Malas, Mantra, and Movement Retreat

September 6-8

Price: $125 plus accommodations; price includes all materials

Make your own Mala to take home and learn about the power of Mantra in this fun weekend workshop.

A mala is a string of prayer beads used in meditation to count mantras, a practice known as japa. The mala acts as a tactile guide for counting mantras, allowing its user to focus more deeply on the meaning and the repeated sound vibrations of the mantra. Each strand is traditionally made up of 108 beads, may have a decorative tassel at the end, and can be made of a variety of materials, including gemstones, rudrakshas, bodhi seeds, or different woods.

A mantra is a set of words that is repeated silently or while chanting, and is a powerful psychic tool used to purify and strengthen the mind. It acts as a vehicle to aid the practitioner in transcending their normal thought patterns and recognizing and acknowledging the divinity within. Mantra can bring the practitioner to the experience of their higher consciousness.

Mala, Mantra, and Movement Retreat schedule

Friday

2:30-3:30pm Introduction to Meditation; finding your seat

3:45-4:45pm Slow Flow Yoga

5:00pm Dinner

5:45-6:15pm Introductions and Orientation

6:30-7:30pm Evening Meditation in the Main Temple

7:45pm Q&A and Tea (optional)

 

Saturday

6:00am Yajna in the Fire Temple

6:00am Guru Gita Chant in the Main Temple

7:00am Silent Meditation in the Main Temple

7:30am Breakfast

8:30-10:15am Begin work on Malas

10:30-12:00pm Hatha Yoga 

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Continue work on Malas 

4:00pm Personal Time

5:00pm Dinner

6:30-7:30pm Evening Meditation in the Main Temple

7:45pm Q&A and Tea (optional)

 

Sunday

6:00am Yajna in the Fire Temple

6:00am Guru Gita Chant in the Main Temple

7:00am Silent Meditation in the Main Temple

7:30am Breakfast

8:30am Hike to Buddha Rocks 

10:30am Blessing the Malas and Mantra

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Check-out

 

**schedule subject to change

About the Instructors

AnandaMa Sims

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, ERYT 500

AnandaMa Sims has been practicing and studying subtle energies from a young age, her mother being her first teacher. During part of her journey, she fell in love with the physical part of yoga. While completing her initial ShambhavAnanda Yoga teacher training she realized there was a need for people who were curious about yoga but hesitant to step into a class because they didn’t feel they were bendy enough. AnandaMa makes yoga accessible for every body. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. She is an RYT-500, ERYT-200, and has completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 ShambhavAnanda Yoga  meditation teacher trainings. AnandaMa teaches yoga and meditation, guiding others to live a more mindful and skillful life in Evergreen, Colorado at Studio B Evergreen.

Shanti Pitschka

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Health Coach, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, ERYT 500

Shanti started practicing yoga at age 16 after experiencing pain from scoliosis. Drawn to Ayurveda,  the sister science of yoga, she began her studies at the Ayurveda Institute in 1998. In 2011, outside of her then home town of Nederland, Colorado, she found ShambhavAnanda Yoga and received the ERYT500 hour Hatha yoga and meditation teacher certifications. She became an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in 2018, but her love and fascination with the Vedic arts continued. In June 2019 she graduated from the New World Ayurveda School as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. With her love teaching, and sharing this ancient wisdom, Shanti teaches Ayurveda at New World Ayurveda in the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Program and Introduction to Ayurveda, and Yoga Teacher Training at Red Rocks Community College. Shanti works out of  PranaTonic Yoga & Wellness in Golden, CO and enjoys guiding and nurturing others through life’s many transitions by offering a unique 6 month Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coaching program, one on one consultations, Vedic Astrology Readings, Ayurvedic treatments – Shirodhara, Abhyanga Oil Massage, Marma Point Therapy and Herbal Scrubs. She also offers Ayurvedic seasonal workshop series – “Living an Ayurvedic Lifestyle with the Rhythms of Nature” including Spring and Fall Gentle Cleanses, Women’s Health, Mala Making, etc. She is a yoga and meditation teacher, teaching meditation classes 3 days a week, aerial yoga and hatha yoga throughout the week.