Yoga – Sufi Retreat

While on a book tour I won’t be offering regular yoga classes in my community. However, you can book me to lead a group retreat if you have a group of 10 or more.

SUFI RETREAT

The Sufi’s know a process of turning away from the acculturated life and towards the ground of being, a vantage point from which meet the part of ourselves that is knowing. Because our acculturated life is not in the rhythm of the soul, retreat combines contemplation, meditation and silence as tools to point to something living within us.

The Sufi’s say that the heart is the depth of the mind, deeper still is the soul. The only real book that needs no liaison is nature. To experience these aspects of ourselves, we must make a shift from our ordinary interest, view, pace, and priorities and go within. The reward is understanding, the discovery of inner wisdom and peace.

Sufism is a universal point of view. It can be used to bring depth to any religious practice. Each participant is invited to bring the language, forms and practices of their own tradition or religion into the retreat process.

I am available to guide group retreats in your area. Please be sure you have a group of 10 or more who are willing to commit three consecutive days that will be spent in silence and without any connection to the ordinary world. The fee for the retreat is $300 per person. The venue is willing to offer us 2, 2-hour time slots a day for three days is all that is needed. If there’s a venue where the group can live together for the three days, then all the better.

I am a certified retreat guide and representative of the Sufi Order International and graduate of the Suluk Academy. It is my biggest desire to guide you on retreat.

Understanding Yoga

Yoga is a practice that originated thousands of years ago in India. It has become very popular around the globe in recent decades. Yoga is a form of exercise that combines stretching, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Yoga is a great way to improve your health and well being. It helps you relax, reduce stress, and build strength and flexibility.

Types of Yoga

There are many types of yoga but they are often broken down into two broad categories: Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Hatha Yoga

This style of yoga involves physical postures (asanas), controlled breathwork (pranayama) and relaxation techniques.

The word ‘haṭhā’ means ‘to hit or beat’. In haṭha yoga, we learn how to overcome our internal obstacles on a physical level.

For example, if we have tension headaches, then learning how to relax will help us overcome this problem.

On an emotional level, we can also use haṭha yoga to release negative emotions such as fear.

Asana

These are poses or positions that stimulate energy flow throughout the body. Poses are used to keep balance and control the mind. They are done without moving from the starting position so there is no strain on the joints. We do these poses when we feel stressed because they give us more focus and calmness.

Pranayama

These are breathing exercises. When we breathe deeply, oxygen flows through the blood stream to all parts of the body. By doing pranayama, we get better air circulation and improved health.

Meditation

Meditation is about focusing inwardly. You should be relaxed while meditating. Relaxation comes with deep breathing. Deep breathing brings peace and tranquility.

Relaxation

Relaxation is about slowing down your thoughts and calming yourself. It allows you to clear your head and think clearly.

The benefits of yoga include improving posture, relieving pain, reducing anxiety, increasing concentration, and helping people sleep better.

Ashtanga Yoga

This type of yoga focuses on eight limbs. Each limb includes specific postures that target different areas of the body.

The first limb is called standing pose. Standing pose targets the ankles, knees, hips, spine, shoulders, chest, neck, and jawline. The second limb is called balancing pose.

Balancing pose targets the thighs, knees, hips, back, shoulders, chest, arms, wrists, hands, and fingers.

The third limb is called twisting pose. Twisting pose targets the lower back, stomach, chest, shoulders, arms, wrists, elbows, and forearms.

The fourth limb is called forward bending pose. Forward bending pose targets the spine, chest, throat, face, nose, ears, eyes, forehead, cheeks, lips, chin, and neck.

The fifth limb is called backward bending pose. Backward bending pose targets the upper back, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, palms, and feet.

The sixth limb is called side bending pose. Side bending pose targets the waist, ribs, abdomen, breasts, buttocks, groin, thighs, shins, calves, toes, and heels.

The seventh limb is called sitting pose. Sitting pose targets the pelvis, sacrum, coccyx, and anus. The eighth limb is called lying pose. Lying pose targets the legs, knees, thighs, shins and feet.

The Benefits of Doing Yoga

Yoga is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. It’s an ancient form of exercise and meditation, but it’s also a way to improve your health and well-being. In fact, there are many studies that show the positive effects of yoga on the human body. Here are some of the most common benefits of yoga:

Yoga helps reduce stress

Stress is one of the leading causes of illness in modern society. Studies have shown that practicing yoga can help relieve stress by lowering cortisol levels (a hormone that increases during stressful situations) and increase serotonin levels (a neurotransmitter that reduces depression).

Yoga improves flexibility

Stretching muscles and joints loosens them up, which makes them stronger and more flexible. As a result, you will feel less stiff and sore after a workout or long day at work.

Yoga improves balance

People who do yoga tend to be more stable when they walk, stand, sit, jump, run, climb stairs, and ride bikes. They also tend to fall less often than those who don’t practice yoga.

Yoga strengthens bones

Bones need strength to stay healthy. When you practice yoga regularly, you strengthen your bones through weight training. You also get strong connective tissue throughout your body. Connective tissue holds your organs together and keeps them from falling out.

Yoga tones muscles

Muscles need to be toned so that they look good and function properly. If you aren’t using them, they become weak and flabby. Regular yoga workouts build muscle tone and make sure your muscles are working correctly.

Yoga relieves pain

Pain is caused by inflammation and swelling. Inflammation and swelling can cause a lot of discomfort and even lead to injuries if left untreated. However, yoga can relieve pain by reducing inflammation and swelling.

Yoga boosts energy

Energy comes from within. If you lack energy, you won’t be able to perform tasks as easily as you should. Yoga builds energy by helping you relax and focus.

Yoga reduces anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry. It’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety occasionally. But if these feelings become too frequent or intense, then you may suffer from anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and agoraphobia. Yoga can help you manage anxiety because it teaches you how to control your breathing and calm yourself down.

Yoga eases menstrual cramps

Menstrual cramps are painful periods that women go through every month. Women who practice yoga find relief from menstrual cramps because yoga helps them release tension and stress.

YOGA FOR WEIGHT LOSS

If you are looking for a way to lose weight and improve your health, yoga may be the answer. Yoga is an ancient practice that has been practiced in India for thousands of years.

In recent decades, many Westerners have discovered the benefits of yoga.

Many people use yoga to treat physical ailments like backaches, arthritis, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, migraines, insomnia, and other conditions.

Yoga is a great way to burn calories. The main reason why most people try to lose weight is because they want to look better. By doing yoga exercises, you will not only look better but you will also feel better about yourself.

Yoga improves posture. Proper posture is important for both appearance and overall well-being. A poor posture can lead to back problems, neck pains, headaches, and shoulder aches. Yoga is a great way for you to correct bad postures.

Yoga increases flexibility. Flexibility is essential for proper movement. As you age, your joints stiffen up and this makes it difficult to move around freely. Yoga will increase your flexibility and allow you to move more freely.

Yoga burns fat. Most people think that when they start exercising, their bodies will store all the extra calories they eat as fat. This isn’t true. Your body stores excess calories as glycogen (a form of sugar) instead of fat. When you do yoga, you get rid of the stored glycogen and burn off the calories.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that yoga is a great exercise program that anyone can benefit from. You don’t need any special equipment or fancy classes. All you need is some determination and a desire to improve your life. With just a little bit of effort, you can achieve amazing results with yoga.