Yoga of Sound - Traversing the Tantric Soundscape of Yoga 35 Hour CET (Continuing Education for Teachers)
Apr
8
to May 7

Yoga of Sound - Traversing the Tantric Soundscape of Yoga 35 Hour CET (Continuing Education for Teachers)

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This 35 Hour CET is held part-time over the course of 3 weeks. Please note the following schedule.

Mon Apr 8 - 9.45am to 1.45pm (4 hours)

Wed Apr 10 - 9.45am to 1.45pm (4 hours)

Fri Apr 12 - 9.45am to 1.45pm (4 hours)

Mon Apr 15 - 9.45am to 1.45pm (4 hours)

Wed Apr 17 - 9.45am to 1.45pm (4 hours)

Fri Apr 19 -9.45am to 1.45pm (4 hours)

Mon Apr 22 - 9.45am to 1.45pm (4 hours)

Fri May 3 -10 am to 12pm (2 hours - revision and practicum)

30 Hours contact hours

Another 5 hours of non-contact hours will be of self practice, which will be discussed on the first day of the program.

All students will be encouraged to present one mantra of their choice, explain it and teach the class how to chant it on Friday May 3.

Upon completion of the program, a Continuing Education for Teachers (CET) certificate will be awarded to you.

Please email nora@thinkoffthemat.com for tuition fee and payment details. Thank you!

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Journey through the Cakras - 20 Hour CET
Apr
23
to May 10

Journey through the Cakras - 20 Hour CET

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This program is open to all who wish to integrate the practices of nada, yogāsana, pranayama and dhyana with the knowledge of cakras into practical relevance within our daily lives.

Please note the schedule as follows:

Tuesday April 23 - 11.30 am to 2.30pm (3 hours)

Thursday April 25 - 11.30 am to 1.30pm (2 hours)

Tuesday April 30 - 11.30 am to 1.30pm (2 hours)

Thursday May 2 - 11.30 am to 1.30pm (2 hours)

Tuesday May 7 - 11.30 am to 1.30pm (2 hours)

Thursday May 9 - 11.30am to 2.30pm (2 hours)

Friday May 10 - 10.30am to 1.30pm (3 hours)

Contact hours - 16 hours

Non-contact hours - 4 hours

20 Hours - CET 

A certificate of completion will be provided upon satisfactory attendance.

Please email nora@thinkoffthemat.com for tuition fee and payment details. Thank you!

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May
27
to May 30

Journey through the Cakras - 20 Hour CET

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This program is open to all who wish to integrate the practices of nada, yogāsana, pranayama and dhyana with the knowledge of cakras into practical relevance within our daily lives.

Please note the schedule as follows:

Monday May 27 - 9.30 am to 1.30pm (4 hours)

Tuesday May 28 - 9.30 am to 1.30pm (4 hours)

Wednesday May 29 - 9.30 am to 1.30pm (4 hours)

Thursday May 30 - 9.30 am to 1.30pm (4 hours)

Contact hours - 16 hours

Non-contact hours - 4 hours

20 Hours - CET 

A certificate of completion will be provided upon satisfactory attendance.

Please email nora@thinkoffthemat.com for tuition fee and payment details. Thank you!

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Think Off The Mat 200 Hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training
Aug
19
to Nov 8

Think Off The Mat 200 Hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training

This training is accredited with the Yoga Alliance (https://www.yogaalliance.org) and to adhere to the Yoga Alliance requirements, the training will consist of a minimum of 180 contact hours with me. 

The remaining 20 hours will be spent on home assignments and self practice.

Contact hours refer to the hours that will be spent with me in the following areas in a group class setting. 

Techniques, Training and Practice: 100 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayama, kriya, chanting, mantra, meditation, Sanskrit and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours will be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas will receive substantial emphasis.

Teaching Methodology: 25 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.

How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting.

Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting.

Teaching styles.

Qualities of a teacher.

The student learning process.

Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal).

*Special Requirement: A maximum of five hours related to the business aspects of teaching yoga may be counted towards the Yoga Alliance Contact Hours requirements for this category.

The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques. 

Example Teaching Methodology Topics

The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.

Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.

Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.

Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles.

Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns.

Anatomy and Physiology: 20 Hours*

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
*Special Requirements: A minimum of five of the above hours will be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita and Tantric Cosmology)

Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma

Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community

Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)

*Special Requirements: A minimum of 2 of the above Contact Hours will be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.

Practicum: 10 Hours

Topics in this category include:
Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback).*

Receiving and giving feedback.

Observing others teaching.**

Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

*Each trainee will spend a minimum of 5 Contact Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. Time spent assisting, observing others teaching, or giving feedback to others is excluded from these hours.

**Trainees will teach a full 90 minute Yogāsana class which will include breathwork and meditation as part of the final practicum.

This is a part-time non residential course with a full week residential in Goa for practicum week at the end of the training. Students are welcome to invite friends and family to the practicum week and attend the classes lead by all trainees.

Tuition Fee (*Please note that tuition fee does not include travel and accommodation for Goa Residential week)

Early bird registration - USD 1500

After June 1st - USD1800

Please see tentative schedule below:

August

19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 (6 days x 5 contact hours) (9.30am to 3.30pm / 1 hour lunch break)

September

2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 (12 days - 5 contact hours) (9.30am to 3.30pm / 1 hour lunch break)

Oct

7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, Nov 1 (12 days x 5 hours) (9.30am to 3.30pm / 1 hour lunch break)

Nov 3 to 8 (Residential training in Goa) (4 x 8 hours)

Contact hours - 180 hours

Non-contact hours - 20 hours

Please contact me at nora@thinkoffthemat.com for more information.

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Keep the Faith - A Bhakti Yoga Retreat
Sep
28
to Oct 4

Keep the Faith - A Bhakti Yoga Retreat

  • Marrakech & Essaouira, Morocco (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Travel to the mystical land of Morocco with me for a week of Bhakti (Devotion) Yoga. Our practice of devotion simply means “to be one with”, through Faith (Śraddha), something much bigger than our limited individual selves. To be one with our highest Self, to be one with the Divine. Through the Yoga practices of Āsana (postures in Hatha/Vinyasa/Yin/Restorative Yoga) to prepare and purify the physical body; Pranayama (Breath work) to discipline and free the subtle body, Śastra (Yoga philosophy) and Dhyana (Meditation) to quieten the mind and contemplate on what it means to be one with the infinite ocean of Divine consciousness, and Nada (Sound - Mantra and Kirtan) to further open our hearts and minds in realisation that we are one with the Divine and all Divine beings in this realm.

Price of retreat

Twin Sharing

  • USD 1300 (Early bird - before March 30)

  • USD 1500 (After March 30)

Single

  • USD 1450 (Early bird - before March 30)

  • USD 1650 (After March 30)

Includes the following:

5 to 6 hours of Yoga practices - Morning practice of 2.5 to 3 hours / Evening practice of 1.5 to 2 hours / After dinner meditation/mantra/restorative of 1 to 1.5 hours.

3 nights stay in Marrakech at a beautiful eco lodge at the foothills of the Atlas mountain range)

3 nights stay in Essaouira by the Atlantic coast on the beach

All meals (vegan)

2 day excursions with official guide in Marrakech

2 day excursions with official guide in Essaouira

Transport for all scheduled excursions

All airport transfers

Does not include:

Flights (There are numerous flights flying into the Marrakech Menara Airport from major cities in Europe and middle east. I am happy to recommend airlines and flights if you need assistance.

Accommodation (should you need to arrange for depending on flight schedule)

Additional food and drinks not included in the 3 meals provided.

Travel Insurance

Visas

Shopping therapy :)

For further queries and clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at nora@thinkoffthemat.com.

Aum Namaḥ Śivāya

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Think Off The Mat 300 Hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training
Nov
18
to Apr 12

Think Off The Mat 300 Hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training

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Think Off The Mat’s 300-hour advanced training is designed to build upon and deepen the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of the practice and teaching of yoga that are taught at the 200-hour level. A 300-hour advanced training prepares its trainees to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, more detailed, and/or subtler, and the training enables them to teach with greater skill than could reasonably be expected of a RYT 200. The Think Off The Mat 300-hour advance training provides a well rounded and integrative platform for trainees to use the physical, energetic and philosophical practices of Yoga to support and elevate their own personal practice and their teachings.

The topics include the following:

1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 120 hours

This material shall foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your school's RYS 200 or foundational Techniques, Training and Practice sessions. Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

More in-depth studies of the following categories:

Advance yang yogāsanas

  • Standing āsanas

  • Forward folding āsanas

  • Twisting āsanas

  • Backbending āsanas

  • Arm balances

  • Inversions

Yin Yogāsanas

  • Using skeletal differentiations to lead a Yin Yogāsana class

Yoga Nidra

Advance hands-on assist for students in group and private classes

  • Assists and adjustments in Yin and Yang Yogāsanas

  • Assists and facilitated stretches using principles of Thai Massage

Pranayama (Breathwork)

Kriyas (Cleansing practices)

Nada (Sound)

  • Using fundamental knowledge of Sanskrit to support a Nada Yoga practice

  • Sanskrit as seen in the Tantric cosmology

  • Using the Mantra Puruṡa (Cosmic Body of Sound) as part of a meditation practice and how to lead it in class.

Dhyana (Meditation)

2. Teaching Methodology: 15 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.

  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting.

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting.

  • Teaching styles.

  • Qualities of a teacher.

  • The student learning process.

  • Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal).

3. Anatomy and Physiology: 55 Hours

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology and also include energy anatomy and physiology. Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

In-depth studies of the following:

Human physical anatomy

  • The skeletal and muscular architecture of the human anatomy

  • Differentiation skeletal architecture in individual students and how it affects the Yogāsana practice

Cardiovascular and respiratory system

  • Their relationship to pranayāma

Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga

  • How to apply the principles of Ayurveda to a Hatha Yoga practice and how to lead a class in accordance to the student’s dośa

Energetic anatomy and physiology

  • Cakra system and theory

  • Using Modern Meridian Theory in relation to a Yin Yogāsana class

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 50 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

Further and deeper study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts than what was included in the 200-hour syllabus content.

  • Yoga Sutras

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika

  • Bhagavad Gita

  • Tantric Cosmology

  • Upanishads

4. Practicum: 30 Hours

Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback).

  • Receiving and giving feedback.

  • Observing others teaching.

  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

As part of their final practicum, trainees will lead the following:

  • A 90 minute Yogāsana class which includes pranāyama, meditation and guided śavāsana

  • A 150 minute workshop on a topic of their choice

Contact hours - 270 hours

Non-contact hours - 30 hours

This is a part-time, non-residential course with a full week residential in Rishikesh for practicum week at the end of the training. Students are welcome to invite friends and family to the practicum week and attend the classes lead by all trainees.

Tuition Fee (*Please note that tuition fee does not include travel and accommodation for Rishikesh residential week.)

Early Bird Registration - USD 2400

After Aug 1st - USD 2700

Schedule

Nov 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 (6 days)

Dec 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20 (9 days)

Jan 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31 (6 days)

Feb 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 (12 days)

Mar 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23 (10 days)

April - Weeklong residential training in Rishikesh

Please send your queries to nora@thinkoffthemat.com


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Follow Your Bliss - A Yoga Retreat to the Happiest Place on Earth - Bhutan
Sep
30
to Oct 7

Follow Your Bliss - A Yoga Retreat to the Happiest Place on Earth - Bhutan

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Retreat Overview - 7 nights / 8 days

Sept 30th DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO (2280m)  DRIVE TO THIMPHU

Oct 1st DAY 2: THIMPHU

Oct 2nd DAY 3: PUNAKHA (1300m)

Oct 3rd DAY 4: PUNAKHA (1310M) 

Oct 4th DAY 5: PARO (2250 m)

Oct 5th DAY 6: PARO (2250 m)

Oct 6th DAY 7: PARO (2250m)

Oct 7th DAY 8: Departure Paro International Airport

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO (2280m) DRIVE TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR

Flying into Paro is one of the most spectacular flights one can experience. While descending into Paro valley, on a clear day sky you will be greeted by the world’s highest peaks, including Everest. The flight during autumn is absolutely beautiful. As the flight gets closer to the only international airport in Bhutan, you will see the Paro Dzong(fortress) on the hillside overlooking Paro valley, with Ta Dzong, which now is the National Museum. Upon your arrival, we will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

The first stop will allow you to view the magnificent Tacho Lhakhang, The hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder. After the visit we drive further to reach Chuzom, the confluence of Paro Chu (River) and Wang Chu (Thimphu Chu) after crossing Chuzom we enter Thimphu valley and drive up to Kuenselphodrang (Giant Bronze Buddha Statue). Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Bhutan. The statue will house over one lakh (one hundred thousand) smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu.

We will head to the hotel for a grounding, post-travel Yoga practice with chakra healing sound bowls and chakra meditation. 

After dinner, choose to either rest or stroll the night market.

DAY 2: THIMPHU

6.30 - 9.00am - Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Mantra Yoga (Chanting) and Meditation 

After breakfast , visit Pangri Zampa, dyllically located in the middle of a meadow, not far from the river, a 20-minute drive from the lodge on the way to Tango and Cheri monasteries. The temple appeared in Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal’s vision which directed him from Tibet to Bhutan. The temple was built by Ngawang Choegyel, the great-grandfather of the Zhabdrung, and was the Zhabdrung’s residence when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616. Today, the temple is used as an astrologer's centre of the state clergy, and is the home to around 100 monks studying astrology. During a visit Pangri Zampa you can learn more about astrology, and also have your personal reading done.

Tango Hike - Tango is a beautiful temple, which is easy to reach. The hike all the way up to Tango Dzongkha, a meditation retreat, is more challenging but will reward you with great views over Thimphu and Punakha valleys on clear days.  

Cheri Hike - Cheri Monastery is located 15 km drive north of Thimphu Valley. From a point you need to hike uphill of nearly 30-45 minutes.  You need to cross an old traditional bridge made of wood and stones. Cheri Monastery was established in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal(The founder of Bhutan). The monastery is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu sect. The Monastery serves as the monastic school for study of Buddhist Philosophy, metaphysics, mathematics, poets and many other Buddhist studies.                                                                                                                     

Head back to the hotel for evening Yin and Restorative Yoga followed by dinner. 

Optional after dinner Satsang - Daily reflection, mantra Yoga (chanting), meditation and aarti - sacred light offering.

DAY 3: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (1300m): 77KM/APPROX 2 ½HR

6.30 - 9.00am - Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Mantra Yoga (Chanting) and Meditation            

After breakfast, our journey continues as we head towards Punakha at 1300 m and a warmer region. Punakha is one of the richest agricultural lands and is blessed with one of the biggest rivers in the country. En-route we will cross over Dochula pass at 3050 meters, and view the most dramatic panoramic view of the greater Himalayas. The Dochula landmark is the Wangyel Chortens – 108 stupas built on the mountaintop in a Mandala pattern, further enhances the beauty and tranquility of the pass. From this cooler mountain pass we will descend into a warmer region of Punakha. While we enter Punakha valley, we will stop for a visit at Chimmi Lhakhang the auspicious fertility temple, dedicated to the Tantric Buddhist Master Drukpa Kinley (Divine Madman). Depending on the season, one gets a glimpse of rural farming life and the rural architecture, decorated with beautifully painted motifs and patterns. 

Head back to the hotel for evening Yin and Restorative Yoga followed by dinner. 

Optional after dinner Satsang - Daily reflection, mantra Yoga (chanting), meditation and aarti - sacred light offering.

DAY 4: PUNAKHA 

6.30-9.00am - Morning Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Mantra Yoga, Meditation 

After breakfast, we will travel up the valley north and cross the Mo Chu to hike up and pay respects to the grand Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, The Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving.The three-levelled chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever- changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable. After the hike we will have a picnic lunch followed by a visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and explore the beautiful statues of Avalokiteshvara, Gautama Buddha – the nunnery also acts as a centre of meditation.

Head back to the hotel for evening Yin/Restorative Yoga with healing sound bowls and Aarti followed by dinner. No evening satsang today.

DAY 5: PUNAKHA (1310M) – PARO (2250 m) Approx 4hr drive 142 KM

6.30-9.00am - Morning Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Mantra Yoga, Meditation

After breakfast, the journey west takes us back to Paro valley following through Wang Chhu and Pa Chhu rivers. After a brief orientation tour of Paro’s main features, we enjoy a late lunch at a local Paro restaurant before checking in at the Hotel. Great day to check out the hotel's facilities and spa offerings.

Evening Gentle Flow and Yin Yoga

After dinner Satsang - Daily reflection, mantra Yoga (chanting), meditation and aarti - sacred light offering.

DAY 5: PARO (2250 m)

6.30-9.00am - Morning Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Mantra Yoga, Meditation     

PARO EXPERIENCES

Paro Cultural Tour should always start with a casual browse through the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) of the Rinpung Dzong. In the Museum the intriguing collection of artifact serves as a great introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. The National Museum boasts a rich variety of exhibits collected from all over the country and belonging to different eras, some as early as 2000 B.C. A visit through the galleries shows the country’s transition from the later Stone Age to a modern Mahayana Buddhist kingdom. We will then stroll down to the Paro Dzong and take in the amazing architecture of this 17th century monument, a premier example of Bhutan's architecture. This fine example of Bhutanese architecture now serves as a central monastic and administrative seat of the Paro district. From the Dzong, a leisurely walk back into Paro town crosses the scenic Nyamai zampa, a unique model of Bhutan's traditional cantilever bridge.

Restorative Yoga with chakra healing sound bowls followed by dinner. No evening satsang today.                                                                        

DAY 6: PARO

6.30-9.00am - Morning Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Mantra Yoga, Meditation   

After breakfast you will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a scared monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. After this experience, we take a leisurely stroll in the town, visiting shops for some retail therapy.     

Head back to the hotel for an Evening Gentle Flow and Yin Yoga

After dinner Satsang - Kirtan (devotional chanting) and aarti - sacred light offering.

DAY 7: PARO

6.30-9.00am - Morning Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Mantra Yoga, Meditation  

We save the best for last! After breakfast, we continue to explore Paro valley with a hike to Taktsang - Tigers Nest monastery (4-5hrs hike). Tigers Nest or Taktshang Goempa is one of Bhutan's most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew into Bhutan on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The four-hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goempa and the valley below. We end our Bhutan journey with a beautiful guided meditation at Tigers Nest Monastery.                                                                              

We return to the hotel for an evening of Restorative Yoga with chakra healing sound bowls followed by dinner. 

After dinner Satsang - Daily reflection, mantra Yoga (chanting), meditation and aarti - sacred light offering.

DAY 8: Departure Paro International Airport

After breakfast, an early morning transfer to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

Cost

Price includes:

All yoga, meditation and sound healing practices - 18 sessions 

All internal Taxes (10%) and service charges (10%).

Government royalty $ 65 per day per person.

All Bhutan accommodation in tourist 4* grade Hotel approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

All meals - 3 meals a day.

Service of professional and a licensed English speaking guide.

All internal transport airport transfers (Toyota Coaster bus)

Complimentary mineral or bottled drinking water throughout the trip.

All permits and museum entry fees throughout the trip.

Complimentary Culture Show at the farewell dinner.

Does not include:

All flights (*please see below for flight details)

Accommodation in Bangkok or New Delhi if necessary.

Bar bills

Laundry

Travel insurance

Other personal expenses

YOGIS ARE ADVISED TO BRING THEIR PERSONAL MAGIC MATS. THERE WILL BE SOME PROPS AT THE YOGA SHALAS AT THE HOTELS.

Early bird before May 1st 2018 (there are many logistical matters that need to be confirmed ASAP. Your early confirmation is very much appreciated)

Single occupancy - USD 3360

Double occupancy (twin sharing rooms) - USD 2990

After May 1st 2018

Single occupancy - USD 3860

Double occupancy - USD 3490

* All inbound flights to Paro on Druk Air. Please provide your full name so I may reserve your inbound flights to Paro either from Bangkok or New Delhi ASAP as October is considered peak tourist season. Payment of Paro inbound flight will be advised accordingly. All yogis are responsible for their inbound flights either to Bangkok or New Delhi. Please note the departure times for the Paro inbound flights below and ensure that you give yourself sufficient time for your flight. 

Sunday September 30th

Bangkok - Paro / 13:00 - 15:00 (est. USD398)

Sunday October 7th

Paro - Bangkok / 08:00 - 12:00 (est. USD388)


Sunday September 30th

New Delhi - Paro / 12:20 - 15:10 (est. USD306)

Sunday October 7th

Paro - New Delhi / 9:30 - 11:20 (est. USD337)

FOLLOW YOUR BLISS!!!

 

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Chanting for Peace in support of Krishna Das Charity Foundation
May
23
8:30 PM20:30

Chanting for Peace in support of Krishna Das Charity Foundation

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Peace prayer to lead us from untruth to truth, darkness to light, and death to immortality. 

Join us on Wednesday evening May 23rd for a special evening of chanting to support Kirtan Wallah Foundation. I will lead the chanting and play the tanpura and Judy Law will play the harmonium.

Date: Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Time: 8:30-9:15pm

Venue: The Yoga Room 4/F

Price: Pay as you wish – All proceeds go to charity
 


About Krishna Das:

Krishna Das is a world famous American vocalist that travels the world sharing his kirtan practice and discusses bringing chanting into our lives through retreats and workshops.

With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  He has released 15 well received albums and has become a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time.

For more information, visit krishnadas.com

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FEARLESS: A Jivamukti and Yin Yoga Retreat with The Yoga Room, Hong Kong
May
19
to May 22

FEARLESS: A Jivamukti and Yin Yoga Retreat with The Yoga Room, Hong Kong

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Auṁ Tryambakaṁ Yajāmahe

Sugandhiṁ Puṣṭi Vardhanaṁ 

Urvārukamiva Bandhanān

Mṛtyormukṣīya Māmṛtāt - Mahā Mṛtyuñjaya

The Maha Mrtyunjaya is a chant that helps us overcome fear.

We live in a world where many of us have certain fears that may limit us in the way we live. Fear of the unknown, fear of inadequacy, fear of failure, fear of getting hurt, fear of death... just to name a few - these fears limit us in opening ourselves to new experiences and can be so instinctual, it is difficult to overcome. The physical body and its physiology may change because of these fears and limitations - our physical, psychological and spiritual health is undoubtedly intertwined. Join Nora as we retreat to the beautiful island of Koh Samui where will will explore liberating ourselves from these fears through the practice of asana, mantra and meditation. 

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Jivamukti Workshops
May
12
to May 13

Jivamukti Workshops

  • The Yoga Room, Hong Kong (map)
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Chakra Tuning and Purification

“In the yogic tradition, the human body has seven energy centers called chakras. When these energy centers are healthy and open, so are we – physically, emotionally, and in our relationships. But when they are blocked through injury, illness, or disconnection from others, we are blocked from being our best selves. Rooted in ancient teachings, Chakra Yoga is more relevant today than ever. At a time when many people feel disconnected from themselves and others, it can heal your body and free your heart to move into the future with joy.” Sharon Gannon, Jivamukti co-founder.

We will explore the different chakras and their significance in our physical, mental and spiritual bodies. Students will be guided through poses, affirmations and mantras (simple chants) and meditation that open and balance the chakras. There are two parts to the practice – a yang and a yin practice. The yin practice will consist of using healing chakra bowls to tune our chakras. This is a complete mind-body-spirit practice. Our energy flowers and our life force flows. We will feel a new sense of happiness, peace, and wholeness.

Date: May 12th 2018 (SAT) 

Time: 3:00-6:30pm

Venue: The Yoga Room Studio 4/F


A FEARLESS FUTURE : An Open Hearted Practice

Backbends are associated with the future and the unknown. One obstacle to backbending is the fear of falling –  falling into the unknown – which is actually the fear of death – abhinivesa. This fear limits us in opening ourselves to new experiences and can be so instinctual, it is difficult to overcome. Fear is a safety measure that alerts us to danger and triggers physiological reactions designed to protect us. Fear causes the hip flexor muscle, our psoas, to contract, closing the front of the body and protecting our internal organs physically and our hearts emotionally. When fear becomes habitual, the psoas loses flexibility and makes bending backward scary and difficult. When we practice backbends intelligently and regularly over time, the psoas lenghtens and our hearts open, releasing negative emotions and we experience less fear. Backbends also stimulate the thymus gland, which plays a significant role in our immune system that can be suppressed when we dwell in dark, fearful emotions. Our physical, psychological and spiritual health is undoubtedly intertwined. We will explore how to safely open our physical and emotional bodies in this beautiful heart opening class and face the unknown future fearlessly.

Date: May 13th 2018 (SUN)

Time: 2:30-6:30pm

Venue: The Yoga Room Studio 4/F

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The Bhagavad Gita: Our Daily Practice On & Off The Mat - 20 hr Continuing Education Program
May
12
to May 15

The Bhagavad Gita: Our Daily Practice On & Off The Mat - 20 hr Continuing Education Program

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The Bhagavad Gita: Our Daily Practice On & Off The Mat

30 Hours of Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance

Dates: Saturday May 12th – Monday May 15th 2018

Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord" is the timeless Indian spiritual classic that is integral reading for any Yoga student and teacher. It is set against a backdrop of a battle field where the warrior Arjuna, guided by Lord Krishna, navigates through the battle within himself. The Gita is as relevant today as it was more than 2000 years ago - Gandhi refers to this sacred literature as his “spiritual dictionary”. We will explore how to apply and practice the teachings of the Gita on and off the mat through asana, mantra, lectures and discussions.

Saturday & Sunday

We will explore the major themes of the Gita.

Karma Yoga

Jnana Yoga

Bhakti Yoga 

Raja Yoga

Monday

We will look at basic Sanskrit to enhance our understanding and chanting of important verses in the Gita.

Day 1

Morning Session

Karma Yoga - The Path of Spiritual Action

Why is Action a Necessary Part of the Path to Liberation? 

We start with a yang asana practice and followed by looking at how we can incorporate Karma yoga into our daily practice through a lecture and discussion.

Afternoon Session

Jnana Yoga - The Path of Wisdom 

Wisdom in the context of Yoga is so much more than just collecting information, it is the wisdom that comes from knowing the Self. A slower Yin practice will lead us through ways to tap into that inner wisdom followed by a lecture and discussion.

Day 2

Morning Session

Bhakti Yoga - The Path of Devotion

Faith and total surrender to the Divine are considered to be important aspects of Bhakti Yoga. We start with a Yang asana practice followed by kirtan (devotional singing) and a discussion on how we can bring in the devotional aspect into our daily practice.

Afternoon Session

Raja Yoga - The Royal Path

Krishna named it the Royal Path because it was practised by great kings (raja) in ancient times. Some of us might be familiar with this as Patanjali systemised it in the Yoga Sutras. We will start with a lecture and move into a Yin practice followed by meditation and conclude the session with a discussion and Q&A.

Day 3

Morning Session

Basic Sanskrit and Mantra Purusha

We will start with a short asana practice focusing on the Vishuddha (throat) Chakra followed by an introduction to basic Sanskrit on the five mouth placements and how they correlate to the transliteration system from Devanāgarī (Sanskrit) script to the Roman letters, so you can begin to attune to accurately Sanskrit pronunciation and enhance your Mantra Yoga practice. You will also be taught introduced  to the Mantra Purusha - the Cosmic Being or Person (Purusha) made of mantra, as a meditative tool to enhance your sadhana (daily practice)

Afternoon Session

We will practice the Mantra Purusha followed by chanting essential verses of the Bhagavad Gita and end this session with meditation.

Please visit http://yogaroomhk.com/event/bhagavad-gita-daily-practice-off-mat/ for more details.

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Awaken from Ignorance to Bliss - A Jivamukti and Yin Yoga Retreat
Dec
17
to Dec 23

Awaken from Ignorance to Bliss - A Jivamukti and Yin Yoga Retreat

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Patanjali's Kriya Yoga aims to neutralise the causes of sorrow that are rooted in ignorance and lead us to self-realisation. It consists of three aspects: Tapas or self-discipline (physical body), Svadhyaya or self-study (the mind), and Ishvara pranidhana or devotion to the Divine (the spirit). 

I invite you to join me amidst the beautiful surroundings of Origin Resorts, Lombok, Indonesia in an exploration to awaken from ignorance to bliss. We start our day with pranayama, meditation and a "rise and shine" asana practice followed by a light breakfast. We move on to a more invigorating practice with insightful Yoga philosophy in the late morning before we break for lunch. Afternoons are at your own leisure and pace where you can choose to either take it real easy and indulge at the spa or kick in to a higher gear on the water surfing, stand-up paddle boarding or hiking. The evening Yin and restorative practice will seek to balance out the Yang in all of us and restore our spirit. Our evening Satsang (a gathering of likeminded souls in search of light and truth) together after dinner nourishes the soul with Kirtan (devotional chanting), viewing of the Jivamukti movie "What Is Real", Yoga Nidra (the art of Yogic sleep) and our guest teacher, Patricia Chiu will lead us in two Dynamic Dance Meditation sessions. Patricia will also be leading us in a Journaling workshop and guided journaling sessions where we have the opportunity to explore the myriad of ways we can keep journals and how it can potentially serve as a catalyst to assist us in our journey of self-discovery from ignorance to bliss.


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Our guest facilitator, Patricia is an avid believer that yoga can be a catalyst to living a fulfilling life, one that embraces harmony between mind, body and spirit. Having practiced yoga on and off for 10 years, she became a certified yoga instructor in the summer of 2011.

In addition to being a former national hockey player for Hong Kong, Patricia is also a professional dancer and choreographer, giving her a unique insight and appreciation for the importance of developing a balance in both strength and flexibility. Passionate about giving back to the community, she has dedicated several years to community work with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, as well as dance/yoga/football projects in Cambodia and Laos. She strongly believes that sports and the arts can provide a platform for people to empower themselves as well as provide a medium through which social change can be instigated. She is dedicated to creating engaging and evocative experiences for all; experiences that strengthen the bodies, stimulate the minds, awaken the hearts and feed the souls. 


Cost

Single - USD980  /  Twin Sharing - USD830 per person (*rooms with two single beds are limited)

Cost includes:

  • 6 nights of accommodation (Dec 17th to 22nd) 
  • 5 full days of Yoga practices (Dec 18th to 22nd) 
  • 3 vegan meals a day for 5 days (Dec 18th to 22nd)
  • Airport transfers    

Excludes - Flights / Visas / Spa treatments / Activities like surfing, stand up paddle boarding, cooking classes, guided tours in Lombok

*All yogis are advised to arrive and check in on Sunday Dec 17th. Accommodation for Sunday Dec 17th is included in the cost (Meals are NOT included on Sunday Dec 17th.) Check out is on Saturday Dec 23rd and breakfast is included on that day.

*Reservations are confirmed only upon full payment and verification of flight details.

Refunds/Cancellation
• No refund or credit will be issued for cancellations starting from November 1 2017.
• A 10% package price administration fee applies to all refunds or cancellations.


How to get to Lombok, Indonesia

By Air
Lombok International Airport (IATA code LOP) is the only airport on Lombok. There are a few ways to get to Lombok:

Bali to Lombok by Air - Flight time is about 30 minutes and start from USD35 one way.

Garuda Airlines has direct flight between Lombok and Bali everyday. 
www.garuda-indonesia.com

Wings Air / Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok daily as well. The companies code share, so you may purchase a Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight. www.lionair.co.id

International Flights:

Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airline) flies direct between Lombok and Singapore five times a week. www.silkair.com

Air Asia operates direct flights between Lombok and two destinations in Malaysia, with many international connections available. Flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur operate daily. www.airasia.com

Garuda Airlines fly between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok everyday, with a short stopover in Jakarta. International connections from around the world are available via Jakarta. www.garuda-indonesia.com

For those with time to spare and are seeking a bit more of an adventure:

By Sea
Padang Bai Harbour, Bali, provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Buy tickets directly from the harbours or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service.

Public ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour Bali and Lembar Harbour Lombok. The crossing between the islands one way costs about USD4 and takes approximately 4 to 5 hours.

Fast Boats - Speed boats from Bali to Lombok, which takes approximately 2 hours.
Blue Water Express www.bluewater-express.com
Gili Getaway www.giligetaway.com


Visa Entry & Requirements
Lombok International Airport and Bali Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Airport has full Visa on Arrival (VOA) facilities. There are different rules for different foreign visitors to Indonesia. Most countries get a free 30 day visa while other countries need to apply for a visa before travelling. Please visit www.imigrasi.go.id to confirm your visa status, which is dependent on the passport you carry.

Regardless what country you are from and what visa you will be getting, there are a few things every foreign visitor needs before travelling to Indonesia:

  • A passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the day you enter Indonesia.
  • A passport that has at least one complete blank page.
  • Proof of a return flight or onward flight out of Indonesia. 


Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is NOT included in the package, therefore all yogis are advised to arrange your own travel insurance.


For information on payment details and further enquiries, please email nora@thinkoffthemat.com - Thank you!
 

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The Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival
Aug
25
to Aug 27

The Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival

  • Kovalam Beach Chennai India (map)
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I will be teaching at The Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival alongside many other amazing Yoga teachers. Do check it out! 

Fri 25 Aug    
4:30pm     Defy Your Gravity - Aerial Yoga

Sat 26 Aug  
9:30am     Defy your Gravity - Aerial Yoga
4:30pm     Step by Step Progression: Vinyasa Krama - Jivamukti Yoga

Sun 27 Aug  
8:30am     Defy Your Gravity - Aerial Yoga
1:30pm     Know Your Body, Know Your Practice - Meet your unique Skeletal Architecture
 

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