Ancient Yoga Center (400, Barsana Rd. Austin, TX-78737 – just 17 miles from downtown Austin) is a world away from the demands of daily life. The natural landscape, spread over 200 acres, creates ideal areas for outdoor fun activities, Yoga and meditation. Enjoy Ashram life, peach orchards, walking trails, healing, wildflower fields, a natural stream, hills, clean air, the shade of live oak trees, colorful peacocks, outdoor dining and more (http://www.ancientyogacenter.org/)
(I) Retreat Price: $350
Early Bird Price for a limited number of people (prior to March 25th, 2014) -
$290: For one person
$250 for each person if two or more people are signing up together.
You have the option to stay together or in separate rooms, as per your own choice.
(II) Accommodation at the Retreat is optional. The above retreat price does not include the cost of accomodation. In case you don't plan to stay at the Ashram during the retreat, please visit the following link for more information: FAQ.
Accommodation Rates (healthy vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Rooms with shared hall bath: Per person/per day
4+people - $80
3 people - $90
2 people - $100
1 person - $120
Rooms with private attached bath: Per person/per day
4+ people - $95
3 people - $105
2 people - $115
1 person - $135
Payment should be made online or by check in favor of Jogi Bhagat and can be mailed to the following address:
10008 Mount Rainier Drive,
Following was the schedule for last year's retreat. The schedule for this year's retreat will be posted in next few weeks.
Following are the details of our presenters and their classes and workshops:
Anuradha Naimpally has been dancing worldwide for over 30 years. Her mesmerizing performances have
gained her many accolades in Canada, India, and the US. Amongst her many honors, she is the only Indian
dancer to win the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council in 1989. In India, she was
bestowed the title of “Sringara Mani” at the Kal-ke-Kalakar Festival in 1990. In her current home of Austin,
Texas, she was named Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics’ Circle in 2001, and nominated numerous
times, including 2011. Her recent production, Parampara, was awarded the coveted Best Dance Concert
award for 2011 and was named by the Austin Chronicle as one of the top five performances of 2011.
Both a popular performer and teacher, Anuradha teaches classes and directs diverse cultural projects
through her organization, Austin Dance India, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. She trains
students in the Tanjavur style of Bharata Natyam, a legacy of her gurus Pt VJ Pillai and Smt Jayashree Pillai
and their guru, respected scholar and master Acharya Parvati Kumar.
Along with performing and teaching, Anuradha is passionate about arts in education. She conducts
assembly performances on Indian dance and culture in Central Texas schools and libraries as well as
ongoing movement classes based on academic curriculum. With a B.A. in Philosophy and M.F.A. in Dance
from Canada, her traditional dance training from India, and a long time practice of yoga, Anuradha integrates
many aspects of her diverse life experience into her presentations. She brings a unique approach to the art
with both tradition and innovation.
Lecture-Demonstration - A presentation by Anuradha Naimpally
Bharata Natyam is an ancient form of temple dance that grew in the South of India.
Although now a theater art, it still maintains a deep spiritual meaning, depicting not
only the multitude of human emotions within relationships but also the universal
search for oneness with higher consciousness.
In this presentation, Anuradha begins by placing this art form within a historical and
cultural context. She then presents technical aspects in terms of physicality as well
as emotive expressions. Drawing connections with traditional fine arts and other
ancient practices such as yoga, Anuradha also points out the unique features of the
form. She concludes with a performance of traditional dances highlighting salient
features of the Bharata Natyam repertoire.
Ginger McGilvray, Certified Yoga Instructor, LMT
Ginger studied to be a yoga teacher in 2004 with Living Yoga Program. In 2006, she studied Thai Massage in Chiang mai, Thailand and the following year received her massage therapy license. Her yoga and bodywork comes from her own authentic expression, inspired by her whole life. She is a dancer, runner, meditator, explorer, daughter, sister, laugher, builder, seeker and friend. She'll be providing massage therapy at the retreat.
Ivy Ingram, M.A., is a certified Ayurvedic health practitioner and yoga instructor based in Austin, Texas. She received her Ayurveda certification from the renowned Dr. Vasant Lad after an intensive year-long program. She also lived and studied Ayurveda in southern India for six months. A certified yoga teacher for ten years, she is a professional level member of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. A dedicated student of vedic chant and Sanskrit, she is fascinated by the power of sound, poetry and the spoken word in healing. She also has a master’s degree in counseling psychology.
Ayurveda for Self-Care: Creating a Wise Daily Routine - A workshop by Ivy Ingram
The ancient medical science of Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India from the same roots as Yoga. Translated as "the science of life," Ayurveda gives us great guidance on how to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature to achieve optimal health and vitality. A holistic medical system, its tools are the things of everyday life like the food we eat, the lifestyle choices we make, and herbal medicines when necessary. One important concept of Ayurveda is "dinacharya," which refers to having a supportive daily routine to foster health. Come learn the specific daily actions recommended by this ancient wisdom, and devise a routine that is right for your unique constitution. Simple new practices and minor shifts to the timing of activities you may already do can have a profound effect on your health and happiness.
Jogi Bhagat, (RYT 500)
Jogendra “Jogi” Bhagat, RYT(500), a Certified Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist, has attended many Yoga courses and retreats in India, Europe and US during the last 28 years, including residential courses at Svyasa University, Bangalore and Teacher Training in Yoga Therapy at Yoga Vidya University, Nasik in India. He had the honor of studying Yoga therapy from some of the best living Yoga Masters, including T.K.V. Desikachar and Swami Ramdev. He has been teaching in Austin since 2005. He works with people of all ages, sizes, challenges and various ailments. He conducts classes and workshops at Yoga studios, wellness centers, retreats and conferences for general fitness as well as for different ailments like back pain, arthritis, hypertension, asthma, digestive disorders, depression and diabetes etc. Students tend to stick to his classes as they discover more benefits than they expected. Click here to read more.
Warm Up Yoga
The class has been designed to make Yoga easy, gentle and accessible to all. The emphasis is on the balanced development of strength, stamina and flexibility along with deep relaxation. To help you achieve your personal best, Yoga poses are modified.
Merging Mantras, Movement, Meditation & Mudras: Emergence of a New You - A yoga class by Jogi Bhagat
What we seek is naturally within us. Travel deep inside your Self and discover a state of total bliss by merging powerful chants, Mantras, gentle movement in harmony with breath, deep relaxation, meditation and mudras. Enjoy the effects of vocalized sounds on the body, mind and spirit and awaken dormant centers of the brain. Emerge from inner clouds and experience a new blissful You!
The workshop aims at creating awareness about the power of Mantric sounds and discover our personal relationship with them. Sounds have a big influence on our body, mind and consciousness. This is the reason why the use of Mantras is widespread throughout various spiritual movemnts. They help us stay positive even if there is negativity around us. Drawing from the ancient Yogic practices, the workshop will also feature Peace Mantra, miraculous “Maha Mrintunjaya Mantra” and the cosmic mother of all Mantras “Gayatri Mantra” for healing, wellbeing and spiritual light.
What Are We Seeking? - Meditation followed by an interactive discussion about the direction of our life: Led by Jogi Bhagat
Most of the times, we don't know what we really want. The reason for not knowing is that the restless mind cannot help us to find answers to anything. Once we learn to quieten our mind, a journey of harmony and balance starts. Slowly, we start understanding that we are seeking peace and joy. But, "Peace and Joy" is not the name of the final destination, it is the Path we need to walk on. Knowing our Self makes our journey a bit more easy. In this workshop, we shall work on quietening the mind and learn from reflective journal writing and group sharing. Please bring your journal with you.
Michelle is a certified yoga teacher through the Living Yoga Program. She has taught yoga for The Boys & Girls Club of America and Foundation Communities and has been practicing yoga since 1999. As a software engineer of over 10 years, Michelle came to yoga as a practice for quieting the mind and finding stress relief from the demands of every day life. Michelle teaches gentle yoga for stress relief, with a focus on the breath and cultivating awareness. She has also taught meditation workshops and taken advanced studies in yoga therapy and chakra therapy.
Yoga for Inner Peace and Outer Vitality - A yoga class by Michelle Michael
This meditative class will incorporate both active and resting yoga poses in order to help you cultivate personal awareness, grace and steadiness for both mind and body. You will journey through gentle stretches, forward bending, and subtle heart opening poses that will literally expand your presence. Combining breath and awareness with the unique sequencing of this class, you will leave feeling cleansed and rejuvenated. Join us to connect your inner Self with your outer body in this creatively unique class that is sure to illuminate the beauty of who you are.
Shriram Sarvotham began learning Yoga at the age of ten; he has been sharing the joy of Yoga in the role of a Yoga Teacher for the last 19 years. He teaches the "Sri Sri Yoga" workshops that offer a holistic experience of Yoga with a beautiful blend of postures, breath-work, meditation, and wisdom from classic Yoga texts. Shriram has been studying the Patanjali Yoga Sutras for several years and has a deep and insightful understanding of this foundational Yoga text. His students are led to discover the core principles of Yoga contained in this text which in turn profoundly elevates the quality of their Yoga practice.
Shriram has presented lectures and workshops on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras at prestigious Yoga Conferences such as the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference and the Texas Yoga Conference. He has also conducted several yoga workshops across the USA and has delivered numerous lecture-demonstrations at educational institutions and corporate offices. He is certified by the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500).
Shriram Sarvotham holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX. He works in the Energy Industry as a Principal Research Scientist.
Transforming Habits through Yoga - A workshop by Shriram Sarvotham
The practice of Yoga is about personal transformation. At the most subtle level, it is the transformation of deep seated impressions in our consciousness. These impressions (called "Samskaras" in Yoga literature) drive our habitual behaviors and tendencies. In this talk, we will explore the Yogic wisdom on how to strengthen our habits that align with our higher goals while changing those habits that do not serve us. In the classic text Yoga Sutras, the author Patanjali provides two powerful ways to change our habits. Furthermore, he provides profound insights on the nature of transformation itself. This wisdom can be applied in all areas of our life.
Rev. Dr. Tina Carter
Tina has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry both from Colorado School of Mines. When she left her field of Environmental Remediation to pursue her Master of Divinity Degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1998 she was considered a world expert in mercury chemistry.She has been serving churches as a pastor since 2002 and has been in ministry in several different settings.
While her educational background is interesting, her family background has given her most of her expertise in developing relationship with the “other.” Tina’s home of origin was a foster care home and she lived with children of all different abilities. In addition her family took in young women who were pregnant and without resources. Although she only completed Seminary in 2002, she has been a life-long learner and was taught by the Jesuits when she was a little girl.
She is married to Bill. Together she and Bill live with Bill’s adult son, Eric, who has autism and their roommate, another pastor in the area. She has two grown daughters that she is pleased to call “friend.” And a grandson that brings great joy.
True Spirituality Means Working for Peace and Justice - A talk by Rev. Tina Carter
We are made for community. And apart from community we are less than we have made to be. And it’s not enough merely to associate with others. Our Spirituality becomes concrete when we recognize our call to work for Peace and Justice for the whole community. This is hard work but it’s good work.
We cannot work for peace and justice without also living in genuine relationship with others who are different than we are. Only by listening well and walking with others can we be an effective voice for peace and justice. Tina will share part of her journey with us as she describes what it is like to build relationship with those that are truly “other.”
Zakiyyah Kareem (RYT-200) fell in love with yoga while studying psychology at UT Austin in the late 90s. That love blossomed into passion during an inspiring yoga class on the lush and tropical Big Island of Hawaii in 2006. In 2008 Zakiyyah became a registered 200 hour yoga teacher( RYT) through Yoga Alliance and has since received over 300 hours in advanced study from Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Murti Hower, Gioconda Parker, Rusty Wells, and other amazing teachers on the path.
Zakiyyah’s teaches a vinyasa flow style of hatha yoga that connects students to their bodies through breath and mental focus. Once our mind, body and breath become still, our restless mental chatter is quieted and our inner wisdom can be heard. Students can expect to reconnect their bodies through creative sequences of yoga poses that focus on building strength, balance, and alignment. Zakiyyah teaches classes for teens and adults.
In addition to teaching, Zakiyyah is active in the education nonprofit sector in Austin where she works to give young people the tools to make a positive impact on the world around them.
Yoga for the Restless Mind - A yoga class by Zakiyyah Kareem
Chances are that you, or someone you know, have experienced periods of sleepless nights. In fact, insomnia is a common malady, impacting 1 out of 3 Americans. Thankfully, yoga can offer long lasting relief and peace.In this class we will explore how our yoga practice can support us during times of insomnia. We will learn how gentle hatha yoga, restorative yoga, meditation and pranayama can address many of the root causes of insomnia, including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and physical pain.
This class will include asana practice and time for reflection. Please feel free to bring a journal.
For over 15 year Zakiyyah has lived through her fair share of restless/sleepless nights, lasting anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months. She has tried a variety of treatments, but nothing has proven more effective and sustainable than yoga.
We call our music ‘Kirtan Meditation’ because it is a form of meditation. There are many ways to enter that space of intimate silence where one touches the stillness resting below the ever-shifting surface. The breath and movement are common means to access this sublime realm of ‘Self’; music is another. Kirtan is an ancient practice of call and response music which is perfectly formulated to usher one, even the novice, into this sacred space of stillness. Sanscrit mantras are used to focus the mind while the music sweeps in and opens the heart. When one enters into this practice with sincerity (meaning doing the best one can, letting go of hesitations and insecurities, giving 100 percent), then the outcome can be truly spectacular. But it takes sincerity.
Traditionally, each mantra has a specific intent. Songs to the Ganesh are meant to remove obstacles blocking our path. Songs to the goddess Saraswati are prayers for higher knowledge. While reflecting on the intention of the specific mantra might help to deepen our practice, it is not a necessary component of effective Kirtan. Being present and singing with sincerity is more than enough to move one into a place of clear mind and open heart. We invite you to join us in uniting our voices for peace.
Please bring the following:
- A Yoga mat and any props that you may need
- A blanket, comfortable cushion or blocks for sitting comfortably on the floor
- Water bottle with lid
- Notebook and pen, if you like to take notes
- Extra cash or check if you are interested to purchase gifts from Radha Madhav Dham shop and on-site massage etc.
- Comfortable shoes if you would like to enjoy walking at Radha Madhav Dham
- Please leave valuables at home
Help us to spread the word about this Retreat
You can receive full refund of your payment minus $75, if you inform us 30 days before the starting of the retreat. $125 will be deducted from your payment in case cancellation is done less than 30 days before the starting of the retreat. There will be no refunds for no-shows or cancellation after April 3, 2013.
Continuing Education Units
Yoga Alliance CEUs are available on request.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Yoga Retreat/Vacation?
Usually when we go for holidays for recreation, we become so tired that after coming back, we need another holiday to rejuvenate. A retreat should rejuvenate us while also giving us practical techniques for physical, mental and emotional well-being.
It is time to step back from everyday stresses and strains and put things back into perspective. A retreat is good for recreation, but it is more about "re-creation". It gives you the perfect environment to relax, rethink the direction of your life and enjoy great activities. It is an opportunity to spend time with oneself, and reconnect with nature while enjoying the company of like-minded people - a wonderful long-term friendship can spring from such retreats. More importantly, a Yoga Retreat provides a clearer direction towards a peaceful way of existence. It develops an increased capacity to resolve the inner turmoil and anxieties that are experienced every single day.
What is the difference between a Yoga Class and Yoga Retreat?
Have you ever felt peace, serenity and sense of well-being after attending a Yoga class? If your answer is "yes", it is time to learn more tools of transformation in a retreat that can extend "after Yoga class" peace and joy in your day-today activities. It is an opportunity to leave behind clamors of daily life to deepen your Yoga practice, build true strength and enlighten your spirit.
Who is organizing this Retreat?
Jogi Bhagat, RYT(500), Certified Yoga Instructor, Therapist and Teacher Trainer is organizing this Retreat. He has studied with renowned Masters in India, Europe and US, including TKV Desikachar and Swami Ramdev. ( http://medicinalyoga.com/about_teacher.html ) If you have never attended his classes, you are welcome to try out a free class and this will give you an idea of this retreat.
What is special about Radha Madhav Dham Ashram?
Not everyone has the money or time to take a Yoga Retreat in Fiji, Hawaii or Bali. Sometimes paradise can be found right at home. To this end, we created Om Shanti Yoga Retreat at Radha Madhav Dham Ashram. This Ashram's serene and beautiful environment provides an ideal location for a lot of fun filled and stress busting activities.
Can I attend the Retreat without staying at Radha Madhav Dham?
It is better to stay at Radha Madhav Dham Ashram for a true immersion experience. But, staying at Radha Madhav Dham during the retreat is optional.
In case, you decide not to stay at Radha Madhav Dham during the Retreat, you will only need to pay for your meals plus a $15 per person/per day commuter fee that Radha Madhav Dham charges us. The cost for each meal is $ 10. If you wish, you can bring your own vegetarian meals and keep in a small refrigerator at Ancient Yoga Center. There is a microwave also for warming up food.
Can I attend the Retreat just on Friday, Saturday or Sunday?
Yes, it is possible. Following are the rates, including meals and commuter fee:
Friday, April 25th: $85
Saturday, April 26th $185
Sunday, April 27th: $ 130
Don't miss this powerful opportunity to leave behind clamors of daily life,
and engage in a weekend of connection and renewal.
For questions and concerns, contact Jogi 512-963-8364 and email@example.com