Akhanda Yoga Festival Canada 2016, Harrington, QC (Canada)
With Yogrishi Vishvketu, Vishwajeet Chatterji, Anne Stubbs (Daya Anandi) and Tatiana Nemchin (Ishwari)
June 15 - 19, 2016
Join Yogrishi Vishvketu and guest teachers for a lakeside residential retreat featuring holistic yoga and intimate teachings celebrating Akhanda Yoga. Festival programming this year will explore The Power of Choice.
How do our family background, culture and our authentic sense of self combine to empower our choices in everyday life? We will explore this and more during festival workshops and classes. The festival takes place at CAMMAC located on Lake MacDonald in the beautiful Laurentians, just two hours from Ottawa.
This program qualifies participants for 30 hours of Continuing Education Units.
Sample Daily Schedule:
- 6-8:00 AM Meditation and Yoga with Yogrishi Vishvketu
- 8:30-9:30 AM Breakfast
- 10-12:00 AM Workshop
- 12-1:00 PM Lunch
- 1-4:00 PM Free Time
- 4-6:00 PM Yoga and Meditation with Yogrishi Vishvketu
- 6:15-7:15 PM Dinner
- 7:30-9:00 PM Satsang / Evening Program
- 9:00 PM Silent Time
Cultivating our True Potential
Teacher: Yogrishi Vishvketu
How does our karma work to inform our choices in everyday life? We are all born into the world with karmic coding, from our family, background, and culture that informs how we make choices in our lives. If we choose to act in a way that is in alignment with our true nature, then we plant healthy karmic seeds. However, any time we act in contraction, involving the mind, ego, or intellect, our actions create more karmic seeds that will grow into weeds. Surrounded by too many weeds, our original true nature is obscured; it is not able to grow and flourish. In this workshop, we will explore ways to keep ourselves aligned with our true nature everyday. The tools for this maintenance are our yoga practice, our environment, relationships, and a connection to inspiration. This time spent in dedication to ourselves cultivates the conditions so that our true potential may blossom.
Mindful Choices for Your Unique Constitution – an Ayurvedic Approach to Wellness of Body, Mind, and Spirit
Teacher: Anne (Daya Anandi) Stubbs
We all have an innate intelligence within our bodies and minds that seeks balance, harmony, and healing. Our natural state is one of optimum health – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As humans with conscious minds, we possess the power of self-awareness and discrimination, but may not always make the best choices for maintaining balance. Each one of us is unique in how our own body functions with its particular rhythms and cycles, as well as in our appearance, behaviour, and personality. Our uniqueness is determined by many factors that influence how we think, feel, and behave, and affect the choices we make. Given the power of choice, how do we make the best decisions to support our highest well-being?
In this workshop, we will explore an approach to wellness that considers our unique mind-body constitutions and discuss how knowledge of Ayurveda – the holistic science of optimal health that originated in India thousands of years ago – can empower us to make more mindful choices for our physical, mental and spiritual health through diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, and daily and seasonal routines.
The Power of Choice
Teacher: Vishwajeet Chatterji
In this Sankalpa (Intention) workshop, Vishwajeet will help participants gain clarity into their true nature and strengths, and how to use those assets to set a powerful intention that will turn goals into reality. The workshop will combine theory and practice, along with discussion of real-world examples, to give you practical tools to get to where you want to go.
Moving with Awareness
Teachers: Tatiana (Ishwari) Nemchin
Let your heart be your guide as you move to the rhythm of the music and connect with your body’s wisdom. A conscious dance practice that is a workout for your body and medicine for your soul! Potential side effects: Freedom, joy, energy, discovery + laughter!
Sunday Workshop and Closing
Teacher: Yogrishi Vishvketu
How do we maintain our intentions and integrate practices learned into our daily lives? In this workshop we will explore ways to use sankalpa to integrate all you have learned at the Festival. We will investigate the use of contemplation as a tool to continue to align yourself with your true nature when you are back in the real world. The Festival will conclude with a closing ceremony.
Yogrishi Vishvketu is an internationally renowned teacher, conference presenter and yoga teacher trainer. The co-founder of Akhanda Yoga (with Chetana Panwar/Jessica Torrens), he began his journey as a student and practitioner of Hatha and Raja yoga and the Vedic healing arts as a child in northern India. Yogrishi Vishvketu teaches holistic yoga workshops internationally, incorporating diverse aspects of the practice: asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, Ayurveda and Vedic chanting, as well as offering Yoga Alliance registered 200- and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) programs in Canada and in Rishikesh, India. He calls this holistic style of teaching Akhanda Yoga, meaning whole…
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Vishwajeet has been a practitioner of Akhanda Yoga for the past 16 years and has leveraged his practice for focus and clarity in his personal and professional life. He is an accomplished business executive & entrepreneur having started a $100M+ division at a major corporation, helping quadruple the stock price of an electronics company and having launched his own technology startup. He is also the proud father of 3 children, Chetan, Jaya and Dharma and happy husband to Kiran. By combining leading business management techniques, combined with a yoga and meditation practice, he finds that despite the hectic busy-ness of life, powerful…
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With over 18 years experience in the fitness and wellness fields, Anne has been serving the Ottawa area through public and private mind/body classes, workshops and yoga retreats. As a devoted teacher/practitioner of yoga and meditation, she promotes healthy balanced living with an enthusiastic and holistic approach. Ongoing studies with various teachers in Canada and the US, including Yogrishi Vishvketu in India, have given her deeper insights into these rich spiritual traditions, and she is currently exploring the concept of “mindful healing” in her practices through complementary approaches. Anne is excited to be able to share these teachings, and to…
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Tatiana is co-founder of Mouvement, an event producer, promoter and director of events and experiences. A Certified Co-Active Professional Coach (CTI), certified yoga teacher and movement facilitator and entrepreneur, Tatiana is a co-activist for conscious living and relating. She shares yoga, dance and rhythm as pathways to freedom.
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