India Yoga Retreat with Rachel Zinman and John Weddepohl 12th-22nd February, 2015
India is full of magic and mystery and truly inspiring. Imagine practicing in early dawn light to the sounds of faraway temple prayers, walk on a sun kissed beach and delight in the color and vibrancy of local markets. Join Rachel Zinman and John Weddepohl and immerse yourself in the tradition and practice of Yoga. Be reminded of your SELF, your beauty, reflect and practice in an environment which is designed for you to take time out and nurture yourself.
Our daily classes will include creative vinyasa yoga, pranayama, mantra, mudra, yantra, lectures on Gyan Yoga (Self Knowledge) and Ayurveda plus you will learn a sequence which you can use in your daily life.
Who we are:
Rachel Zinman has been practicing yoga for over 27 years and has taught for 20. Prior to her initial yoga education Rachel trained as a professional dancer and choreographer in the USA and in Australia. Discovering yoga she originally trained in the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods and first began teaching in her role as Head of Dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium where she introduced yoga to the curriculum. Her teaching style continues to reflect her deep engagement with the arts – dynamic and precise with an emphasis on mindfulness. While again living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met Yoga Works and ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger teaching in his BeYoga studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated the Be Yoga Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor.
Rachel returned to Australia to teach in the Yoga Arts Teacher Training, and since 2005 has created and facilitated her own teacher trainings and workshops in the ISHTA System in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe. In 2006 she began practicing Bhakti Yoga and has incorporated Yantra, Mantra, Mudra and Tantric rituals into her workshops and trainings. Rachel¹s deep personal experience and investigation of meditation allows her to be both intuitive and creative in her work and she feels grateful to be able to share her passion with others.
Rachel also co-created and produced a popular Australian Yoga Video series and a Kid's Yoga Video. She is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and is published poet.
John Weddepohl started practicing and teaching in 1969 when he opened his first Yoga studio in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Travellng in India in 2004 he began studying Advaita Vedanta. Traditional without being a traditionalist John teaches both Hatha Yoga and Gnana Yoga the yoga of self-knowledge, believing both are the tools we need for everyday life. Feeling that commercial yoga is complicating something simple John‘s teaching culminates in a set sequence of exercise suitable as a home practice for daily life. Called ‘Mala’ this garland of yoga is inspired by the ancient Tamil Siddha Kriya tradition and is adaptable for everyday individual needs, ability and time constraints.
John’s says the mantra for today is ‘First work - then do yoga.’ ‘'All Yoga culminates in Gnana yoga the knowledge of the knower. Gnana - the purest form of yoga and tantra deals with the absolute truth of the human being.’
Because John’s initiation has taken many different forms from traditional sangomas (healers) in Africa, to living with sadhus on ashrams in Bihar, Nepal, the Himalayas, Orissa and Tamil Nadu John's teachings reflect these different traditions. Although he spends a lot of his time abroad John still feels Africa is home, where the connection with nature and the creation are intact and unspoiled in many areas. John has a daughter Natasha and lives in Cape Town South Africa. Find out more about John by visiting www.theyogaco.com or joining his facebook page Urb@n Vedanta
Sample Daily Schedule Overview
6:15-7:00am • Pranayama • Mantra • Mudra • Meditation
7:15-9:30am • Vinyasa flow practice
10:30am-12.30pm • Talks on Gyan Yoga (Self Knowledge)
3:30-5:15pm Ayurveda talks: • Intro to Ayurveda • Ayurveda for the Doshas • What are the Gunas • Prana Tejas Ojas • Ayurveda and Tantra • Balancing your system through Tantric tools • Ayurvedic lifestyle
5:15-6:30pm • Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra • Ishta Mala Yoga sequence • Group Yantra creation
7:30- 9:00pm • Kirtan and Bhajan
Please note: schedule is subject to change
Date: 12 - 22 February, 2015 (Please plan to arrive by 2 pm on the 12 February and check out by 12:00 pm on the 22 February.) There will be a half day free in the middle of the retreat.
Accommodation: Our retreat centre Satsanga Retreat www.satsangaretreat.com, named as one of "The best retreat centers in India" is located close to Anjuna beach in Goa. The centre offers a high standard of accommodation, two yoga shalas, a large swimming pool, daily massage and beauty treatments and delicious vegetarian cuisine made with love. I consider Satsanga my home away from home and go there every year to either teach or rejuvenate my spirit. I can't think of a better place to deepen your practice and its also the perfect place to land if its your first time in India.
Cost: $1600. $1500 Early Bird price if booked and paid in full by December 1, 2014. The fee includes tuition, twin share accommodation, 2 meals per day and a wholesome snack. We will organize your airport transfers but that's at your own cost. Single accommodation may be available depending on numbers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Places are limited to between 12-14 participants so book early to avoid disappointment
Contact Rachel: email@example.com for a registration form to reserve your space.
Retreats are Yoga Alliance approved for international accreditation and participants will receive a letter of completion at the end of the Retreat.