Finding Balance: The Intersection of Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Ayurveda
April 16 - 23, 2011
with Sharyn Galindo
About the Retreat
Yoga practice all seems to fall easily into place in a retreat setting. The question always remains as to how to bring it back into our daily lives with our daily obligations and stresses. This workshop will explore how to balance the practices of asana , pranayama, and meditation in our very modern lives within the context of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. As a result of asana, the body grows stronger, gains flexibility, the subtle energy channels begin to flow freely, and one gains greater focus. It is through the practices of pranayama and meditation that we have a direct link to the mind and seeing our true nature. Ayurveda, being the healing side of yoga, is meant to keep the body healthy for pursuit of spiritual growth in Yoga. Thus, dedicating ourselves to finding the space to do each of these Hatha Yoga practices with the exclusion of none, allows for a more balanced individual in all aspects of our lives.
Morning Practices will begin with Meditation and Pranayama, followed by asana practice that will include Led Ashtanga, Mysore, and some fun Vinyasa Flow.
Afternoon sessions will cover
- more detail on poses, breathwork, & meditation
- accessible daily and seasonal routines
- how the Ayurvedic doshas apply to your innate physical/mental constitution
- current imbalances and how they create harmony or disharmony in our lives
- Q & A
This course is open to all levels of students.
About the Teacher
Sharyn Galindo, spends her days dividing her time as wife, mother of two boys, yoga practitioner, studio owner and teacher! She is the owner and studio director of North Shore Yoga in the Chicago area, with two locations in Northfield and Evanston, IL. (www.nsyoga.com). She began her yoga studies in the late 1990s, and has completed numerous teacher training courses specializing in the Ashtanga and Vinyasa Systems. She has been to Mysore, India to study with the late Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute but spends most of her available travel time visiting Thailand to study with Paul Dallaghan at Samahita Retreat, who she considers her primary teacher. She is ever grateful to him for introducing her to Sri. O. P. Tiwari of the Kaivalyadhama Institute, with whom she continues to study Pranayama in Thailand and the U.S.
In 2007, Sharyn expanded her studies to include a Masters program in Holistic Nutrition. In 2010, she completed over 1800 hours of study to receive a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) certificate from both the California College of Ayurveda and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She now offers her own 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course at North Shore Yoga.
Sharyn believes that only with a strong, healthy body-attained through proper diet, asana practice, pranayama, and meditation-can one begin to move towards true spiritual growth.
She lives in north Chincago with her husband, Steve-who is also a teacher at North Shore Yoga-and their two boys, Joey and Louis.
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day.
The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|7 am||Morning herbal tea|
|7:30 am||Intention and Day Opening
with Breathwork and Music
|8:15 am||Asana Practice: Detailed guidance in the Asanas, through led practices and guided self practice.|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4 pm||Special workshops with Sharyn on yoga practice plus the opportunity to answer your questions on all of these topics.
Plus some restorative asana sessions.
|6 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6 - 9 pm||Steam room available|
|7:30 pm||Evening program - optional activities that will vary based on the group and night such as group social, video, group meditation or your own free time.|
Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are on http://www.yoga-thailand.com/yoga-holidays.html