Root Institute for Wisdom Culture is a beautiful oasis of tranquillity located in the holy land of Bodhgaya, where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago. We offer courses and retreats on Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy in English, and pilgrimages steeped in the history and culture of Buddhism. Our courses are taught by experienced Western and Tibetan teachers and emphasize the practical application of the Buddha’s teachings to increase wisdom, compassion, peace, and happiness in one’s daily life.
Additionally, our social service projects – school, clinic, and welfare – bring immediate benefit to our rural community.
Establishing an independent yoga practice on your own can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Many of us may attend a yoga class regularly, but feel unsure about a self-practice at home.
In this course, you will learn how to develop a home practice and create sequences that will keep you engaged and dedicated. You will explore different styles of yoga and their sequencing:
A Yang practice, working with the muscles and tendons, is usually made of eight pose groups – opening poses, Sun Salutations, standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and closing poses – ending with relaxation.
However, sometimes a slower, more internal practice is best, where you will hold poses longer and passively, either sitting or lying down. This is the Yin or quiet practice, where you will work gently to stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form your joints.
Format of the course will incorporate:
21–24 December 2019
This course is offered via a suggested donation. Please note that we will not turn away anybody for lack of funds. Do let us know how we can make your visit to Root Institute possible.
This course is suitable for anyone interested in yoga. Suitable for all levels.
This course is offered offline / in person at the Root Institute for Wisdom Culture in the holy land of Bodhgaya.
Sitting on over two acres, Root Institute offers a tranquil and spiritual environment for individuals or groups wishing to attend one of our courses, undertake meditation retreat, or simply wanting a peaceful place to stay during a visit to Bodhgaya.
Flights to and from Gaya Airport are available between September and June. Domestic flights are from Delhi, Varanasi and Kolkata, and international from Bangkok, Colombo, and Yangon. We are 10 km or 20 minutes from Gaya Airport.
Gaya Railway Station is 16 km or 40 minutes away. Gaya is on the main train line with Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi. By train, Gaya is ∼4–5 hours from Varanasi, ∼12–15 hours from Delhi, and ∼5–6 hours from Kolkata. Direct trains to Gaya are also available from many other cities including Mumbai, Chennai, Dehradun, and Haridwar (for travel to/from Rishikesh).
George is a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and a yoga teacher from Canada. Over the past several years he has spent a lot of time in India studying the Dharma and learning yoga. George first encountered Buddhism briefly in university where he studied Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence. Years later he started his exploration into Buddhism with the Korean Zen tradition before switching over to a more philosophical Tibetan approach.
George was first introduced to yoga at the Zen temple in Toronto where he learned basic sitting postures, breathing techniques, and pre-meditation stretching techniques. During his travels in India, he was introduced to Ashtanga yoga by a friend in Rishikesh.
After meeting and being inspired by Annie McGhee at the Root Institute, he began to develop a very dedicated yoga practice and became a certified yoga shortly after. He currently teaches sunset yoga sessions at the Root Institutes and will be hosting several retreats throughout the season.