Maha Sadhana means “The Great Practice,” and this amazing intensive will help you overcome imagined limitations, deepen your spiritual connection, and make rapid progress in your practice. We'll do plenty of hip, spine and shoulder-opening postures - some of which you may not have seen before - and focus on how they fit into the philosophy of yoga, including its ethical roots and scripture. We’ll also do mantra (chanting), pranayama (breathwork) and concentration – the goal of which is to settle the mind into silence so that we can experience our true, blissful nature. These practices were learned directly from Kali's spiritual preceptor, Sri Dharma Mittra. All levels with previous yoga experience are welcome; Ashtangis will find this to be a wonderful adjunct to their regular practice.
Kali Om has been teaching yoga since 1998 and is registered at the highest (E-RYT 500) level. She has completed 200-, 500-, and 800-hour trainings with her guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, and studied five times in India with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is also certified to teach pranayama (breathwork), meditation, Hormone Yoga Therapy for Menopause, Prenatal yoga, Yoga Nidra, Psychic Development, Gentle/Restorative yoga and yoga for seniors, as well as yoga therapeutics. She leads retreats locally and in Belize, and is a columnist and cartoonist for “Yoga Chicago” magazine. She’s a lead instructor for the Chicago School of Yoga’s teacher training program, and is co-chair of the Vivekenanda East-West International Yoga Festival. She teaches as an offering to her guru. More at wwwyogikaliom.com
Friday, November 10th I 5:30 - 8 p.m. I Shiva Namaskar: Intro to Asana & Pranayama
An introduction to Sri Dharma Mittra’s challenging-yet-meditative Shiva Namaskar vinyasa, which is designed to open the body quickly and efficiently; variations will offered for different levels. We’ll also explore how asana and pranayama fit into the larger yoga system.
Saturday, November 11th I 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. I Raja Yoga Maha Sadhana
Our focus will be raja yoga, or the royal path of yoga (the yoga of mind control, from the Yoga Sutras). We’ll weave the Eight Limbs of Yoga into our practice - which will include asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy and meditation. Sri Dharma Mittra says “Without Yama, there is no yoga.” REGISTER ONLINE
Saturday, November 11th I 4 - 6:30 p.m. I Chakras and Nadis: Divine Purification and Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is an active, lying down meditation that purifies, rejuvenates and energizes all of the body’s systems, bolstering its natural healing capacities and relieving depression, anxiety, headaches, and cravings. Divine Purification includes special breathing, chanting, visualization and concentration techniques to help open the nadis (subtle energy channels), calm the mind, and stimulate the chakras. REGISTER ONLINE
Sunday, November 12th I 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. I Bhakti Flow Maha Sadhana
Bhakti, or the yoga of devotion, will be the focus of our final practice, which will include asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy and meditation. REGISTER ONLINE
Full Urban Retreat I $130 prior to October 1st - $160 thereafter
REGISTER ONLINE for FULL RETREAT prior to OCTOBER 1st
Individual Workshops I $50