Our All-New Retreats: A Weekend of Yogic Life!  

For millennia, Yogis have utilized retreats as an immersion into spiritual sadhana (practice) unhindered by the distractions of everyday life. We take that traditional approach. Every environmental factor at the Hermitage is used to help our retreatants attain a deep experience of sadhana; from the temples and shrines, rushing mountain streams and vegan fare, to the overall tranquil emanations of being in a secluded place surrounded by nature and people devoted to attaining true fulfillment through Yoga.

Our retreats are centered around the 12 Principles of Yoga as outlined by our Gurus, current holders of the VaShi Yoga lineage, Yoga's oldest unbroken lineage. The study of these 12 Principles will enhance and fulfill your life whether you consider yourself a seasoned practitioner or someone simply searching for more.

The retreat is entirely supported by full-time practitioners who follow the traditional path of Yoga, living and studying with our Gurus Sri Bhagavan VaShi Baba and Sri Mirabai Ishwari. The 12 Principles are a part of daily life at Hridaya and their practice and mastery is not only our aspiration, but also our greatest source of fulfillment. We are not instructors leading a class, but Yogis sharing an experience and a passion.

The 12 Principles of Yoga

  1. Tarka “Yogic Rationale and Reasoning”

  2. Yoga Mimamsa “Yogic Philosophy of Life and Living”

  3. Samyama “Pure Yogic Meditation”

  4. Pranayam “Extension and Expansion of the Life Force”

  5. Ulta Sadhana “Yogic Reversal of Negativity”

  6. Asana “Inverting and Back Bending Postures for Reversing Bodily Conditions”

  7. Mitahara “Yogic Food and Nourishment”

  8. Rasayana “Yogic Substances for Health and Longevity”

  9. Tattva Suhddhi “Purifying Matter and the 5 Senses”

  10. Swapna Yoga and Yoga Nidra “The Yogas of Dream and Sleep”

  11. Swara Yoga “Prana, Mind and Reality”

  12. Divya Deha “Divine Life of a Yogi”

Each month's 2-day retreat will be focused on one of the 12 Principles, creating a complete year of Yogic living. Held on the weekend closest to the new moon, these events are timed to take advantage of the lunar power of new beginnings and moving toward the light.

The first day of the retreat will be a Yoga Festival, introducing and celebrating the Yogic way of life, along with one of the Principles. The second day will dive deeper into the Principle and its application. Immersion into the Principle will come from in-depth teachings, clarifying examples, potent exercises, and practical application to take home with you. In keeping with Yogic tradition, our retreats are not intended to be a simple getaway, but a transformational, life-changing experience.

For the greatest benefit and full immersion, you can sign up for a yearly cycle at any time. The Yogis say the most auspicious time for life enhancement is always now.

However, each retreat is complete unto itself and offers an incredible amount of knowledge and experience. Join us for one, mix and match, or take your practice and life to new heights by establishing yourself in a monthly retreat cycle. Please be mindful of booking well in advance as on-site accommodations are limited and we limit attendance to maximize the experience of each attendee. See our Calendar for upcoming Retreats. 

We invite you to share in this incredible and rare opportunity. Contact us to register or for more information.

Om Narbhavi Swaha

“Goodness is manifest for all beings.”