Are you ready for the Deeper Teachings of Yoga?

Heart-Mind Retreat

Experience the transformational power of deep inner work:

➻Help unlock and tap your innate power
➻Strengthen your will and determination, and
➻Ultimately realize and actualize your highest potential.

Whether you are just taking your first steps on the path of yoga or are an experienced yoga teacher or practitioner, please join us for a special time of personal integration and transformation using the inner practices of yoga.

We will draw upon the teachings of yoga and tantra using the cakra model as a path through the suṣumnā as a navigational system.  Our practices may include the use of āsana, prāṇāyāma, and mantra, as well as the meditation methods of mudrā/nyāsa, saṅkalpa, yantra, manasa pūjā and svādhyāya.

2019 Heart-Mind Retreat

Śarīra Traya (Triple Body Theory) &
Darśanam (Conceptual Frameworks):
Renewing Inner Practice

December 4 – 8, 2019

 Ancient Yoga Center in Austin, Texas,

We perceive the world through conceptual frameworks which function as a kind of lens through which we filter our life experience. Surfacing and examining these frameworks can free us from their limitations. From that expanded awareness, the Ancients’ philosophical models and symbol systems can awaken in us, and become doorways to enter the deeper dimensions of Inner Practice, ushering us into that Living Presence which reveals the Oneness that transcends all models. In this event, we will explore the Triple Body Theory or, Śarīra Traya, as transmitted through the Vedic tradition, as well as some of the more traditional conceptual frameworks or, Darśanam, that evolved in Vedic philosophy (including Dualism and Nondualism) in order to understand their views and examine our own conceptual frameworks through that lens.

  • Free yourself from your own cognitive bias
  • Illuminate Vedic models and symbol systems
  • Renew and deepen your Inner Practice

Previous themes include:

  • 2017 – THE JOURNEY OF LIFE:  Living Symbols & Personal Practice
    All Wisdom Traditions of the world offer paths through which practitioners may experience deep personal transformation on their journey through life. For those who practice with faith, those paths represent an ongoing stream of the Living Tradition that gives direction, purpose, and meaning to their lives. In these traditions, both the landmarks along the path of life and the destination are contained in and revealed by Symbol Systems.
  • 2016Hṛdaya-Granthi Bhedanam
    Cutting the Knot of the Heart
    Exploration of the “knots of the heart-mind” (hṛdaya-granti) in relation to the bondage of desire, action, and ignorance as they manifest through the cakra-s and influence our feelings, thoughts and behavior, making use of the cakra model to explore these knots that form the framework of our personality and bind us in this life. Untying the knots leads to the psycho-energetics of transformation. Towards this end, we explored the theory of Laya Yoga, and worked with the methods of Bhūta Śuddhi, Cakra Sādhana, and Devatā Yoga.
  • 2015Deepening the Journey 
    Surface and Transform Patterns of Thought, Feelings & Action
    Exploration and transformation of our patterns of thought, emotions, and behavior, drawing on the teachings of yoga and tantra, utilizing the cakra model as a navigation system, and working with the the meditation methods of svādhyāya (self-reflection), pratipakṣa bhāvanam (cognitive reframing), and saṅkalpa (intention, determination, and commitment).
  • 2013Making Saṁskāra-s Conscious
    Discover and Transform Deep Patterns

    Our saṁskāra-s are at the root of our thoughts and desires, and propel us into our actions. Making our saṁskāra-s fully conscious is the first step to transforming them.

The Venue

The Ancient Yoga Center, a beautiful, serene and inviting retreat center, just a short drive from Austin’s airport, is the setting for this deep inner experience and study of the inner practices of yoga. This center for spiritual nourishment is the ideal location to support you in this inner work and renewal as a practitioner, yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist.   We have been invited to enjoy the beautiful landscaped gardens, find quiet places for personal retreat, walk the grounds (200 acres), enjoy nutritious vegetarian cuisine and enjoy saṅgha in communal areas.