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6 Days Byron Bay Yoga Retreat Australia

  • Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Overview

Sivananda Yoga Australia Retreat

Byron Bay yoga retreats in Australia offer a unique program and a daily schedule based upon the ancient teachings of yoga as a life-style, taught in a traditional and pure way - something that most retreats in the west have lost. On each retreat, participants and teachers embark on a powerful and transformative journey that allows them to relax, learn about themselves, overcome many physical, mental, and emotional obstacles and feel renewed, recharged and inspired; taking new knowledge and practical yoga tips to apply to their daily life.

Highlights

  • 2 yoga classes
  • Cleansing vedic ritual and coaching
  • 2 group meditations and spiritual discussions
  • Yoga workshops and vegetarian cooking workshop
  • 2 daily mantra chanting and kirtan
  • Vegetarian ayurvedic meals
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Ayurvedic power drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation at this location is in secluded two bedroom spacious beach houses. All rooms are fully equipped with air-conditioning, kitchen, living area, and a deck area to relax and the beach at your door step. Twin share, single shared en-suite, single en-suite rooms and your own beach house options are available.

These yoga retreats in Byron Bay are based on the classical teachings of yoga as taught by Swami Sivananda and the 5 points of yoga of Swami Vihnudevananda, as taught in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams around the world for over 50 years.

This type of yoga covers breathing exercises (pranayama), sun salutations (surya namaskar), postures (asanas) and deep relaxation (savasana). Its purity is maintained and is taught as per all International Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Centres worldwide. It encompasses a particular structure that will allow the practitioner to then be able to go and practice it on their own at home. When taught in this way the yoga has a deeply profound benefit for aligning the body physically and mentally.

What make these retreats different?

Most people look to go on a yoga retreat so that they can relax and rejuvenate. There are many on offer with yoga classes, massages, and with lots of free time to read and go to the beach or do whatever else the mind finds attractive or what it relates to relaxation. But did you know that relaxation is not really rejuvenating unless you can disconnect from your thoughts even for a few moments?

What most people do not realize is that yoga is a science, a science of body and more importantly of mind. This ancient science has been shared with us through the scriptures of yoga.

The yoga classes are taught in a specific way to maximize the movement of energy through the body, benefiting also the mind and the spirit. It cannot be intellectually created or randomly formed. In this way, the practitioner fully rejuvenates from the core of their being. The experience of a properly taught yoga class is not just one of exhilaration, blowing off steam after a hard days’ work, but there should be that feeling of complete balance. A feeling of lightness, that everything will be ok.

The purpose of these retreats is so that you can experience the true essence of a yoga practice and understand what it means to ‘do’ yoga. You will learn what the benefits are of practicing all the aspects of yoga. It will show you that you can reach a state of reconnecting to your true self through having some basic knowledge and tools. So that you can feel what it is like to live like a yogi.

Workshops

Theoretical and practical 1 hour 30 minutes workshops in all aspects of yoga. Topics include:

  • Meditation and mantras
  • Thought - The architect of your destiny
  • Art of Relaxation
  • Yoga body check
  • Yoga in daily life
  • Vegetarian - Yogic diet cooking workshop.

Yoga classes

The yoga is based on the classical Sivananda yoga class structure, namely initial mantras, relaxation, pranayama or yogic breathing exercises, preparatory exercises, practice of classical Hatha yoga asanas, final relaxation, and concluding mantras.

Satsang (group meditation)

It functions to open your heart and elevate your emotions. You practice silent meditation, kirtan and chanting of classical mantras, spiritual reading or interesting lecture on a yoga topic. It consists of 20-30 minutes of silent meditation, 45 minutes of mantra chanting, and a talk on yoga philosophy.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Satsang (group meditation)
  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Free time
  • 12:00 Meditative nature walk
  • 14:00 Workshop
  • 16:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Satsang (group meditation)

In this retreat, you will have meditative nature walks and a visit to sacred sites.

Madhava and Shyamala founded Yoga White Lotus - Sivananda Tradition in February 2011 after spending several years as voluntary resident staff at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in London. Guided and trained by Swamis (vedantic monks), this experience demanded an intense and disciplined yogic lifestyle where a daily spiritual practice consisting of asanas, pranayama, mantra chanting , kirtan, yogic diet, and all aspects of yoga was required. During this time, through selfless service (Karma yoga), they taught internationally many students from around the world from beginners to teachers' level in classes, courses, retreats and international teachers’ training courses.

Currently living in Lennox Head, they aim to continue the mission of their teachers to spread yoga in the west. Their invaluable experience, their devotion to the teachings of yoga and dedicated practice are reflected in their classes. They continue to work in close collaboration with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres to bring Sivananda yoga to Australia.

This yoga retreat is located in Byron Bay. This is the most easterly point of Australia. It is a mystical sacred land charged with uplifting spiritual vibrations used in the past by Aboriginals for rituals and still continues to draw an eclectic mix of modern day spiritual seekers. In 40 kilometers of this coastal region, there are beautiful and clean beaches. Byron Bays' climate is sub-tropical.

This location is set among a 30 acres sanctuary lined with 630 meters of Byron Bay's most beautiful beachfront and situated on the edge of the Arakwal National Park. It is a secluded oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, surrounded by breathtaking and peaceful beach and bush landscape. Definitely nature at its best, offering you the ideal conditions for the practice of yoga.

As an important part of the yogic lifestyle, a yogic vegetarian diet also supports the yoga practice. The meals are specifically scheduled and prepared to support the body’s natural rhythm for the digestion of food. The meals provide complete nutritional requirements for the healthy functioning of body and mind. Prepared with loving awareness, the meals are always wholesome, unexpectedly tantalizing to the eyes and especially the taste buds. It is full of flavors and colors. The retreaters have found meal times to be particularly something to look forward to. Special dietary requirements are catered for.

In this retreat, no meat, fish, or eggs are allowed.

In your free time, you can enjoy a sauna, massage, walk along the beach, or just relax in the peaceful surroundings.

Massage and infrared sauna are available on request for an extra cost.

  • 1 sunrise meditation at a nature reserve in Byron Bay
  • 1 hands-on vegetarian cooking workshop based on Ayurvedic principles (3 hours)
  • 2 daily group meditations and spiritual discussions
  • 2 daily mantra chanting and kirtan (devotional singing)
  • 2 yoga classes a day which include asanas, breathing exercises, and yoga Nidra (yogic relaxation)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Cleansing vedic ritual
  • Daily vegetarian Ayurvedic meals / snacks and morning Ayurvedic power drink
  • Individual coaching and daily Q&A sessions
  • Meditative nature walks
  • Practice of yogic cleansing exercises (Kriyas)
  • Workshop on different yoga topics
  • Infrared sauna
  • Massage
For information about the booking conditions, please send Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Sydney an inquiry.
  • Review by Stefan B.
    9 out of 10

    "I recently completed the one week retreat at sacred Mt. Warning, what a spectacular place! Madhava and Shymala bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and most importantly compassion and love to their practice and were always there for guidance and support. I really enjoyed hearing and learning about the true meaning of yoga and understanding more deeply the spiritual path, this was a big part of the retreat and really grounds you on, why you are doing the physical part of yoga and how it is all connected to the ultimate goal of consciousness and the divine. I would recommend the retreat to anyone who wants to understand yoga on a deeper level or enhance their current practice of yoga. Thank you once again Madhava and Shymala."

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Sydney website, edited, edited

  • Review by Swami Krishnadevananda from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "He (Madhava) teaches with dynamism, precision and care. His classes are meticulously prepared, intelligently executed and engaging."

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Sydney website, edited, edited

  • Review by Leela A. from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "I was lucky enough to be taught by Shyamala of Yoga White Lotus, in London, not only as a yoga student, but as a teacher and I've always kept her advice and knowledge with me. She is confident knowledgeable teacher, but also very intuitive and sensitive to the needs of the students. I can honestly say she is one of the best teachers I've practiced under."

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Sydney website, edited, edited