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France Yoga Retreat

This practical workshop covers a multitude of practical methods for uncovering your True Nature. They invite you to dive into an exploration of contemplative attitudes from the non-dual tantric tradition. The methods involved flow naturally from the very intuition of the Spiritual Heart. Sahajananda will present an intriguing array of practices and explain how they can be applied, demonstrating the potential for life to blend joyful mystical celebration and silent self-enquiry.

Meet the instructors

Sahajananda
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Highlights

  • Meditation sessions every day
  • Daily themed spiritual discourse
  • The revelation of the consciousness of oneness
  • Teaching and practice with the group
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegan meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio

Program

This workshop develops a more elaborate understanding of what the spiritual path is and how it can be walked in all situations encountered in everyday life. It is a natural companion to the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat as it involves bringing daily life into spirituality.

The most fascinating aspect of this workshop is its commentary on aphorisms from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. The Vijnana Bhairava is a remarkable tantric text that explores how everything, from the sacred to the profane, can be utilized in the revelation of the consciousness of oneness. The text’s single topic is reclaiming this primordial unity. These ancient, highly esteemed teachings can be applied to reveal your true nature and aid your blossoming in freedom and love.

Day 1 - 3

  • The teachings and practices of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, including examples of the techniques as depicted in the film
  • The visualization and arousal of Kundalini Shakti
  • Micro-practices (moments of intense awareness and energy)
  • The three fundamental paths (upayas) in Kashmir Shaivism, emphasizing Shaktopaya, the path of energy
  • The 5 kinds of breath awareness and their relation to the supreme consciousness
  • Sufi whirling
  • The celebration of both the abundance and lack of energy
  • Falling in love with both pure Light and Darkness
  • Yoga Nidra, the yoga of sleep
  • Spanda—The Sacred Tremor of the Heart; coming to the very origin of a desire—the joy of eating, drinking, aesthetic inspiration, and sexual pleasure
  • Discovering the gap between two thoughts, perceptions, etc.
  • Awareness practices (dharanas) based on breath, light, time, fire, the space of the Heart, darkness, and sound
  • Attitudes for constant Self-awareness (Bhairava and Krama mudras, soham, etc.)

Please note that this is a traditional, spiritual course. The techniques shared may appear straightforward but require a thorough metaphysical explanation rooted in the Kashmir Shaivite tradition. Although we’ll devote much time to practice, when joining us, be aware that there are also satsangs (lectures), short video presentations, formal meditations, etc. Being open to this format will help you understand the subtleties of the teachings and experience them on a more profound level.

Schedule

Monday - Wednesday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Meditation (optional)
  • 08:15 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Teachings and practice
  • 12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 - 15:30 Break
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Teachings and practice
  • 17:30 - 18:15 Break
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Teachings and practice
  • 19:30 - 22:00 Free time
  • 22:00 Mauna (noble silence)

On a background of awareness, spontaneity, and joy, during this workshop, you will experience many practices, including:

  • The visualization and arousal of kundalini shakti
  • Micro-practices (moments of intense awareness and energy)
  • 5 kinds of breath awareness and their relation to the void
  • Sufi whirling
  • The celebration of the abundance of energy and also the lack of energy

The workshop will also include

  • Commentaries on aphorisms from the Vijnanabhairava Tantra
  • Explanations of the three fundamental paths in Kashmir Shaivism
  • Examples of the techniques as depicted in the film
  • Falling in love with pure light and with darkness
  • The yoga of sleep
  • Coming to the very origin of a desire
  • Discovering the center between two thoughts, perceptions, etc
  • A booklet containing a complete translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra will be provided

Instructors

Sahajananda

Location

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meditation sessions (optional)
  • Daily vegan meals
  • Daily relevant lecture teachings
  • Daily themed spiritual discourse
  • All meals from dinner on the day of arrival to lunch on the day of departure
  • The membership fee for non-profit association

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Hot drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The cheapest option to reach Hridaya Yoga France from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) is to take the Lyon ExpressTram. It will take you to Lyon Part-Dieu station in 30 minutes. Lyon has two train stations, Lyon Part-Dieu, and Lyon Perrache. Both of them have connections to Chambost-Allières, a village near Longeval. In Lyon, buy a train or bus ticket to Chambost-Allières and get on a train. Hridaya Yoga France provides a pick-up service from the bus stop in Chambost-Allières (3 EUR).

Arrival by bus

  • Big bus companies (Euroline, Megabus, etc.) link Lyon to Paris and other major European cities (Torino, Barcelona, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, etc.).
  • Buses usually arrive at Lyon Perrache or Lyon Part-Dieu train stations. From these stations, you can get a combination of train and bus to get to Domaine de Longeval

By bus / train from Lyon to Longeval

Lyon has two train stations, Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache. Both of them have connections to Chambost-Allières, a village near Longeval.

  • In Lyon, buy a train / bus ticket to Chambost-Allières and get on a train to Lozanne.
  • Change from the train to a bus in Lozanne. The bus will be waiting for you at the train station and is included in your ticket.
  • The bus will drop you off in the village of Chambost-Allières, about 3 kilometers away from Domaine de Longeval.
  • You can buy your ticket in advance at trainline website

Walking from Chambost-Allières

  • You can walk from Chambost-Allières to Longeval in about 35 minutes via local roads. However, if you decide to do this please be sure you have a good sense of direction.
  • We offer a pick-up service for 3 EUR several times daily from the bus station in Chambost-Allières, coordinated with the TER bus schedule. You may request a pick-up by contacting us after your booking.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday September 5, 2021
Departure: Thursday September 9, 2021

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