New to Yoga & Meditation?
Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for one week or twenty years, Shoshoni retreats have something to offer you. From the time you walk in our door, you’ll feel welcome and at home. Feel free to take a virtual Tour of Shoshoni, and read on for answers to our most commonly asked questions.
I’m a beginner at yoga. Will I be able to participate in yoga at Shoshoni?
Yes! Beginners are welcome. Our yoga classes are designed to be for all levels of yoga practitioners. Each yoga class is tailored to the students who are there. Let your instructor know you are new to yoga! She will offer suggestions to help you have a deeper experience of the yoga postures.
What style of yoga do you teach?
We teach Shambhava Yoga™ Asanas, meditation, and philosophy. The practice of Shambhava Yoga Asana begins with a strong foundation in body awareness and alignment, then moves deeper, allowing you to explore your own personal experience of yoga through inner focus and surrender. Creative hatha and vinyasa approaches make this practice available for beginning through advanced level classes.
I’ve never meditated before. How do meditation classes work at Shoshoni?
All meditation classes are held in our Main Temple or in the Main Yoga Room. Filled with beautiful Hindu and Buddhist artwork, both spaces are a wonderful place to meditate. Unless otherwise noted, all meditation classes are guided. An ashram resident might teach mantra, breath awareness, heart awareness, or chanting, followed by silent meditation. On Saturdays we practice kirtan, or sacred chanting, followed by a guided silent meditation.
What style of meditation do you practice?
We practice Shambhava Yoga Meditation. Our meditation practices are diverse yet simple, practical yet profound. They begin on the cushion and in the heart, using breath and mantra to experience what lies beyond the mind. With practice, this subtle awareness is cultivated in all life circumstances, bringing the light of consciousness with you everywhere you go.
Is a yoga retreat right for me? Why should I come for a yoga retreat?
Many people attend yoga classes at a local gym or yoga studio, or take yoga classes from a DVD. While taking regular yoga classes is a great way to keep your yoga practice going, a yoga retreat offers a special depth you can’t get any other way. For 24 hours, or for a week, you are immersed in yoga and meditation practices, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated. Through yoga retreats, you can find new depths in your yoga and meditation practice.
I’m not sure I can sit on the floor for meditation.
We offer meditation cushions for cross-legged sitting on the floor, as well as chairs, in our meditation programs.
I have minor injuries, and I’m not sure I can participate in yoga classes.
Check with your yoga instructor. Many minor injuries do not prevent you from doing yoga. Your instructor will be able to offer you modifications so that you can safely practice yoga. If you have severe or debilitating injuries, or other long-term health conditions, check with your doctor before taking a yoga class.
I’ve never been to a yoga retreat. What should I expect at Shoshoni?
Shoshoni is many things. It is a place for everyone to enjoy. It is a spiritual community of approximately 15 dedicated residents who offer classes as well as teacher certification programs in hatha yoga, meditation, and pranayama based on the Shambhava Yoga tradition. It is a place abundant in shakti, or meditative energy. It is a very special retreat center. People come from all over the US, as well as different countries, to visit. It is a place to visit when you are looking for clarity. Guests at Shoshoni design their own day. None of the scheduled programming is required; it is solely up to each guest as to what they would like to participate in.
I have my own religious tradition. Will I still be welcome at Shoshoni?
Absolutely! We welcome people of any background. Shambhava Yoga practices can benefit anyone and most people are inspired by the deep spiritual connection that the residents of Shoshoni experience from their practice.
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