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12

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06

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Refuge in the Nature of the Heart Retreat with Yoga, Mantra, and Music

June 13 - June 16, 2024

Nina Rao

Shamina Rao

Join us for this long weekend on the magical, healing land of Menla in the beautiful Catskills to practice mantra, music, and movement, and share space in story and connecting with the Guru, that is our own Heart. Held in the strength of the mountains, the life force of the trees, the flowing sounds of the sacred river, and our practice of breath, yoga, chant, and meditation, we have a sanctuary to meet the longing of our hearts, and connect to and through body, mind, and spirit. Nina is so happy to be joined by her sister and yogini, Shamina--their wish is for this retreat to be restful and rejuvenating for all.

Nina will share her long-standing kirtan (call-and-response chanting in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions) practice during the nightly kirtans. During the day, she will share other modes of mantra practice including longer-form prayers such as the Hanuman Chalisa and also Prayers to Goddess. Tracing the roots of mantra practice, Nina will also teach and share some fundamental Veda chants including the Gayatri mantra and Shanti mantra that we can incorporate into daily individual practice as well. Nina will weave these practices together with stories of great teachers, readings from sacred texts, and teachings of her guru Sri Siddhi Ma and other inspirational spiritual teachers that help us on our life journey. In this intimate setting, we have a chance to share and discuss as questions, ideas, and thoughts come up. Bring an inspirational poem or piece of writing you wish to share, bring your mala for practice, bring your notebook and pens/pencils, bring your walking shoes and warm clothes if the weather permits for us to be outdoors in Nature together.

Morning yoga will include slow flow grounding asana, pranayama and meditation with an emphasis on the connection between breath and movement. The class will be paced to provide room for stillness within the flow, to enhance body awareness with mindfulness and intention. All levels welcome!
ScheduleThursday, June 13
  • 3 - 8 pm Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Welcome and Opening program with Nina and Shamina
Friday, June 14
  • 7 - 8:15 am Morning Yoga with Shamina
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am - 12 pm Morning Class with Nina Rao
  • 12:30 -1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm Afternoon class with Nina
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Kirtan with Nina Rao
Saturday, June 15
  • 7 - 8:15 am Morning Yoga with Shamina
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am - 12 pm Morning Class with Nina
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm Afternoon class with Nina
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Kirtan with Nina Rao
Sunday, June 16
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7 - 8:15 am Morning Yoga with Shamina
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 - 12 pm Closing Class with Nina
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time.   

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Nina Rao

Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das business manager and...

Shamina Rao

Shamina’s passion for yoga spans over 25 years. She was born in India and grew up around the world. Morning yoga will include slow flow grounding asana, pranayama and meditation with an emphasis on the connection between breath and movement. The class will be paced to provide ...

UPCOMING EVENTS

MENLA

375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464
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