The ancient Rishis or seers, having delved into the depths of their being, closely analyzed all of the layers of the human existence. In this process of self-inquiry, they discovered that in essence we are but pure consciousness, and that various factors and conditionings cloud our vision and hide this truth. They laid out practices for clarifying our vision so we too can have this first-hand knowledge. Yoga has been prescribed as preparatory practices, for purifying the heart and balancing the mind. For unveiling the deeper truths, Vedanta has been prescribed.
The original and most authoritative teachings of Vedanta are in the Upanishads, which are the latter part of the Vedas, the most ancient spiritual texts known to humanity. The upanishads reveal the unity of the individual being and the universal presence, declaring that in essence we are but the one universal consciousness. Due to lack of inner clarity and the unsteady nature of the mind, we aren't aware of this basic fact and identify ourselves with situations and various notions. These in turn sow the seed for ups and downs, pain, suffering and disappointment, and according to yogis, the continuous cycle of births and deaths. The Ishavasya Upanishad is one of the most concise and most widely studied upanishads. It starts with the well-known verse "Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam" - the Universal Spirit indwells everything, it is the unifying factor behind all names and forms. Traditionally, Vedanta is studied by listening to the teachings from an experienced teacher, reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and meditating on these truths.
This weekend intensive will help clarify the roles of Yoga and Vedanta in our spiritual journey, and deepen our understanding on the Vedantic vision.
6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Beginners Yoga Class
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm Yoga and Vedanta Workshop
3-4pm Free Time and Nature walks
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn classical yoga.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on the first Date of the course with an Ashram Orientation followed by Satsang at 8pm.
Departure: The course will conclude at 3pm on the Final date.
We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.
What to Bring
Textbook: "Essence of Vedanta" Swami Sivananda
Other: slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight. All books and materials are available in our boutique.
To Register for this course click the "Register" Button.
 STEP 1 - CREATE ONLINE USER ID AND PASSWORD
 STEP 2 - FILL OUT ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
 STEP 3 - WILL ANYBODY JOIN YOU?
 STEP 4 - CHOOSE ACCOMMODATION OPTION
 STEP 5 - MAKE DEPOSIT AND PAY ONLINE WITH PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD
A confirmation email will be sent to you. In case of cancellation a credit note will be issued. Refund is only given with 48 hours notice and the deposit is non-refundable.
- Dorm (4 person): $65/night
- Double (2 person): $85/night
- Private (1 person): $130/night
- Double (2 person): $120/night
- Private (1 person): $170/night
Deluxe Shanti Cabins
- Deluxe Cabin (triple, shared): $120/night
- Deluxe Cabin (double, shared): $160/night
- Deluxe Cabin (1 person): $240/night
- Deluxe Cabin (family of 2): $280/night
- Deluxe Cabin (family of 3): $320/night
Accommodation Discounts - Seniors (60+) and Students 10%
Gajananam is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda and is the founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, CA. He delved into various yogic disciplines while serving and studying at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in the mid-1980's and 1990's. In the 1990's he served as the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York and has taught at many Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses and retreats.
To deepen his understanding of the ancient scriptures and mantras, he studied Sanskrit under the tutelage of the Sanskrit Scholar Dr. Sarasvati Mohan in the 2000's. Over the past decade, he has been spending time each year in personal retreat in Uttarakashi, Himalayas, where he attends Satsang with senior sadhus and monks. Since 2013, he has had the opportunity to the study Vedantic scriptures in a traditional fashion. With close to 3 decades of practice, study and teaching experience, he offers yoga and Vedanta courses and retreats in Fremont and at various centers and ashrams.