Practice Descriptions


We have a complete range of programmes to suit all interests. If you are interested in finding out about one particular practice, please scroll down to find the one you need. The programmes are listed in the following order:

  • Introduction to Meditation
  • Leadership Beyond the Leader
  • Karma - Your Own Making
  • Stretch and Destress
  • Strong and Supple Spine
  • Angamardana
  • Surya Kriya
  • Yogasanas
  • Jala Neti
  • Bhuta Shuddhi
  • Mantra Yoga
  • Bhakti Sadhana
  • Stillness (Sannidhi Guru Pooja)
 

 

FREE: Introduction to Meditation


In this session, you will learn THREE simple and effective techniques you can easily use then you need to take a step back from your troubles.

 

1) Isha Kriya - a 12-18 minute process which used the breath, the thought and the awareness to create some distance between you and your body, you and your mind, which is the first step to liberation. 

 

2) Namaskar Process: the simplest form of Yoga! 

This process uses a certain posture and the emotions to create a feeling of unity and peace within.

 

3) Nirvana Skatakam: this ancient mantra uses the sounds of Sanskrit to help you create distance between yourself and everything that is going on around you. We will listen to the mantra and learn how to chant a portion of it. 

 

Age: 14+

Programme Dates

20th October, 4-5.30pm, Gaillard

22nd October: 12.15-1.45pm, Geneva

23rd October: 6-7.30pm, Geneva

 


FREE - Leadership: Beyond the Leader


"Yoga is about rising to a new level of balance and competence in all aspects of life." - Sadhguru

 

Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and visionary, dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of all humanity. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru’s work has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide through his transformational programmes.

 

Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds, acting as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life. 

 

Watch as Sadhguru lays bare the ingredients that make a leader, while narrating examples from his own life. Empower yourself to become a leader who functions beyond your limited identity, who embraces wellbeing for all.

 

The talk will be followed by a meditation guided by Sadhguru’s voice, to help you create the success you are looking for in your life. 

 

Programmes Date:

24th October, 6-8pm, John Knox Centre, Geneva


FREE: Karma - Your Own Making


"For one who sees this life as a stepping stone to a larger possibility, there is no failure." - Sadhguru

 

Yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru is a Spiritual Master with a difference. His life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times.

 

How do we handle the various obstacles on our life's journey -- our karma, our fear of failure, our periodic despair the recurrent feeling that our lives haven't been worth it?

 

In this stimulating session, Sadhguru tells us unequivocally that for the seeker pursuing the larger goal of ultimate liberation, there is nothing like failure. Every life situation can be used for our growth and wellbeing. The most exquisite silk cocoon can be a source of bondage; the most horrific life event can be a stepping stone to freedom.

 

After this talk, we will do a guided meditation, to help you create the life that you are longing for. 

 

Programme Date

25th October 12.15-1.45pm, John Knox Centre, Geneva


Stretch and Destress


Introductory Programme

Do you notice how as you go through different stressful situations, your body becomes stiff and tense? Would you like to go through the day feeling totally relaxed, independent of what is happening around you?

 

Once you understand the connection between your body and your mental patterns, you can use one to influence the other. By keeping the body free from tension, the mind can also be clearer and sharper, and you will feel lighter within yourself. 

 

This session is an introduction to simple yoga practices to help you start to experience that connection between body and mind, and to learn how to consciously stay free from tension.

 

The session is suitable for beginners, and you will immediately be able to do these practices at home or even in the office. 

 

The value you can obtain from doing these practices is immense, as you will discover when you do them for yourself! However, as I want to make some simple tools available for everyone, I am offering this programme for a token price, so that you have no excuse for not lowering your stress levels.

 

Children aged 7+ may participate. Advance registration is necessary. 

Programme Dates:

23rd October: 12.15-1.45pm Geneva


Strong and Supple Spine


Introductory Programme

Backache, headaches and stiff shoulders have become so common that people almost expect to have problems. Our lack of physical movement - sitting in front of computers for hours - does not give us the range of movement our body needs.

 

Without properly using the back and neck, flexibility quickly reduces, and this can cause all sorts of problems. You know that your neurosensory system flows through your spine. Everything that comes into your awareness through the 5 senses is transmitted through your spine. So, keeping the spine in good shape is essential if you want to be healthy and if you want to be capable of doing anything of value.

 

We will learn simple but very powerful practices that activate the whole region, from the base of the spine to the neck. Even in just a few minutes of practice, you will notice the difference in alertness and liveliness.

 

If you make these practices part of your daily routine - and you will learn how to do that - you can make back problems a thing of the past, and make so much more out of your life!

 

Although the impact it can have on you is worth so much more, I am offering this programme at an extremely low price, so that many people can learn how to take charge of their own health and wellbeing, rather than waiting till it's too late.

 

Bringing yoga into your daily life will improve the experience you have every single day. Don't miss the opportunity to create a different future for yourself.

Programme Dates:

24th October: 12.15-1.45pm, Geneva

25th October: 6.30-8pm, Geneva

Preparation

Please come on EMPTY STOMACH condition.


Angamardana


The ultimate yogic workout

Angamardhana is a dynamic system of exercise rooted in yoga.

Without needing a gym subscription, weights or machines, you can learn how to combine strength with flexibility, energise the system and take years off the body.

 

Angamardhana revitalizes the body on all levels, including the muscles, blood circulation, skeletal structure, nervous system, and the basic energy system.

Programme Dates

Next offered as part of the holiday yoga programme 23-28 October:

 

Preparation

Please come on EMPTY STOMACH condition.

Suitable for ages 8+

Introduction to Angamardana from Sadhguru

Participant sharing:

Participant sharing: 14 year old Yassin Khalifa:


Surya Kriya


Feel like you're "Walking on Sunshine"!

If your physiological cycles run in sync with the sun’s cycles, your physical health will be great, your mental balance will be perfect, and your life will happen effortlessly.

 

We have all experienced waking up on a sunny day and feeling that anything is possible! Full of energy, we want to explore life to its fullest. Similarly, we all feel something stir deep inside, watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

 

We know that our emotions are strongly connected with the sun. It’s even there in our songs: “I’m walking on sunshine” “You are my sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey” “The sun has got his hat on. Hip-hip-hip-hooray!”

 

Our trouble is that our modern lives don’t allow us to connect with the sun as we need to. Don’t you find it’s always sunny when you’re at work, but it rains at the weekend?! Losing our connection to the sun doesn’t just affect our emotions, but also our physical health and our mental balance.

 

Haven’t we all experienced moments when everything is moving in the same direction, and it feels like we can make progress effortlessly? But then on other days, it’s such a struggle. We try to move forwards, but something is pulling us back. We don’t feel in control of what’s happening either in the world or within us.

 

Depending upon what you’re aligned with, accordingly your ability to perceive, experience, and perform in life functions. Yoga is a scientific process of alignment, of getting everything pointing in the right direction, and it happens on many levels.

 

Surya Kriya is a way of aligning with the sun. If you are in tune with the cycles of the sun, then physical health, wellbeing, vitality, and energy are just there with you. In this programme, you will learn the ancient yogic practice of Surya Kriya. You will leave capable of practicing by yourself at home.

 

As you practice, you will also get many side benefits: a more toned and flexible body, a stronger back, increased balance and flexibility, balance in hormonal levels. The way it trains your mind, there are few parallels to it.

 

Fire up the sun within you and adventure into a new life! 

Programmes dates

Note: For those who are not already practicing Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, the programme Strong and Supple Spine is a prerequisite preparation to learn Surya Kriya.

Preparation

You need to complete Strong & Supple Spine or be practicing Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya before attending this programme. 

Please come on EMPTY STOMACH condition.

Suitable for ages 14+

Surya Kriya: a participant sharing

 

"It has been a very powerful process and I have noticed small changes within myself inthe time since. I think the most noticeable change was happiness. My baseline level of happiness is much higher. Sometimes I feel an intense happiness for no reason at all!

 

You know how sometimes you can be excited or ecstatic when something wonderful was about to happen, or had just happened? It was just like that - but when I tried to figure out what that was, I realized there was nothing. I was just sitting there, feeling blissful.

 

That feeling was almost like a drug. I kept coming back to my practice for that. It filled every cell in my body."


Yogasanas


Yogasanas are static postures through which the very way you think, feel, understand and perceive life can be enhanced. A huge transformation is possible in just a few days. 

 

Over the course of the programme, we will learn a sequence of asanas that includes standing, lying down, sitting and inverted postures, plus a kriya and cleansing processes. This is a comprehensive programme - you will leave capable of doing the sequence by yourself at home. 

Sadhguru speaks about the Isha Yogasanas:

A participant from Costa Rica shares her experience of the Yogasanas programme:

Programmes dates

26th October: Introduction to Yogasanas 

(Stand alone programme) 8-8.45pm 

27th October: Yogasanas Completion Session 2, 9am-12pm

27th October: Yogasanas Completion Session 3, 5.30-8.30pm 

28th October: Yogasanas Completion Session 4, 9am-12pm

Preparation

You need to complete Surya Kriya, Strong & Supple Spine or be practicing Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya before attending this programme. 

Please come on EMPTY STOMACH condition.

Suitable for ages 14+

My experience as a teacher sharing this powerful practice:


Jala Neti


My humble copper Jala Neti pot might not look like anything special, but it gave me the freedom to enjoy summer in a way I hadn’t done for more than 30 years. And stroke cats ;)

 

Do you wish you didn’t have to suffer colds, flu or sinus problems in winter, or allergies in summer? 

 

Would you like to breathe well, even though you live in a polluted city?

 

Are you ready to experience the freedom of being healthy all year long? 

 

I practically replaced my entire medicine cabinet with my Jala Neti pot. It worked miracles for me! When I learnt Jala Neti, a severe allergy that had troubled me for years disappeared in 40 days! 

 

Jala Neti is a simple process that anyone can learn to do. It only takes a couple of minutes, and doesn’t need technology or use chemicals. 

 

You can learn it in one session, and feel the benefits instantly. You will even receive a beautiful copper Jala Net pot, designed by Sadhguru. Don’t wait until “something nasty that’s going around” catches you – take charge of your health now. 

Programme dates

20th October: 9-10am, Gaillard

Preparation

Please come on EMPTY STOMACH condition.

Suitable for ages 14+


Bhuta Shuddhi


Purify the 5 Elements within you

"If the five elements are in your control, the whole life process - birth, living and dying - is 100% in your control." ~Sadhguru

 

Bhuta Shuddhi is the most fundamental practice in the yogic system. “Bhuta” refers to the five elements and “Shuddhi” means “to cleanse”. Uniquely offered by Isha Hatha Yoga teachers, this process, which only takes around 10 minutes to do, can rearrange the way the elements function within you. 

 

The process of Bhuta Shuddhi can transform a human being in miraculous ways, by imprinting the right kind of information on each of the elements.

 

Benefits of Bhuta Shuddhi:

* Keeps the system in harmony and balance

* Prepares the system to handle powerful states of energy

* Enhances the capabilities of the physical body, mind and energy system

* Creates the basis to gain complete mastery over the human system

If you give yourself totally to it, this simple process can change the fundamentals of your life.

 

Advance registration is required. Places are very limited. 

Programme date:

21st October: 4-5.15pm, Gaillard

Preparation

Please come on EMPTY STOMACH condition.

Suitable for ages 14+


Mantra Yoga


Nirvana Shatakam

According to modern science, the whole existence is a vibration. A vibration is fundamentally a kind of sound. This essentially means that the whole existence is an amalgamation of sounds. In the yogic system, a few of these sounds have been identified as keys to access deeper dimensions life. 

Nada Yoga uses the power of sound to activate a particular kind of energy in different parts of the body, bringing a lasting sense of inner pleasantness. This science of benefiting from certain sounds is a powerful possibility, which when transmitted with the necessary basis and sanctity, creates tremendous wellbeing.

 

Nirvana Shatakam is an outstanding composition by Adi Shankara. Chanting this mantra helps to create distance between what is you and what is not you. 

Programme date:

TBA

Nirvana Skatakam is chanted daily in the ashram during Sadhguru's "Presence Time". It is also chanted during the powerful monthly Pancha Bhuta Aradhana process and at Mahashivratri.


Bhakti Sadhana


Devotion is the highest level of intelligence

 

“Bhakti Sadhana was an overwhelming experience for me. As soon as it started, a sudden intense feeling lifted me up. Immediately, tears of gratitude filled my eyes… Every second was pure bliss.” 

 

Joe Traboulsi from Canada

“Here I was, after a couple of weeks of Sadilaja and Angamardana… the masculine in me had come out, feeling tall and proud about how I am capable of doing all these limb-chopping asanas. Then, we started Bhakti Sadhana… it has been three days now with periods of non-stop tears. I am overwhelmed by his grace and presence. I guess this is my feminine: its only expression is tears.”

 

Jaya Sriram, USA

Programme dates:

TBA

“Devotion is not about belief. I am talking about moving into trust. So the question arises, “How can I trust?” The fact that you are sitting comfortably, that is trust. Because there have been incidents where the earth opened up and swallowed people; pieces of sky fell on people and crushed them to death; the very air people breathed turned against them.

 

This round planet is spinning and traveling at a tremendous speed and the whole solar system and galaxy are traveling at we don’t know what speed. Suppose Mother Earth decides to suddenly start spinning in the opposite direction, maybe you will fly off from where you are sitting right now – you don’t know.

 

 

For you to sit, smile, listen and talk to somebody, you need enormous trust. But you are doing it unconsciously and un-lovingly. Just learn to do this trust consciously and lovingly. That is devotion.”


Sannidhi Guru Pooja

In the tradition, yogis invested their energies into creating spaces where simply being there was beneficial to people. These were places not to pray for something, or to someone, but simply to soak in the good energy before going about the day.

 

Sadhguru is a yogic master who maintains this tradition, and creates consecrated objects which energise whatever space they are in. I am honoured to have several of these in my home. Just sitting in stillness with them opens up new possibilities.

 

Weekly, I do a process (called Sannidhi Guru Pooja) to maintain these energies, and sometimes I invite people to experience it. You don’t need to “do” anything – just be open and aware and see what happens.

 

 

No cost. You may offer fruit or flowers, if you wish.

Open to all (as long as children can sit still and quietly for an hour).

Dates:

Sunday 21st October