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A private yoga retreat is a very special gift for yourself to experience. It is the path to bring together and understand the detailed and complexed fusion of emotions and our responses to them, the mind and our awareness of it and our health- all its dimensions.

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What is yoga?

Yoga is a discipline, a part of which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit verb "Yuj" (to unite) which refers to merging of individual Consciousness with universal Consciousness. It can be defined as "'mastery over the modifications of mind'.

Yoga is not a sequence of only physical postures. It is a multi layered awareness including the practice of Pranayama (the art of breathing) and meditation which are also included under yoga.

There are many pathways to achieve a calm state mentally emotionally and physically. However yoga is proven over history that it is a pathway to inner peace and greater happiness and understanding of life and self.

In yoga there are the four pathways

(identify it -own it - give into it - and let go of it )

These are:

Jnana Yoga - the Path of self analysis.

Raja Yoga - the Path of self control.

Bhakti Yoga - the path of self surrender.

Karma Yoga - the path of self sacrifice.

There are numerous perceptions related to Yoga, where it comes from, what it is all about, and how to practice a range of techniques.

Generally, it is recognized as an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices . It is a system that recognizes the multi-dimensional nature of the human person, and primarily relates to the nature and workings of the mind, based on experiential practice and self-enquiry.

In Yoga, the body, breath and mind and yourself are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind.

It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.

The foundations of this ancient system are generally traced back to a great Indian sage known as Patanjali, who presented a written summary of the approach in what is known as the Yoga Sutra. It is said that it dates back many thousands of years before this was first documented in 500BC and was always passed verbally as a wisdom.

This complete system of documented Yoga is often known as Raja Yoga - the Highest or Royal Path.

Throughout the centuries and in modern times a number of alternative approaches to Yoga have developed, based on one or more of the ideas found in the foundations of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.

Today, the most popular of these more recent approaches is generally known as a form of Hatha Yoga, and is considered to be the beginning or early stages of the process towards fullness of what Yoga offers.

Yoga cultivates health and well-being (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation.

Yoga is an approach to life that values appropriate effort, based on balance and harmony, within each person and with each other.

Physical postures

The most widely recognized form of yoga today is an integration of several yoga practices, primarily body movement, traditionally known as postures or asanas. They serve to strengthen and invigorate the body, helping all physical systems to work properly. These include the skeletal and muscular structures as well as the circulation, respiratory, glandular and nervous systems. The postures are performed with awareness, with a focus on the breath and the internal experience, leading to greater mindfulness and mental ease.

Yoga is a remarkably effective practice on its own or can be part of other physical training such as aerobics, weight training, running, swimming or other sports.

Yoga at its heart is a practice of mindfulness and with regular practice, this mindfulness can be incorporated into other activities and areas of life.

Meditation

Meditation is the yogic practice of being connected to the deepest part within. A wide range of meditation techniques are designed to help you observe and explore the world of thoughts and feelings, and go beyond to an experience of deep peace and contentment.

Meditation is usually an integral part of yoga and many yoga teachers may offer classes dedicated to the practice of meditation. Participants usually practice either on cushions on the floor, or seated on chairs.

A dedicated meditation class typically includes:

  • An introduction possibly including breathing exercises, relaxation and some inspirational readings
  • A number of mental focusing and meditation practices
  • Returning to an outward focus and brief discussion

 

What is Personal Healing

Personal Healing is the "Science Of Life"

As the early Greek physician Hippocrates said, “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

Ironically, when it comes to treating the ailments of modern life, which can be exacerbated by chronic stress and a relentlessly fast-paced life these thousand year old healing methods might be some of the best remedies.

The exploding popularity of meditation and yoga -- the physical and mental health benefits of which are supported by an extensive body of scientific research have put ancient healing methods on the map. In addition to the more popular mindfulness practices, there are many more timeworn (but still science-supported) self-healing methods you may not have heard of that can work wonders in boosting your health and well-being.

Personal healing and health is often achieved through deliberately employing new psychological pathways for your thought to travel. Scientifically this is called connecting new dendrites in our brain . We often get stuck in old patterns and old ways of thinking. The new personal tools learnt will allow a bridge to be built over the old thinking patterns rendering them subordinate and will allow new approach's and alternative outcomes in daily decisions which may improve the psychological and physical conditions of a person.

 

Personal healing is learning ways to:

Decrease the stress hormones that may impair physiological functions where there is chronic stress

Decrease muscle tension, which can worsen or produce pains in muscles, tendons and joints when there is chronic muscle tension due to stress

Improved sleep that can be achieved through relaxation, which improves physiological functions

Improvements in emotional tensions, depression, anger and other illnesses and emotions that can otherwise impair social relationships and functioning in the workplace, leading to vicious circles of increased psychological symptoms.

 

Personal healing is an integrated approach to life skills and a unique perspective on mind, body and soul, that can transform the experience of physical emotional or mental unbalance into a journey toward wholeness. The focus is on simple and effective practices to do regularly in order to improve health and overall well-being and to live a life, filled with health and purpose.

The core belief is that every person possesses the wisdom, compassion and power within to heal themselves it just needs to be taught. Today research confirms that this can be achieved through numerous practices, including relaxation, breathing exercises, fitness exercises(yoga), imagery and Meditation.

 

 

Awareness provides the key to personal growth

 

Understanding the body and how the mind impacts upon it.

Who are we why are we here where am i going - those fundamental questions.

Consciousness- the ability to be able to meta -cognize what is happening and shorten the distance between action and reaction. What needs to be explored to fully understand our selves and our personal develpoment is yoga and its philosophy, the kundalini, the chakras, the naadhi, and the brain. These are subject which need exploration.

Psychology is an hidden science, because once applied, it reveals that which was once hidden in the psyche, and one can experience the miracles of the saints.

Man know thy self and he will know the universe.

Psychology is a science that has been studied since the dawn of humanity. The study and development of Psyche (Greek for "soul") is the essential root of every mystical and religious tradition in the world. In order to understand the universe and its Gods, we must first understand ourselves.

Gnosis is a practical methodology whose goal is the awakening of the consciousness and the complete development of human potentiality.

What is needed to acquire results in such an effort is summed up in the famous maxim, "Man, know thyself!"

Theoretical and experiential immersion in the vital knowledge(mental) and skills(physical) is required by anyone who wish to deepen their ability to help themselves. Personal development includes philosophy, function and modification of asana for specific outcomes, life planning, the applications of yoga, skills of observation, and more.

The Process to achieve benefits of personal strength and inner peace fall into three broad categories:

The Personal Development Benefits Are:

Emotional healing and freedom: Freedom from life-long negative moods, feelings, and behavioral patterns; including deep and lasting help in the healing of depression, anxiety, interpersonal sensitivity and inappropriate anger issues; as well as freedom to be more open, loving, joyful, centered, creative, and spontaneous.

Compassion: The capacity to be present and loving in the face of suffering, of yourself and others, such that healing is induced, helping you to become a compassionate leader in your life.

Spiritual Awakening: The ability to consistently connect with one’s inner wisdom and loving spiritual aspect; knowing from within that one is on a path of healing and contribution.

Our early upbringing has a profound effect on our lives, shaping our self–image, attitudes, moods and behavior. We develop survival strategies and ways of being as a result of this conditioning. When our negative behaviors don’t produce the love we want and need, we can blame not only ourselves but also others.

The eye teaches us how to release and resolve the persistent negative feelings of being unloved and unlovable. We examine the major influences on our lives, trace the root of the adopted negativity, and release the pain, grief, anger, shame and resentment that has been stored there for years.

 

 

The ultimate aim of the Process is to help everyone reach forgiveness and acceptance for themselves and others. This allows for a more compassionate approach to personal relationships and family life.

Whether you choose to do the process as a rite of passage, a journey of self-discovery or a way of laying to rest the ghosts of your childhood, there is no doubt you will experience a future different from your past.

The Process provides a safe and supportive environment in which you can first confront and experience your childhood pain, resentment and anger, and then progress to fuller understanding, compassion and forgiveness. The approach uses a unique combination of proven techniques, including guided visualization, and expressive work. During the intensive course, you are led through a carefully structured sequence of powerful experiences that enable you to discover, isolate, and resolve negative conditioning and recover your natural self-confidence and self-esteem.

People worldwide have used Gay mens yoga private retreats to achieve personal strength and inner peace

A strong commitment to make positive and lasting changes in your lifes, will not only significantly accelerate personal growth and development but you will also experience a fuller and more fulfilled life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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