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IY Teacher Feature: Retreat and Reset with Silence

Wellness, Wisdom   |   March 6, 2020  |   by  ~Yogaville

Featuring Rev. Kumari, Rukmini Ando, Roy Rodriguez

Seeking silence? Overwhelmed with the constant flurry of talk, and wishing there was a pause button on life? If so, you might be ready for a Silent Retreat. For this month’s Integral Yoga Teacher Feature, three Yogaville teacher—Rukmini Ando, Roy Rodriguez, and Rev. Kumari de Sachy—share the benefits of silence and participating in a Silent Retreat.

Benefits of Silence and Silent Retreats

It feels so good to find silence within. It’s a reset button. The mind fights it at first, but after even a few moments of stillness, the mind sees more clearly. Nothing on the outside needs to change, only how we look at it.

Rukmini Ando, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

“Like fasting, a silent retreat allows you to process things, such as thoughts, experiences, and emotions that haven’t yet been processed due to so much activity. A lot of the things we carry, that have been unaddressed, will most likely come up in a silent retreat. And that’s the best place to process these things because there’s so much support. Just being among other people in silence is very powerful, for they are all holding a safe space for each other. Additionally, the lectures help to uplift and inspire people to believe that they are 100% capable of making their lives better. The Yoga practices, such as Hatha and pranayama (breathing practices) cleanse the physical body, and therefore the mind and subtle body. All these aspects of the Silent Retreat offer participants the opportunity to start anew once the retreat is finished.”
—Rukmini Ando

Limits Distractions

In silence, distractions are limited and I can more clearly see what is going on in my mind.

Roy Rodriguez, E-RYT 200 Audio Visual Technician

“The benefits of a silent retreat, in which others are responsible for daily activities like making meals, is that the retreatants can focus on the silence for longer stretches of time. Also, in my experience, a group silent retreat draws more deeply from the subconscious, than when in silence alone.”
—Roy Rodriguez

Promotes Self-Inquiry

Silence promotes self-inquiry. When one is silent it’s much easier to focus the awareness within. The practice of silence can help us control the senses and, in effect, the mind. Additionally, silence helps preserve prana (energy) because, by speaking, we expend a great deal of energy. Finally, silence is conducive to experiencing the peace within.

Rev. Kumari de Sachy PhD, Author, E-RYT 200

“Being part of a group whose members are focused on going within really helps each member to direct the mind inward. As in meditation, lots of thoughts and feelings bubble up from the subconscious. At the beginning of the retreat, the experience can be intensely emotional, because one undergoes a kind of psychic cleansing. After that stage, one normally experiences a state of profound peace, as well as an exhilarating feeling of empathy toward everyone in the group which is often expressed during the sharing at the end of the retreat.”
—Rev. Kumari de Sachy

Silence According to Sri Swami Satchidananda

“Silence is the voice of the Cosmic Consciousness or God. So if you want to communicate yourself directly to that Cosmic Consciousness, or God, silence is the best way. Be silent and then listen to what’s happening within you.”
Sri Swami Satchidananda

Upcoming Silent Retreats

New Year’s Silent Retreat

with Integral Yoga Senior Staff

December 28, 2023 - January 1, 2024
Reflect deeply, renew your inspiration, and restore yourself in the sanctuary and solace of the Integral Yoga community during the annual New Year’s Silent Retreat.

New Moon Silent Retreat

with Integral Yoga Senior Staff

February 9 - 11, 2024
Book now and get 20% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jan 19, 2024.
Embrace the transformative energy of the New Moon. This cosmic reset is an opportunity to go inward to balance and realign your inner world. The New Moon is a time of new beginnings and an ideal time to plant seeds of positive change in your life. Join us for an intentional pause from your daily routines to soak in the nourishment of silence.

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