2018 Jivamukti Yoga Giving Thanks Retreat

Nov 22nd - 25th, Ananda Ashram, Monroe NY

The retreat takes place at Ananda Ashram which was founded by Sharon and David's guru Shri Brahmananda Saraswati. 

The retreat is full of activities (all optional of course) 

-- Morning and Evening meditation and vedic fire ceremony 
-- scripture study with guru-ji's direct student, Bharati. 
-- Kirtan's every night with various musicians: Laraaji, Krishna Devi, Prema Hara
-- Extended Jivamukti Yoga classes and Asana Lab with me!

Overall, its a very rich, full program with lots of ways to connect to our Jivamukti lineage. I remember the first time I went to Ananda Ashram, and I felt like I saw so much more of the origins of what jivamukti yoga is all about. It was a very eye opening experience and helped me to feel the depth of the lineage in a new way. Its a great way to reconnect to your practice and to the method.



Podcast #94 - With Great Love All Is Possible


This Jivamukti open level class was recorded at Jivamukti Yoga Jersey City, and focuses on standing poses. The theme is based on the Jivamukti Focus of the Month, which can be viewed here: https://jivamuktiyoga.com/fotm/great-love-possible/

Here's the article i refer to towards the end of the class:

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Podcast #92 - Making Community

I'm feeling called to contribute all December podcast donations to Native and Indigenous Rights Organizations - Any donations you send it will be passed along, or feel free to donate directly yourself. I've put together a small, incomplete list of groups that are doing great work. Feel free to browse the doc below and learn about the awesome work being done. Also, not on the doc but very important right now: narf.org which is a coalition fund to help tribes who are suing the president for stealing parts of Bears Ears and Escalante National Monuments for shale, uranium, and gas extraction.

The reading at the beginning of the class is from a wonderful book by Bell Hooks called, "All About Love."

To stream the podcast directly, click here:

Podcast #91 - A Version of Inversion


A Version of Inversion

Class is based on the Jivamukti Focus of the Month:

Reading at the beginning of class is from:
"Holy Madness," by George Feuerstein



Jivamukti Yoga Giving Thanks Retreat

The 26th Annual Jivamukti Yoga Giving Thanks Retreat

with Jessica Stickler & Guest Teachers
Time: Thursday, November 23rd, 5:00pm - Sunday, November 26th, 2:00pm
Location: Ananda Ashram, 13 Sapphire Road, Monroe

Register: jivamuktiyoga.nyc/eventsor call (212)353-0214

Let us gather together and nourish our practice, cultivate gratitude, and ground ourselves in community and tradition. Join Advanced Jivamukti Teacher Jessica Stickler for this four-day retreat to study, reconnect, reflect, and relax. Through yoga asana, meditation, and yoga philosophy, we will explore the themes of nourishment, gratitude, and service to reveal the meaning of these themes in our lives. How do we nourish ourselves, how do we cultivate gratitude, what does it mean to be of service to others, and how can we take effective action in our lives and in the lives of others?

The 26h Annual Jivamukti Giving Thanks Retreat is a longstanding Jivamukti tradition. Come experience the foundations of Jivamukti by visiting the place it was born! Ananda Ashram was founded by Shri Brahmananda Saraswati, who was the guru (teacher) of Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon and David Life.

This retreat offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the classical studies of yoga. Each day, students have the option to join a traditional morning fire ceremony, meditation, or Sanskrit lessons, as well as Jivamukti Yoga classes. Relax by the lake or take a rejuvenating walk through nature during your free time. The ashram provides freshly prepared vegan meals..

In keeping with last year’s tradition, Jessica will be donating a portion of the proceeds to a charitable cause. Last year, she was able to give a large donation to Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization devoted to ending hate crimes and violent ideologies.

About Jessica Stickler:
Jessica has been teaching Jivamukti Yoga internationally since 2008, and serves as a mentor for teachers in the Apprenticeship Program in NYC. She loves to teach a wide range of students, from beginners through advanced practitioners, and has worked closely with those who are recovering from injury. Her classes incorporate dynamic movement and choreographic sequencing, with special attention to alignment and modification options. Classes are infused with inspiring music, meditation, and spiritual teachings. Political activism and service to others were two attributes of Jivamukti Yoga to which Jessica was initially attracted; she considers spiritual activism a central part of her personal practice.

About Ananda Ashram:
Ananda is the sacred ashram founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life's guru, Shri Brahmananda Saraswati. He was also the direct teacher of Sanskrit scholar Manorama and Nada Yoga master, Laraaji.

Nightly Musical Performances: (TBD)

Savor a vegan feast on Thursday, Nov 28th! Tuition includes accommodations, daily meals, all yoga classes, meditation, Sanskrit classes, and evening programs.