Yoga Lifestyle Immersion
The Yoga Lifestyle Immersion program merges the experience of an extended retreat with the ashram lifestyle; participants have the opportunity to live at Shoshoni and dive deeply into an asana and meditation practice while serving the ashram through daily seva, or selfless service.
All participants will enjoy their own private cabin and bathroom for the first week. For $900, you can remain in your cabin for the duration of your stay. For $600, you will move to a shared space with no more than two roommates. It is possible to extend your stay to include more than one program.
Highlights of the program include:
Meditation – Daily meditation classes offer a variety of approaches to meditation in the ShambhavAnanda Yoga tradition, including guided silent meditation techniques, kirtan and arati, mantra repetition, and more. By learning different methods to quiet the mind and connect inside, you become empowered to use the tools necessary to stay open and grounded within the ever-evolving arena of your life.
Yoga – Asana practice is a time to connect within through a focused awareness of breath and the physical body. Yoga classes will be offered several times per week with a variety of instructors, allowing you to experience different expressions of ShambhavAnanda Yoga in practice.
Seva – Join the Shoshoni staff in the afternoons for seva, or selfless service, an immensely powerful practice of giving back to the community. Seva is used to focus the mind on the task at hand while cultivating an attitude of generosity and gratitude. Seva tasks could include washing dishes, weeding the gardens and flower beds, harvesting vegetables, or chopping and stacking wood as just a few examples.
Guru Gita – The Guru Gita is a beautiful hour-long chanting meditation that draws on the power and vibration of the Sanskrit language to purify the mind. Sing aloud alongside the harmonium as it plays out the meditative melody of the verses, or follow along quietly. Attendees receive a chanting book that includes the Sanskrit text, transliteration, and full translation of the practice.
Yajna Fire Ceremony – Yajna is the ancient yogic practice of offering mantras and masala (a special rice mixture) into a sacred fire. This practice has been used for thousands of years as a catalyst for change and growth; it helps purify emotions, burns up unresolved conflict and worries, and leaves us feeling lighter and more free inside.
Satsang – Satsang is a traditional practice of being in the company of good, or true, people. Weekly satsang with one of our meditation teachers is a time to ask questions about your own spiritual practice and experiences, or learn more about Shoshoni and the ShambhavAnanda Yoga™ tradition.
Meals – Enjoy three meals per day. Our kitchen happily accommodates gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan diets; that’s the benefit of serving delicious, vegetarian meals that are made fresh daily with organic ingredients and Shoshoni garden produce. For more specific information, especially regarding allergies, please contact the office. 303.642.0116
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m interested in the Yoga Lifestyle Immersion program but feel cautious about reserving space because of Covid-19. What is Shoshoni doing to keep guests safe? Shoshoni has the health and safety of staff and guests as a top priority, and we created the Yoga Lifestyle Immersion program with that in mind. For the first 7-10 days of the program, we will require that staff and guests adhere strictly to Colorado’s public health and executive orders. In a sense, we are creating a quarantine environment within a retreat environment. Once the quarantine period is over, participants will be free to enjoy the remainder of their time here in a more relaxed environment.
I’ve been to Shoshoni before, and am curious how this program will be different than my previous experience? There are two more logistical differences between the Yoga Lifestyle Immersion program and our regular Overnight Retreats; in Yoga Lifestyle Immersion, you will participate in seva, or selfless service, as part of the Shoshoni staff in the afternoons, and there will not be as many scheduled daily yoga classes. Beyond that, Shoshoni itself will feel different in ways we cannot yet predict due to adherence to whatever Covid-19 health protocols are in place at the time of the program; expect it to be a quieter and more introspective experience.
I cannot commit to the full length of Yoga Lifestyle Immersion. Are there other options? Currently, Shoshoni is closed to all retreat guests. The Yoga Lifestyle Immersion program was created with the intention of making Shoshoni available to those seeking the peace and nourishment of the ashram environment, while still prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and guests in the current Covid-19 landscape. It is the only option available until further notice.
I’m excited to explore the area around Shoshoni. Will this be allowed? At this time, we are asking that all staff and guests stay on the Shoshoni property for the duration of the Yoga Lifestyle Immersion program. Failure to do so renders the first week of quarantine ineffective. Shoshoni has several of its own beautiful trails on almost 300 acres, a variety of outdoor seating options including a hammock forest, plus lawn games and kayaks for recreation.
Will laundry facilities be available on site? Yes, you will be able to do laundry once per week while you are here.
How do I register for this retreat? Because we have limited space and are allocating accommodations based on physical distancing guidelines, we ask that you reserve this retreat by submitting a request through this webpage or calling our office. 303.642.0116. Our office hours are 9am-3:30pm daily.