Yoga Vacation Program
June 19 — 21, 2025

Meditation and the Art of Freedom

Reconnecting with our True Nature as Truth and Joy

Thomas Amelio

Many understand that the meaning of yoga has to do with “union.” But union with what? The term “yoga” comes from the same Indo European roots as the words “joining” or “yoking” –but again–to what? Yoga philosophy points to an Unconditioned Self that is free of any sense of separation or fear. The word “yoga,” in its less common usage, can refer to “yogas” – practices and engagements that, step by step, help us to rejoin, to reconnect, with our real nature as truth, consciousness, and joy.

Yogic meditation is best grounded in a daily practice with a regular, dedicated time. On a grander scale, living the art of yoga includes deep inquiry–a moment to moment liberation from fear and separation. During our time together we will explore the engagements of yoga: breath, meditation, prana-energy practices, chakras, self inquiry and nada yoga/mantra/sound practices, to uncover our heart’s knowing, our dharma or calling, and our profound nature as joy, truth and love.

We are pleased to offer this special program in respect to International Yoga Day on June 21, 2025.

Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with a 90-minute noon workshop on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

Shivananda Thomas Amelio deeply practiced and studied yogic disciplines and philosophy in India under the personal instruction of Swami Rajarshi Muni. While there, he edited Swamiji’s book: Yoga: The Ultimate Spiritual Path,– a classic on kundalini and esoteric yoga philosophy and practice, published in 1994. A founding member of Kripalu, he is president emeritus of the New York Open Center and teaches meditation classes in New York City and programs globally. His recordings for meditation include “The Infinite Om” and “Mantra Darshan”.

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