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.

Podcast #83 -- Matseyendranath, The Fish

Photo by Derek Pashupa Goodwin

Photo by Derek Pashupa Goodwin

"Once upon a time, the strong, wise, out-of-this-world God of Transformation Lord Shiva was sitting with his companion, the great Goddess Parvati. He was telling her about the methods of yoga he had just discovered. He talked for a very long time, not noticing Parvati was bored. After all, it was she who had designed the whole system of yoga in the first place and hardly needed to be lectured on it! As Shiva continued to talk, Parvati dipped her hand in the river and started to gracefully caress the water, making subtle ripples which went on to become waves. One fish recognized that something interesting was coming from the riverbank and swam over to check it out. That fish, whose name was Matsya, listened to Lord Shiva’s teachings with rapt attention. When Matsya asked him to repeat them again from the beginning, Shiva immediately agreed, not surprised in the least that Matsya was a fish."

The sequence focuses on twisting postures and a belt is very helpful for this sequence, though it can be done without if you don't have one in your practice space.



Podcast #81 - Range of Motion

Venturing into unknown territory can be confusing, scary, murky -- feelings of confusion, making mistakes, experiencing fear or uncertainty are all part of stepping outside of the known into the unknown.

This class is focused on lotus pose/padmasana. It is helpful to have a block available for this sequence.

Music is played live by Stephanie Carlin, go check out her music and support her: www.avidyamusic.com/