Article from Bindu no 8
A yoga holiday at Håå Course Center
Will deepen your experience of yoga and meditation, yourself and your daily life
"The benefits of the summer's intensive work with yoga and meditation (a 14 days course and the Kriya Yoga course) can be felt on return to daily life. Karma Yoga's influence is evident - more energy and a desire to organise the practical things.
Through yoga and meditation, I have become better at concentrating on the things I do. When I dance, I dance, when I draw, I draw, when I make food, I make food...
By actually experiencing what you do while doing it, even though you are busy, you don't feel stressed.
After I came home from Håå, I started to practise Kriya Yoga in the morning before my classes at Architect college or my dance training and I can feel the effect in my studies. I'm more concentrated at lectures and I feel more awake and inspired during slide lectures, which I have previously found tiring. Concerning my studies, I have discovered, that by doing the alternate breathing (Nadi Shodana Pranayama) before presenting my project, I gain greater peace and a better overview of the situation." (Rikke Zachariasen)
"The personal knowledge of oneself, gained by doing yoga and meditation, means that one isn't so easily disturbed when concentrating on something. One isn't easily interrupted by irrelevant thoughts, feelings or physical discomfort (I can't! I'm tired!, indolence or something similar).
Yoga and meditation give me the energy to break old habits and the clarity to consciously choose whether or not I allow myself be disturbed. In other words, my daily yoga practice (Kriya Yoga) gives me the opportunity to exercise more self discipline - not strenuous but a relaxed and engaged awareness directed towards what is necessary, whatever it may be. For me, this is playing music - and it's especially so in my daily practice routines and my studies at the conservatory that I benefit from yoga. I can simply use my time more effectively, so that the time I use for yoga, is returned many times, both because I manage to do more and feel better during the day, and because I need less sleep." (Dennis Jensen)
At our international Course Center in Håå in southern Sweden we conduct retreats that will give you a different experience to the evening classes we hold in the cities. We operate in the tradition of an ashram; a spiritual workshop. Yoga and meditation, work and freetime, the everyday and holiday are combined in a programme to help you recharge and break away from habits and the media. This exceptional way of teaching, which has been used to impart the yoga tradition for thousands of years, gives you the opportunity, in a relatively short period, to have a deeper experience of yoga and meditation. This is helped by cleansing techniques, healthy vegetarian food, canoeing, walking and horse riding in the beautiful forests and landscapes of Southern Sweden - and lastly but by no means least, a period of silence which allows the mind to calm down...
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