Pranayama - A Way to Spirituality
A deep immersion into yoga, continuing education training
March 15 - 28, 2009 - (Official Opening Ceremony Blessing)
August 16 - 29, 2009
with Sri O. P. Tiwari
assisted by Paul Dallaghan
Sri O. P. Tiwari is one of the most recognized and accomplished masters of yoga, its practice, and its meaning. He comes to us humbly, not trying to prove anything but only to pass on the thought and practice as it has been done by adepts over the centuries, and done so with integrity, where the practice bears fruit. He is a part of this living tradition and carries this energy with him as he lives and practices it.
* This course is a 100-hour continuing education credit towards Yoga Alliance 500 and the Centered Yoga 1100-hour Training standards. A 100-hour certificate is issued upon completion.
About the Training
This course is ideal for experienced practitioners and those who have completed past courses here (or elsewhere) and are not new to Pranayama. Those new to Pranayama need to arrive early to undergo orientation and immersion.
We understand some of you may have started Pranayama with us in the past but were unable to keep it up and are now looking to reestablish the practice. This is also an adequate level for this course.
This course will touch a new level of study and practice, and will be an intensive internalizing period. The primary focus will be Pranayama practice with in-depth pulse reading of each student, varying as necessary. Pranava (OM) and mantra (most likely Gayatri mantra recitation) will also be practiced.
Daily Ashtanga asana practice will be overseen by Paul, Neil, and assistants. There will also be regular tratak practice with Tiwariji. Much emphasis will be given to food and diet, and students on this program will be requested to not eat outside at all during the course.
The main meal will be lunch, with a lighter dinner, primarily soup and veggies. This is essential in order to go deeper and to observe prana. Time with Tiwari will be more like satsang, where all questions on practice and philosophy are welcome and do not follow a particular course. In essence, it is more in line with traditional ongoing and deeper study with the teacher- practices and discussion, awareness on the use of personal energy, with particular attention to food taken.
Advance preparation by students should be to improve their practice of kapalabhati.
About the Teacher
Sri O.P. Tiwari (Tiwariji) has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. For the past forty years he has been head of The Kaivalyadham, a yogic research institute near Bombay, India. Established by his master, Swami Kuvalayananda, in 1924, the institute has been a pioneer in scientific research related to yoga.
Tiwariji was taught in depth by his master, and he accomplished all the practices. This puts him in the rare position of having practical experience as well as deep philosophical and scientific understanding. He is one of the few remaining masters of Pranayama in the world today.
He wears no badge, waves no flag, and is not interested in propagating his name. He joins us here to pass on the teachings to those sincerely interested. Besides these sessions, he remains in private practice in India, quiet and humble.
Paul is one of three senior students of Tiwariji. He is honored to host his teacher every year, and as a result share this knowledge and experience with many others. Paul will lead the asana portion and assist Tiwariji in all the Pranayama practices and pulse observations.
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.
|6:30 am||fire ceremony|
|6:45 am||Pranayama and pulse taking with Tiwariji|
|8:00 am||Asana Practice:
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style or your self practice
|10 - 11:30 am||Brunch buffet|
|11:30 am||Satsang with Tiwariji - discussion and Q&A, Pranava and Mantra|
|12:45 - 1 pm||Workshop Q+A with Paul on practice|
|4 - 5:00 pm||Satsang with Tiwariji - discussion and Q&A, Pranava and Mantra|
|5 - 6:00 pm||Pranayama with Tiwariji|
|6:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6 - 9:00 pm||Steam room available|
|7:30 pm||Evening program - video, tratak, meditation|
Sunday and Wednesday will be half days and Saturday free after morning pranayama practice.
For 1st time students, we ask that you arrive on March 14th for a pranayama intro course with Paul at 5 pm. The charge for this is at the Residential Stay rate for one day.
Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide you with a private community and greater security. Most of our rooms open up to a spectacular seaview looking direct to the beach and the coconut trees.
The rate is inclusive of:
- Full yoga program
- Fully equipped accommodation with AC
- Full brunch and dinner buffets
- Mineral drinking water
- Herbal steam room
- Salt water swimming pool
- Wi Fi internet
- Service charge
- VAT government tax
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.