Our dear friend & Anusara Yoga teacher, BJ Galvan is currently leading a series of Anusara Yoga Immersions in the jungle in San Juanillo, Costa Rica. We’ve asked BJ to speak to this process of fully ‘retreating’ as she guides us in this process of delving not only into the Anusara fundamentals, but also into our hearts.
BJ and Inward Bound will be offering these Jungle Immersions again in 2012.
For time immemorial, yogis, some known as the Pine Forest sages, have taken sabbatical from their families, work and villages to go explore the inner space of their own Heart, Mind and Body. They would leave for extended periods of time and go deep into the jungle to practice yoga together, making offering and fully stepping into their own forest of life that is feeling and thought. Practicing yoga, meditation and sharing stories in satsang with their teacher, the Pine jungle sages awaken to the Ecstatic Dance, their own Dance of Bliss and make offering before going back into the currents of their own householder life, forever shifted, deeply connected to their Spirit and a deep awareness and understanding of their own Heart.
Our fast paced westernized urban culture can often knock our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies out of balance with the natural rhythms of the earth. The great benefit of doing all three immersions back to back in the jungle is the opportunity created to truly immerse and invest in
ourselves. By being physically spacious from our householder lives, deep in Nature, fully engaged in learning and practicing how to align and sync up our physical body, sharing in the rich stories of experience in a supportive space with other heart inspired Jungle sages – this is the catalyst for true change. The space created by not having the day to day callings of western life creates the outer space to explore and cultivate the inner space. The experience of being immersed in the jungle allows us to rebalance with the the circadian rhythms, the natural cycles of existence, day/night, sun/moon and the seasons. The immersion in the jungle, whether back to back, a combination of two, or just one, will invite you to make a shift that will ripple through lifetimes.