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Local Weekend Yoga Retreat June 9-11th!!!


Transform from Amazing to “OHM”azing!!!!  Connect to the fire within

Everyone need a little “me” time, where you can escape the day-to-day and restore the body and mind.  Yoga has long been a practice of choice to help find clarity, calm and the ability to focus on your inner self.

Join us for a local weekend retreat located on property overlooking the Oso Bay. Meditate with the sound of gently swaying palm trees, the natural sounds of the bay and watch as exotic birds fly by. There is a wild bird refuge only steps away. This retreat will focus on personal growth and transformation.

Study with the teacher training students as they explore the many facets of yoga. Asana classes will include Chakra opening, candlelight yoga, restorative yoga, inversions 101, arm balancing 101, yoga nidra, and more! There will be time for meditation, journaling, yoga philosophy and energetic lectures, creating vision board, a nutrition workshop with a registered dietician and spending time with like-minded individuals. Explore the effects of pranayama. This will be a weekend full of self-exploration. The yoga practices will be outdoors. Enjoy organic vegetarian and pescetarian meals. Non-yoga activities can include walks through a bird sanctuary, lounging around the pool or enjoying a comfortable chair on 2 separate decks.

The retreat will be for all skill levels. It will be held primarily outdoors.

This workshop/retreat qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Hours

Dates June 9th-11th, 2017.

Questions or early reservations contact Michelle at 361-779-0183 or michelle.acebo@gmail.com


5:00-6:00 Welcome

6:00-6:30PM  Meditation/Journaling

6:30-8:30 Chakras Explained. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres

8:30-10:00PM  Candle light Restorative Yoga

10:00 PM conclusion for evening


6:00AM-7:00AM  Meditation/journaling

7;30AM  light breakfast

8:00-10:00AM  Working Through the Chakras~ Yoga Class

10:00AM  vegetarian snack

11:00AM-1:00PM  Yoga Class~Inversions 101  Benefits, step by step

1:00PM-2:30PM  Lunch, Free Time, Walks, Naps, Showers, etc

2:30-4:00PM  Nutrition Workshop with Jeri Hall, RD

4:00 PM-5:30PM Ashtanga Yoga  8 Limbs of Yoga lecture/discussion

5:30-7:00PM  Dinner/ Free Time

7:00-8:00PM Meditation/Journaling

8:00PM-10:00PM  Yoga Nidra Yoga Class

10:00 PM -12:00AM Happy Hour Vision Board Activity

Conclusion of evening


6:00AM-7:00AM Meditation/journaling

7;30AM  light breakfast

8:00-10:00AM Yoga Class~ Arm Balancing 101

10:00AM Snack

11:00-3:00 Asana 180 Class.  Jivamukti Open Class Backbends!!!!

3:00PM Program Conclusion~Snacks  Goodbyes

Participation Choices  and Lodging Options

SAMADHI OPTION: Activities for All Weekend:  $445 after May 1~Early Bird Registration (Register by May 1) Fee:  $400

SHAKTI OPTION:  Double Occupancy Room (1 bed sleeps 2) 2 rooms Available:  $595 per person After May 1. Early Bird Registration (By May 1) $550

SHIVA OPTION:  Gypsy Space for overnight stay: (inflatable mattress with bedding) $75 extra  (5 available)

Per Diem Rates:

Friday:  $80

Saturday:  $250

Sunday:  $115

Per Class:  $30

Lecture/Vision Board:  $35

Continuing Education Certificate: $10

All Workshops are non-refundable for any reason.  Your payment secures your spot!



Registration now open for Manorama, Nov. 30th-Dec. 1st, 2012!









November 30th- December 1st, 2012 The Path of Luminous Shabda Introduction to Sanskrit with Manorama Enjoy Manorama’s playful & dynamic style of sharing Sanskrit, as Luminous Shabda. During this workshop of personal and spiritual exploration combined with Sanskrit study Manorama will guide the student on the Path of Luminous Shabda, sacred sound as light. Join Manorama for this unique course designed to awaken the mind and heart of the individual in his/her quest for Sanskrit & Yogic knowledge. Tap into the luminous blueprint of energy that exists within you, through awareness of sound. This course offers a new lens through which to view the vast and enlightening subject – Sanskrit, language of Yoga. To listen to Manorama describe more about this course click here.

Level: Appropriate for all students, Yoga teachers and anyone interested to deepen their practice of Self Knowledge through chanting, Sanskrit & Yoga. Please bring: notebook, pencil/pen, meditation shawl What’s a Guru for? TM With Manorama Teachers in yoga must learn to both ground in and then shift beyond their personal perspective to allow the gift of the impersonal teachings to flow through. A teacher’s job is to help the student set up the questions that help them fight the particular struggle they are working on. They should support the student in discovering the next step, where the student needs to work to evolve into a greater understanding of Self in their life as an actual experience, not just as a statement, but as a living experience. By the time we are a certain age we all experience some measure of suffering so that we are ripe and ready to begin relating with the questions posed by the yogic traditions. Through their own self-work, a good teacher provides the needed translation and interpretation for uncovering a deeper relationship with teachings. A teacher not only studies the teachings of yoga, but also watches how the student they work with understands it. A competent teacher will let the student know if they are in alignment or out of alignment. A teacher always sees teachings according to how they stand in relation to them. © 2012

Course Description:
What’s a Guru For? TM by Luminous Shabda/ Sanskrit Studies/Manorama

Friday, November 30th
Introduction to Sanskrit
$85 + $26 materials fee

Saturday , December 1st
What”s a Guru For?
$85 + 26 materials fee

Jivamukti Yoga Focus of The Month~June, 2012

June 2012
Being at Ease with Mantra

The essence of Yoga is to be easeful in body, peaceful in mind, and useful in life.
-Swami Satchidananda

When you meet a spiritually evolved yogi you will see how peaceful they are and how at ease they are with their body and with whatever situation they find themselves in. They are always calm and comfortable. A yogi is at ease with their body and their mind because they don’t identify themselves with their present body or mind; instead, they identify themselves with eternal existence, that which is beyond the confines of time, that which is love itself, boundless and limit-less joy. How does a yogi get to that place?
Yogic practices like mantra, meditation and asana help us to be at ease with the comings and going of life. When we practice asanas or sit and meditate, we let whatever thoughts, feelings and sensations come, and then we let them go; and we replace those thoughts, feelings and sensations with the internal chanting of a mantra and through practice over time, we get a feeling of being at ease with the comings and goings of relative existence. To be comfortable with the temporary transient nature of existence is a sign of someone who has evolved spiritually. Chanting mantra while you are meditating and practicing asana as well as in “everyday life” situations can help you shift your awareness out of a feeling of constriction to a place of expansiveness.
Chanting mantra can work like magic. Magic is when your perception of something shifts. You see something one way and then magically it changes shape and appears as something else, perhaps radically different from what you first thought it was. Mantra can take our perception from mundane reality to celestial, elevated reality, true reality-what is truly real. What is truly real is eternal; mundane, relative reality is not eternal, it comes and goes-some days you’re happy, some days you are sad; some days you’re tired, some days you’re not; your state of mind and your feelings fluctuate, the highs and lows come and go. Life is supposed to have its ups and downs; this is the nature of Nature-of life; it’s changeful temperament shouldn’t be a problem, you should want each moment to come and go and to let it come and go, but you should have a way not to let yourself get caught in the middle of a ping pong game bouncing back and forth between the highs and lows.
Patanjali tells us that our preferences can be a hindrance to our happiness and to the attainment of Yoga. He refers of our preferences as raga and dvesha. Raga means when you are attached to things and situations that you like, and dvesha is when you are repulsed by things you don’t like and that make you feel uncomfortable. So you are always trying to avoid what you don’t like and hold on to or go after what you do like and that can be very frustrating, because life isn’t always perfect. The weather will change, an accident will happen and you will hurt yourself, the person you are in love with is bound to disappoint you, and say something hurtful one day. What can you do? Well many people, in fact most normal people, opt for the fight or flight syndrome: either attacking or running away when they find themselves upset and in a difficult situation. They react with negative words or thoughts, and run for cover to what they perceive to be the easiest most convenient quick fix, but they most often discover that that quick fix doesn’t satisfy them for very long and soon enough they are uncomfortable and restless and on the move again, looking for happiness and ease outside of themselves. This never works because peace and happiness are inside of us; to look for it outside of ourselves without looking within first will prove disappointing. Chanting mantra is a way to move inside of ourselves to a place of peace and ease, unfettered by the comings and goings of the external environment. Mantras give us a way to cross over a troubled mind.
A simple way to experiment with the potential power of mantra is to silently chant a mantra when you find yourself in a stressful or uncomfortable situation or when someone says something unkind to you. Instead of retaliating with anger, expressing (or thinking) words of ill will or condemnation or pulling away, instead try silently saying, Hare Krishna, Hare Rama, or whatever holy name appeals to you or even the simple words let go. This way you get out of the blame and into the name! Blame and its cousin anger make us into victims, and victims are never happy, at ease or peaceful people. For example, when your boyfriend or girlfriend says or does something hurtful to you, instead of exploding, silently chant your mantra, or go for a walk or a run or a bike ride and chant the mantra. Before long your breathing will take on the rhythm of the mantra and your mind will have become calm. When you have calmed your mind you can then think clearly and begin to contemplate ways to help the person who you felt upset you and in doing so you become useful instead of being used.
As Krishna Das sings, “Yes God is real and I have finally found a way to live in the presence of the Lord and it’s all in the name…Hare Rama Rama Ram Sita Rama Rama Ram…, and it’s all in the name.”
-Sharon Gannon