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Kundalini yoga is a traditional way to awaken consciousness through the activation of the life force (Prana). Then ‘Kundalini’ is the name given by the tantric tradition to the awakening life force. The benefit of Kundalini yoga is to speed up the awakening considerably and it is also beneficial for any yoga and meditation practice you may already have. It is a unique chance to deepen your understanding of Kundalini yoga and Tantra. This retreat in Greece will be a complete reward for yourself!
During the retreat, you will be accommodated in Ellas Retreat Palairos. There are 16 beds and three double rooms. There is also a small yoga space in the garden and a five-minute walk from the retreat center is a big yoga shala with an amazing view over the Ionian sea and Lefkada Island.
All the rooms are tastefully decorated and en-suite with air conditioning, a small refrigerator, and a hot plate for an emergency lunch or tea plus strong Wi-Fi. You may relax on the balcony or in the garden during your free time and feel completely at home.
In this retreat, you will receive a complete Kundalini yoga program. After the retreat, you will have enough knowledge and experience to continue by yourself. If you are already practicing Kundalini yoga, you will receive higher techniques.
Kundalini yoga belongs to Tantra yoga and is clearly defined in ancient tantric texts. The style is influenced by Hatha yoga and Kriya yoga and make these different practices compatible with each other. In this retreat, you will receive personal guidance. Kundalini yoga is a serious practice so it is important to be cautious. For this reason, the practice will be adjusted to the capacity of each individual.
Every morning you will receive a guided meditation and a full Kundalini yoga class with all the necessary teachings. In the afternoon, the same class will be repeated individually by everyone in the presence of the teacher and personal adjustments will be given. In the evening, there will also be a guided meditation. Free time for relaxation, beach, and singing bhajans. The retreat includes Serva (service) that means everyone helps with cooking and keeping Ellas Retreat Centre clean.
The main content of the Kundalini yoga retreat is a systematic way of activating the Kundalini Shakti. The following techniques are used for this purpose. There are asanas, pranayamas, bhandas, mudras, chakra meditations, mantras and dharanas. You are not expected to have any knowledge of these techniques to be able to participate, during the retreat you will receive all you need to know.
Bhajans If you wish to develop devotion. Singing mantras and devotional songs elevate the energies and open the heart. Bhajans belong to Bhakti yoga.
Serva. As part of the yoga practice, you are expected to help with the daily tasks so the retreat can run smoothly. Cleaning the rooms, cooking, cutting vegetables etc. Serva belongs to Karma yoga.
Note: This retreat is for the ones who already practice Hatha yoga and want to deepen their knowledge and practice. It is an ideal chance for the ones who like to have an intensive course.
Basu began his sadhana in 1997 and in 2002, he was initiated in Kriya yoga by Swami Shankarananda Giri. He has been received and practiced in the presence of several respected teachers in India and Thailand and has developed deep experiential understanding in Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga, Tantra, Qigong, and mindfulness meditation. In 2008, Swami Shankarananda Giri gave him the allowance to introduce and guide others into Kriya yoga. He has been giving courses and retreats in India, Thailand, Greece, and Austria since 2000.
Ellas Retreat Paleros, where the event takes place, is located in a small village at the Ionian Sea close to the island of Lefkada. It lies at the base of a spectacular rocky mountain and it is surrounded by sandy beaches. The village is not the main tourist attraction and this is that makes it so inviting. The month of October is early autumn and there is still a chance to enjoy the velvet summer as we call the summer days on autumn.
Thanks to Antonis who is running a catering service for retreats called the FoodPath where you can offer a healthy menu. A vegetarian brunch and dinner will be served.
Please book your flight to arrive at Aktion National Airport (PVK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
The transfer is available at an additional cost of 25 EUR. There are flights from Holland and the UK but of course, you can check for a connection.
From Athens International Airport (ATH) you can drive with a direct bus X93 from the airport to the bus terminal and from there take a bus to Vonitsa from the Aitwloakarnania desk, once you arrive at Vonitsa (after 5 hours of pleasant travel) Ellas Retreat can pick you up for 10 EUR.
If you arrive in Athens International Airport (ATH), Ellas Retreat can order a taxi to pick you up from the airport for 70-80 EUR but note that you will need to arrive earlier than 15:00.
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