New Hampshire

Yoga Retreat in Idyllic New Hampshire

Enjoy daily yoga instruction as you learn the poses, meditation and mindful breathing of yogic wellness. Relish the pristine setting of Swanzey Lake on this expert-led yoga retreat.
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Program No. 22822RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In the heart of New Hampshire’s picturesque Monadnock region, enjoy a six-day yoga retreat designed to inspire the mind, refresh the body and revitalize the soul. Suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike, learn the principles of yoga through daily yoga sessions. With an expert yoga instructor, learn about postural alignment, mindful breathing and meditation, and delve into the rich philosophy of the original yogis. Enjoy the pastoral beauty of Swanzey Lake and the surrounding woodlands as you deepen your understanding of yoga and sharpen your mindfulness.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Embrace the yogi lifestyle of meditation and connectedness, establishing a daily habit to take home with you.
  • Learn a wide breadth of yoga poses — from downward dog to the warrior poses — and practice stringing them together.
  • Enjoy an idyllic natural setting at Swanzey Lake that will inspire your soul and revitalize your spirit.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Meditation and Mantras
by Swami Vishnu Devananda
Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 1993), a disciple of Swami Sivananda, was the founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. He established the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course, a unique program that allowed the trainees to incorporate the teachings of yoga into their daily lives. His book The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga is considered to be the bible for yoga practitioners. Swami Vishnudevananda was a Karma Yogi and a peace activist who flew on several peace missions over places of conflict, bombarding war torn areas with flowers and pamphlets while repeating the peace Mantra: Om Namo Narayanaya. He created the Om Namo Narayanaya bank in the Himalayas, hoping to bring positive vibrations to the whole world. Although he left his body on 9 November 1993, his legacy and energy still shine throughout the organization, the centers and ashrams of which have spread all over the world, training over 30,000 teachers.
Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living
by Donna Farhi
Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, restoring the tradition's intended function as a complete, practical philosophy for daily living. Expanding upon the teachings of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the core text of the yoga tradition, Donna Farhi describes yoga's transforming power as a complete life practice, far beyond its common reduction to mere exercise routine or stress management. This is the philosophy of yoga as a path to a deeper awareness of self. Drawing upon her years of teaching with students, Farhi guides readers through all the pitfalls and promises of navigating a spiritual practice. Farhi's engaging and accessible style and broad experience offer important teachings for newcomers and seasoned practitioners of yoga alike. And because her teachings of yoga philosophy extend into every corner of daily life, this book is an equally accessible guide to those seeking spiritual guidance without learning the pretzel bendings of the physical practice itself. As one of the top teachers worldwide, Farhi's exploration of the core philosophy of yoga is destined to become an instant classic.
The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita - A Commentary for Modern Readers
by Swami Satchidananda
The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of how Arjuna, the great warrior, is seated in his chariot about to engage in battle, when he sees his own kinsmen and his revered teacher arrayed in battle against him, and feels that he cannot fight. It is then that Krishna, the Cosmic Lord, comes to counsel him. Arjuna represents the human soul seated in the chariot of the body and Krishna is the inner Spirit, the God within, who is there to consel him. Today we see humanity divided against itself and threatened with nuclear war and mutual destruction. No political means are adequate to deal with this problem, and many are driven to despair. It is then that the message of the Gita comes to teach us that it is only when we rise above human schemes and calculations and awake to the presence of the indwelling Spirit that we can hope to find the answer to our need.
A Keene Sense of History II
by David R. Proper
Why did a Cheshire County man leave3 his house and live in a cave for several months during the Revolutionary War? What was a hogreeve? What Keene resident won the Boston Marathon seven times? These and many other questions are answered by Keene historian in David Proper's book.
Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life
by Rebecca Pacheco
Sometimes an hour-long yoga class is the only chance we get to connect meaningfully with our bodies and our minds during an otherwise hectic week. For a brief moment we’re able to let our worries melt away and feel relaxed, centered, and fully ourselves. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to bring that experience out of the yoga studio and into your everyday life? In Do Your Om Thing, master yoga teacher and creator of the popular blog OmGal.com Rebecca Pacheco shows us how to do just that. The true practice of yoga, she says, goes deeper than achieving the perfect headstand—it is about bringing awareness and intention to every part of our lives. In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Rebecca translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles feel accessible, relatable, and genuinely rooted in the world in which we live today.
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
by Stephen Cope
Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation—a path that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist who has lived and taught for more than ten years at the largest yoga center in America, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent "pilgrim's progress" for today's world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. And he shows us that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave our everyday lives for some transcendent spiritual plane—life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.
The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami
by Radhanath Swami
Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and also a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine. Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous, and heartwarming.
Monadnock Moments..Historic tales from Southwest New Hampshire
by Alan F. Rumrill
Inspired by beloved local storyteller Fritz Wetherbee, Historical Society of Cheshire County director Alan F. Rumrill collected their sotires in his series, "Monadnock Moments" broadcast on Keene radio station WKNE from 1985 to 2005. Here he has gathered one hundred of his most interesting vignettes and paired them with historic images, chronicling the lives of business man, politicians and soldiers and spinning tales of disaster, murder and adventure that all had their roots in towns of southwest New Hampshire.
The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada
by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Ph.D.
The Yoga Sutra is the living source wisdom of the yoga tradition. Using it as a guide, we can unlock the hidden power of yoga, and experience the promise of yoga in our life. The Yoga Sutra is as fresh today as it was 2200 years ago when it was discovered by the sage Patanjali. It is the first practitioner-oriented commentary which is fully grounded in a living tradition. By applying its living wisdom in our practice, we can achieve the purpose of life: lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom.

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