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France Yoga Course

This life-changing journey will purify you at the physical, psychological, and mental levels. You will experience a beautiful transformation and savor in the joy of living with an open heart.

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Antoaneta, Sahajananda, Gesine, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • 18 days of practice
  • 2 Hatha classes per day
  • Daily optional morning meditations
  • Extracurricular activities including movie nights and devotional singing
  • Daily evening lectures on fundamental yogic topics
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


18 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio

During this course, you will stay at Hridaya Yoga France retreat center in a beautiful chateau surrounded by an immense forest. Château de Longeval offers 26 rooms with a variety of configurations of single, twin, double, and bunk beds. While some rooms have private bathrooms, most uses shared facilities. Bedding and towels are provided for single, double, and shared rooms. Guests sleeping in dormitories will need to bring their own towel and blanket or sleeping bag (sheets and pillows are provided).

Program

Over the course of eighteen days, you will participate in Hatha yoga sessions, practice meditation, and purification techniques while also immersing yourself in traditional spiritual principles and visions from classical yoga including the non-dual tradition of Advaita Vedanta. You will also experience living in a community dedicated to living with an open heart and have the opportunity to participate in weekly events such as Bhajans (devotional singing).

Long, meditative Hatha yoga classes, inspiring lectures, a supportive and welcoming community, time to relax in nature, this module one yoga course offers you all of that and more. Unfolding over three weeks, module one is an artful blend of practice, theory, and philosophy that gives you a holistic experience of authentic yoga. It is an invitation to meet yourself on a new level, explore your inner depths, and contemplate life’s most fundamental questions.

You will emerge rejuvenated and transformed - feeling open-hearted, centered, and joyful and allowing grace to flow more easily into your life. Module one is the first stage of the Hridaya Yoga Retreats, a comprehensive system that takes you from yogic fundamentals to advanced esoteric practices. The variety of techniques and approaches presented will inspire you to find your own path to truth.

You will learn

  • The symbolic meaning and proper performance of more than 30 yoga techniques (asanas, pranayama, kriyas, etc.)
  • How to cultivate contentment, deeply relax, and open your heart
  • Ramana Maharshi’s self-inquiry method (asking the question "Who am I?") and the infinite power of the spiritual heart
  • How to meditate in an asana and rest in the present moment
  • Powerful practices for raising your energy, concentrating your mind, and centering in the heart
  • Subtle anatomy (chakras, energy channels, etc.) and how to perceive it
  • Yogic purification techniques and dietary recommendations
  • About the branches of yoga, including Yoga Nidra (the yoga of sleep), Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion), and Karma yoga (the yoga of conscious action)

This is a holistic course that creates the conditions for the revelation of your real nature, the spiritual heart. It is a life-changing journey in which important yoga topics are introduced in both a practical and theoretical way. The practice of Hatha yoga provides an intimate inner knowledge of the physical body, bio-energies, and chakras (energy centers), as well as of your ultimate nature. A contemplative attitude and an awareness of the spiritual heart is important part of the practice.

A typical day

  • One hour of meditation (optional)
  • Four hours of Hatha yoga practice (week one features shorter practice sessions)
  • Mini-lectures on specific meditation practices and yoga techniques
  • A two-hour lecture on yogic philosophy and lifestyle

You will also learn about

  • Hridaya Hatha yoga principles and the stages of performing an asana
  • Both the practice and the symbolic significance of asanas, yogic techniques, and warm-up exercises
  • The yogic system of chakras
  • Nadis (subtle energy channels), the subtle bodies, and the polarity of energy
  • Ramana Maharshi‘s self-inquiry meditation
  • The infinite power of the spiritual heart
  • Yogic purification techniques
  • Cultivating proper attitudes for a life lived from the heart
  • Pranayama - the control of the energies through the breath
  • Simple concentration and meditation techniques

Arrival and orientation

Check-in is from 2:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Please arrive in time to get settled into your accommodations prior to the orientation session that will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. The course starts at 8:45 a.m. the next day. Check-out is at 10:00 a.m. on the date of departure.

Week 1

  • Features classes that include longer lectures and are a slow, gentle start to the course
  • Focuses on introducing fundamental yogic concepts and the basics of the Hridaya yoga practice
  • Shares beginning purification techniques
  • Presents the study of yogic ethics

Week 2

  • Features classes that include more time for Hatha yoga practice and tips for experiencing yoga postures as meditation
  • Shares powerful purification techniques and offers yogic dietary recommendations
  • Continues the study of yogic ethics

Week 3

  • Features meditative Hatha yoga classes in which you hold postures for extended periods
  • Focuses on sublimation techniques, powerful practices for raising energy
  • Completes the discussion of yogic ethics and shares ideas for integrating daily life into spirituality

Schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Meditation (optional)
  • 08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 08:45 - 11:15 Hatha yoga
  • 13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 - 15:00 Karma yoga and free time
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Hatha yoga
  • 17:15 - 19:15 Lecture
  • 19:15 - 19:45 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Free time or optional activities
  • 22:00 Mauna (noble silence)

Instructors

Antoaneta Gotea

Sahajananda

Gesine Leicht

Valentina Cannavò

Luna Cabasés Corral

Retreat location

The course will take place in Hridaya Yoga France, located at Château de Longeval near the village of Saint-Just-d’Avray, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France, just one hour from the center of Lyon. You can easily get to Lyon by plane, train, or bus.

Distances

  • Lyon - 1 hour

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

All vegan meals from dinner on the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure are included in the price. The kitchen lovingly prepares simple, wholesome meals every day. Hridaya Yoga France uses fresh and organic products that are locally sourced whenever possible. All dishes are primarily vegan, although some dairy items may be available on the side. They provide complimentary hot water. You are welcome to bring your own tea bags or purchase them from a selection in the yogi shop.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily lectures
  • Extracurricular activities including movie nights and Bhajans (devotional singing)
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Membership fee
  • Transient occupancy tax

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Hot drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS). There are two options for getting from the airport to Lyon-Part Dieu train station (for onward travel to Longeval). Take the RhoneExpress tram (information concerning the prices and schedule can be found here). It will take 30 minutes and costs around 15 EUR.

You can buy your tickets online or on the tram itself. You will arrive directly at Lyon Part-Dieu. If you have the time and prefer a cheaper option, you can take bus number TCL 47 (schedule here) to Meyzieu ZI. It will cost you around 2 EUR and takes about 30 minutes. Then you can take Tram T3 and exit at Lyon Part-Dieu (about 20 minutes, cost around 2 EUR).

Arrival by bus

Big bus companies (Euroline, Megabus, Flixbus, etc.) link Lyon to Paris and other major European cities (Torino, Barcelona, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, etc.). Buses usually arrive at Lyon Perrache or Lyon Part-Dieu train stations. From these stations, you can get a combination of train and bus to get to Longeval.

Arrival by train

From Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) (CDG), book a fast train (TGV) to Lyon Part-Dieu station (two hours). Lyon has two main train stations, Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache. Both stations have trains arriving from within France and from major European cities. After arriving at Lyon Part-Dieu or Perrache train stations, there are three initial options for onward travel to Domaine de Longeval. Hridaya Yoga France can organize a taxi for you which, depending on your arrival time, may be shared with other participants and will pick you up at the airport or either of the train stations.

The cost will depend on the number of participants sharing the ride. Or you are welcome to add your name and details to request and offer lifts. Note that if you need to travel for any reason between the two Lyon train stations, you can take Tram T1 from Lyon Part-Dieu to Lyon Perrache and vice versa. It costs around 2 EUR and takes 10 to 15 minutes. At the station, buy a combined train and bus ticket to Chamelet (approximately 12 EUR) or, for a similar fee, a direct train ticket (this option applies to most trains from 5:00 p.m. onward during the workweek).

The last service on Sundays (check-in day for modules one and two) that will reach Chamelet is the combined train or bus from Lyon Perrache at 3:57 p.m. or Lyon Part-Dieu at 4:08 p.m., arriving in Chamelet at 5:12 p.m. For Chamelet bus arrivals, first board the train to Lozanne (the train’s final destination is Roanne, so look for this on the departure boards). Exit the train at Lozanne and the bus will be waiting for you directly outside the train station. The bus will then drop you off in the village of Chamelet about four kilometers away from the center.

For Chamelet train arrivals, stay on the train you boarded in Lyon all the way to Chamelet - do not disembark at Lozanne. They offer a shuttle service for 3 EUR from the bus stop or the train station in Chamelet, coordinated with the TER schedule. They will send you a pre-arrival email five days before your arrival that will include a link to an Arrival Information Form where you can book a shuttle.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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