There was excitement in the air as our group of Gurukulum students and SRSG Ashram staff started preparing for the trip to Tarkeshwar. Swami Veda had directed us to go to Tarkeshwar during Summer 2009 for an intensive spiritual retreat. I had heard and read about Tarkeshwar and was excited that now I would see the mystery unfold.
HIMALAYAN YOGA AND MEDITATION CAMP, 12TH – 19TH APRIL 2009
at SWAMI RAMA SADHAKA GRAMA, RISHIKESH, INDIA
At the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, in the green and peaceful environment of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, Rishikesh, a group of around 50 participants from different parts of India came together to learn, practice, and experience the spiritual teachings of the Himalayan yogis as taught by the Rev. Shri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and carried forward by his close disciple, Pujya Gurudev Shri Swami Veda Bharati.
Namaste Dear Readers,
We cannot say enough about the amazing group of people that participated in the Teacher Training Program this March. They came from countries spanning the globe’s circumference. It has been a joy to get to know them all. Some of them also attended the Meditation for Pain Management Conference which immediately preceded the TTP.
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama was recently transformed into a "Little Hungary." Forty Hungarians called the ashram home for four weeks during February/March. Led by Anna Mezosi, the well-prepared group completed a very ambitious program, beginning with a ten day silence program. Twenty-eight people then attended the Meditation for Pain Management Conference while the others took excursions into the Himalayan mountains.
For approximately one week the Gurukulam students took a small break from their own classroom studies to partake in some hands on teaching opportunities with young people. They traveled to fifty schools within about a one hour radius of the ashram. Their mission was to share a bit of the tradition with the youth and children in the community as part of India's National Yoga Awareness Week.On average, the Gurukulam students taught 2-4 hour sessions of yoga in both primary and secondary schools. Lessons included basic asana and pranayama techniques. The children ranged in age from about 5 to 16 years old and class sizes were anywhere from 30 to 200 + students each. Over all it was a great experience for everyone who participated.