Columbus Weekend Amrit Yoga at Muktidham
October 10-12, 2015
$125 per person (includes lunch and dinner on Sunday)
NorthEast Amrit Yoga Teachers and Yoga Nidra Facilitators (NEAYTYNF) are leading a group trip to the place where our beloved Bapuji spent the last few years of his life in sadhana and silence.
Muktidham, or “Abode of Liberation,” was built in 1973-74 by the residents of the original Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania as a place of seclusion for Yogi Amrit Desai. Amrit Desai remarked, “One day, Bapuji will do his Sadhana here.” Finally in 1977, Bapuji came to America from India to meet his American followers and to continue his advanced meditation in solitude. He found Muktidham an ideal place for his Sadhana. The secluded, wooded surroundings at the top of a steep hill were perfect for his meditation; therefore, he was able to extend his stay to four and quarter years. Here in Muktidham, Bapuji did his ten hour a day Kundalini Yoga practice eventually reaching the highest stages of yoga, Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the thought-free, formless state of ultimate union.
Ever since Bapuji left Muktidham, it has been preserved as a sacred pilgrimage place for seekers and disciples. Through Muktidham, we can experience Bapuji’s special blessings as we connect with his subtle, loving presence.
Muktidham is maintained by the Kripalvananda Yoga Institute, an NP whose mission is to preserve and maintain Muktidham, the personal residence of Swami Kripalvanada while he resided in the United States.
Our weekend begins with our arrival mid-afternoon on Saturday, Oct 10th. After our hotel check-in in nearby Quakertown, we will arrive at Muktidham for afternoon sadhana of yoga & yoga nidra, meditation and exploring the grounds. In the evening we will share readings from Bapuji’s writings and have a discussion in how these apply to our practice and our lives. Dinner that evening is on our own.
Sunday will start with Sadhana at 8:30 am. There will be plenty of time for meditation, journaling and just Being in this sacred space. We will have a late afternoon sadhana, and for a simple vegetarian lunch and dinner will have the gracious use of the Reihman Farm. In the evening Kirtan with Jagdish! We will be inviting the local KYI folks in to join us!
We will close this beautiful fall weekend on Monday morning with Sadhana at 8 am.
This is an unbelievably affordable trip, and a chance to practice Amrit Yoga in the sanctuary blessed and imbued with the presence of a quiet man who has inspired thousands of people all over the world, and the Master who graced Gurudev with Shaktipat.
Hotel, transportation, and Saturday night meal NOT included. (NEAYTYNF has contracted very reasonable rates at the Quality Inn & Suites in Quakertown, with hot breakfast included, DBL occupancy. Information will be given upon deposit.)
Registration Cut off date: Sept 23rd, but space is quite limited! First come, first served, $50 deposit/person to hold your space. No refunds after 9/1. (We will take a waiting list, if someone else can fill your spot, we will happily refund.)
Please contact Kavita to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers and presenters for this event include:
Kavita Lori Richardson – With more than 14 years of Yoga teaching experience, she is certified with more than 500 hours through the Amrit Yoga Institute, and is also a Certified Amrit Yoga Nidra Facilitator. She is a longtime student of Yogi Amrit Desai, and an initiated disciple in the Lineage of Amrit Yoga. Kavita has studied Yoga Therapy as a student of Yogeshawari Kamini Desai, PhD, a process that deals with both physical and psycho-energetic release.
Jaya Jen Buckland – A student of the Amrit Method® of Yoga for the past 6 years, Jaya is a former addiction counselor and currently serves as a non-profit administrator. Jaya’s heart is in helping people meet themselves where they are, both in life and on the yoga mat. She brings a fine-tuned sensitivity, tenacious sense of humor and unwavering kindness to her teaching, creating a safe and loving environment where students can engage in deep personal exploration.
And members of NEAYTYNF
NEATYNF is an umbrella organization open to all Amrit Yoga Teachers and Yoga Nidra Facilitators living in the New England and upper East Coast. Our mission is to support each other in our teaching and sadhana, promoting the teachings of Swami Kripalvanand and Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai.