Namaste yogis and yoginis!
Namaste yogis and yoginis!
Happy summer, yogis and yoginis! Greetings from Cambodia!
After an all-too-short but very sweet few weeks of classes in midcoast Maine, I am back in Cambodia, teaching in Siem Reap. While I miss the beautiful, long Maine summer days, I’m enjoying this opportunity to gain experience teaching at a retreat center — particularly leading up to the retreat that I will be leading in November in India to which I am very pleased to invite you.
Enjoy sadhana, authentic practices in the home of yoga, and sangha, a beautiful community of fellow yogis. This will be a week to truly Deepen Your Yoga Practice and find the alignment between mind, body, and spirit. Imagine getting to practice Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, and Meditation every day for a week, in a place where the rest of the world just falls away and you can fully relax.
The retreat will take place at the ashram where I did my yoga training in South India, Ashok Tree, a beautiful retreat center set in a friendly village just outside of the pilgrimage town of Tiruvannamalai and adjacent to Mount Arunachala; it is a hidden gem that I would love to share with you. In between morning and evening yoga classes, you will have the opportunity to visit the 9th-century temple in town, climb Mt Arunachala, visit other local sites of interest, relax on the grounds, or get a treatment at the on-site Ayurvedic clinic. I can guarantee that the hardest part of the week will be when you have to leave.
The 7-day retreat package includes 6 nights of lodging, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day (the food here is truly amazing – all fresh, local and organic!), daily yoga and meditation classes, airport transfer from Chennai, one Ayurvedic massage, and local tours. A selection of rooms are available – standard or deluxe, single or double, etc. – and prices range between £350-£525.
Full details and booking are here. Feel free to contact me with any questions through the form below.
This is going to be a very special week at a very special place and I do hope you can join me to deepen your practice.
Namaste! I’m so pleased to be able to announce the dates for my upcoming retreat in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, South India: November 12-18, 2017.
Imagine awakening to the sun rising over holy Mount Arunachala, followed by a nice invigorating morning yoga practice, and then a delicious healthy breakfast. And that’s just the start. Local treks and tours and/or ayurvedic treatments at the on-site clinic fill the day. More yoga and meditation practices, more scrumptious food, and social activities round out the evenings; and a beautiful, remote, and peaceful location in nature make this the ideal retreat environment. 7 days to rest, rejuvenate, and return to your practice. 6 nights to return to your self. 0 regrets. Infinite benefits.
Booking details soon to follow. Contact me with any questions or for further information.
Om shanti shanti shanti
Wow, where has this year gone?! It seems like just a few minutes ago I was trying to convince all of you Mainers to take time out of your sporty summer days soaking in the coastal sun to remember your yoga practice. Now it’s frigid, approaching winter solstice, and the yoga mat is calling in a different way. “Please, help me stretch out this cold, creaking skeleton,” your body whines. Or maybe it says “YAY! Give me more yoga! I hope we do plenty of those leg balances!”
In any case, winter’s here, the holiday season is in full swing, and, if your mind’s like mine, it’s constantly listing all of the things that need to get done before the holidays or the end of the year. Best antidote to all of the madness – and the cold and dark weather? Yoga and meditation, of course.
Through yoga you can find the inner calm, the inner light that will literally make you feel warmer and sunnier in the darkest month of the year. It’s a great practice; try it. Dynamic movement and steady breathing is also a powerful way to stay grounded and centered through all of the busyness of the holidays. Give yourself the gift of that hour or so of being present on the mat; it’s one thing that you never regret!
Then I get to be a student again: In January I fly south to India for warm sun and yoga sadhana. Exhale…. Beyond that, I’m planning my teaching schedule for 2017, which will include yoga retreats at the ashram where I’ll be in South India, and in Stowe, Vermont. Watch this space for more info regarding dates for these.
Looking back, it’s been a great year of teaching for me, and I feel so much gratitude for all of my lovely students from whom I’ve learned so much. Wherever you are, I wish you the best on your yoga journey and hope that it carries you through many more seasons.
Sending warm wishes and blessings for this holiday season and the new year.
Weekly Schedule – December 2016
Tuesday, 5:30p – Vinyasa Flow @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland
Wednesday, 9a – Vinyasa Flow @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland
Wednesday, 6:30p – Yoga+Meditation @ Thomaston Yoga Studio, Thomaston
Friday, 9a – Prana Kriya Yoga @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland
Friday, 4p – Hatha Yoga @ The Samoset, Rockport
Saturday, 8:30a – Gentle Yoga @ Thomaston Yoga Studio, Thomaston
Saturday, 10:30a – All Levels Yoga @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland [December 17 only!]
Sunday, 10:15a – Hatha Yoga @ The Samoset, Rockport
January – Prana Kriya Yoga teacher training with Yogi Ashokananda in Tiruvannamalai, India
February – Teaching yoga in Sri Lanka
March – Teaching yoga & meditation in London, UK
April – Taking Prana Kriya to the USA!
It’s been quite a year so far and packed full of yoga practice. After finishing last year on a high note teaching meditation, the new year began in South India embarking on an intensive 200-hour Prana Kriya teacher training with Yogi Ashokananda at Ashok Tree. I stayed on after the course ended to get some additional experience teaching ashram guests before departing for Sri Lanka to teach yoga on the beach.
Yes, it was as idyllic as it sounds and yes, its was incredibly difficult to return to a cold London in March. However it has been gratifying to be able to share my experience and the practice with friends, family, and colleagues upon return and to continue teaching (even if it is not accompanied by the sounds of waves on the beach).
I look forward to taking the practice to the U.S. when I return in April, and am beginning to plan my first retreat for later in the year. Keep checking this site or my Twitter @kathpullumyoga for the latest updates on my teaching schedule.