Raja Yoga International In Israel

Kibbutz Inbar – October 10 – 23, 2012

With Simultaneous English Translation

Dear yogis and yoginis,

We are so happy to invite you to Israel, where Swami Swaroopanana will continue to guide us through a true Svādhyāya, in a reading of the second chapter of Patañjali Mahārṣi's Yoga Sūtras.
The course will take place in Kibbutz Inbar, which is nestled in the heart of the green mountains of the Galilee, amidst the sacred sites for both the Jewish and Christian traditions.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to broaden and deepen your practice in the company of other yoga teachers, while enjoying a stay in the Holy Land and the beautiful and tranquil setting of the Galilee.

Course Details

The course offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth study of Rāja Yoga, the royal path to Enlightenment, and its mother-text, the Yoga Sūtras Patañjali Mahārṣi.
Rāja Yoga deals with four basic principles: Suffering, its origin, liberation from suffering and the means for attaining liberation. The second chapter is practical and methodic. It directly deals with the mind of the spiritual aspirant, leading him stage by stage on the path of true freedom. These stages are:

  • Yamas and Niyamas – the basic moral foundation, restraints and observances
  • Āsana and Prāṇāyāma – the attainment of steady pose and the control of the vital energy
  • Pratyāhāra and Dhāraṇā – withdrawal of the senses from objects and concentration
  • Dhyāna and Samādhi – meditation and the super-conscious state

Swami Swaroopananda will share with us his profound, vast knowledge and spiritual wisdom and teach the verses alongside classic commentaries made by great yogis from the ancient tradition of Advaita Vedānta, especially Vyāsa Mahārṣi and Śaṅkarācārya.
The teaching will be given within a yogic frame of life, including daily satsangs, yoga āsanas and prāṇāyāma classes, yogic-vegetarian nutrition and karma yoga (selfless service).

About Swami Swaroopananda

Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Viṣṇudevānanda. A practicing Yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated the past thirty six years to the practice and teaching of Yoga. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. He is the director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and the Āchārya for the Sivananda centers and ashrams on the West Coast of the United States, the Middle East, and the Bahamas.

The course is open to

Sivananda yoga teachers and practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge.
Spiritual aspirants who wish to advance their practice and meditation and learn yogic philosophy in an authentic and classical way.

About the Location

Kibbutz Inbar is located in the Heart of the Galilee in a serene location, vibrating with the energy of the mountains ridge and the neighboring pilgrimage locations. It is offering simple yet comfortable air-conditioned accommodations, delicious vegetarian cuisine, and convenient air-conditioned lecture halls. The quiet and green setting coupled with fresh mountain air, make Inbar the ideal location for spiritual practice and studies. The Kibbutz’s location is also central to famous Christian as well as Jewish pilgrimage sights, such as Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernahum, Zefat, Mount Meron and Jewish Sages' tombs.
Wi-fi and cellular coverage are available.

More Information of Kibbutz Inbar

Daily Schedule

5:30 am – Wake up
6:00 am – Satsaṅg (Meditation, chanting, lecture)
8:00 am – Āsanas & Prāṇāyāma practice
10:00 am – Breakfast
11:00 am – Karma yoga (exact time slot to be determined during the course)
12:00 am – First lecture with Swami Swaroopananda: study of the Yoga Sūtras
2:30 pm – Second lecture with Swami Swaroopananda: study of the Yoga Sūtras
4:00 pm – Āsanas & Prāṇāyāma practice
6:00 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Satsaṅg (meditation, chanting, lecture)
10:00 pm – lights out

Course Textbooks:

Meditation and Mantras by Swami Viṣṇudevānanda – available for purchase at Sivananda centers world-wide.
They can be made available for purchase at Inbar upon prior coordination. Please contact us for further details.
Pātañjala Yoga Sūtras – Sādhana Pāda (A Reader) – will be handed on spot.

What to Bring

Yoga mat and a meditation cushion (can be purchased during the course)
Casual comfortable clothes (including for cool weather), comfortable clothes for practicing asanas, comfortable shoes for silent walks,
toiletries, rainwear, flashlight, insect repellent, alarm clock, travel mug/tumbler, water bottle, sunscreen, notebook and pens, flashlight, alarm clock.

Rules and Guidelines

No use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, meat and fish during the course.
No smoking in the rooms and in all of the Kibbutz facilities.
Full attendance in all of the course activities.
The course program, the rooms and meals are open to the participants of the course only.

Cost and Payment:

In a room for three – NIS 5,800
Please check the exchange rate applicable to your currency.
The balance may be paid in Israeli checks or with international credit card.
Payments will be made in advance. No refunds.
Prices include: Accommodations, 2 daily meals, a course manual and all the Course's classes.

For further details and registration, you are welcome to contact us:

Ishwari – lilyhadar@yahoo.com 972-50-3831450
Shanti – shantief@gmail.com 9728-6555205
You can also email us: rajayogainisrael@gmail.com