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This immersion retreat is designed for all levels of yoga students who are comfortable learning about yoga practices such as chakra study (the study of the energy centers in the body), mudras (hand gestures), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), chanting (singing), and meditation (contemplative prayer). The heart of each retreat is one of the seven major energy centers in the body. This retreat explores Gods purpose for that particular aspect of your emotional and energetic being. Come and see how powerful yoga can be when it is centered, grounded, and focused on becoming more like Jesus in every part of your body, mind, energy, and spirit.
All ages are welcome as participants.
The group will be staying in St. Joseph's Retreat House. Each participant will have a private bedroom and bath. St. Joseph's also has a spacious kitchen and common room, and a front porch that overlooks the tranquil grounds of the monastery.
This retreat will take place in Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman, Alabama. The retreat center is two hours north of Birmingham and three hours west of Atlanta.
06:30 Morning practice
07:45 Silent breakfast
09:00 Morning devotional
10:30 Body / mind workshop
13:30 Ayurveda / chakra workshop
16:00 Afternoon practice
17:15 Vespers / dinner
18:30 Free time
20:00 Testimony and worship
Sacred Heart Monastery and the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center are located on the east side of Cullman, approximately 2.6 miles from I-65 Exit North 308. From this exit, follow US Highway 278 East. Turn left off 278 East onto Convent Road at a 3-way traffic light. Drive to the second block. Enter the second gate on the right.
From the east: Convent Road is marked by the first traffic light on your arrival in Cullman. Turn right onto Convent Road, and then drive two blocks. Enter the second gate on the right.
From the west: Drive through Cullman to Convent Road (approximately 2.6 miles from the I-65/US 278 intersection), then turn left onto Convent Road at a 3-way traffic light. Drive to the second block. Enter the second gate on the right (you will see spacious lawns and large buildings).
After turning into the monastery drive, please take a left at the Sacred Heart statue and follow the road around the building to either the covered entrance at the end of the building or the main retreat center parking area at the rear of the building.
Although the retreat offers 45 hours of planned classes, prayer and worship sessions, workshops, yoga sessions, group discussions and more, you always have the choice to opt out of the planned activities to simply rest or seek God on your own.
To complement your time on retreat, you may want to bring the following two texts with you - Holy bible (any translation) and The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar (includes the text of the yoga sutras). Both will be used in discussions during the week.
Comfortable attire is suggested, appropriate for the season, and also comfortable walking shoes. A light sweater is helpful for the meeting rooms. If you plan to join the sisters for the liturgy of the hours and Eucharist, it is prefer that shorts not be worn in the monastic chapel.
It is important to bring all toiletries and other personal items you may need. Other suggested items include an alarm clock and an umbrella. You may also wish to bring a journal, and a book or two for spiritual reading. The retreat center provides sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and wash cloths.
If you have any medical history, conditions, diseases or limitations which might affect or restrict your participation in yoga instruction, programs or activities, please inform New Day Yoga.
Dayna combines her 30 years of teaching and fitness experience in her creative and Christian approach to yoga. An ERYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, she currently teaches classes at various locations in the Atlanta Metro area. Featured in Atlanta journal and constitution, The Marietta daily journal, and on WSB TV and WGST Radio / Georgia news network, Dayna and her work have inspired interest as she seeks to educate Christians about the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. Dayna's classes focus on alignment, strength, flexibility, and centering the mind on the good things in life, namely Jesus. She teaches her students to realistically assess where they are in body, mind, and spirit, and then she encourages them to advance to the next level with challenging sequences, gentle breath work, meditation, and sometimes chanting.
Lori is a RYT 200 and RYT 500. Lori began practicing yoga in 2004 and through her yoga practice, she began to experience an awareness of the Holy Spirit within her, and her relationship with the Lord and savior Jesus Christ grew in a new way. Moving in an attitude of prayer and worship during the physical postures and breathwork, her yoga practice fostered a quieting of her mind leading her into deeper intimacy with God and helping her find healing for the anxiety she had struggled with throughout her life.
In 2006, Lori completed New Day Yogas first 200-hour teacher training, and in May of 2013 Lori also successfully completed the New Day Yoga, Inc. 300-hour teacher training program. To remain connected with other practitioners and teachers of yoga from a Christian perspective, Lori has attended various retreats and classes at monasteries and Christian retreat centers in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and Cullman, Alabama. She has a passion to share this gift with others and is currently teaching weekly classes in churches and leading workshops and retreats in the Huntsville, Alabama area.
All meals will be provided by the retreat center and are served in a separate dining area. The meals from Monday night dinner to Saturday lunch are included.
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