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Develop Connection & Awaken Wisdom
A Groundbreaking Urban Yoga Retreat Exploring the Chakras
At the Radisson Gateway - accommodations available, commuters welcome!
Labor Day Weekend: September 2-4, 2016

CONNECT. The word yoga means “union.” Create a more unified personal practice and join like-minded people for this inaugural retreat in the heart of Cleveland, America’s comeback city.

CHAKRAS are energy centers which represent different levels of our being, including physical, vital, mental, and spiritual. One of the main goals of yoga is to transcend the drives of the lower chakras and integrate their energies into the work of the higher ones. Delve deeply into the first and sixth chakras, which are closely linked together and serve as the cornerstone for understanding the entire chakra system. Mooladhara (1st) Chakra gives us our reason for being in the world while Ajna (6th) Chakra awakens us to our highest potential.

This RETREAT provides two levels of practice to meet your unique needs, exciting sessions on chakra theory, and networking with new and old friends.
FAMILY FRIENDLY! Your partner, children, or friends can come along and enjoy some of the sites and activities that make Cleveland such a great destination. Attend an all-ages yoga class at the beautiful Cleveland Public Library. Take  a narrated cruise on the Cuyahoga River, relax on a Lake Erie beach, or explore any of our world-famous museums.

WANT MORE? Join us for the pre-conference on Friday. Extend your stay at our residential center and we can help you design a personal retreat. Schedule a private yoga session or join us for a series of foundational and specialty yoga classes. Explore the city and metroparks or simply relax in the meditation garden...
                    
...the possibilities are endless! 
PRE-CONFERENCE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

10:30am - Noon: Yoga at Cleveland Museum of Art
Join us for a special session at one of the world’s finest museums! The renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, celebrating its 100th anniversary, will provide a gallery tour of pieces relating to chakras. Then senior YANA instructor Sannyasi Atmadarshan will guide you in an all-levels class in the Museum’s beautifully remodeled atrium. Truly a unique and inspiring experience!

Noon - 2:00pm: Lunch on Own (at the museum or on the way back to the hotel)

1:00 - 2:00pm: Conference Registration / Meet & Greet

2:00 - 3:00pm: Inspiration from India
Sannyasi Atmadarshan reveals photos and teachings from the Bihar School of Yoga’s 2015 Progressive Teacher Training and Yoga Chakra courses in Munger, India, along with Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati’s vision of yoga for the next 50 years.

3:00 - 3:30pm: Tea Break

3:30 - 5:00pm: Ashram-style Yoga Class
This is your opportunity to experience how a yoga class is delivered at one of the key schools in India. All levels are welcome; led by Sannyasi Atmadarshan.

5:00 - 7:00pm: Dinner on Own

CONFERENCE: FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 2 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Please note: schedule is subject to change.

5:30 - 7:00pm: Conference Registration

FRIDAY EVENING (7:00 - 9:30pm)

7:00 - 8:00pm: Welcome & Keynote
"Tantra and the Chakras: Overcoming Duality for Wellbeing in Body, Mind, and Spirit" with Yogacharya Swami Atmarupa.

8:00 - 8:30pm: Introduction to the Chakras
Brief overview of the Chakra System with Jignasu Nityatara.

8:30 - 9:30pm: Social Hour / Networking

SATURDAY (6:30am - 9:00pm)

6:30 - 6:50am: Early Morning Chanting
Start your day with a practice of three crucial mantras for physical health, mental clarity and overcoming obstacles; led by Sannyasi Atmadarshan.

7:00 - 8:00am: Morning Asana & Pranayama Practice – focus on Ajna
Stretch and breathe with this integral morning class.
Level 1: appropriate for those who want a gentler practice or an opportunity to learn and refine fundamental techniques. Practitioners with less than 2 years’ experience, those with back or other health concerns, and perinatal women are encouraged to attend; led by Sannyasi Shambhavi.

Level 2: for those who are familiar with the Bihar styles of Sun Salutation and Nadi Shodhana, and who can sit comfortably for 20 minutes; led by Jignasu Raghunath.

8:00 - 9:00am: Breakfast Buffet

Family/Guest Activities: 9:00am - Noon

9:00 - 10:30am: Ajna – Master Key for Unlocking the Chakras
Learn how to access Ajna to achieve your highest potential and why you need to work with Ajna first in any transformative process; with Yogacharya Swami Atmarupa.

10:30 - 11:00am: Stretch Break / Tea

11:00am - Noon: Yoga Nidra for Awakening the Chakras
Choose from two levels of practice: start with a brief presentation on the role Yoga Nidra can play in awakening the chakras and then be guided through a 30-minute Yoga Nidra.
Level 1; led by Sannyasi Sheelmurti.
Level 2; led by Jignasu Karunadhara.

Noon - 2:00pm: Lunch on Own

Family/Guest Activities: 2:00 - 5:00pm

2:00 - 2:45pm: SEVA Initiatives – Panel Discussion
2:45 - 3:30pm: Workshop: Steps You Can Take Now for Your Community
Experienced instructors from around the country share how they have used yoga to improve their communities. Inspirational and practical, these sessions may change not only your life, but the lives of countless others in your hometown!

3:30 - 4:00pm: Stretch Break / Tea & Light Snacks

4:00 - 5:00pm: Meditation and the Chakra System
Choose from two levels of practice: start with a presentation on the role of the chakras in meditation, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation.
Level 1; led by Sannyasi Atmadarshan.
Level 2; led by Yogacharya Swami Atmarupa.

5:00 - 7:00pm: Dinner on Own

7:00 - 8:30pm: Kirtan & Satsang / Q&A
Hailed as the most important yoga technique of the 21st century, kirtan releases emotional stress and builds community through call and response chanting of mantra. Family members and guests are most welcome to this beginner-friendly event.

Literally meaning “in the company of truth”, satsang is a rare opportunity to have your deepest questions about yogic principles and practices addressed by Yogacharya Swami Atmarupa and senior teachers.

8:30 - 9:00pm: Tea

SUNDAY (6:30am - 4:00pm)

6:30 - 6:50am: Early Morning Chanting
Start your day with a practice of three crucial mantras for physical health, mental clarity and overcoming obstacles; led by Yogacharya Swami Atmarupa.

7:00 - 8:00am: Morning Asana & Pranayama Practice – focus on Mooladhara
Stretch and breathe with this integral morning class.
Level 1: appropriate for those who want a gentler practice or an opportunity to learn and refine fundamental techniques. Practitioners with less than 2 years’ experience, those with back or other health concerns, and perinatal women are encouraged to attend; led by Sannyasi Indrani.

Level 2: for those who are familiar with the Bihar styles of Sun Salutation and Nadi Shodhana, and who can sit comfortably for 20 minutes; led by Deb Smith.


8:00 - 9:00am: Breakfast Buffet

Family/Guest Activities: 9:00am - Noon

9:00 - 10:30am: Mooladhara – The Base for Expanding Growth and Consciousness
An in-depth investigation of the root chakra to create the foundation for future growth. This key lecture includes symbolism, the importance of embodying positive first chakra qualities, and how to manage destructive knee-jerk reactions; with Sannyasi Atmadarshan.

10:30 - 11:00am: Stretch Break / Tea

11:00am - Noon: The Ajna/Mooladhara Connection & Yoga Nidra
Choose from two levels of practice: this session begins with a discussion on the intimate link between these two chakras as the foundation for all chakra work, followed by a 30-minute Yoga Nidra.
Level 1: TBA
Level 2: led by Jignasu Nityatara.

Noon - 2:00pm: Lunch on Own

Family/Guest Activities: 2:00 - 4:00pm

2:00 - 2:45pm: Taking It Home
How to Deepen Your Personal Practice and Enhance Your Classes with the Chakras (as a student and as a teacher). You’ve got the information – now how do you apply it? Receive tips and takeaways for taking yoga practice and teaching to the next level.

2:45 - 3:30pm: Satsang / Q&A
Literally meaning “in the company of truth”, satsang is a rare opportunity to have your deepest questions about yogic principles and practices addressed by Yogacharya Swami Atmarupa and senior teachers.

3:30 - 4:00pm: Meditation & Closing
Led by Yogacharya Swami Atmarupa.


EXTEND YOUR STAY: PERSONAL RETREAT OPTION, SEPTEMBER 5-10
   
Create your own retreat. Stay an extra day or longer at our residential center. Please contact YANA directly for more information and to make arrangements: info@yogaacademyna.org or 216-217-0691.