Traditional Yoga invites you to a 15 day meditation course held in the peaceful surroundings of a national forest in Karnataka, South India.
28th December 2014-13th January 2015 ( 28th is the arrival day and 13th is the departure day)
Suitable for beginner through to advanced.
“The single goal of everything we do in our day to day life is just to stay happy. So to reach that goal of happiness, there is a path, there is a science. This is the science of yoga. Yoga makes you realise the destiny. The destiny of happiness is called enlightenment. “- Kumar
The course offers full-time guidance from Kumar who teaches a clear, systematic method to explore the mind, based on the ancient teachings of Yoga Darshana. His teaching is informed by his 35 years of experience and wide knowledge of the ancient texts and modern science. He draws on the teachings of Patanjali and Buddha and the Six Schools of Indian Philosophy.
Course location and accommodation
The course will be held at a Banana County resort in the Western Ghat region of Karnataka South India, an area of outstanding natural beauty and spirituality. Banana County is a family run resort within a banana plantation in a peaceful, forested mountain region. The food is high quality, traditional vegetarian cuisine. There is plenty of fresh fruit available and a variety of traditional South Indian dishes. The rooms are comfortable, self-contained apartments with en-suite bathrooms, surrounded by gardens. We are happy to give travel advice and help to organise transport to the resort.
The meditation is practiced in a group and guided by Kumar. Each meditation lasts around one hour and is followed by half an hour of relaxation and a herbal tea break before the next session begins. We begin early in the morning and practice our first meditation as the sun is rising. Chairs and meditation cushions are available.
After lunch there is a period for rest before the afternoon meditations begin. Before breakfast we have a gentle hatha yoga session to stretch and prepare the body for meditation. Before supper we practice a hatha yoga pranayama relaxation technique. After the evening meal Kumar gives a discourse clarifying the theory behind the meditation techniques, discussing the path and illustrating with stories, anecdotes and analogies, how we can apply these teachings to daily life.
Course Fee and Donation
Accommodation Costs: £600
This includes an en-suite double room, three high-quality vegetarian meals per day, ayurvedic herbal tea and refreshments, and exclusive use of the resort for the course participants.
Suggested Miminum Donation in Recognition of the Teaching: £650
All Traditional Yoga courses are taught and run as an act of ‘seva‘, voluntary service and ‘dana‘, generosity. Your donation enables us to continue to run courses on this basis and to continue our charitable work in India. The course is guided full-time by Kumar for around 16 hours per day for the duration of the 15 days.
( Total suggested amount: £1250)
Bursaries: We have a limited number of bursary places available for those on a low income/unemployed/ students available on application. Please contact us if you wish to apply.
For the duration of the course all students maintain ‘noble silence’. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within, rather than in the outside world. The silence allows us to sink into a deeply peaceful state of mind and most people find that being in silence comes vary naturally once the meditation begins.
If you are interested in attending this course, please contact us for further information.
Some feedback from past courses
“Kumar is one of the most generous, experienced and loving people who I have had a chance to meet in my life and it was a privilege to study with him. Working together with him and a small and lovely group of people in ideal conditions was a real gift.”
“Kumar has been really significant for me, he has helped me to put into the right perspective the meaning of spirituality and he helped me to focus on the right path.”
“I went on my first ten day workshop with Kumar as a complete beginner to yoga and with not much meditation experience. I now practice every day. The quality and clarity of the teaching is exemplary and focuses on individual needs. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting. These retreats offer a really valuable opportunity to go deeply into this practice guided at the very highest level. An opportunity not to be missed.”
“After Kumar taught me insight meditation I experienced significant changes in my daily life. I feel less reactive, more clear and energetic. His skill as a teacher, his level of awareness and his compassion creates an opportunity to undertake the challenging task of really removing old habitual patterns.”
“With intelligence, compassion and humour, Kumar guided me to deeper insight and an understanding of how to apply what I had learnt to my daily life in a very practical way. After my first course with Kumar I was much calmer and happier and now, after 2 years, this has intensified in a way I would not have imagined possible.”