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Seduction of Spirit is our classic meditation and yoga retreat – an extraordinary week of deep meditation, heart-opening yoga, and timeless practices for fulfilling your highest human potential. For the first time, we are offering Seduction of Spirit in Georgia, in the beautiful area of the Evergreen Mountains, this March 20-26. We have a few spaces left in this upcoming retreat, where Deepak and the Chopra Center’s master teachers will guide you to connect to the deepest layers of yourself.

If you’ve never gone on a retreat and wonder if it’s for you, here are just 5 of the best reasons to join us for Seduction of Spirit:

1.) Take Time for Yourself . . to Renew and Restore Balance
Seduction of Spirit is an opportunity to leave behind the demands and pressures of everyday life and experience a week of deep meditation, inner transformation, and blissful silence. Away from the daily needs of your children, partners, and co-workers, you will be free to finally let go and move beyond the mind’s noisy internal dialogue . . . drifting effortlessly into the profound peace of pure awareness.


2.) Meditate with Deepak

Seduction of Spirit is one of the Chopra Center’s most popular events, where Deepak will guide you in advanced meditation practices and teach you ancient meditation sutras that will take you to deeper levels of your spiritual self. The meditation retreat is a rare opportunity to experience Deepak’s wisdom, teaching, and insight; deepen your meditation practice; and open yourself to higher states of consciousness.

3) Awaken Your Spirit
The most powerful tool we have for connecting to our unbounded nature and the field of all possibilities is meditation. A meditation retreat allows you to transcend the mind’s internal chatter and reconnect with your spirit and the truth within you. The Seduction of Spirit retreat is an opportunity for an extended and intensive meditative experience that will take you to deeper levels of stillness spiritual awakening. Once you have glimpsed your soul, everything else that happens in life seems to shine with the brilliance of bliss.

4) Ignite your Creativity
In a busy mind filled with repetitious thoughts, conditioned beliefs, and emotional turbulence, there is little space for creativity to enter. Meditation takes you beyond the rational mind to the source of all creativity: the domain of pure consciousness. As you expand your consciousness, you tap into your hidden potential. Your expanded awareness ripples out into your daily life, and as you go about your daily activities, you will begin to notice new insights, ideas, and inspiration flowing into your mind.

5) Nurture Your Body
Seduction of Spirit nurtures your body as well as your spirit. Each day you’ll cultivate a deep state of body-centered restful awareness with morning and evening sessions in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. During the retreat you’ll dine on delicious ayurvedic meals created from fresh, healthy foods that will nourish and energize you during your stay. You may be inspired to make improvements to your diet and daily routine when you return home! You’ll also celebrate with dancing and laughter and special performances by guest performers, including Beth Nielsen Chapman.You’ll also enjoy time for optional nature walks and self-reflection.

Learn more about Seduction of Spirit and our special price for Georgia residents here or call 888.736.6895 to speak to a program consultant.

Get into the Best Mind-Body Shape of Your Life . . .

The Answer is Inside!

wayne bannerThis month we invite you to connect to the rich inner wisdom of your body, mind, and spirit . . .

Begin by taking the Dosha Quiz to identify your mind-body type; join davidji for a guided meditation; practice a powerful technique to let go of food cravings; awaken your intuition through chakra-opening yoga; and watch our new video about our upcoming Journey into Healing workshop, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and David Simon weave their messages together. In his letter, Deepak discusses how discovering and embracing your shadow can help you reclaim your hidden power, while David Simon writes about the journey to the heart and shares a special guided meditation on love.

We wish you a wonderful month filled with peace, self-acceptance, joy, and love.

In gratitude,
The Chopra Center Staff

Life in balanceYoga is a profound integrative practice to heal your body, mind, and spirit. Here are just a few of the healing benefits:

  • Stress relief. As scientific studies have found, yoga lowers heart rates, reduces blood pressure, and decreases the production of stress hormones such as cortisol. High levels of cortisol are linked to depression, osteoporosis, and abdominal weight gain.
  • Greater immune function. Yoga’s postures improve the flow of the lymphatic system, responsible for fighting infection and releasing toxins from the body.
  • Flexibility and balance. Yoga helps release tight muscles and increase range of motion. Even those who claim to be “genetically inflexible” are surprised to find how much more limber they can become through a regular yoga practice. Yoga also deepens your awareness of your body, allowing you to improve your balance and posture.
  • Strength. Yoga is a powerful strength-building exercise for every part of the body, including the muscles of your core, back, legs, chest, and arms. This helps prevent problems such as back pain and arthritis. As you strengthen your body, you also build your inner strength, discipline, and self-confidence.
  • Improved mood. Yoga balances the central nervous system and endocrine system and stimulates the release of endorphins – natural mood-elevating neurochemicals. As you practice, your mind relaxes and you’re able to stop dwelling on stressful thoughts and situations.

Even if yoga only enhanced physical fitness, the time spent in practice would be fully justified. However, yoga offers much more than just a way to exercise the body: Yoga helps us cultivate an inner state of body-centered consciousness that allows us to walk calmly amongst the chaos. Yoga teaches us both to let go and to have exquisite awareness in every moment.

According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, “Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded consciousness.” The essence of yoga is the union or integration of all the layers of life – physical, emotional, and spiritual. It is a practice for going beyond the ego’s habitual identification with the mind and body and directly experiencing our true spiritual self. Rooted in this connection to spirit, we are able to solve the challenges that arise in life. Click here to learn a heart-opening series of yoga poses.


Thinking about becoming a yoga instructor?

Learn more about becoming a certified Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga instructor through Chopra Center University.

Answer: People are complex and multi-faceted beings with many rich layers. These layers mask the essential, spiritual self. These various layers, or koshas (coverings), are categorized into three primary divisions: a physical body, a subtle body, and a causal body (also known as body, mind, and soul.)

Yoga is the union of body, mind, and soul—the union of your individuality with the divine intelligence that orchestrates the universe. For seekers of greater wellbeing, vitality, and wisdom, yoga offers a map that ultimately leads to the soul. Whether you are new to yoga or been practicing for some time, yoga will shift your awareness. Marcel Proust wrote, “The real journey of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” Yoga will enable you to see your environment, body, mind, and emotions from a whole new perspective.

Question: How do I keep my mind from racing during my yoga practice?

Answer: First, be clear about your intentions prior to your yoga practice: Do you want to experience relaxation, calm, or strength? Happiness, peace of mind, focus? Bring that desire into your heart and mind. As you bring your desires to conscious awareness, surrender. Release your intentions as you move through your postures, trusting that things are exactly as they are for a reason.

Remind yourself to practice present moment awareness through each posture. When thoughts come in, as they inevitably will, don’t worry or become consumed by them. Instead, gently sink back into the pose, bringing your attention back to the here and now. Being present will empower your intentions and desires to manifest through your yoga practice into your life.

Perfect Health takes place each week at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, located on the grounds of the world-famous La Costa Resort & Spa.

Class size is limited in this event to insure the most personal experience.

What is the Perfect Health program?
Perfect Health is a week-long healing process offered each week at the Chopra Center. Deepak Chopra, M.D., and David Simon, M.D., created the Perfect Health program to help you experience relief from your physical pain and the emotional turbulence that often accompanies it.

The Perfect Health program is based on the principles presented in Dr. Chopra’s best-selling book Perfect Health, a practical guide to mind-body healing and the practices of ayurveda – the 5,000-year-old medical system that originated in India.

Each day at Perfect Health, you will experience a customized ayurvedic massage treatment in the loving hands of our Healing Arts Masters, as well as classes in Primordial Sound Meditation, ayurveda, stress management, and other mind-body healing practices. The day begins and ends with group meditations and sessions in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.

The cornerstone of the Perfect Health program is panchakarma, a powerful ayurvedic cleansing process that helps the body release accumulated toxins and stress. You will receive daily panchakarma therapies to restore your natural state of balance and calm. Each treatment is tailored to your unique mind-body constitution, using specific essential oils and natural herbs to purify and nurture you at the deepest cellular level.

Who can benefit from Perfect Health?
The Perfect Health program provides immediate and long-term benefits to anyone seeking improved health and vitality, including those coping with:

  • Physical or emotional pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chronic pain and fibromyalgia
  • Job burnout and career stress
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or other digestive problems
  • Body image and weight issues
  • Cancer and chemotherapy
  • Grief and loss
  • And many more

What happens at the Perfect Health program?
Your Perfect Health experience begins on Monday morning with a welcome session where you will meet the Chopra Center educators and massage therapists who will be working with you throughout the week. You will experience your first ayurvedic massage treatment and begin the panchakarma cleansing process. Your first class will be an introduction to Primordial Sound Meditation, followed by a special one-on-one session where you will be given your personal mantra. The evening concludes with a group meditation practice and a gentle hatha-style yoga class that will bring you into a state of deep relaxation before you return to your room and drift off to sleep.

In the week that follows, each day begins and ends with sessions in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga (all levels) and a group meditation held in the serenity of our meditation room, which has absorbed the peaceful vibrations of thousands of meditators over the years. You will receive an individual schedule for your daily ayurvedic massage treatments and panchakarma therapy – as well as for your one-on-one mind-body medical consultation.

All instruction take place in the Chopra Center’s beautiful Dharma room, where you can make yourself comfortable in a seat, backjack, or nestled on the floor with an abundant supply of soft blankets. Fresh fruit, light snacks, and herbal tea are available throughout the day. In this relaxed group setting, our master certified instructors will teach you the fundamentals of living an ayurvedic lifestyle, including:

  • Identifying your mind-body constitution (dosha)
  • Healing yourself through the power of the five senses
  • Food as medicine and eating to balance your dosha
  • Emotional healing
  • A customized balancing routine
  • Training in the wisdom of natural herbs
  • Lessons in communicating effectively and compassionately
  • The keys to turning your intentions into good choices for health and wellbeing

 

To learn more about Perfect Health, please call 888.736.6895 or click here to request more information

Yoga-Class-MediumQuestion:

Why do we do savasana (relaxation pose) at the end of each yoga class? Also, during savasana, should I be meditating or using my Primordial Sound mantra?

Answer:

An essential part of every yoga practice, savasana is not only a time to relax and let go of tension in the body, it is also a time to let go of tension in the mind. It calms the brain, cleanses the senses, and helps relieve stress. In addition, this relaxation pose rejuvenates the body, reduces headache, insomnia, and fatigue and can help lower blood pressure.

There are many different “styles” of savasana. Some teachers will lead students through a guided meditation, others will play calming music, and others will allow the class to relax in silence. This is not the time to repeat your Primordial Sound mantra, but rather to relax into your body and allow the benefits of your practice to be integrated into your body/mind/spirit experience.

We recommend that students bring their total awareness inside their bodies and enjoy the sensations which they have generated by consciously moving the life force through them. Savasana is also an ideal time to bring the Spiritual Law of the Day into your awareness and to set your intentions. The state of expanded consciousness you access through your yoga practice will support you in the spontaneous fulfillment of your deepest desires.

This month in the beautiful Squamish Valley of Canada, the Paradise Valley addiction center is launching one of the only residential holistic treatment programs in North America. The Chopra Center has created the program curriculum, which weaves together the timeless teachings of ayurveda with cutting-edge research in neurology, psychology, and addiction treatment.

Paradise ValleyIn an interview with Canada’s Canwest News Service, Chopra Center co-founder David Simon said,

“We’ll be training teachers and staff to implement the programming. We’ll be having a close relationship to ensure people who are coming to the Paradise Valley Wellness Centre will have an authentic Chopra Centre experience while going through detox and transformation.

The Chopra Centre component will primarily focus on making certain everyone attending Paradise Valley Wellness Centre masters the process of meditation. There will be daily meditation. Twice daily yoga classes. There will be a rich two-part curriculum, one part focused specifically on the issues of people going through recovery and the second part focused on the mind body component and how to live a more balanced life.” Read the full article here.

Click here to learn more about Paradise Valley’s residential addiction treatment program

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