Spiritual programme

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Embracing Yoga – With George Wang
From Wednesday, 13. November 2019
To Saturday, 16. November 2019
Location : Yoga area

Align and strengthen your body with a fast-paced vinyasa flow during the day and slower Hatha and yin practice in the afternoon. With the use of props, we will safely go deeper into many poses to balance and align both our body and mind.

Throughout this retreat we will be going over:

- Anatomy 

- Yoga theories-

How to coordinate body movements with the breath.

- Ways to protect the body from injuries,

- Alignment

- Adjustments

We will work together throughout this retreat to help you to develop a well-round personal practice.


George wang

George is a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and a yoga teacher from Canada. Over the past several years he has spent a lot of time in India studying the Dharma and learning yoga. George first encountered Buddhism briefly in university where he studied Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence. Years later he started his exploration into Buddhism with the Korean Zen tradition before switching over to a more philosophical Tibetan approach. 

George was first introduced to yoga at the Zen temple in Toronto where he learned basic sitting postures, breathing techniques, and pre-meditation stretching techniques. During his travels in India, he was introduced to Ashtanga yoga by a friend in Rishikesh.

After meeting and being inspired by Annie McGhee at the Root Institute, he began to develop a very dedicated yoga practice and became a certified yoga shortly after. He currently teaches sunset yoga sessions at the Root Institutes and will be hosting several retreats throughout the season.




Wed 13 Nov   
4:00 pm Introduction to Root Institute & the course by George & Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Thurs 14 Nov, Fri 15 Nov & Sat 16 Nov   
6:30 am First session
7:30 am Breakfast
10:30–11:45 am Session with Q&A
12:00pm Lunch
4:00-5:15pm Sunset Yoga session
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Meditation


Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

General information about the spiritual programme

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:

  • Tara Puja
  • Medicine Buddha Puja
  • Guru Puja with Tsog
  • Protector Puja.

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:

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

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.