22381
North Carolina

Beginning & Intermediate Yoga for Wellness & Daily Living

Connect mind, body and spirit at this wellness retreat as expert instructors introduce yoga postures and principles during lectures and classes and develop practices to use at home.
Program No. 22381RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Montreat, NC
D
Assembly Inn

Activity note: Inn check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, feel free to pull up to the porch at the Assembly Inn to unload, then park your vehicle in any marked spot along the Lake or Assembly Drive. Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the Assembly Inn dining room, we’ll enjoy Montreat’s delicious buffet featuring a choice of entrée, vegetables, salad, bread and dessert, plus sweet and unsweetened tea, coffee, milk, and cold or hot water for tea or hot chocolate.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Each day will include a minimum of one yoga session to learn new techniques and put them into practice. Each session will involve gentle stretching, breathing and posture focus. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow participants over some refreshments in the lobby, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day tomorrow.

DAY
2
Yoga Intro, Yama – Morality, Niyama – Observances, Montreat
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Activity note: Early morning coffee is available around 6:30 a.m.

Breakfast: In the dining room at the Inn, the breakfast buffet offers daily rotating choices including dishes such as biscuits and gravy, breakfast meats and potatoes, eggs, grits, pancakes, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, baked goods, juice, coffee, tea, milk and water.

Morning: What is “yoga”? We will learn about yoga styles, Hatha yoga, and what it means to practice yoga. We will begin with an overview of the 8 limbs of Hatha Yoga with a focus on Limb 1 in depth before moving on to practice beginning poses. We'll have some refreshments mid-morning to keep us going.

Lunch: In the dining room at the Inn.

Afternoon: We will regroup and continue our lesson with an in-depth focus on Limb 2 followed by gentle afternoon practice. After our class time, we’ll explore Montreat. The remainder of the afternoon will be free.

Dinner: Inn buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Evening program is offered (recreation/music/storytelling) or you may wish to take advantage of some of the games, cards, and puzzles available in the lobby.

DAY
3
Asanas – Postures, Breathing Techniques, Hike
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: Today, our focus will be on Limb 3 – asanas – or postures of yoga, and Limb 4 – pranayama – or yogic breathing practices. After our lesson, we’ll move on to incorporate these 2 new Limbs into our practice.

Lunch: Inn buffet.

Afternoon: We will continue to focus on Limb 4, yogic breathing techniques, and incorporate it into our gentle practice. Next, we’ll set out on a hike in the nearby mountains. The remainder of the afternoon will be free for you to do what you like.

Dinner: Inn buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Pratyahara – Limb 5, Free Time
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: The term for Limb 5, pratyahara, refers to a drawing inward of the senses to induce calm. Practicing this technique can lower your blood pressure and reduce stress. We’ll begin with a lesson to gain some understanding of the term and its implications before settling in to practice this internal focus in depth.

Lunch: Inn buffet.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to explore the area nearby or just enjoy some relaxation time.

Dinner: Inn buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Other programs around Montreat will be in session and participants are welcome to join in and learn about some things other groups are doing this week.

DAY
5
Dharana – Concentration, Dhyana – Meditation
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Inn buffet.

Morning: We’ll take today to build on the deeper practices of yoga as we explore the limbs of concentration and meditation. Learning to let go of the business of the outer world and connect internally can be challenging and healing. We will begin with an explanation and focus on Limb 6 – dharana – or concentration, before practicing some techniques.

Lunch: Inn buffet.

Afternoon: Next, we will approach Limb 7 – dhyana – or meditation, with a lesson followed by gentle practice. Afterwards, the remainder of the afternoon will be free.

Dinner: In the dining room at the Inn, we’ll enjoy our farewell buffet dinner together in the company of our fellow participants. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
"Samadhi”, Lunch and Departures
Montreat, NC
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Your last chance to have Ronny's biscuits and gravy... if you're just now trying it, you'll wish you'd been enjoying it all week.

Morning: We will culminate our week together with the study of the 8th limb of yoga, samadhi, which can be described as a balanced state of mind. To many, it can also be described as the final stage of yogic practice during which some are said to have achieved unification with hyper-conscious divinity. We will delve into a lesson to gain a better understanding of samadhi before participating in gentle practice.

Lunch: Inn buffet. Boxed lunches will be available for those who cannot stay through lunch. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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