3 Days Chakra Awareness Yoga Retreat in Northern California with Badri

Chakra Awareness California Yoga Retreat

In your physical body, the spine is the channel through which nerve impulses flow. In your astral, or energy body, the astral spine is the channel through which your life force flows. Within the astral spine lie the seven centers of energy - the distribution points for prana (life force). These astral centers, the chakras, send energy outward for daily activities, or redirect energy inward and upward for deeper spiritual awakening. During this special weekend course, you will enjoy a deep and focused practice of Ananda yoga postures to help you tune into and awaken the energy in the chakras. In one short weekend, you can be profoundly recharged and inspired.

Highlights

  • Daily energization exercises
  • Daily Ananda yoga practices
  • Daily meditation and chanting sessions
  • Energy flows and chakra awareness learning
  • Evening Lahiri Shrine meditation sessions
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

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3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The accommodation options are for single or double occupancy. A single guest may choose to share a room with another guest of the same gender or occupy a room privately. Two guests traveling together may occupy a room privately.

Each guest room includes two twin beds, heat, air conditioning, towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. King conversions are available for an extra charge upon request. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly with no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests. Guests who stay in a tent or RV have access to free Wi-Fi in Serenity Lounge as the Wi-Fi does not extend to all tent or RV sites. The Expanding Light Retreat has a computer lounge with two computers and a printer. Please be aware that the Expanding Light has limited handicap accessibility.

Private and shared Deluxe rooms

Harmony house

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer.

Private and shared Standard rooms

Cabins

Each cabin has one room, which is larger and more private than other standard rooms. Cabin occupants share separate men's and women's shower houses a few paces away and the path is lit after dark.

Serenity house

Serenity house is an inn-style house with twelve rooms and four hall bathrooms. Serenity House lounge is available for all guests. It is equipped with a small refrigerator for personal items, hot tea and a microwave.

RVs and tents

The Expanding Light Retreat does not provide tents or RVs. Please bring your own camping gear and be sure that tents are water tight in the case that it may rain. RVs are welcome year round, however, the property does not have RV facilities or hookups.

Tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking. There is a high fire danger in the summer so no campfires are allowed, as well as candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame.

Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. The Expanding Light Retreat has a refrigerator behind the main kitchen which is available for guests.

Shower houses

For those staying outdoors, guests have access to separate men and women shower houses. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

The Expanding Light Retreat Chakra Awareness and Yoga Retreat USA Program

Ananda yoga

You will practice Ananda yoga, which was created by the founder Swami Kriyananda based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda yoga is distinct from many other forms of Hatha yoga in that it is first and foremost a spiritual practice rather than an exercise regimen. In keeping with the ancient roots and original purpose of Hatha yoga, Ananda yoga is a powerful yet gentle practice designed to prepare the body and mind for deep meditation.

As such, it is a perfect blend of spiritual up-liftment and physical energization suitable for everyone, all ages, and all body types. Ananda yoga is also a pioneer in the world of yoga and one of the founders of Yoga Alliance, the international organization, which sets the standards for yoga certification.

What you will do

  • Experience how yoga postures, combined with special breathing and affirmations, directly affects the energy flow within the chakras and changes negative attitudes into positive ones
  • Experience the subtle influences of the chakras on your consciousness
  • Become aware of the positive qualities of the chakras
  • Take home a yoga routine to help you awaken and uplift the energy in the chakras
  • Learn a meditation technique brought to the West by Yogananda (he called it "one of India's greatest gifts to the world")
  • Enjoy transformative periods of deep inner relaxation

Typical daily schedule

The retreat starts in the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 p.m., if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4.45 p.m. Dinner is at 6.30 p.m. The first real gathering of your group is at 7.30 p.m. If you need to arrive here after 5 p.m., that’s fine, but please let The Expanding Light Retreat know. They can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 p.m. The program ends with lunch on the last date.

Below is the typical day in The Expanding Light Retreat center. Schedule may vary depending on the course or event. All activities are optional so you can decide how much to enjoy.

Morning

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 Sadhana (energization excercises, yoga postures, chanting, and meditation)
  • 08:30 Breakfast, in silence from Monday to Saturday
  • 10:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Afternoon

  • 12:00 Meditation (5 minutes of chanting, 25 minutes of meditation)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 16:45 Sadhana (energization excercises, yoga postures, chanting, and meditation)
  • 17:15 Lahiri Shrine meditation (alternative to regular sadhana)

Evening

  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Instructors

Badri Matlock
Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Badri Matlock is a dynamic young teacher and program leader. His dedicated practice of yoga and meditation began at age 17, and he has lived and taught at Ananda since 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State Long Beach. Badri serves as director of the level one Ananda Yoga Teacher Training. While dedication to the spiritual life is his greatest passion, he loves family, community, music, surfing, and sports. He is known for his energetic presence and his love of service and having fun. He lives at Ananda Village with his wife, and two children.

Location

The Expanding Light Retreat is located at Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, founded by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Presently, over 200 residents of all ages live on 700 acres of land in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. The Expanding Light Retreat is 90 minutes northeast from the Sacramento Airport.

Nearby places

  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - 1 hour 30 minutes

Food

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of the dishes contain eggs and dairy. Organically grown foods are used as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from Ananda Village itself, and organically grown fair trade coffee. There are a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day. The Expanding Light Retreat can accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices. If you have other dietary needs, they may not be accommodated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Crystal hermitage

At Crystal Hermitage, guests can enjoy the spiritual heart of Ananda. Tour the beautiful gardens, small chapel, and the Shrine of the Masters, a small museum and gift shop housing holy relics from India and Ananda's line of yoga masters.

Hansa temple

Hansa temple is a unique architectural building that houses longer morning meditations for Ananda residents. If some guests are experienced meditators and would like a 90-minute meditation, they are welcome to join. Ask for times at the front desk.

Healing prayer

A healing prayer, on an individual basis, is offered through the healing prayer ministry for a suggested donation between 40 to100 USD. Session lengths vary based on individual need.

Individual spiritual counseling

Receive assistance and guidance tailored to your needs with counseling available from the Ananda ministers for a fee of 75 USD per hour. If you are interested, contact the front desk to schedule a private session.

Lahiri Mandir

This is a small chapel on the path to Lotus lake. A sacred space ideal for meditation, Lahiri is open all the time for quiet reflection and meditation.

Lotus Lake

This lovely lake fills with water lilies and lotus flowers in summer. It is a beautiful area ideal for walks where you can often see wild birds. A path around the lake includes outdoor altars to the line of Masters.

Masters market

A natural foods market with a deli, bakery, and cappuccino bar that also features homemade pizza on Friday nights, a local favorite!

Personal instruction in meditation

This is available to everyone on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10 a.m. or at other times by appointment. Even if you currently meditate, it is encouraged to take the class which includes: how to focus your mind, how to sit comfortably, when and where to meditate, and more.

Private yoga classes

Personally tailored to your body and needs, these classes are available with one of the certified Ananda yoga teachers for a fee of 75 USD per hour. You can focus on classical Hatha yoga or Restorative yoga. Contact the front desk to make an appointment.

Rajarshi park

A complex that houses a number of Ananda businesses including the management offices for the community; the healing prayer ministry, with 600 members worldwide who do healing prayers for those in need; and Crystal Clarity publishers, which produces books, DVDs, and CDs by Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and others on topics related to yoga, meditation, and self-realization.

Serenity lounge

This is a homey room located in the Serenity building. When not in use for a class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, yoga, meditation, watching videos, listening to music or just socializing. Serenity lounge is also stocked with tea and coffee and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric teapot for guest use.

The Expanding Light boutique

The boutique is located in the guest services building and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Full of unique treasures, The Expanding Light boutique is a favorite destination shopping stop for guests and locals alike.

The temple

This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space, in which daily practice of yoga postures and meditation is held, as well as classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and Hatha yoga.

Spa treatments

Massages can be a wonderful, healing addition to your stay. The massage practitioners are Ananda members and work through the Center for Radiant Health. The center offers a variety of types of massages, as well as craniosacral therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), astrological readings, career coaching, and more. Prices for massage sessions are 75 USD for a one hour long massage and 95 USD for a one and a half hour long massage. There are treatment rooms, but unlike a traditional spa, The Expanding Light Retreat have no pool facilities.

What's included

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • All classes and activities described in the program
  • All course materials as appropriate

What's not included

  • Shuttle service from Sacramento Airport (SMF)

How to get there

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take I-80 (East) towards Reno, go about 25 miles.
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (North) toward Grass Valley / Nevada City; go 38 miles.
  • Just past Nevada City, turn left at the "49 to Downieville" sign. Follow this road for 10.5 miles (watch your odometer). It's a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park); go about five miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from Reno

  • Take I-80 (West) towards Sacramento, go 55 miles.
  • Take CA-20 (West); go 27 miles.
  • Turn right on CA-49 (North) towards Downieville, go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park), go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from the Northwest

  • Take I-5 (South) to Williams, California.
  • Take CA-20 (East) to Nevada City; go 77 miles.
  • Turn left on CA-49 (North) towards Downieville; go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park); go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service to Colfax. Amtrak bus offers bus service to Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour away from the Retreat.

Arrival by train

Amtrak offers train service to Colfax and Auburn.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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