$23 Jan

Pṛthivī to Ākāśa – The Yoga of the Elements | A Series of short residential retreats


The Taittīrīya Upaniṣad presents very beautifully – our deep connection not just to the Supreme, Brahman, but also to the elements. The macro-cosmic universe impacting the micro-cosmic human, and the human system (Piṇḍa-aṇḍa) mirroring the structure and functioning of the larger universe (Brahma-aṇḍa) is well known. This series of five residential retreats is designed to lead the participants on a journey of discovery about this intriguing macro-micro cosmic link and how the tools of Yoga so beautifully and systematically use these inherent links to bring about balance and harmony in the system.

Anchored through lectures on the symbolism of each element, subtle anatomy connections and a study of each element as presented in Vedic lore, the programme is designed to integrate select Vedic and other chants pertaining to each element, also integrating these with practices of Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam.

This retreat series will be anchored by Nrithya Jagannathan, senior faculty member, KYM and each module will be held at different venues in India, to facilitate as close a link as possible to the element in focus.

Participants are welcome to sign up for individual retreats or for all five modules at a discounted rate.

Bhūḥ Prapadye – Saluting the Earth Mother

Bhūḥ – one of the Vyāhṛti-s (sacred utterances) with which this earth that we live on and whose bounty we enjoy, is believed to have come into being. The earth is believed to be the “Karma-bhūmi,” the plane on which we live out the fruits of all our intentions and desires. The earth supports us and forgives our transgressions with patience and forbearance. Bhūmā Devī indeed, is the epitome of Kṣama (forgiveness). The earth also symbolises steadiness.

This retreat, to be held at Aanmodaya Ashram, in Kanchipuram (a sacred city known for its deep spiritual connections to the Earth element) focuses on earth, the last and grossest of evolutes. At the cosmic level, the earth is the foundation that supports all life. Within us, the earth is closely linked to the sacral-pelvic region, which is intrinsic to spinal alignment and stability.

This retreat includes:

a) Lectures on Vedic references to Pṛthivī or Bhūmī
b) Earth symbols and symbolisms
c) The earth in connection to the functioning of the human system and adaptation of Yogic tools
d) Select excerpts from Vedic chants that emphasise our connections to the earth (Bhū Sūktam, Dūrvā Sūktam, Mṛttika Sūktam, Laghunyāsaḥ, Taccham-yorā-vṛṇīmahe)
e) Practices of Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam aligned with the central theme

Dates: 23rd to 27th January 2019 (please plan to arrive in Kanchipuram on 23rd morning and to leave after lunch on 27th evening)

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
Mantra Mala
Learn Vedic Chanting