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Join this retreat for an exploration of the qualities of serenity and the movement and thought patterns that foster it. Shape your yoga practice to be as beneficial as possible, using a scientific understanding of body and mind alongside yogic philosophy. There will be asana sessions to teach you how to let go of movement patterns that keep you locked out of serenity, and pranayama and meditation sessions to foster thought patterns that support greater peace of mind.
Amaravati Ashram is an Ayurvedic retreat center nestled in the hills thirty minutes north of Chiang Mai. Built according to the principles of Vastu (Indian feng shui), the center exudes an atmosphere that naturally fosters mindfulness. Three delicious, vegetarian meals are served buffet-style each day. The center features gorgeous mountain views, a large terrace for lounging, and a beautiful pool. You can choose from single or double, standard or deluxe rooms.
Standard rooms are large at 25 square meters with an air conditioner and a private bath with shower, while deluxe rooms are very large at 50 square meters with an air conditioner, separate sitting and bedrooms, a dressing room / walk-in closet, and a private bath with bathtub and separate shower.
Why is cultivating serenity such a challenge? Evolutionary pressures have shaped human bodies and minds over millions of years to favor survival rather than happiness, but recent investigations in neuroscience confirm that they have an innate predisposition toward serenity. This retreat is designed to teach you how to nurture serenity even under difficult circumstances through mindfulness, awareness, and specific stress-disrupting techniques.
Join Yoga Mind Yoga Body for a six-day exploration of the qualities of serenity and the movement and thought patterns that foster it. The intention of this retreat is eminently practical: to shape your yoga practice to be as beneficial as possible, using a scientific understanding of body and mind alongside Buddhist and yogic philosophy where it aids your understanding. With clarity, sensitivity, and humor, they seamlessly integrate asana, philosophy, and physiology in their teachings to expand your knowledge of each as well as the interconnections between all three. As a result, you will come to a more profound and accurate understanding of your true nature, characterized by a greater capacity for serenity.
Their emphasis on how you practice - rather than what you practice - makes their methods accessible to anyone, regardless of physical condition. However, the emphasis on the mental dimension means that the practices are plenty challenging, especially for people who have previously emphasized a rigorously athletic practice, because doing yoga this way entails adding a whole new dimension to your practice.
They use creative, fun, and innovative techniques to help their students incorporate their serenity-supporting adjustments - like using real-time iPad photos and videos in class to reveal detrimental movement patterns and to help you make dramatic changes on the spot. If you are convinced that you are not tensing your neck, for example, you cannot begin to relax it, and seeing your neck tension in a photo convinces you like nothing else!
Each day they will lead an asana practice from 09:30 to 12:30, and meditation, pranayama, and dharma talks from 16:00 to 18:00, leaving plenty of time to explore the local temples, caves, hot springs, bathing spots, and hiking trails, or simply to relax and make friends with like-minded yogis in the midst of stunning mountain scenery.
Please note that there will be a pranayama and meditation session starting at 16:00 on the arrival day and a yoga asana session starting at 09:30 on the departure day.
This retreat will take place at Amaravati Ashram, Mae Rim, in the province of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
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During this retreat, you will be served vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
Chiang Mai International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).
Yoga Mind Yoga Body will provide a free shuttle from Yoga Mind Yoga Body studio in downtown Chiang Mai to the retreat center and back. The trip takes about 30 minutes. Yoga Mind Yoga Body suggests staying in Chiang Mai city for a day or two before the retreat to enjoy this wonderful city, and to acclimatize yourself to Northern Thailand.