The Heart of A Sadhaka ~ Cultivating Dedication, Honor + Gratitude ~ Yoga Retreat in Surf Capital of Philippines ~ 2-5 Nov 2012

On July 24, 2012

The Heart of A Sadhaka | Cultivating Dedication, Honor and Gratitude   

2-5 November 2012

General Information:

A walk through the heart-scape of the student;

Plant the seeds to let Love grow.

Cultivate the greatest of values that keep us steadfast and evolving toward the perfect state of union: dedication, honor, and gratitude. Explore how these qualities are real and unique to your experience and learn how to bring reverence and gratitude into the areas of difficulty in your own life.

Let the daily sadhana bring about visions of peace and beauty by cultivating these values. Natalie Macam guides each participant to create a personal sadhana (asana and pranayama, meditation, etc.) and altar that speaks to his/her unique truth and pure honesty. By creating mirrors of our hearts, we are reminded and encouraged to make the journey each of us is tasked upon. Natalie’s self-healing experience (from 15 years of chronic lower back injury) through the practice brought about the role of teacher; this infused new life into her other roles as dancer, rock-climber and snowboarder. Present fulfillment of her journey includes the study with Shiva Rea and senior-teacher Twee Merigan at the Samudra Global School of Living.

We will be using sound as a both a healing and awakening modality through chanting, crystal bowls, live and recorded sound aids.  By practicing meditation with sound support and guidance, you will be able to access your own truth both inside and out, having found the well-spring of your heart. This retreat will restore your sense of balance and equanimity, establishing you in your practice and cultivating a sense of inner peace and contentment.

Energy exchange fee is at 520 USD and is inclusive of daily asana, pranayama and meditation classes, airport/seaport transfers, full board and vegetarian / vegan meals for 4D/3N.

Program Details:

We begin our retreat with a puja ceremony at noon on Friday, November 2, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean fronting our retreat grounds. The puja will be offered as thanksgiving by the facilitators, participants, and retreat staff for the guests’ safe arrival on the island, and to seek the blessings of the Divine for the journey we are about to embark on. During the puja, facilitators and participants will express their individual intentions for the retreat.

Vegetarian and vegan lunch will follow the ceremony. Guests will then have time to settle into their home for next three days.

The program Maha Mahal and Tiger Wave Yoga designed follows the same routine and style of ashram life. Between our sadhana, silence will be observed except for when group or individual tours are schedule. There will be ample time to learn how to surf and explore the lagoons, caves, and other scenic areas on the island.

We will be fully immersed in sadhana, practicing asana, pranayama and various meditation styles twice daily.

Natalie teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga, a dynamic sequence inspired (started) by the breath.  Creative, balanced and intelligent, the sequencing aims for the student to experience greater ease and vitality. Natalie blends Iyengar alignment with a flowing practice based on Prana Flow® Yoga developed by Shiva Rea. The movement is performed in a steady and deliberate manner focused on correct alignment.

Prana flow® focuses on how breath initiates and inspires all movement, and empowers student’s to experience “prana” – the universal source of life-energy.  Prana flow® is a conscious evolution of Vinyasa Yoga that allows us to experience our fluid nature through a rhythmic and energetic approach to yoga. [~excerpted from http://www.shivarea.com]

For more information on Prana Flow® see, http://www.shivarea.com.

We will explore various meditation styles including chanting and meditation with sound aids, mantra, japam, mindful eating and walking meditation in the forests of Siargao.

Part of Philippine culture is the prevalent observance All Soul’s and Saint’s day on the 1st and 2nd of the month. Filipino families get together and from all regions of the country return to their ancestral lands and hold 2-day vigils at the site of their relatives’ resting place. During a visit to local burial grounds on the 3rd of November, participants and facilitators will make an offering to the dead by creating mandalas made out of various petals of local flowers and leaves. Mandala creation is a form of meditation; we will ask participants to meditate on the mortality of the body, the eternal nature of the atma, and silently honor the lives of loved ones and friends who have passed.

On the last day, November 5, Monday, we will offer a thanksgiving puja in front of the world-famous Cloud 9 surf break (wave) and practice with the sunrise before participants check-out after brunch. Flights out of the island via domestic airline departs before noon (www.cebupacificair.com).  

For sign-ups/reservations and further inquiries, email us at mahamahalyoga@gmail.com