Why learn Kriya yoga? By practising Kriya yoga the mind returns to harmony, in the same way that Hatha yoga (asanas) brings the body in harmony. In this course the initial level of Kriya yoga practice will be given. If this practice is successful and the wish is there it will be possible on a later stage to take an initiation in the full practice. The course contains of a structured practice of Kriya yoga and Mindfulness meditation combined with Kriya Hatha yoga, Nidra Yoga, Bhajan and healthy food.
Airport transfer available:
Aktion National Airport (US$47 per person)
Ellas Retreat Paleros is situated at the picturesque port of Paleros. The retreat house has seven (7) rooms with access to a relaxing garden and great views of the Ionian Sea, the island of Lefkada and a spectacular view of the marvelous stone mountain (Serekas) that rises next to Paleros. All the rooms are homely and tastefully decorated and include air-conditioning, a small refrigerator and a hot plate for an emergency lunch or tea. You may relax on the balcony or in the garden during any time of the day and feel completely at home. There is also a yoga deck at the garden and a yoga shala 5 minutes away from the location, where you can practice and enjoy the view to the Ionian Sea and Lefkada island.
On the path of yoga. Kriya yoga belongs to the inner level of yoga ‘meditation’ and was first described by Patanjali in his "Yoga Sutras" 400 BC. The practice is based on the breath, the attention and the 7 chakras. Through the practice of Kriya yoga the human evolution is enhanced and Samadhi can be attained. The secret in Kriya yoga is the subtle connection between the breath and consciousness.
Kriya yoga was made famous in the west by Paramahansa Yogananda. He wrote the book "Autobiography of a Yogi" which became a 'most read' for all who are interested in yoga.
To bring the meditation into every action a daily life it is important to develop mindfulness (self observation). Mindfulness meditation belongs to Jnana yoga
Kriya Hatha yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that is using the fundamentals from Kriya yoga. The main emphasis is on the breath, the 7 chakras and self observation (mindfulness).
Nidra yoga we enter deep relaxation by rotating our awareness through the body.
Bhajans If you wish to develop devotion. Singing mantras and devotional songs elevates the energies and opens the heart. Bhajans belongs to Bhakti yoga.
Serva If you wish you can help with small task so the course can run smoothly. Cleaning the rooms, cutting vegetables etc. Serva belongs to Karma yoga.
Ellas Retreat Palairos is located in a small and friendly port or village at the Ionian Sea close to the island of Lefkada. It lies at the base of a spectacular mountain and is surrounded by nice sandy beaches.
There is a small yoga space in the garden, and a five-minute walk from the retreat center is a big yoga deck with an amazing view over the sea and Lefkada island.
The coastline to the north and south offers dozens of small isolated picturesque gulfs.
There are many small restaurants, archaeological sites, monasteries, wineries, hot springs, and hiking opportunities in the region.
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The food served is home-made vegan or vegetarian and macrobiotic. It is provided by Ellas Retreat's partner Foodpath.gr, as products they use are fresh and local, mostly organic and often from their own garden. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the package.
Massage therapy and electro-acupuncture are available on request and with additional costs.
Please book your flight to arrive at Prevesa Aktion Airport (PVK). The transfer from this airport costs 30 EUR not per person but per drive, so in case there are 2 people coming together they pay the same price.
If a flight to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is more convenient for you please note that in case you like to have a taxi picking you up at the airport, your flight must arrive earlier than 15.00 pm. The Taxi from Athens to Palairos will take about 4h and the cost will be 80 EUR per person.
In case you are already in Athens or you plan to spend time visiting Acropolis site before the retreat, note that there is a bus leaving from the Central Bus Station (KTEL) at 09.00am that comes directly to Palairos. Bus travel duration about 5h 30min and cost will be 40 EUR if you book an aller retour ticket.
Other buses with direction to Vonitsa or Lefkada depart from Athens several times during the day, for further information, we will be happy to assist your every step to our retreat center.
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