Yoga teachers offering their expertise and knowledge during this great event such as Swami Karma Karuna and Swami Ratnamurti.
We are very much looking forward to hosting our first Family Yoga Retreat during the school holidays in April. This playful retreat Sannyasins Vishwatma and Atma Sundari (Sunnie) join the Anahata Swamis on the teaching team to give the family a chance to come together in fun and creative ways to experience different aspects of yoga, including age and developmentally appropriate yoga poses, animated breathing exercises, nature walks, rhythm/dance classes, and arts & crafts sessions.
The annual Sacred Feminine retreat during May offers females a chance to reconnect with their inner self. Practices will include yoga for women’s health, deep relaxation, sessions on “finding your voice”, discussions, breath work and meditations on women’s needs, Yantra and Mantra, fire ceremonies and more, with Swami Karma Karuna, Rita Scholten and Caitlin.
Be sure to check out the website for details on these and other events!
The first few months of this year has seen many guests coming to experience the beautiful environment here at Anahata and receive the many benefits of teachings on yoga. The year started with very large numbers attending the inspiring New Year's Creating Change retreat to start their year off in a truly positive way, and has continued with a similar high energy throughout this summer of events.
The annual Celebration of Sound revitalized the place with music and good vibrations, setting our souls dancing. This featured visiting musicians leading workshops and sharing their gifts in kirtan (mantra chanting), Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound) practices taught by Swami Muktidharma, and a unique opportunity to be taken on a journey through a stirring and powerful didgeridoo meditation.
We got all fired up and busy in the kitchen with Sannyasin Adhyatma during Yoga and Ayurveda where it was discovered how well these two sciences compliment each other. From ginger pills and delicious Lassi drinks to yoga classes for each dosha, participants departed feeling well fed and balanced on all levels of their being.
As well as being busy up on the mountain, Anahata has taken many of the inspiring practices of Satyananda Yoga on the road this summer, and set themselves up at the local festivals, Luminate and Evolve, where they have shared with hundreds of people. Swami Karma Karuna presented workshops on Yoga Nidra, Being Present and Nurturing Positivity to name a few. The Yoga Nidra sessions were so well attended it was like being in a can of sardines. Some participants layed outside the tent and eventually we had to split the session into two time slots to accommodate the crowd! There were requests at both festivals for us to perform a Havan (ancient fire ceremony). Anahata residents who attended Luminate were amazed by the reception the Havan received. After the event everyone sat in the teepee in a state of stillness and no one appeared to want to move or leave for a good ten minutes. The power of the practice was very evident.
Following in the footsteps of Paramahamsa Satyananda, Anahata hosted our first Interfaith gathering with a Buddhist representative as well as a Methodist Minister present. We enjoyed meditations, a shared meal and ended with a candle ceremony for peace. We had an Interfaith altar, with the yogic symbols as well as Buddha statue and a Cross, representing everyone present. It was very special and inspiring to see all the threads woven together to create a beautiful fabric of peace and grace.
We continue to have large numbers attending the week long Explore Your 'Self' Retreats we hold each month. This seems to be a perfect retreat for introducing people to a whole range of yoga practices, and giving people useful tools to take away into their everyday life. The recent weekend retreats we have held on more specialised topics, ie. ‘Yoga Nidra’ and ‘The Art of Living and Dying’, have given those wanting to go into the science of yoga at a deeper level some more tools for their practice.