One excellent way to explore yoga is to enroll in a short course or workshop in yoga. This way, you can begin or strengthen your yoga practice by working in an extended fashion under competent supervision. Many of the institutes representing major styles of yoga, such as the Himalayan Institute, Integral Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Sivananda Yoga offer series of courses in yoga, graded to different levels of practitioners (for instance, Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced practitioners). Many yoga institutes and studios also offer intensive workshops in a particular aspect of yoga practice, such as a weekend afternoon workshop on how to achieve the perfect headstand.
Another way to immerse yourself intensively in yoga is to attend a yoga workshop or retreat that spans several days. If you attend a retreat in a picturesque setting, you can combine your practice of yoga with a bit of vacation spent in the company of other individuals who perhaps share interests similar to your own. If you travel to a more distant location, your experience can be even more exotic and mind-expanding.
Many of the yoga institutes and associations listed throughout Yoga for Men offer workshops and retreats. If you are interested in experiencing a particular style of yoga, check with an association that is affiliated with that style. In addition to the major yoga associations, the following organizations offer workshops and retreats in yoga:
Elat Chayyim offers courses in meditation and yoga within a Jewish spiritual environment. Recent representative samplings of retreat courses offered include "Torah Yoga for Healing and Transformation" and "Yoga and Meditation: Breathing into Balance." Of special interest to readers of Yoga for Men, it offers programs such as "Jewish Men's Retreat." Elat Chayyim 99 Mill Hook Road Accord, NY 12404
Tel: (800) 398-2630 or (845) 626-0157 Fax: (845) 626-2037
Esalen Institute is one of the premier learning centers in the United States, and a pioneer in the human potential movement. It offers a wide variety of courses and workshops in yoga—representative programs include Hatha Yoga, Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound), Vinyasa Yoga and Trance Dance, Chakra Integration, Yoga in Action, and a Labor-of-Love Yoga Retreat weekend. In addition, Esalen offers a month-long yoga work/study program for individuals who want an in-depth immersion. For the man who wishes to pamper himself, Esalen boasts hot springs and a variety of bodywork treatments in many different styles.
Esalen Institute 55000 Highway 1 Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
Tel: (831) 667-3000 (general information) or (408) 667-3005 (reservations only) Fax: (831) 667-2724 (exclusively for reservations; no general correspondence) Website: www.esalen.org E-mail: [email protected]
The Expanding Light Retreat offers programs year-round in yoga, meditation, and healthy lifestyle education. The keystone of The Expanding Light's approach to yoga is Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness. (For more information on this approach to yoga, please see the entry on "Ananda Yoga," page 99.) The Expanding Light Retreat 14618 Tyler Foote Road Nevada City, CA 95959 Tel: (800) 346-5350 or (530) 478-7518 Fax: (530) 478-7518 Website: www.expandinglight.org E-mail: [email protected]
The Feathered Pipe Foundation offers week-long yoga workshops with some of the best-known teachers of yoga in the United States at several locations, including the Feathered Pipe Ranch, a quiet pristine wilderness retreat center in the Montana Rockies, and other interesting and exotic locations, such as Bhutan and Mexico. Feathered Pipe Ranch
The Himalayan Institute offers a wide variety of programs on yoga and healthy living both at its main headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, as well as at its numerous branch locations throughout the United States and the rest of the world. For more information on the Institute and its tradition of yoga, see Chapter 2. Of interest to those men wishing to immerse themselves more fully in the yoga lifestyle, the Institute offers residential programs ranging from days to months at its Honesdale campus. Its Self-Transformation Program, ranging from one to three months, provides a complete introduction to yoga practices by taking part in a variety of courses and seminars offered throughout the week and on weekends. Participants in the program perform four to five hours of selfless community service from Monday to Saturday to contribute to community life through work. This allows them to put into practice the teachings and practice of yoga in daily living activities.
RR1 Box 1127
Honesdale, PA 18431-9706
E-mail: [email protected]
Hollyhock Retreat Center, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, is Canada's leading education retreat and an international center for the cultivation of human consciousness, well-being, and social impact. It is located on the spectacularly scenic Cortes Island, off the western coast of Canada. To the man seeking an active vacation/retreat experience, it offers such diverse possibilities as hiking, swimming, sailing, and kayaking. It offers a wide range of courses and workshops in yoga. Recent offerings include programs in Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, karma yoga, and Kripalu Yoga, among others. As a sign of the popularity of the yoga practiced at Hollyhock, one recent work/study program called "Yoga and the Expressive Arts" was sold-out well in advance of its start date. Hollyhock Retreat Center P.O. Box 127 Manson's Landing Cortes Landing, B.C. Canada V0P 1K0
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is a holistic center located in the scenic Berkshire Mountains. In addition to offering classes and teacher training certification in its own approach to yoga (see Chapter 8), it offers weekend retreats as well as intensive yoga conferences that bring together some of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. In addition, for the man seeking a deeper immersion into yoga while taking some time away from the workaday world, Kripalu offers a three-month intensive Spiritual Lifestyle Program (SLP). The program is designed for people who are ready to make a deep commitment to transformation at all levels—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. The essence of SLP is karma yoga, learning to use work as a spiritual practice. SLP participants serve 40 hours per week, generally making beds, washing dishes, and cleaning. They also receive general training in yogic living, including hatha yoga classes, study groups, and sharing groups designed to deepen and support their SLP experience. SLP is a work exchange program that does not require a fee.
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Lenox, MA 01240
Tel: (800) 741-SELF (7353) or (413) 448-3152 (international and local calls) Fax: (413) 448-3384
E-mail: [email protected] (for general questions or to request a catalog)
The Mount Madonna Center is inspired by Baba Hari Dass and is sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of yoga. Located south of San Francisco between Watsonville and Gilroy, the Center offers a wide variety of courses and programs in yoga. Mount Madonna Center occupies 355 acres overlooking all of Monterey Bay. Amenities that may appeal to the active man include hiking trails, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a small lake for swimming, a hot tub, and a gymnasium for volleyball and basketball. Accommodations range from campgrounds to private rooms with baths. Mount Madonna Center 445 Summit Road Watsonville, CA 95076 Tel: (408) 847-0406 Fax: (408) 847-2683
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers some of the most broad-based and widely available holistic courses and programs in the United States. Headquartered in Rhinebeck, New York, it offers programs in an array of yoga styles, as well as yoga teacher certification programs. It presents workshops during the winter at such warm holiday destinations as the Caribbean (St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Costa Rica. During the year, it offers weekend conferences and one-day courses at major urban areas and retreat centers throughout the country, including Austin, Boston, Miami, and New York City. Of special interest to yoga devotees is its Annual Yoga Conference, which brings together some of the best-known teachers of yoga for several days of intense lectures and workshops. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies 150 Lake Drive Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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