Below is the announcement from Sadhana Mandir Ashram (Swami Rama
Ashram) in Rishikesh, India about the upcoming Swami Rama Intensive.
I will be in the ashram during that time, and will be involved in
making presentations, as well as providing private consulting time
about practices. I look forward to seeing some of you during that
time. If you would like to come, please do make your reservations
early, as it is sincerely not an exaggeration to say that space is
limited. Please note the website link at the bottom of the
announcement, which also includes a faculty list. In each our last
two programs (April, 2008 and November, 2007) there were 13
presenters. We reasonably expect approximately the same teaching
In loving service,
Sadhana Mandir is happy to announce the dates for the next Swami Rama
October 26 to November 16, 1008.
SWAMI RAMA INTENSIVE
Immerse yourself in three weeks of the profound wisdom and practical
teachings of Swami Rama.
Sadhana Mandir offers a three week SWAMI RAMA INTENSIVE and YOGA
MEDITATION RETREAT twice a year, in the spring and fall. This Program
will be of tremendous interest to those familiar with Swami Rama and
who want to explore the teachings and practices in greater depth.
Swami Rama is widely known to have presented the deeper teachings of
Yoga in extremely clear and accessible ways, and with the perspective
that the goal of Yoga is nothing less than the direct experience of
one's true Self (Atman, Purusha) in this very lifetime.
SCHEDULE: Following is a general schedule outline. While there will
be several events each day, not all of the listings below will happen
each and every day. Our Programs are flexible, and we shift to
accommodate the needs of the participants.
5:00 Lemon water
6:00 Meditation #1
7:00 Hatha Yoga
11:30 Meditation #2
2:30 Practicum or Discussion
6:00 Meditation #3
MEDITATION: The Program will have four meditation times every day,
with each session being of the duration with which you personally
feel comfortable. It is the regularity that is emphasized, rather
than the duration.
PRESENTATIONS: Most days (though not necessarily every day) there
will be two presentations on practical Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra
based directly on the written teachings of Swami Rama. The Presenters
1) choose a chapter from a book by Swami Rama and give a presentation
with that title, including quotes,
2) elaborate or further explain the principles and practices, and
3) share their own experience with learning and practicing the
DISCUSSIONS: Approximately every other day there will be a
facilitated group discussion related to practices of mindfulness,
meditation in action, witnessing, and internal dialogue (important
aspects of contemplation). These will be based on the actual
practices in which you will be coached during the retreat.
HATHA YOGA and PRACTICUMS: Every day there will be Hatha Yoga classes
or other practicum classes, such as for Pranayama and breath
training, Agni Sara, or Yoga Nidra. The specific offerings each day
will be based on how they might blend with the rest of the Program
and the needs of the Participants.
WALKING: It is extremely convenient and pleasant to walk along the
River Ganges, as the ashram is directly beside the river in a less
densely populated part of Rishikesh (downstream from the busy areas).
Participants are encouraged to walk at least once, if not twice or
more per day between classes and meditations.
ACCOMMODATION: Double occupancy only, as space is limited. Register
Duration: 3 weeks, application is required
Program fee: Rs. 500 per day (includes food and lodging)
Sadhana Mandir Trust
Ramnagar, P.O. Pashulok
Rishikesh, 249203, (Uttarakhand) India