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A Two Week Immersion with Govinda Kai

 

The major theme of this retreat will be about how to use traditional yogic methods to enhance the overall quality and depth of one’s daily practice and experience of the totality of one’s life. We will be exploring the comprehensive integration of traditional methods of practice (including asana practice, philosophical inquiry, mantra yoga, chanting, kirtan and meditation) into all dimensions of one’s life (personal and professional).

About the teacher

Govinda Kai is a certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher from San Francisco, California. He is currently living and teaching in The Hague, The Netherlands at Inner Embassy yoga studio.

Hebegan a lifetime of exploration of the practice of yoga in 1978. From 1979-1981, Govinda practiced intensely with Sogyal Rimpoche, who, at the time, was considered one of the most senior teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist Mahayana tradition. In his 20’s he was a regular student at the Iyengar School of Yoga in San Francisco, which was managed by some of BKS Iyengar’s more senior students and teachers. He also was a regular attendee at the Siddha Yoga Centre in the San Francisco Bay Area, which, at the time, was guided by Swami Muktanada. The Siddha Yoga tradition focuses strongly on traditional yoga practices such as chanting, meditation and asana practice.  In 1990, Govinda was introduced by a friend to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga at a studio called It’s Yoga in San Francisco, California. In 1995, Govinda made his very first visit to Mysore, India to practice under the supervision of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Between 1995 and 2015, Govinda returned to Mysore to practice 25 times (the shortest length of time spent in Mysore during each visit was 3 months). Because of the strong influence of teachers from Asia (India, Tibet, Japan) and his extensive time and experiences in India, Govinda draws much of his inspiration and teaching content from the more traditional roots of yoga practice. Thus, he is passionate about the integration of asana, chanting (mantra yoga) and philosophical inquiry in a way that is not as common in many modern Western yoga classes.

Course content and daily schedule

In this program, students can expect a strong foundation of principles and values which are closely aligned with traditional yoga practice as it is taught in India. In traditional yoga practice, a very strong integration between the different limbs or dimensions of yoga is emphasised. That means that yoga is not treated primarily as physical exercise. More than anything yoga is treated as a method for the cultivation of deep mindful awareness and profound understanding. The physical body is utilised as an important tool in the process, but is not the primary point of focus. Thus, the integration between breath control and awareness, philosophical inquiry and daily sadhana or practice is essential.

Together we will explore the practice of Mantra Yoga (chanting in Sanskrit), including learning to chant the Bhagavad Gita, considered by many to be the most important and essential book on traditional yoga practice. There will be daily practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as it is taught by the Jois family of Mysore, India. There will also be numerous sessions to discuss and inquire about the philosophical inquiry of traditional yoga practice, especially as it relates to the application of yoga principles to one’s day to day life, both personally and professionally. Govinda is extremely passionate about traditional yoga practice and its capacity to radically transform our ability to understand ourselves and apply that understanding for the betterment of both ourselves and those close to us.

Each of the 8 afternoon workshops will include a combination of Mantra Yoga (both traditional stotram, Japa, Kirtan and Vedic chanting), a dynamic discussion about yoga philosophy and inquiry (including ample time for questions). There will be a special emphasis on learning to apply yogic and Vedic principles to one’s practice and personal life.

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Weekly Schedule
23/11 to 07/12

Saturday 23 Nov
Arrival Day
Students will have access to the rooms after 2pm.
6pm Introduction meeting followed by dinner. All students should try to participate in this first get together.

Sunday 24 Nov
7 am Pranayama & Led class
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Monday 25 Nov
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Tuesday 26 Nov
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Wednesday 27 Nov
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
Afternoon off
6.30pm Dinner

Thursday 28 Nov
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Friday 29 Nov
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
Afternoon off
6.30pm Dinner

Saturday 30 Nov
10am Brunch
Day off
6.30pm Dinner

Sunday 1 Dec
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Small Brunch
3.30pm Chai and Fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Monday 2 Dec
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and Fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Tuesday 3 Dec
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and Fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Wednesday 4 Dec
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
Afternoon off
6.30pm Dinner

Thursday 5 Dec
7 am Pranayama & Mysore practice
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and Fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Friday 6 Dec
7 am Pranayama & Led class with chakra chanting
11am Brunch
3.30pm Chai and Fruits
4.30pm Afternoon workshop
6.30pm Dinner

Saturday 7 Dec
9 am Check out from rooms
10am Simple breakfast

 

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