Workshops & Events

The Art of Breathing with Lakshmi
Sunday, September 24 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Take a moment and notice the breath. Is it open and free, steady and effortless? Quite often in our days, the breath is compromised by stress, poor posture, poor thinking and eating habits. With something so vital for our daily life, it is of upmost importance to understand how to breathe properly. Proper breathing improves concentration, muscle pain, digestion, elimination, balances the emotions and all systems of the body. Our areas of chronic pain and discomfort are related to improper functioning of the breath and muscles of breathing. It is so easy to do. Come join us to learn how to harness the power of the breath and increase health one breath at a time. In this workshop we will cover the muscles of breathing, how to deepen and smooth out the breath, simple breathing practices for stress and pain relief, and how to use the breath for purification of the body and mind.

$25, pre-registration required

Unwinding the Hips with Lakshmi
Sunday, October 1 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The secret to unlocking tension held in the hips comes from the slow and deep unwinding of tissue through gentle movements, visualizations, and stretching along with the essential practices of surrender, forgiveness, and non-attachment to results. Perfect for those with SI joint issues, sciatica, low back pain, knee and ankle issues or tight/weak hips. All levels welcome.

$25, pre-registration required

Yoga for the Lumbar Spine with Lakshmi
Sunday, October 22 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The lumbar spine, or lower back, is a complex series of relationships between joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, connective tissues and organs. Imbalance in any of these areas can cause lower back pain. In this experiential workshop we will study the structure of the lumbar spine and surrounding areas and learn how they all relate to one another. Through this knowledge, balance can be regained through intelligent application of the yoga asanas (poses) to alleviate pain, stiffness and injury. Don’t let the lower back remain a mystery any longer. All levels welcome. Perfect for students and teachers.

$25

Yoga for the Thoracic Spine with Lakshmi
Sunday, November 19 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The thoracic spine, or mid back region is an area of chronic tension for many students. This area of the spine is put under more than the usual amount of stress from sitting or driving for long periods, improper posture and breathing habits, negative thinking and muscle imbalance. By restoring proper motion in the ribs, shoulder blades, and diaphragm, many issues in the thoracic spine are quickly corrected. Increasing the flexibility in this area is of upmost importance, not just in terms of being able to execute asana, but also for proper nerve, muscle, and organ function. In this experiential workshop, we will study the anatomy of the thoracic region including the spinal vertebrae, muscles and chest organs to learn their correct functioning, how to restore this functioning and maintain spinal health in our daily lives. All levels welcome. Perfect for both students and teachers.

$25

Annual Restorative Retreat
Friday, November 24 - 4:30pm - Sunday, November 26 - 3:30pm

Follow the rhythm of nature as we move into winter when nature begins to rest and restore. The Shanti Niketan Ashram Annual Restorative retreat allows you to give thanks, slow down, go within, heal the body, and cultivate a more still and silent mind.

This powerfully healing weekend will include following the Ashram daily schedule along with hatha classes, yoga nidra, restorative asana, kirtan, and sattvic meals. Immerse yourself in the peaceful balm of the Ashram, the beauty of nature, and communion with God, the true healer.

Deadline for registration is November 15

$225 includes classes, meals and 2 nights accommodations (overnight stay required)

Yoga for the Cervical Spine with Lakshmi
Sunday, December 17 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The cervical spine, or neck region is the most common area of tension and pain in the spine, and the area that is most often ignored. By understanding how the cervical spine moves, what is attached to it, how they relate to one another, and how to keep these areas in proper relationship will quickly begin to alleviate tension and pain. With understanding comes the opportunity to change, and thus the door opens to healing. In this experiential workshop we will study the anatomy of the cervical spine and neck region as well as factors that influence neck pain, and therapeutic exercises to stretch, strengthen and realign the neck. All levels welcome. Perfect for both students and teachers.

$25

Christmas Eve Observances
Sunday, December 24 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us on the sacred and holy eve of Christmas to celebrate the coming of the Lord into our presence upon the earth. We will lift our voices in praise, go deep within in prayer, and strengthen our dedication and devotion to God through scriptural study of the birth and life of Jesus Christ. May the unconditional love and compassion of Jesus be born in all our hearts and minds! May we realize what is within us and all beings already, the resplendent and Supreme Self!

New Year's Eve Observances
Sunday, December 31 - 10:45pm - Monday, January 1 - 12:15pm

The Shanti Niketan Ashram New Year’s Eve Observance is the perfect time to come together and rededicate ourselves to our spiritual practice, refocus our concentration upon the Self within, and to remove anything standing in our way from realizing our goals through the sacred practices of kirtan (singing the praises of God), meditation and scriptural study. Steady concentration brings steady results. Begin your year with how you would like to spend it, with your mind and heart fixed upon God and allow the past year to go gracefully, with gratitude and love for all blessings. May God bless you!

Women’s Retreat w/ Sister Lakshmi & Sister Leslie
Friday, February 9 - 6:00pm - Sunday, February 11 - 6:30pm

The spiritual path is unique and mysterious for the female Sadhaka. Woman is the very embodiment of spiritual character and dignity, yet often finds herself facing obstacles unique to the female experience. In this powerful retreat we will gather for an uninterrupted time of sacred sadhana, study and healing with a concentration on the feminine path of Yoga.

This weekend immersion will be an unforgettable and life changing experience designed to strengthen, restore, preserve and ignite the body and spirit, culminating in a renewed softness, sweetness and concentrated determination, through the study of the Divine feminine. The purity and Divinity of Woman is unrivaled. She is the very embodiment of the Divine Mother.

3 Day Retreat includes: 2 nights accommodations (double occupancy), All meals/classes/sessions Fee is $275 if paid in full when you register. Deadline for registration is January 20, 2018.

Please note: Space is very limited so it is recommended you register early. Pre-registration and overnight stay is required. Download application: http://shantiniketanashram.com/images/Womens-Retreat-Application.pdf