photo of Eugenie Knox, producer of Yogafest Retreat Somers

Brahmacharini Shobhana, PhD.

We are thrilled to have Bri Shobhana joining us from Amma’s Ashram in India to share her wisdom, her life-long devotion to yoga, meditation and Indian philosophy and her years of deep study and contemplation. Bri Shobhana, global director of Amrita Yoga,is an award-winning yoga practitioner and teacher who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of authentic yoga as a monastic in Amma’s ashram. Under Amma’s guidance she has taught more than 2000 workshops, classes and retreats to people across the globe. Specialising in bridging the gap between ancient, traditional Eastern practices and the practical needs of yoga in the West, Bri Shobhana is one of only 12 members on the Government of India’s Committee for Yoga Education, which forms the curriculum courses in Indian universities.

A huge honour and an unparalleled opportunity to learn from one of the most accomplished yoga practitioners teaching today amongst the intimacy and friendliness of the Yogafest Retreat community.

Bri Shobhana will be teaching Amrita Yoga, yoga nidra, philosophy, Vedic chanting and meditation at Yogafest Retreat Somers, November 2019.

Friday:

  • General Yoga
  • Chi Flow Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Orientation
  • Closing Ceremony

Saturday:

  • Morning Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Yin yoga
  • General/Experienced Yoga
  • Amrita Yoga
  • Shiatsu Workshop
  • Inversions Workshop 1
  • Nature Walk
  • Beach Jog
  • Philosophy
  • Art Therapy
  • Vedic Chanting
  • General Yoga
  • Experienced Yoga
  • Yin Roll and Release
  • Pranayama
  • Evening Meditation
  • Performance Night

Sunday:

  • Morning Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Chi Flow Yoga
  • Amrita Yoga
  • General/Experienced Yoga
  • Bush Silent Disco
  • Kite Flying
  • Philosophy
  • Lotus Workshop
  • Yin Roll and Release
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Experienced Yoga
  • Inversions Workshop 2
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Evening Meditation
  • Kirtan Chanting
  • See the Stars Astronomy

Monday:

  • Morning Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • General/Experienced Yoga
  • Yin Roll and Release
  • Chi Flow Yoga
  • Closing Ceremony

Class Descriptions

Hatha Yoga

Beginners, general, and experienced

Restorative and Yin Yoga

Long holding postures, accessing deep stretching and release, using minimal props.

Pranayama classes

Pranayama, the fourth limb of yoga, is the link between the external and internal limbs of yoga. Pranayama, apart from providing useful health benefits, develops the necessary subtlety for deep concentration and meditation.You will learn how to breath more correctly and fully and how this deeper focus can lead to a more clear understanding of ourselves.

Chi Flow Yoga

A moving meditation that uses movements from Qi Gong,Tai Chi that and traditional asana postures for building energy, strength and calming the mind. Open to all levels.

Meditation

Join Jayashree each morning and evening for beautiful guided meditation steeped in the ancient Vedic traditions.

Amrita Yoga

Very special opportunity to learn and practice Amrita Yoga with International Director, Br. Shobhana. Amrita is a traditional Hatha yoga upholding Vedic principles, incorporating Amma’s teachings and integrating the four paths of yoga to cultivate physical, mental and spiritual upliftment. Amrita Yoga uses postures and movement to align to our true self and inner presence, enhancing the panchakoshas – the five layers of the body. Open level.

Inversions Workshops 1 and 2

Senior teacher Bryan Rogers has two sessions teaching how to prepare the body for headstand, learning what supportive postures are required to develop and maintain headstand, and how to develop and adjust your headstand for longer practice with variations. Yoga experience is required to attend. Bryan has over 50 years of teaching expertise and first-hand knowledge on how to make inversions accessible and safe. A must-attend for the avid yoga student.

Philosophy Discussions

Various philosophy discussions including: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra: the magical third chapter and how the combination of concentration, meditation and samadhi combine to produce special powers and the last chapter on the road to freedom; Tantra and the non-dual system and the Vedas with special guest teacher from India, Br. Shobhana. No prior knowledge in any of these systems is expected.

Vedic Chanting

Br. Shobhana our guest teacher from India, a true adept immersed in the teachings and practices will lead us through meaningful Vedic chants, sharing her wisdom on why we chant these phrases and how they can help transform us.

Art Therapy

Experienced Art Therapy teacher Rebecca Horne will lead a beautifully reflective, soulful and immersive contemplation of the self using creative techniques and visual tools. No art experience or talent is required. This is about tapping into the creative potential in all of us to find healing and release.

Nature Walk

Yogafest Retreat Somers is surrounded by some of the most exquisite native bushland, right on the edge of the sea. Vishal Brook takes us on a silent walk through the bush, towards the ocean, breathing in the fresh air, the smells of nature, listening to the sounds of the flora and fauna and the waves of the ocean. A walking meditation that rejuvenates and replenishes and reminds us of the joy of living at one with nature.

Nature Activities

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, day and night, with lead activities including a jog through the stunning bush and along the beach, kite flying on the edge of the ocean and astronomy at night, gazing at the clear night sky.

Silent Disco

The hot in-demand global super star, Guru Dudu, leads us through the bush playing a fanciful array of tunes, silent to the outside world with participants wearing headphones. The most joyful and elating experience, dancing with your Yogafest friends, stopping to connect the beautiful surroundings like you’ve never experienced.

Shiatsu Workshops

Yogafest favourite – join Dance of Life director, Johannes Mochayedi for this two-hour session, working in partners and learning how to give and receive a beautiful shiatsu massage, which references the acupressure points. Come with a partner or alone and you will be partnered up.

Performance Night

A highlight of all the Yogafests is our Saturday night Performance Night! Be ready to laugh, sing, cheer, be mesmerised and enchanted. We encourage as many as possible to bring along instruments, read poetry, tell stories, sing songs, juggle, clown around, dance and share. Every event sees all sorts of people shine and their offerings bring warmth to hearts. Plan ahead and make this Performance Night the one you put up your hand and share!

Kirtan Chanting

Dance of Life’s Kirtan ensemble, who play monthly at the Dance of Life, lead us through the devotional practice of chanting, promoting the inner work of our practices and time together.

Lotus Workshop

Eugenie has been making the most magnificent paper lotus flowers, preparing for a wonderful showing at Yogafest. In this workshop she’ll share her techniques and together we’ll make more and more lotuses to fill our wonderful ‘pond’ at the retreat.

Yoga Nidra – Guided Relaxation

Guided relaxation practice cultivating deep focus, inviting change and cultivation through heart-centred intention.