Surf Capital of the Philippines ~ Yoga Retreat ~ Connecting with the Elements 19 -22 Oct 2012

On July 24, 2012

Yoga in the House of ‘Ma’ | Connecting with the Elements

19 -22 October 2012

General Information:

In Siargao Island, the mother of all oceans, the Great Pacific, keeps watch over her home by creating walls of water that surround the island from all corners. These waves make Siargao the Philippines’ surfing capital, a land charged with energy, where a unique community of beings carries the imprint of this power.

It is in this setting that we will immerse for four days and three nights. During this time we will explore the aspects of the yoga practice exhibited in nature’s elements, and those manifest in the waves in order to realize the power central within our being. Through the realization that comes from our sadhana, we will join the community of beings in the house of our Mother, where we find the greatest support to our personal and collective evolution.

Natalie Macam leads this journey of re-balancing, the surrender to the natural rhythms that are true of our being, through daily pranayama, mantra chanting, asana, and meditation classes. Personal experience in self-healing (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.

This great satsang is also an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and let your yoga practice break through the boundaries of city life and connect to nature and your true self.

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, October 19, 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 (optional) group or individual tours are scheduled. 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.

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.

On the last day, October 22, 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