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JOURNEY TO INDIA

In 2020, we are headed back to one of India’s most sacred places – Vrindavan.  This is a rare opportunity to experience the rich culture of North India under the care of trusted and knowledgeable local experts.  We will stay at the Jiva Institute: a center of international learning that possesses clean facilities, a friendly staff, and an abundance of vegetarian food.  Jiva Institute Founder and Director, Dr. Satyanarayan Das Babaji, will teach a daily class on the Bhagavad Gītā—likely the most influential text on yoga.  We will also have daily yoga classes and guided cultural excursions in the region: Taj Mahal, Krishna’s birthplace, animal sanctuaries, modern and premodern temples, museum with rare collection, Yamuna River boat ride, shopping markets, live music, and more.        

DATES: March 12-22, 2020
YOGA VIDA STAFF: Mike Patton and Eileen Goddard

PRICING SCHEDULE
Single Occupancy - $1850 (flight not included)
Double Occupancy - $1600 (flight not included)
Meals, accommodation, in-country transportation, teachers, guides, entrance fees: all included.
** $250 Discount for YV 200 Hour TT, Mentorship, India, Lundy and Catskill alumni! 

FOCUS OF CLASS WITH BABAJI:

Bhagavad Gītā is likely the seminal pre-modern South Asian Sanskrit text; it has captured the imagination of popular and scholastic audiences in India and around the world for centuries.  As a yoga text, it highlights the paths of devotion (bhakti), action (karma), knowledge (jñana), as well as that of meditation (dhyāna).  The Gītā, as it commonly referred, has been translated in over seventy-five languages and is often referred to as a “spiritual classic.”  But it is also a text with a rich history and specific literary context.  It is not an independent literary work, but rather occupies a place within the great Indian epic, Mahābhārata.  Babaji uses allegory in applying the text to a modern context and making its message come alive for each reader.  No prior familiarity is required; all are welcome!     

 

JOURNEY TO INDIA

In February, we’re headed back to one of India’s most sacred places – Vrindavan. We will be staying at the Jiva Institute under the care of its Founder, Dr. Satyanarayana Das Baba-ji as we immerse ourselves in an authentic Indian cultural experience. We will have daily lectures with Baba-ji, yoga classes, and guided trips to the holy places of the region including Krishna’s birthplace, temples, and boat rides on the Yumuna river. We will visit a Goshala to care for protected cows, shopping markets, and the famous Taj Mahal. This is a rare opportunity to experience a taste of traditional India. 

DATES: Thursday, February 23 - Monday, March 6, 2017
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday, February 5, 2017
YOGA VIDA FACULTY: Mike Patton, Rob Lindsey, Colleen Herman & Laura Brandel

RICING SCHEDULE
Single Occupancy - $1700 (flight not included)
Double Occupancy - $1500 (flight not included)
$200 discount for YV 200 hour TT, Mentorship, India, and Catskill alumni! 

FOCUS OF LECTURES (WITH BABA-JI):
Dr. Satyanarayana Das (Baba-ji) will be giving lecture on The Bhagavad Gita, an excerpt from the great Indian epic, The Mahabharata. This text records the dialogue that took place on the battlefield between Arjuna and Lord Krishna. Arjuna asks Krishna how we can act in this world and maintain a focus on Yoga. The discussion can be applied to modern times: serving as a practical guide on how to engage with life. It is both simple and complex, seemingly easy and challenging. Baba-ji will translate each verse from sanskrit and extoll on the meaning and application; we are free to discuss and ask questions as they come up. There is no prior study or reading of the Gita necessary to join in lecture. If you do not have a copy of the text, there will be a version translated by Baba-ji available at Jiva for $15.

 

2020 ITINERARY: 
SUGGESTED FLIGHTS: Emirates

New York (JFK) to Delhi (DEL) with connecting flight via Dubai 
>>Outbound:
March 12: Flight #204 New York (JFK) to Dubai (DXB): 11:20am-750am (lands 3/13)
March 13: Flight #516 Dubai (DXB) to Delhi (DEL) 9:55am-2:40pm
>>Return:
March 22: Flight #515 DEL to DXB 9:25-11:55pm
March 23: Flight #203 DXB to JFK 2:35-8:50am

AIR INDIA
New York (JFK) to Delhi (DEL)
>>Outbound:
March 12: Flight #102 NYC to DEL: 1:30pm-12:55pm (lands 3/13)
>>Return:
March 22: Flight #101 DEL to NYC: 1:35am-7:35am (lands 3/23)



Group shuttles will be coordinated around the suggested Emirates and Air India Flights.  But participants may take any flight of their choice; transportation to and from the airport can be arranged.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12
>> 11:20am Depart from JFK

 FRIDAY, MARCH 13
>> 2:40pm Arrive in Delhi
>> 3:45pm Depart Delhi for Vrindavan
>> 7:00pm Arrive to Jiva Institute Vrindavan
>> 7:15pm-8:30pm Dinner 

 SATURDAY, MARCH 14
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:00am-10:00am Breakfast
>> 10:15am-1:00pm Orientation
     Jiva Institute Facilities
     ATM/Money Exchange
     Restaurants
     Street Chai
>> 1:15-2:15pm Lunch
>> 2:15-4:00pm Rest
>> 4:00-6:30pm Loi Bazar (downtown shops)
>> 7:00-8:00pm Dinner

 SUNDAY, MARCH 15
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:00am-9:45am Breakfast
>> 10:00am-1:00pm Boat ride along the Yamuna River 
>> 1:15-2:15pm Lunch
>> 2:15-4:45pm Rest & Explore
>> 5:00-7:00pm Bhagavad Gītā class with Babaji
>> 7:00-8:00 Dinner

MONDAY, MARCH 16
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:00am-9:45am Breakfast
>> 10:00am-1:00pm Vrindavan Temples
>> 1:15pm-2:15pm Lunch
>> 2:15pm-4:45pm Rest/Explore
>> 5:00pm-7:00pm Bhagavad Gītā class with Babaji
>> 7:00pm-8:00pm Dinner

TUESDAY, MARCH 17
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:00am-9:45am Breakfast
>> 10:00am-1:30pm Mathura Cultural Excursion; Krishna’s birthplace temple; Mathura Museum
>> 1:30pm-2:30pm Lunch
>> 2:30pm-4:45pm Rest/Explore
>> 5:00pm-7:00pm Bhagavad Gītā class with Babaji
>> 7:00pm-8:00pm Dinner

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:0am-9:45am Breakfast
>> 10:00am-1:00pm Vrindavan Temples
>> 1:15pm-2:15pm Lunch
>> 2:15pm-4:45pm Rest/Explore
>> 5:00pm-7:00pm Bhagavad Gītā class with Babaji
>> 7:00pm-8:00pm Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY MARCH 19
>> 5:30am Depart for Taj Mahal
>> 7:30am-8:00am Picnic Breakfast before entering Taj Mahal
>> 8:00am-11:00am Taj Mahal
>> 11:30am Depart for Elephant Sanctuary 
>>12:30pm Picnic Lunch
>>12:30-2:30pm Elephant Sanctuary
>> 4:00pm Return to Jiva Institute 
>> 1:15pm-2:15pm Lunch
>> 4:00pm-5:30pm Rest
>> 5:30pm-7:00pm Yoga
>> 7:00pm-8:00pm Dinner

 FRIDAY, MARCH 20
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:00am-9:45am Breakfast
>> 10:00am-12:30pm Cow Sanctuary
>> 1:15pm-2:15pm Lunch
>> 2:15pm-4:45pm Rest/Explore
>> 5:00pm-7:00pm Bhagavad Gītā class with Babaji
>> 7:00pm-8:00pm Dinner
>> 8:30pm-10:00pm Concert

 SATURDAY, MARCH 21
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:00am-9:45am Breakfast
>> 10:00am-1:30pm Vrindavan Walking Tour
>> 1:30pm-2:30pm Lunch
>> 2:30pm-4:45pm Rest/Explore
>> 5:00pm-7:00pm Bhagavad Gītā class with Babaji
>> 7:30pm-8:30pm Dinner
>> 8:30pm-10:00pm Radha Ramana Temple evening cultural program

SUNDAY, MARCH 22
>> 7:00am-8:30am Yoga Asana & Pranayama
>> 9:00am-9:45am Breakfast
>> 10:00am-1:15pm Explore & Pack
>> 1:15pm-2:00pm Lunch
>> 2:15pm Depart for Airport
>> 9:25pm Flight

 

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    >> Monday December 16
    >> Monday January 13
    >> Monday February 10


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