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Why learn Kriya yoga? By practising Kriya yoga the mind returns to harmony, in the same way that Hatha yoga (asanas) brings the body in harmony. In this course the initial level of Kriya yoga practice will be given. If this practice is successful and the wish is there it will be possible on a later stage to take an initiation in the full practice. The course contains of a structured practice of Kriya yoga and Mindfulness meditation combined with Kriya Hatha yoga, Nidra Yoga, Bhajan and healthy food.
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Ellas Retreat Paleros is situated at the picturesque port of Paleros. The retreat house has seven (7) rooms with access to a relaxing garden and great views of the Ionian Sea, the island of Lefkada and a spectacular view of the marvelous stone mountain (Serekas) that rises next to Paleros. All the rooms are homely and tastefully decorated and include air-conditioning, a small refrigerator and a hot plate for an emergency lunch or tea. You may relax on the balcony or in the garden during any time of the day and feel completely at home. There is also a yoga deck at the garden and a yoga shala 5 minutes away from the location, where you can practice and enjoy the view to the Ionian Sea and Lefkada island.
On the path of yoga. Kriya yoga belongs to the inner level of yoga ‘meditation’ and was first described by Patanjali in his "Yoga Sutras" 400 BC. The practice is based on the breath, the attention and the 7 chakras. Through the practice of Kriya yoga the human evolution is enhanced and Samadhi can be attained. The secret in Kriya yoga is the subtle connection between the breath and consciousness.
Kriya yoga was made famous in the west by Paramahansa Yogananda. He wrote the book "Autobiography of a Yogi" which became a 'most read' for all who are interested in yoga.
To bring the meditation into every action a daily life it is important to develop mindfulness (self observation). Mindfulness meditation belongs to Jnana yoga
Kriya Hatha yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that is using the fundamentals from Kriya yoga. The main emphasis is on the breath, the 7 chakras and self observation (mindfulness).
Nidra yoga we enter deep relaxation by rotating our awareness through the body.
Bhajans If you wish to develop devotion. Singing mantras and devotional songs elevates the energies and opens the heart. Bhajans belongs to Bhakti yoga.
Serva If you wish you can help with small task so the course can run smoothly. Cleaning the rooms, cutting vegetables etc. Serva belongs to Karma yoga.
Basu began his sadhana in 1997 and in 2002, he was initiated in Kriya yoga by Swami Shankarananda Giri. He has been received and practiced in the presence of several respected teachers in India and Thailand and has developed deep experiential understanding in Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga, Tantra, Qigong, and mindfulness meditation. In 2008, Swami Shankarananda Giri gave him the allowance to introduce and guide others into Kriya yoga. He has been giving courses and retreats in India, Thailand, Greece, and Austria since 2000.
Paleros, where the event will take place, is a village located at the Ionian Sea close to the island of Lefkada. It lies at the base of a spectacular mountain and is surrounded by nice sandy beaches, restaurants and bars in close proximity. The coastline to the north and south offers dozens of small isolated picturesque gulfs for camping and water activities. Its location and the mild winds make Paleros a hot spot for sailing and diving. There are many archaeological sites, monasteries, wineries, hot springs, and hiking opportunities in the region. Visitors of Paleros can experience a back to nature lifestyle by visiting local farms, tasting homemade products and becoming part of a Greek family.
The food served is home-made vegan or vegetarian and macrobiotic. It is provided by Ellas Retreat's partner Foodpath.gr, as products they use are fresh and local, mostly organic and often from their own garden. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the package.
Massage therapy and electro-acupuncture are available on request and with additional costs.
You can book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) or you can book your flight to arrive at Preveza Aktion Airport (PVK). From there you have the options to either take a bus or hire a taxi through Ellas Retreat Paleros.
From Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH), take the city bus (X93) or a taxi to KTEL Athens Long Distance Bus Terminal (taxi fare is around 30 EUR and the bus cost is 6 EUR), from there buses depart for Lefkada. With this bus, you make a stop in Vonitsa (19 km away from Paleros), and Ellas Retreat Paleros will pick you up. Bus trip duration is around 5 hours and 30 minutes.
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