Gorakhnath is considered the preeminent hatha yogi, supposed to have lived about 1,000 years ago, the famed disciple of the great yogi master Matsyendranath. A few texts are attributed to Gorakhnath. This current rendition of his classic on the body and its secrets is recently published in English by Kaivalyadham philosophico-literary department. It is considered to be the only English translation available. This text goes into great detail on events and happenings in the body, seen esoterically, but sure to fascinate anyone with a modern understanding of physiology.
The text is more of a manual than a work of philosophy. It helps the student, through the teacher, navigate the way and understand practice, its process, and eventual transformations resulting from practice. The Hatha approach has tantric origins but exists as a method appropriate for both those of us living in the world with jobs and families as well as for someone secluded and devoted to practice in an ashram or monastery. Many of the descriptions are relevant to an advanced practitioner and this is why a teacher is needed to explain what is meant by each verse so it can be better understood by you, the student, at different levels of development.
In the tradition of the yogi, Swami Kuvalyananda to Tiwariji, the work of Patanjali and this Hatha text are key. Patanjali’s yoga sutras can be seen as a psychological explanation on life and how to deal with it, especially through the mental level. Hatha and the body, explained well here, is a practical approach, initially using the body but ultimately the mental faculties, to experiencing growth and development into the realm of meditation and eventual liberation. The steps of hatha are offered as the method to develop awareness and experience true meditation. Work on the body and breath are integral to this through asanas, kriyas (cleansing techniques), kumbhakas (the various pranayama techniques) and mudras (a combination of asana and kumbhaka). At their culmination comes a change, a shift, so unique that the individual is transformed. This is the passing of kundalini, as it is termed, into the inner yoga, as Patanjali described it, to the experience of withdrawn, absorbed meditation and beyond.
Tiwariji has been considered an expert in both this entire method through direct experience as well as scholarly knowledge of the actual text. As such, it is a rare opportunity today to experience a clear and practical explanation of such often obscure and esoteric lines by an experienced yogi for us in real and practical language to enhance both our practice and learning. In short, Tiwariji won’t be around forever so make the most to learn.
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|5:45 am||Deva Yajna – Fire ceremony – Daily mantra chanting of Gayatri and Tryambhakam|
|6:30 am||Pranava Japa, Pranayama and pulse analysis with Tiwariji and Paul|
|8:30 am||Asana Practice: Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style or your self practice|
|10:00 am – 1:00 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3:00 – 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|3:30 pm||Satsang with Tiwariji – covering the teachings from the Hatha Pradipika and Tiwariji’s unique wisdom, followed by Q&A session and Mantra recitation.|
|5:00 pm||Pranayama and Pranava Japa with Tiwariji and Paul|
|6:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6:00 – 8:00 pm||Steam room available|
|7:30 pm||Evening program – video, tratak, meditation, free time|
|9:30 pm||Quiet personal time|
Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are onhttp://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-holidays.html
Sunday will be a half day and Saturday free after morning Pranayama practice.