Erica Kaufman, founder of Lila Yoga spends about 3 months each year in India. She teaches, learns, and organizes special opportunities for yoga teachers and practitioners to join her.
During this retreat, you will immerse yourself in the cultural riches of Tamil Nadu in the magnificent Chennai, India. This experience of a lifetime is a spectacular immersion into traditional South Indian life. This experience allows you to study yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, yoga application, meditation, and amazing lectures at two of the worlds most famous schools the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation.
- Each morning, at sunrise, we practice Lila Yoga Sun Salutations on Marina Beach where we are joined by hundreds of people practicing all kinds of yoga from laughter yoga, pranayama, to hatha and meditation. It’s a fabulous and joyous way of starting each day.
- We then travel by auto rickshaw (fun!) to the world famous Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and renowned Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation for classical studies in asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, yoga application, and more. These are the teachers of the teachers. Scholars and amazingly inspiring people who have helped teach some of todays most known yogacharyas. Krishnamacharya was the teacher of Desikachar, founder of Viniyoga, and B. K. S. Iyengar, and K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Yoga. Lila Yoga is also in the lineage of Krishnamacharya‘s teachings.
- We take a two day excursion. Weather permitting we travel to the sacred town Tiruvannamalai, where we hike the holy Arunchala Mountain, meditate in the Ramana Maharshi Ashram and caves (monkeys & all). This magnificent pilgrimage is complete with a visit to the Annamalaiyar Temple-the largest Shiva Temple in India.
- The ten days complete with a final day back in Chennai to enjoy and rest as you please–bazaars, henna, ayurvedic massages, Krishnamurti Foundation, Theosophical Foundation.
Retreat dates: January 1-10, 2017