A Living Master
A yoga retreat and workshop at Amrita Yoga, Amritapuri, India is very unique because it takes place in the presence of a Self-Realized Living Master.
Indian scriptures say it’s a rare blessing to practice spiritual sciences and yoga under the direct guidance of a Living Master. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known throughout the world as “Amma”, is a spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary. She has served the world-community for decades, imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration. Through her extraordinary acts of love, inner strength and self-sacrifice, Amma has endeared herself to millions. She has inspired thousands to follow in her path of selfless service.
Amma’s Personal Touch
To this day, Amma concludes her programs by embracing each person attending the event. This is far from a brief book-signing or walk along the rope line. These personal, one-on-one meetings take up the vast majority of Amma’s time. Amma has given this motherly embrace, known as darshan, to more than 33 million people worldwide. She often gives darshan for more than 22 hours without interruption.
The most personally accessible spiritual leader alive Amma may well be on a first-name basis with more people than anyone else. When people pour out their hearts to Amma, she offers them emotional solace, spiritual guidance, and concrete solutions to their problems. Receiving Amma’s embrace, many feel inspired to offer selfless service to those in need.
A Mother’s Embrace for All
This simple yet powerful embrace has become a catalyst and symbol for the growing international network of humanitarian initiatives that is Embracing the World.
The Breadth and Depth of Amrita Yoga
The Amrita Yoga workshops and retreats offer a deep integration with the four major streams of yoga: karma, bhakti, jnana and raja. Each day offers students:
- exceptional hatha yoga and meditation classes,
- the opportunity to pour their hearts out to God through chanting and devotional singing,
- the gift of purification through selfless service,
- deep wisdom from Amma’s disciples in the daily “Amrita Yoga Talks” (Satsanga) on yoga philosophy and,
- living the spiritual life with a Great Mahatma.
The surrounding nature of Amritapuri, India is also one of the special attractions for international yoga students. It’s surrounded by beaches and the famous Kerala backwaters. The ashram is set amidst a vast sea of coconut palms in the tropics of ‘God’s Own Country’. Amritapuri is an ideal destination for any sincere yoga student going deep into the essence of yoga.
Author: Brahmacharini Shobhana
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