Establishing an independent yoga practice on your own can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Many of us may attend a yoga class regularly, but feel unsure about a self-practice at home.
In this course you will learn how to develop a home practice and create sequences that will keep you engaged and dedicated. You will explore different styles of yoga and their sequencing:
A Yang practice, working with the muscles and tendons, is usually made of eight pose groups – opening poses, Sun Salutations, standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions and closing poses – ending with relaxation.
However, sometimes a slower, more internal practice is best, where you will hold poses longer and passively, either sitting or lying down. This is the Yin or quiet practice, where you will work gently to stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form your joints.
|Sat 21 Dec|
|4:00 pm||Introduction to Root Institute & the course by Annie & Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)|
|7:00 pm||Evening meditation|
|Sun 22 – Tue 24 Dec|
|6:45 am||Morning Meditation|
|2:00 pm||Discussion & Q & A (last day – visit Root Institute social projects)|
|7:00 pm||Evening meditation (go to practice at Mahabodhi Stupa on the last night)|
Please note: This schedule is subject to change.
The span of our spiritual programme is approximately six months – the last few months of one year and the early months of the next – during the cooler season in Bodhgaya..
On the appropriate dates in the Tibetan calendar year-round, however, we observe the standard pujas of the Gelug tradition and these are drop-in sessions which anyone can attend. If you are in Bodhgaya and would like to come along, please feel welcome to join us for:
Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all events except:
If you wish to do a self-directed individual or group retreat separate from our spritual programme:
Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.
To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:
Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.
Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.
Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.
Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.
Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.
Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.
Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.
Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.
Please be aware:
* The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.
Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden and, due to our commitment to following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and supporting his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.