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Gentle Yoga Retreat

Taught by Saraswati2:00 PM Wednesday, June 14 –
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Course Description

This course is geared towards people with limited flexibility and at the same time is geared towards the students who need modified postures themselves.  Yoga is a complete system of retuning body, mind, and spirit.  The media only pictures young and fit bodies for yoga, but yoga is for all body types and physical fitness levels.  The full benefits of yoga can be experienced using gentle and modified postures along with relaxation and proper breathing and concentration.

Gentle Yoga is designed for students who need to have the basic yoga postures modified due to age, weight, illness, injury or limited flexibility. In our experience as teachers we have found that due to poor lifestyles and chronic stress, many students come to yoga unable to safely practice the postures. In keeping with the principle of ahimsa (nonviolence) we have learned to modify the asanas so that these students can benefit from a physical practice as they build the strength and flexibility to perform the full postures.   These are some examples when gentle can be beneficial:

  • Beginners who are new to yoga
  • People who have not exercised or have stopped and would like to start.
  • Overweight, Underweight, or any other bodily weakness
  • Stiff, Weak, or Injured Spines
  • Office workers, Computer Workers with many hours sitting daily
  • People recovering from illness

Benefits of Gentle Yoga

  • Increase Strength and Flexibility
  • Gaining confidence in your ability to more your body in an effective way
  • Increase your breathing capacity
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Learn relaxation techniques to overcome stress
  • Learn healthy healing diet
  • Detoxify body and mind
  • Learn Positive thinking, remove fears and anxieties
  • Regain Peace and Joy through Meditation
  • Discover and Renew yourself with yoga philosophy
  • Develop healthy lifestyle habits

Daily Schedule

6-8am...........................Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am........................Yoga Class
10am...........................Brunch
11am...........................Karma Yoga
1-3pm..........................Yoga Workshop
4-6pm..........................Open Yoga Class
6pm..............................Dinner
8-10pm.......................Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture

Pre-requisite

There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn classical yoga.

Arrival and Departure

Check-in time 2:00PM and Check-out time 12:00AM

What to Bring

Textbook: "Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy" by Swami Sitaramananda

Other:  slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.  All books and materials are available in our boutique.

Cost (all-inclusive)

Single..................................$450 USD

Shared (2 people).............$300 USD

Shared (4 people).............$245 USD

Tent.......................................$210 USD

The cost includes price of classes, accommodations, and food.

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Testimonials

"I appreciate the gentle yoga because I receive more direction to pay attention to what I am capable of doing, being gentle with myself, I learn alternative ways of doing each asana or stretch offered and feel more of a sense of community in the gentle class environment."   ~ Barbara S.

"I have been doing gentle yoga for two years now. Six months after my failed back surgery, I was in worse pain than before. I started going to gentle yoga classes one day a week and now go three times a week. The benefits are many. The less vigorous class with modified poses in gentle yoga enable me to carry out most of the poses with ease. It has taught me balance, relaxation and meditation and improved my memory and concentration. Learning how to relax through breathing exercises has taught me to fall back to sleep whenever I wake up in the middle of the night and to get rid of headaches. It is amazing how the power of gentle yoga has enabled me to do the things I love to do, without which I would have been afraid to do because of my chronic pain."   ~ Julie A.

"At 72, I strive to age competently. A major practice to that end is gentle yoga-for strength, flexibility and relaxation three essentials to ensure my lifes continuing high quality. Asana modifications, based on individual students' limitations, are demonstrated, supervised and encouraged. Without this feature, given my age and condition, I would not be able to experience the benefits of yoga."   ~ Paula L., 72

 

Saraswati

Saraswati graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course 2010 in Vietnam. She is also a graduate of the, "Yoga Psychology",  "Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness" course and "Ayuvedic massage therapist". She has been a volunteer staff at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam since 2010. After a few months service at the Sivananda Yoga centers in New Plymouth, New Zealand and Grass Valley, California she returned to Vietnam and assumes responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Dalat City. She enjoys teaching beginner courses, yoga for kids along with ayurveda and healing.

www.sivanandayogavietnam.org/topic/aboutthedalatcenter